But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren't simply controversial. They weren't simply a religious leader's effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country - a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.
"Perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam" is a stronger phrase than I'm used to hearing from the Left. Now that Obama needs to court the general public instead of the Democratic base, are we going to get more hawkish rhetoric from him?
By the way, isn't technology wonderful? Here is the full video of his speech, courtesy of MSNBC: