Why a Spiritual Advisor to President Bush Supports Obama
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell explains his bond with Bush, his donations to Obama, and his defense of Jeremiah Wright.
BY: Dan Gilgoff
At that juncture  the war was not as--what shall we say--[as] tragic then as it is now. So, there was really no reason for me not to support him four years into office. Even pertaining to the war… the president is the only person who has access to all the information that he had access to. To say we should not have gone into the war may not be quite accurate, but I can say with accuracy [that] the war has been poorly managed… Hindsight is always 20-20… And whenever you make those types of errors, it’s real easy to say, “Well, we should not have done it in the first place.”
Obviously, something went awry, and went very awry, so I would say to you that his intent and his motivation were principled, but, obviously, the execution of that vision was ineffective.... It is absolutely tragic to see the body bags come back and to see the impact that the war is having just on children and youth here in this country, whose parents are away at war. I mean, it’s a very sad moment in America’s history, I would dare say.
But, there’s also a price to be paid for security and for safety, and for the future of this country…. I don’t always agree with every decision, but I’m not going to throw him under the bus, as the folks say.
I think my turn at bat is coming up.... Let’s just face it. Once you introduce a Republican governor at a Republican convention, somebody’s going to view you a little bit differently.
It's been rumored that you’ll be officiating at Jenna Bush’s wedding this weekend.
If I say I'm not, then you're going to ask me if I know who is, and I can't answer that. And if I say I am, then I really can't say that either. Let's just say I know who will be.