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McCain says Pfleger slam on Clinton is "unwarranted, uncalled for and disgraceful."


WASHINGTON--GOP presumptive nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) on Friday weighed in on the Father Michael Pfleger controversy, where the Chicago priest mocked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) from the pulpit of Obama family church, Trinity United Church of Christ.

McCain said, "And I think that kind of language and that kind of treatment, of Senator Clinton, is unwarranted, uncalled for and disgraceful."


Q. Changing to a different topic here. I wanted to get your

reaction to the news that there are incendiary rants coming out of

Obama's church and his reaction to that. And on a bigger issue, given

the continued acrid comments coming out of the congregation, would it

be fit for Obama to leave his church?

A. MCCAIN: I -- in answer to your second question, honestly I

don't have enough knowledge of the situation to -- that's a decision

Senator Obama would have to make. But I've been in this campaign for

a long time, and I have known Senator Clinton for a long time. I have

always treated her with respect. She is a person that we have very

different positions on a lot of issues and of philosophy, but I

respect her.

And I think that kind of language and that kind of treatment, of

Senator Clinton, is unwarranted, uncalled for and disgraceful.


Lynn--any indication that one of the blog comments might be right--that this was a plant with Axelrod's blessing--just to whip up more controversy and help Obama do what he does best--raise his ratings among the rabid Hillary haters?

You know--it looks more and more like crap like this is STRATEGY to ferret out people who may not be entirely the Obama's black nationalist cups of tea. They wanna KNOW who is with them come hell or high water in a real black nationalist 'we hate whitey' or at least just hate Hillary sorta way.

Obama just sealed our defeat if he is at the top of the ticket, and possibly if he is anywhere NEAR it. However, I do have hope that Hillary and Bill can reform Obama's image--kind of like the miracle that happened for Vanessa what's her butt the Miss America who had the nudie photos around 1982 or 1983?
Maybe Pfleger got in trouble with the Catholic higher ups and was forced to do this little bit of theatre.
I hope I'm not wearing any more of an aluminum foil hat than those who think Axelrod's STRATEGY is to bash bash bash Hillary in this cartoon like fashion over and over and over again to get to say things that no longer can be said after Michelle got into trouble for race-baiting in South Carolina ('black people better get in line' kinda thing).
But, what if Pfleger's actually doing this not for Axelrod, but for the Catholic Church to ruin the dems' chances at all in the Fall?
Reread Tom Wolf's Bonfire of the Vanities.
Pfleger is 'steam control'---distracts the black community from the REAL enemy--republicans--and the REAL threat--Obama's candidacy.
Obama on the top of the ticket GUARANTEES John McCain.
Pfleger has done his work for the Catholic Church with this little piece of strategically placed poison.
How shameful.
How non-productive.
How strategic.

The words of hate coming from the pulpit at Trinity continues. It is apparent that Father Pfleger, along with the Rev Wright were both mentors to Senator Obama. Did Obama pay Father Pfleger for his services in Iowa where he worked on his campaign? Or, did Obama make donations to Father Pfleger's church?
Here I thought church sermons were to preach love and respect, but all these churches seem to do is preach hate for whites and our country. I don't want a president like that, and if Obama didn't agree with Wright and Pfleger, he wouldn't have had a 20 year relationship with them. I would have been like Hillary (and apparently Oprah too!) and been out the door before you could count to three. There is enough hate in the world without spending your Sundays listening to more. You listen to it long enough, it becomes a part of you as Michelle Obama can tell you.


McCain is a hypocrite. Monsignor Jim Lisante performed this week at the New York State Republican Party dinner by mocking Sen. Obama. This dinner was attended and enjoyed by Vice President Dick Cheney. I haven't heard McCain feign indignation at this behavior.

Here is a sample of this man of the cloth's crass behavior:

"One more thing, Lord," Lisante said during the invocation. "Please tell Senator Obama that maybe change is a good thing and that maybe he should think about changing his favorite preacher

"I know a lot more of us would be comfortable with his judgment skills if he hadn’t sat for 20 years through those words offered by his preacher of division, bigotry, and --honestly -- half truths without a word of objection from the Senator. That is, until the media brought it up, and now he doesn’t want any part of the guy. I’m willing to be his new preacher."

