Wright Tests Obama's Anger Management

Getting mad not candidate's style, but Wright furor is key measure
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 10:40 AM CDT
Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. addresses a breakfast gathering at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, April 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has spent his entire career trying not to be an Angry Black Man, but yesterday Jeremiah Wright forced him to tap his rage, Maureen Dowd writes in the New York Times. Wright, seemingly among the angriest of black men, had created a full-blown crisis for Obama, forcing the Democrat to commit “a painful form of political patricide.”

Wright’s performance was a parade of deadly sins—envy, pride, and greed were all on display—but it was the wrath that stood out. As he watched Wright declare that the US government might have purposely infected blacks with AIDs, Obama got mad. “It contradicts everything I am about and who I am,” said the non-angry black man, forced finally to yell.