OPINION/POLITICS

Is Father Pfleger Right
About Hillary Clinton?

It’s all but over. Senator Barack Obama has essentially clinched the Democratic nomination for presidency of the United States! The Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee has finally resolved the disputed Florida and Michigan delegates, leaving Obama approximately 30 delegates short of winning the nomination. Not a moment to soon.

Over the weekend, Reverend Michael Pfleger, a nationally known and respected religious leader in Chicago and friend of Obama, sparked a new national firestorm of controversy. Pfleger was giving the guest sermon at Obama’s Chicago Trinity United Church and went out of his way to ridicule and mock Senator Hillary Clinton.

In his sermon, he stated: “When Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on -I really don’t believe it was put on,” the white pastor told the predominantly black congregation. “I really believe that she just always thought: ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white and this is mine.’…and then out of nowhere came ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama.’ And she said, ‘Oh, damn. Where did you come from? I’m white. I’m entitled. There’s a black man stealing my show.”

Pfleger also suggested that Clinton had a sense of entitlement to the Democratic nomination.

Well, I for one salute this bold fearless and confident pastor for saying what’s in the minds of millions of Americans.

There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary thinks the U.S. presidency is her inheritance and entitlement. Her actions say it all. She has no chance of winning, and has cried, lied, used dirty tactics and even talked about Obama possibly being hurt as a reason why she continues to stay in the race.

Well, the voters of America have finally told her that she is not wanted. It’s time for Hillary to go home. Americans are tired of Clinton’s arrogance.

There are some pundits who are saying that Obama now has a new pastor problem because of Pfleger’s nationally televised comments. Obama, possibly sensing this danger, announced his resignation as a member of Trinity Church over the weekend.

This is a major move for Obama. Just as parents let go of their adult children, cows wean their calves, and fledglings are pushed out the nest, the time has come for Obama and his family to move on in a different direction.

Now that Obama is poised and set to officially clinch the nomination in the next few days, it’s important that his campaign have focus. Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is already attacking Obama.

I want to congratulate and thank Barack and Michelle Obama for having the audacity of hope. When they began the quest for the White House, there were many critics and naysayers in the black community who said he couldn’t beat Clinton.

Well, he has done just that! This is a moment in history we should all be proud of.

Najee Ali is Executive Director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E, a national civil rights organization that advocates for the human rights of oppressed people regardless of race, gender or religion. He was selected by Wave Newspapers and Our Weekly Newspaper as one of the 25 most influential black leaders in Los Angeles. More information is available at: www.islamichope.org.


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