The Diocese should also chastise Monsignor Lisante or is it because he is a monsignor that he is spared the rod. As a practicing Catholic I am appalled at the behavior of both these clowns. But both deserve to be repudiated not just the lower ranked priest.

Everyone need to leave Father Pfleger alone. We need to pray for this country. We are in the toilet. The media is too ignorant to realize it. You people in the media are a disgrace. You all are acting like a bunch of kindergartners. I feel sorry for all of you.

Yes, John, and that is what Obama should have said many months ago as he could have sent a firm and unequivocal message to his followers that he would not tolerate racist, race-baiting, race-card comments and behavior from them. Instead, he has expressed "disappointment" and reacted only when the press beat him into an embarrassing denial. And, John, furthermore, Obama does not have the character and integrity to take a stand in the face of adversity. He is vulnerable on this critical point, and no doubt, his behavior when confronted will only reinforce this weakness. To the cult called Obamaniacs, please keep in mind who has kept this campaign focused on race rather than the critical issues. So, John, remember that, despite Iraq, the economy,immigration, abortion, etc., the #one quality that Americans seek in a presidential candidate is character. If Obama wins, you will win in November.

Mc Cain's response is the only sincere and appropriate remark I have heard in this situation. Is it any surprise that the women and men so angered by the on-going sexist and misogynist treatment of HC are talking of voting for him, if Obama is nominated by the DNC???

Obama is sly...and his 'church' is a hotbed of anti-white political activity. These people are social outcasts by their own choosing....and now Obama is running around trying to fit in with various groups....for votes only!

His words about the incident are EMPTY...he is amoral!!!

It's funny how Dick Morris can state on FOX News that Hillary Clinton has a sense of "entitlement" when it comes to her presidential bid but when Father Pfleger makes the same point, he's branded a racist. I can understand the Kool-Aide drinkers at FOX not seeing the double standard but it's lost on me that so many others are buying this garbage.

Thank God for Senator McCain. I say this as a woman and a Democrat. I cannot believe that Barack Obama would continue to be a member of a church that spews such hate and encourages members of the congregation of Trinity Church to rejoice in saying such despicable things. It is frightening to me as a Catholic and a woman.

Everything about Father Pfleger is appalling and disgraceful. Cursing seems to be a normal pattern at Trinity Church, but using curse words over and over from the pulpit is displeasing to God and definitely inappropriate for any church at any time. Pfleger sounds like a comedian, not a priest. Hopefully, the Catholic church will remove him from his pulpit.

It is clear that Barack Obama believes just like his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Pfleger because he has been their friend for many years. If he had not agreed with their hatred of America, white people and racist remarks, he would not have remained in that particular church for 20 years. Chicago is full of good churches and the Obama family should have left long ago. The only reason they didn't leave is because they were comfortable there and agreed with what was happening there.

Surely, after seeing these latest videos and listening to all of the clapping and cheering of the congregation in support of what Father Pfleger was preaching ... people will wake up and realize that Obama is just not a man of character and love for ALL people. He is definitely not qualifed to be President of the United States and even though he chooses to "dismiss" everything that comes forth to prove who he really is, it is time that the "spell is broken" from the eyes of those who are swayed by his personality.

Ofcourse the congregation would be eager to celebrate a counter-punch specially delivered by a visiting white priest from an entirely different Christian if to say “see we are not crazy, everyone thinks this way” The media's handling of the Wright controversy is directly responsible for this; the congregation is only retaliating in the only way it can for a solid month of nationally televised defamation of the church and its founding pastor. Hillary was only too eager to pile on.

On-the-other-hand Mr. Pledger was likely paid-off to hurt Obama. None of it makes sense, duplicating Wright's theatrical performance, 1 week before critical primaries, the choice of Trinity, picking a fight that was never his to begin with and specially when it is nearly won. And there was a camera in the audience that posted in two days to Youtube. The intended audience was the national media! His long-term mutual support with Obama is flimsy when compared to what he could get for his ministry in such a high stake drama...that is perfectly legal! Classic Chicago-style politics.

