GETTING PERSONAL: “It’s not so much that Wright’s ideas were anti-American and his politics were extremist and left-wing. Obama had to have known that from a 20-year association with the man (unless he only had the association for appearances and political advancement and never really cared what Wright thought). Obama got mad, it seems, because he could see that Wright meant to hurt him and was getting fired up moving for the kill.”

UPDATE: Related thoughts here: “In Obama’s eyes, the most serious wrongdoing in Wright’s statements is their disrespect of Obama.”