Jeff Zeleny posts this afternoon at the Caucus (NY Times):
“Senator Barack Obama apologized on Thursday for new controversial statements delivered from the pulpit of his Chicago church. This time, the words were not from his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., but rather from a Catholic priest who was mocking Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
The Catholic priest was Father Michael Pfleger who was videotaped last Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ. Watch the video here.
‘“Mr. Obama, through a statement released to reporters, said he was ‘deeply disappointed.’
‘“As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed by not what divides us, but by all that that unites us,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.’
Apparently Father Pfleger also apologized:
‘“Mr. Pfleger, who is the pastor of Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago, a largely black congregation, said he regretted the words he preached last Sunday.
‘“These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them,’ he said in a statement released to reporters by his church.”
Father Pfleger is sorry if his words offended Senator Clinton…