The sheepish democrats that get sucked in to this crap need to start thinking.



Large numbers of BUSH_McCain Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on with the backing and help of the medical and insurance industry. Under the direction of the George Bush, and Karl Rove vote fraud, and vote manipulation machine. Because they feel Barack Obama would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. And they want to stop Hillary Clinton from fixing the HUGE! American, and Global mess they have created. shocking!!! isn't it. Just gotta love those good old draft dodging, silver spoon Texas boys. Not! :-(

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don't want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-selves off of you, and your children's suffering.

With Hillary Clinton you are almost 100% certain to get quality affordable universal health care for everyone very soon. And you are also certain to see major improvements in the economy for everyone.

The American people face even worse catastrophes ahead than the ones you are living through now. It will take all of the skills, and experience of Hillary Clinton to pull the American people out of this mess we are in. Fortunately fixing up, and cleaning up others incompetence, immoral degeneracy, and mess is what the Clinton's do very well.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama's. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

Just look at Oregon for example. Obama won Oregon by about 70,000 votes. But approximately 79,000 Bush republicans switched party's back in January to vote for Obama in the democratic primary. They are not going to vote for, or support any Democrat in November. Are you DEMOCRATS going to put up with that. Are you that stupid, and weak. The Bush republicans think you are that stupid, and weak.

As much as 30% of Obama's primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses, and open primaries where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help. Except North Carolina where 35% of the population is African American, and approximately 90% of them block voted for him. African Americans are only approximately 17% of the general population.

Hillary Clinton has been OUT MANNED! and OUT SPENT! 4 and 5 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton. This is even more phenomenal when you consider she has been also fighting against the George Bush, Karl Rove vote fraud machine in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses. Hillary Clinton is STUNNING!.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. That is crystal clear now. Because all of the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. And the demographics, and experience are completely against him. All of this vote fraud and Bush republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is.

You will have another McGovern catastrophe where George McGovern lost 49 of 50 states. And was the reason the super-delegates were created to keep that from happening again. Don't let that happen to the party and America again super-delegates. You have the power to prevent it. The only important question now is who can best win in November. And the answer is HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON. That fact is also now crystal clear.

And YOUNG PEOPLE. DON'T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose. As do African Americans. Support Hillary Clinton. She will do her best for all of you. And she will know how to best get it done on day one.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton's have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic, and heroic comebacks of Hillary Clinton’s. Only the Clinton’s are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen. Probably the best there has ever been. :-)

“This is not a game” (Hillary Clinton)


jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. Cynthia Ruccia - I'm with ya baby. All the way. "Clinton Supporters Count Too."

I find it incredible that we have another Rev. Wright clone in the pulpit of the Trinity United Church. Same invectives, same gyrations, flailing of hands, spins, crouches. Like some kind of strange, native dance in the jungle. And in the background: wild stomping, people out of their seats, clapping and shouting their approval.

This Obama character seems to dismiss this insanity in degrees...depending on how much political damage he assesses it is causing him with each new revelation. He thinks his slick rhetoric and his snake-oil salesman approach to anything and everything...will quell the firestorm all of these continuing spectacles are creating for his campaign. Well...he is dead wrong...!!!

The guy is a loser. Big time. And the Democrats, by foisting him up as their "agent of change" of hope, and of peace...are going to have egg all over their face...come election time...when voters...who have refrained from the "Kool-Aid" dispenser...reject him at the polls in droves.


