Outside the box

Byron York takes off from Edward Klein’s new book to report that Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been advised to exercise his right to remain silent until 2013, when his long-time congregant in the White House will have a little more — as Lucianne puts it — “ah, flexibility”:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose “God damn America” sermon set off a firestorm during the 2008 campaign, agreed not to publish an account of the episode until after President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, according to an interview Wright conducted with the author of a new book on Obama. Wright said he made the decision at the urging of a friend and mentor, the prominent University of Chicago emeritus professor Martin Marty.

In the interview, Wright told Ed Klein, author of “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House”, that he keeps a cardboard box of documents and notes detailing his experiences beginning in March 2008, when the controversy over his sermons began. “It’s a painful box to look at,” Wright said.

Marty is both a former Lutheran pastor and professor emeritus of the University of Chicago Divinity School. I guess we can count his advice to Wright a little bit more of the divine intervention that has proved of such great assistance to Obama. Until Rev. Wright can tell the story after the election, we’ll have to keep our thinking outside the box. Lucianne directs attention to the fitting musical commentary on the situation, words by lyricist Sheldon Harnick (“There is nothing unorthodox/About a little tin box…”).

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