Controversy? A tad. Perhaps even a smidgen.
I’ll tell you how I feel about it: numb.
Really, I am completely numb from the plain out old fashioned rage boiling inside me. Now, at any old time, saying that 9/11 is (to paraphrase) America’s chickens coming home to roost is nasty. Saying it with such unfetered glee, with such schadenfreude, is abominable. So when I hear that such putridity is coming from the spiritual adviser of a presidential candidate, well, it makes me fucking angry.
And then I find out that such things were said on 9/16/01, only 5 days after 9/11. Well, that is quite a different matter. Ace puts it best (I linked to the whole thing above, but here’s a quote that boils the timing down for me):
Firemen were still digging through skin-blistering ash in a futile effort to find more survivors of the 9/11 attacks. And putting their health at risk breathing heavily in air heavily tainted with asbestos and toxins.
This is when Wright felt all that schadenfreude about the 9/11 attacks. We hadn’t even finished cleaning up. Hell, we hadn’t even finished finding the remains of everyone who died just five days earlier. For crying out loud, even the most hardened America-hating leftist waited a year or so before making these kinds of statements. But Wright? Five days.
That takes some kind of hate, right there. Ace had something to say about that, too:
[I]t represents a vindication of his sickening worldview and a well-deserved comeupppance for the nation he so deeply hates.
Like I said: schadenfreude. That video just oozes it.
You know, everyone was going to church like crazy immediately following 9/11. The churches were packed; that was all over the news. I find it hard to believe that Obama didn’t to the same thing and go to church following 9/11. So it’s likely that he heard this. Perhaps not at this specific time, but at another. (If there’s one thing I know about preachers, it’s that they reuse material from one sermon to the next.) And Obama never thought this was controversial?
But it’s such a small thing, pay it no mind. Nothing to see here. Move along.