2008年6月1日日曜日

フレガー 「私(ヒラリー)は白人だから資格がある」と中傷

フレガーはヒラリーを中傷した。
マイケル・フレガーはオバマが通うシカゴの教会で説教した際、党指名争い
で敗色が濃厚なヒラリーについて、
「自分は白人で、選ばれる資格があるのに、黒人が晴れ舞台を横取りしようと
していると思ったに違いない」と指摘。また、クリントンが今年初め、遊説先
で涙ぐんだことに触れ、「白人の多くが泣いている」と述べた。
ヒラリーはフロリダ、ミシガン両州の無効票の分配についても反対するようだ。

日本の記事では出てこないが、米国の記事の話題性のある部分を抜粋する。
「私は、(元)大統領夫人。私は白人。そして、これは(米大統領)私のもの!。
(大統領の)名札に近づく必要がある。
そんな時、どこの馬の骨がわからないオバマが来た。」
支持者からすれば誰もが心の中で思っていることをフレガーは説教で言って
しまった。失言の一種なのかもしれない。
でも、人権と叫ぶ米国の根底には人種差別がある。
反米派はこの事件をまた利用するだろう。

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Rev Michael Pfleger, Hillary thinks "I'm white I'm entitled"


Stage Set for Michigan, Florida Delegate Fight AssociatedPress

---米民主予備選、フロリダ・ミシガン州の票の半数分有効---
2008年6月1日08時43分 読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/20080115-899563/news/20080601-OYT1T00183.htm

 【ワシントン支局】米大統領選の民主党候補選びで、予備選結果を無効とする制裁を受けていたフロリダ、ミシガン両州の票の扱いを決める党規委員会は31日夜(日本時間1日朝)、両州の票の半分を有効とする決定を下した。
 両州はヒラリー・クリントン上院議員(60)が制していたが、今回の決定は、ミシガン州で無得票だったバラク・オバマ上院議員(46)にも票を分配する内容。このため、獲得代議員数でにすでにオバマ氏に大差をつけられているクリントン氏には、厳しい結果となった。クリントン氏側は、不服申し立てを示唆した。


---オバマ氏、親交ある白人牧師非難…人種対立助長?発言で---
2008年5月31日11時55分 読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20080531-OYT1T00333.htm

 【ワシントン=五十嵐文】米大統領選の民主党候補指名獲得に迫るバラク・オバマ上院議員(46)と親交のある白人牧師マイケル・フレガー師が、人種対立を助長しかねない発言をしていたことが発覚し、オバマ氏は29日夜、発言を非難する声明を発表した。
 同師は25日、オバマ氏が通うシカゴの教会で説教した際、党指名争いで敗色が濃厚なヒラリー・クリントン上院議員(60)について、「自分は白人で、選ばれる資格があるのに、黒人が晴れ舞台を横取りしようとしていると思ったに違いない」と指摘。また、クリントン氏が今年初め、遊説先で涙ぐんだことに触れ、「白人の多くが泣いている」と述べた。
 オバマ氏は4月、師と仰ぐ黒人牧師ジェレマイア・ライト師が白人敵視発言を繰り返したとして絶縁を宣言したばかり。米メディアによると、フレガー師はオバマ氏に献金したほか、オバマ陣営主催の討論会にも参加していたという。


---米大統領選:オバマ氏支持の牧師、クリントン氏を中傷---
毎日新聞 2008年5月31日 11時35分(最終更新 5月31日 12時48分)
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/america/news/20080531k0000e030041000c.html

 【ワシントン及川正也】米大統領選民主党指名争いで、黒人のオバマ上院議員と親しい地元イリノイ州シカゴの牧師が、ヒラリー・クリントン上院議員を人種差別主義者のように扱い、同氏をからかう説教をしている映像が29日、インターネット上に流れた。米テレビが放映し、牧師は謝罪、オバマ氏も非難声明を出したが、オバマ氏が師事していたライト牧師の反米的説教が問題になった後だけに波紋を広げそうだ。
 オバマ氏支持で白人のマイケル・フレイガー師で、25日にオバマ氏が通う教会で説教した際、1月のニューハンプシャー州予備選直前に劣勢が伝えられたクリントン氏が支持者の前で涙をこらえたことを指摘。クリントン氏のふりをして「私は白人。私には(指名を受ける)資格がある。なのに黒人の男が私の見せ場を奪おうとしている」と泣き叫ぶまねをした。同州ではクリントン氏が勝利した。
 牧師は29日、米テレビで「後悔している。私の発言はオバマ氏のメッセージとは矛盾する」とクリントン氏に謝罪。オバマ氏も「失望した」との声明を出した。一方、クリントン陣営は「挑発的な発言」と非難している。


---Obama resigns from controversial church---
Sat May 31, 2008 7:28pm EDT
By Deborah Charles
http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed1/idUSN3140531220080531?sp=true

ABERDEEN, South Dakota (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama has resigned from Trinity United Church of Christ, his spokesman said on Saturday, further distancing himself from a source of controversy as he gears up for the general election.

Controversial sermons at Obama's longtime church in Chicago have plagued the Illinois senator, who is close to clinching the Democratic nomination to run against Republican John McCain in the November election.

Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, gave no details, but said Obama had sent a letter resigning from the church he has attended for 16 years. Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, was expected to make some comments on his decision later in the day, Gibbs said.

Last month, Obama cut ties with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who angered many with anti-American and racially charged sermons.

Just as controversy over Wright had died down, a Roman Catholic priest mocked Obama's rival Hillary Clinton during a guest appearance at Trinity United.

In his sermon the priest, Michael Pfleger, screamed and imitated Clinton and accused her of espousing "white entitlement." Pfleger later apologized for his comments and was condemned by Obama and the archbishop of Chicago.

The decision to quit the church appeared to be a sign that Obama wants to put the issue behind him ahead of the November general election.

Obama has attended Trinity United since 1992 and Wright presided over Obama's marriage and baptized his two daughters.

In an effort to quell the controversy over Wright, Obama gave a widely praised speech in March calling for racial healing and offering a nuanced view of Wright, denouncing the pastor's remarks but declining to disown him.

But then Wright made a series of public appearances and stood by his inflammatory comments. He has blamed the U.S. government for the spread of the AIDS virus, declared "God damn America" and blasted the country's history of racism.

Obama was reportedly furious and finally cut ties with Wright last month. He condemned the minister's comments as "outrageous" and "appalling."

Wright's comments posed problems for Obama because they contradicted one of his campaign's central messages -- that he can transcend past divisions such as those involving race.

Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, has attracted strong support in some heavily white states such including Wyoming, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Political analysts questioned whether Obama's links to Wright might hurt him in the general election.
(Editing by Todd Eastham)


---Obama 'Disappointed' By Priest's Comments---
Friday, May 30, 2008; Page A04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/29/AR2008052903939.html

ANOTHER PREACHER PROBLEM

Obama 'Disappointed' By Priest's Comments

Barack Obama moved to distance himself from another preacher at Trinity United Church of Christ on Thursday after controversial comments by the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago, were circulated online.

"Don't hold me responsible for what my ancestors did, but you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did," Pfleger said from the pulpit of Trinity on Sunday. ". . . Unless you are willing to give up the benefits, you must be responsible for what was done in your ancestors' generation. We must be honest enough to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises his head. . . . When Hillary was crying, people said that was put on. I really don't believe it was put on. I really believe she just always thought this is mine. I'm Bill's wife. I'm white, and this is mine! I just got to get up and step up to the plate. Then, out of nowhere, came Barack Obama!

"I'm white, I'm entitled, there's a black man stealing my show," he continued, feigning tears. "She wasn't the only one crying -- there were a whole lot of white people crying. . . . I'm sorry, I don't want to get you in any more trouble."

Obama released a statement saying he was "deeply disappointed" in Pfleger.

"As I have traveled this country, I've been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us. 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," Obama's statement said.

Pfleger issued his own apology: "I regret the words I chose on 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."

-- Krissah Williams

A NOTE FROM OBAMA'S DOCTOR

Former Smoker, Current Runner

Barack Obama is in "excellent health," according to a letter from his longtime physician released by the senator's campaign. And yes, that gum he's often chewing is Nicorette.

In the 21 years that David L. Scheiner, a Chicago internist, has treated Obama, the patient has reported a series of small problems, including rashes, respiratory infections and unspecified -- but possibly basketball-related -- minor injuries.

Scheiner noted a history of cancer in Obama's family. His mother died in her early 50s of ovarian cancer, and his grandfather died of prostate cancer. As for Obama, "his own history included intermittent cigarette smoking," Scheiner wrote. "He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success."

Obama chews gum often on the campaign trail, although never on stage.

Scheiner last saw Obama in January 2007, before he hit the campaign trail. The fitness-conscious candidate goes on regular three-mile runs, his doctor reported, and "his diet was balanced with good intake of roughage and fluids." Obama's eating habits are famously disciplined. Staffers say he favors salmon for dinner and trail mix for snacks.

"In short, his examination showed him to be in excellent health," Scheiner wrote. "Senator Barack Obama is in overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President."

-- Shailagh Murray

PLAINS PRIMARIES

Clinton Stumps in South Dakota

WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Looking for an upset in a state where key leaders have endorsed her opponent, Hillary Clinton campaigned in three towns in South Dakota, echoing familiar themes of improving education, expanding health care and the importance of her staying in the race through the final primaries.

While referring to the men who she also described as "a friend of mine" (John McCain) and "my Democratic opponent" (Barack Obama), she spoke of them only to offer her usual arguments: She has more experience than Obama, and McCain would govern like President Bush.

"I believe it is important Montana and South Dakota get to have the last say in this important election," she told a crowd in this town in the western part of the state.

While the primaries in Montana and South Dakota, both of which will be held Tuesday, will do little to change Obama's lead in the competition for delegates in the Democratic race, South Dakota is the last truly competitive state. Clinton is heavily favored to win on Sunday in Puerto Rico, and Obama on Tuesday in Montana.

Obama is backed in the state by Sen. Tim Johnson and Rep. Stephanie Herseth, as well as by former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.

-- Perry Bacon Jr.

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