April 3rd, 2008
01:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama adviser helped Trinity United Church find P.R. help

One of Barack Obama’s senior advisers helped arrange public relations help for Trinity United Church as it grappled with tough coverage in the wake of the Jeremiah Wright controversy, according to a new report.

Talking Points Memo reports that David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, privately contacted Jim Terman, president of Chicago public relations firm Jasculca-Terman and Associates, after the church put out a call for help after Wright's remarks attracted a media firestorm. The firm specializes in crisis management.

"I called Jim Terman and asked if they were interested in helping out and they followed up with the church," Axelrod said in an e-mailed statement to TPM. He added that the phone call was the extent of his assistance. Terman confirmed to the Web site that the firm is now doing pro bono work for the church.

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Alonzo Demetrius

    Isn't there a law concerning taxation when church and political candidate mix together?

    April 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Olivia

    Is this like being in treatment?

    April 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. rl

    I WOULD NOT CALL THIS HOUSE A CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!anything but a church

    April 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. LifeLongDemocrat

    Manipulation is what it is. They are not looking out for the church they are looking out for themselves!

    April 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |


    April 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. df

    Just another reason why I cannot and willnot ever vote for OBAMA. I am not voting for OBAMA for the WRIGHT reasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Samina WI

    Shows that gratefulness is another great quality Obama possesses. Glad his campaign is trying to help them out at this hour of need instead of turning their backs which would have been the easier thing to do.

    April 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Teresa

    After all that mess. Some individuals don't realize whether negative things derived out the church, there is always positive thing that arrive to make new changes in the church.

    April 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Ruth

    We all desire help when needed, If you can see how badly some whites were affected by what was said, then we should also be able to see how badly the church was affected by thier style of worship not being understood. The natural thing to do would be to help when asked. I'm a Hilliary supporter

    April 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Sara from Arizona

    Please end it with this Church business. Obama 08'

    April 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. That's Reality

    If Obama becomes President then we"ll have to call in the crisis management team! No Obamanation!

    April 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Ratgurl

    Here's a totally irrelevant title of a story you can write:

    "Obama Supporter is a Rock Climber"

    If the story isn't news, don't report it.

    April 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Joe

    So what? Is this election about the future of the country or a single church or minister in Chicago (whose name isn't even on the ballot)?

    April 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. dmw

    Too late! I can not wait for the Republicans to go off on Obama and his character the same way he and his campaign has been doing to Hillary over the last year. I will smile and say payback is a terrible thing; but we do reap what we sow.

    Obama will not be President.

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |

    Christianity is about a PR Firm telling you what you need to do and say? Not the Christianity I believe in.

    April 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Pho

    I think this was a great thing to do for a church. Just because Wright said those things does not mean all those who go to the church believe them.

    April 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Anita in NC

    Call it BS

    Wright lives in a new 10,000 sq ft Chicago home worth courtesy of the TUCC. They can't afford to pay for a PR firm? BS

    April 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. H


    April 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Obama Richardson

    So what? He's continually said he was not aware of the comments in the video, has denounced them, and geeeeeeeeee, those words did NOT come out of Obama's mouth.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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