Yesterday, I didn't think there would be any need for this. As I listened to Sean Hannity in the car railing on and on about Jeremiah Wright, I rolled my eyes and thought he was making a mountain out of a mole hill. "No one thinks that Barack Obama hates America," I thought, "and you're misquoting Michelle Obama's 'pride' comment (again)."
But later, at dinner, a lifelong Democrat surprised me by saying, "Obama knew all along about what this guy was saying. He disinvited him from his first campaign announcement; what does that tell you? You can't tell me this guy (Wright) never said any of these things during the hundreds of sermons that Obama attended." Wow, I realized; this thing has traction. Obama realized that sooner, evidently.
This probably needed to be done, anyway, as a rite of passage for the country. As uncomfortable as it is, he will probably look back at this time as an opportunity more than a challenge.
UPDATE: I stayed to watch part of the speech -- what the heck? Where is the passionate, inspirational oratory? Did they tell him to chill out? The text of the speech was good, but this didn't strike me as an Obama delivery.