Confronted with a crisis that threatens to ruin his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, a grim Barack Obama has condemned the fulminations of his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, in the strongest language possible short of swearing.
“I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a sombre press conference here in North Carolina, where he is campaigning in advance of next Tuesday's primary.
“The person I saw yesterday was not the person I met 20 years ago,” he said. Rev. Wright's comments Monday to the National Press Club in Washington were “giving comfort to those who prey on hate … they offend me, they rightly offend all Americans, and they should be denounced.”
It was an irreconcilable breach with the man who had married him and his wife, Michelle, who had baptized their daughters and whom Mr. Obama only weeks ago described as “like family.”