In an act that campaign insiders said indicated an irrevocable break with his former pastor, Sen. Barack Obama today de-friended the Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Facebook.
Sen. Obama's comments about the Rev. Wright seemed to indicate that a total rift with his former minister was under way, but his decision to de-friend the Rev. Wright on Facebook underscores the seriousness of his decision.
At a news conference in Gary, Ind., chief Obama strategist David Axelrod said that Sen. Obama had to de-friend the Rev. Wright on Facebook "because he was getting really annoying."
"Every day, Rev. Wright was sending Sen. Obama new Facebook applications like 'What Superhero Are You?' and 'What 1980s Toy Are You?' " Mr. Axelrod said. "After a while, enough is enough."
The Rev. Wright, who was the commencement speaker today at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in Sarasota, made no reference to Sen. Obama, instead saying that the United States government "is plotting to invade the moon."
Wright announced that he will launch his own 24-hour channel that will feature nothing but himself all day long.
On CNN, Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean expressed fears that if the primary campaign drags on much longer, "there may not be enough room under the bus for the candidates to throw their aides." With Sen. Obama having thrown the Rev. Wright and Samantha Power under the bus, and Sen. Clinton having thrown Geraldine Ferraro, Patti Solis Doyle, and Mark Penn under the bus, "we may need an additional bus," Dean said.