It had been a devastating week for Barack Obama. The rationale for his entire campaign was hope and reconciliation. Yet, for days, his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, was shown on television delivering rabid and racially insensitive sermons denouncing America. Rightfully sensing his candidacy may be history if he did not respond, Obama answered with a spine-tingling, tear-evoking historical speech that was so remarkable, it drew comparisons to addresses made by Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
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Many people have come forward to say that Obama should have taken action and found another pastor a long time ago. For many people their church and their congregation are like family, and they are hard to turn away from. That being said Obama's ability to point us in the right direction when the slings and arrows are flying indicates to me that we have a truly visionary leader on our hands. How people handle pressure is of the utmost importance, but when you can turn it around so that you have the whole world contemplating your message, that is someone worth our consideration.