I don't know what to think about the whole Obama and his pastor mess. Some say that this story is a move from right-wing conservatives trying to bring Obama down, and if this is true, they seem to be doing a good job doing it. The statements Reverend Jeremiah Wright has made in his sermons are inflammatory, but it is important to note that it is not only Wright's statements that are noticeable, but the fact that Obama has been attending Wright's church for 20 years. Obama has stated that he does not always agree with what Wright says, but it is kind of hard to say that if you have been going to someone's church for 20 years. The implication is that you agree with what the man (or woman) of faith thinks, or even if you don't agree, you tolerate what the man of faith says.
This story may be what ruins Obama's campaign for good. Wright's sermons include anti-American rhetoric. The fact that Obama considers Wright to be a mentor says a lot about the company he keeps. Also, and possibly more importantly, there is a concern that deep down inside the psyche of Barack Obama are some of those anti-American sentiments too. It would be ironic, and maybe even hypocritical, to have a U.S. president who dislikes America.
On the other side of the coin, I don't think that Obama thought that this would be a big deal. He may have thought that if the public had even found out about Wright's beliefs, the public would separate what Wright thinks with what Obama thinks. In an ideal world, Mr. Obama, it would be important for people to not judge others based on the company they keep, but unfortunately, this is an imperfect world where a lot of people believe in the "birds of a feather flock together" mentality.
I honestly hope that despite this setback, Obama can still have some semblance of a successful campaign, at least until the Democratic National Convention. Only time will tell.