It's funny that MSNBC and other MSM outlets think that this is "no big deal" as Chris Matthews put it on "Morning Joe" yesterday. Weren't these the same people running to put up that "breaking news' banner over Hillary Clinton's out of context RFK statement (or what should have been her June statement)? This man calls Hillary a racist and mocks her with such hatred in the church that Obama attends where the retired pastor spewed hatred for "whitey" and America for 20 years and the new pastor, Otis Moss, praises Mr. Pflegler for his hateful words about Hillary Clinton and this is not "news"? What is going on with the MSM? If Hillary Clinton or John McCain had the things that have come out about Mr. Obama and his ties to these people, their career would be over. The DNC and the media would have got up on their hind legs and put out statement after statement about how they cant allow this person to continue as the nominee. Obviously, the DNC and the media are afraid to "offend" black people. I don't know what the logic is behind it but I've come to believe that is what is keeping Obama alive, white guilt. They would send a sure loser up to be the nominee of their party in order to keep the African American community happy. What about all the other Democrats who want to WIN and want to vote for someone that they can trust not to be a closet racist and America hater? God knows Obama surrounds himself with these people. Who is to say he doesn't agree with them? I am one of those "Hillocrats" that will never vote for Obama now and more than likely will be voting McCain to keep Obama from winning. Aside from all of this, Obama is dangerously naive and very inexperienced. I don't trust him, plain and simple. I know I speak for alot of Democrats when I say this too. We are fed up with the media's fawning over him and constant bashing of Hillary. We are fed up with all these Obama "friends" that keep coming to light. And we are fed up with the DNC not recognizing that there is another voting block in the Democratic party other than young people (who Hillary is actually winning) and African Americans. To here the Matthews and the Olbermann's of the world, you would think they they are the only voters that count. I'm to the point where I hope Hillary takes this all the way to the convention and if she doesn't get the nod, she burns the place to the ground and on her way out throws a middle finger over her shoulder as the door closes. The new and improved "Bull Moose Party" sounds really good to a lot of us now.

As a soon to be ex-Democrat I'm starting believe John McCain might be a *good* alternate choice. At least he's a strong and ethical man. Now if I can just work through these (policy) issues I still have with him. =)

It’s The Theology Stupid!!!OBAMA, FARRAKHAN, WRIGHT
Watch the whole film to see the breaking news and completely understand Black Liberation Theology and How OBAMA embraces it!!!!

Obama in 2007 admits Trinity is a Black Separatist Church

Reverend Otis Moss III calls white people the enemy

Obama says attacking everything white is a successful strategy

Obama warns of Quite Riot in Black Community

Farrakhan calls Barack Obama the Messiah

James Cone says white people cannot be Christians

Why is McCain making statements about Pfleger when he has his own clergyman problems? I agree that Father Pfleger's performance was out of line, wrong and another unnecessary distraction for Obama and I've even written to him telling him he should be ashamed of himself. But I don't know why McCain gets to make statements about the obnoxious comments by ministers and priests who support Obama, when he has gone out of his way to get the endorsements of ministers who say things like gays are the reason for Katrina, Hitler was performing a service and the Catholic church is the whore of Babylon. Frankly, I am tired of all the clergymen involved in our gov't. In the words of James Joyce, "We are a priest-ridden country" and in the case of the US, we are a pastor-ridden country.

Unscrupulous associations are the undisputed domain of Hillary and her philandering husband!

Her campaign has largely been funded and supported (directly and indirectly) by shady investors and special interest groups promised a payoff if she is elected!

Hillary, the Queen of Spin and a Legend in Her Own Mind!

Any human being would think Father Pleger is a very horrible and unchristian person. And to state on TV that he's known in Chicago as very savvy ,maybe the shrewd part but where do you get your polls from. catholics are ashamed of him. They think he should become a member of Trinity he seems very comfortable there. no need to print I'm usually too blunt so you don't

I think we all better take a better look at Obama. I am beginning to think I need to do a lot of soul searching.

Good for John McCain.

Interesting that his comments seem more sincere and more appropriate than Obama's.

Obama was disturbed because it doesn't reflect HIM, Obama.

I guess he isn't disturbed about what was said about HILLARY and how it made her feel.

Honestly, I'm half inclined to believe that Axelrove has his hands in this to bring the Hillary as Racist meme that he create.

I am so going to hate voting for Obama.
I'm really going to resent the hell out of it.
But I just cannot deal with the idea of McCain being present.

