How ?Bout That Obama Preacher Flap? 

Jeremiah Wright thinks the government put AIDS in the ghetto, John Hagee thinks the gays made it hurricane in New Orleans, Pat Robertson thinks God punished America on 9/11 because of Will and Grace. They’re all pretty crazy. But that’s politics, we guess.


Where I hailed him: LES
Where he hails from: Cameroon
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Landscaping
To me it’s not an issue. We have other problems right now. It’s a very challenging time. There’s Iraq, the economy, healthcare — can you imagine working 12-hour days six days a week and not having healthcare? If somebody makes some bad remarks, we can ask him what he means by that, sure — but to be pounding on it day after day like a tambourine, it’s not helpful.

Where I hailed him: Hell’s Kitchen
Where he hails from: Haiti
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Limo driver
It doesn’t matter. It’s just something for his opponents to hit him with. No one thinks that he thinks all the things his pastor thinks. It’s just politics, you know? They’re just trying to beat him up.

Where I hailed him: Midtown East
Where he hails from: Bangladesh
Years as a cabbie: 12
Previous profession: Restaurant worker
Actually, I have very little understanding about this matter. I listen to it on the radio, but I don’t really know what’s going on. Most people I know are religious, but I assign all religions the same value in terms of their role within a democratic government. Democratic policy and religion are two different areas. In my country we have two main secular parties and a third religious party. But the secular and religious parties are often sharing power with each other — they do it for the sake of power. It’s very peculiar.

Where I hailed him: Midtown
Where he hails from: Queens
Years as a cabbie: 30
Previous profession: In the army
You asked the wrong guy. I’m rooting for McCain. So I guess I like anything that hurts Obama if it helps McCain. I do think that guy isn’t worth all this time and talk, though. There’s better stuff to get on about. [What about religious views and candidates?] Well, what party they’re in tells you more about them than their religion. I’d rather have someone who thinks like me than someone with the same beliefs. Sharpton and I are in the same religion, but we sure as hell don’t think alike.


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