NOW, if he were smart he would move/shift his stance here and there and he would get a huge number of Clinton supporters.

Oh Well.
I know there are a lot of people saying they will vote for him.
I hope it is just anger and will not vote for McCain.
Write Hillary In or leave President blank and vote down ticket.
No to McCain.

But I am glad he said this.
a little class.

Lynn, I'm no Hillary fan, per se. But McCain is right, these comments were so disgraceful and disrespectful.

Actually Lynn, I have a comment and a question----mainly to these Obama fans.

My comment: Something everybody needs to remember, "7 out of 10 voters come November will be WHITE". Thats reality ! So these Wrights, Pflegers, and columnists like the Mitchells of the world are doing Obama no favor by insulting, mocking, name-calling, and stereotyping White people. All their doing is taking votes AWAY from Obama.

My question: When Obama ran for congress (and not all that long ago) v. Bobby Rush, where was everybody? I mean, he lost 80-20% to a guy whose considered a lightweight by most in the media. Where were all the Trinity folks? Where were the Pflegers? Where were ALL OF YOU? I remember that race well. And I also remember 'race' indeed did beat Obama. But it wasn't 'Whites', was it? I still remember alot of people reminding voters in that district that Obama was the 'White candidate', and the son of a white mother. So again, where was everybody?

Spare me!! Hill/bill has been running a shady,underhanded,disgraceful,and in MANY ways racist campaign from DAY ONE but n-o-w people want complain WTF?!! If you want respect you have EARN respect and give it yourself which she has done neither she played every card in the deck and some new ones so Barack doesn't owe her a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. That includes an apology unless SHE wants to apologize for the Robert Kennedy comment and not an 'apololie' please she knew DAMN WELL what she was doing by bringing that up which was verrrry disgraceful,divisive,reckless,thoughtless, AND irresponsible considering she knows her opponent is getting death threats. Guess the hypocrite media and Mclame don't feel the need to attack Queen of Hillary!

Can you confirm or dent another story? When the Pastor introduced Obama's "troublesome Priest" he remarhed that she was a "White Supremist". It was initially overlooked due to the Pfleger storm but McCain was quite happy to spring to the defense of the junior Senator of New York and Obama went quite red. So he found himself apologizing to Clinton for the both of them that day. If it's true it's rather revealing. The Clintons elected not to fans the flames that day for tactical advantage. Hmm, Sounds like it's deal time. You realize that she simply isn't going to go away and nobody elected President can govern without her. What's happening?


Why are your bloggers so appalled by the rants/speeches of these clergy? Are they not merely expressing the points of view of their constiuent congregations?

Has America been just and fair to ALL Americans and its inhabitants? Where is the indignation when racism rears its ugly head in EVERYTHING American?

How many of your bloggers have lived a day as a Black male/female in the U.S.? How many of your bloggers have faced discrimation based soley on the color of their skin and racial heritage?

The Hillary and Bill Machine is as political as it gets. They play one race against another to benefit their agendas. They have played the RACE card long enough! Both looked to the African-American community when deemed necessary, now they court Red-Neck America to deliver the vote. Have any of you attended church in W. Virginia, Kentucky or any of the other racist climates where the population will do anything possible to keep the status quo, i.e., a Black man out of the White House?? Isn't it TIME we stop this stupidity of racism and consider a person's intellect, ability and character over the color of his/her skin? People!! It's 2008!! We are a Nation of intelligent people, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, etc., etc. How many more years -- how much longer must we base our history on race?

Go back and listen to the rants of Pastor Wright. Listen to Father Pfleger. Then, loop their comments with those of McCain's endorser Pastor Haggee and others. What's the difference? They all speak from the point of view of their congregations and as to how they feel America has treated them. Thank God we live in a country that allows the airing of various points of views. How many of your bloggers, when in private and the comfort of friends and family members spew racist comments?

Admit it, America is not perfect, and to point that out verbally is simply American! Each clergy has exercised his First Amendment right - Freedom of Expression.

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