June 11th, 2009
05:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Wright revisits 'them Jews' remark

 The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is looking to calm this week's firestorm over remarks termed anti-Semitic by critics.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is looking to calm this week's firestorm over remarks termed anti-Semitic by critics.

(CNN) – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is looking to calm this week's firestorm over remarks termed anti-Semitic by critics, saying Thursday he meant to say "Zionists" instead of "them Jews" when referring to people in Washington who do not want President Obama speaking with him.

"Let me say, like Hillary, I misspoke. Let me just say 'Zionists,'" Wright told SIRIUS radio host Mark Thompson.

Earlier this week, the former Chicago pastor told Virginia newspaper The Daily Press he no longer speaks with Obama - a former congregant of his Trinity United Church - because "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me."

"I'm not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I'm talking about Zionists," Wright said Thursday, adding that his comments were in reference to "historical facts."

"I'm not talking about emotionally charged words or the fact that like Jimmy Carter's book, that because he used the word that Jews use, 'apartheid,' he gets labeled anti-Semitic."

"They can jump on that one phrase if they want to, but they can't undo history and the facts of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what's going on, who write about the enormous influence that AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) has on our government and on United States policy and the United Nations."

The White House declined to comment on Wright's original remarks this week.


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  1. Ann

    I actually believed Mr. Wright the first time.. The hate toward anyone experienced (and perhaps shared) by Mr. Obama was so deep for 20 years that all naive people can trust the two Obamas.

    June 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. a big booming voice from space

    P.S. Let's see if Isreal really stops building new settlements on other people's property.

    June 11, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. BC

    Well, you have to admit that this is the first time he has ever tried to "revisit" anything that he has said before. But so far, his "best" is none too good.

    June 11, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Kelly, SC

    I think the Rev's fifteen minutes of fame is up. I also think the White House staff was right to keep Rev Wright from speaking to the president. When the pastor had an opportunity to stand with President Obama and for him, he threw him under the bus.

    Enough said, move on Reverend Wright, we have.

    Obama 2012

    June 11, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. HUGO

    How could anyone listen to let alone take "spiritual advice" from this guy for 20-years and not be messed up in the head?

    PS: Hey, did you hear the one about Letterman's son and the restless natives? he say he like CHI-CHI !!

    June 11, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Max

    Another words he does not believe the jews deserve a homeland – the state of Israel. That is about as far from Christian as you can be. He is more in line with the secular ideology I see in the media only he reads the Bible. How he discerns or applies it is another story as it is not in line with any theology school I know of in the States.

    June 11, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Steve, Columbia SC

    As I said yesterday, this man is NO pastor of the Christian faith I know of. His remarks regarding Jews is not racist, it is hate speech.

    Maybe Congress will enact hate legislation protecting Jews now, just like the sexual orientation protection legislation.............all this protection legislation makes me want to puke.........our laws used to protect everyone just fine until the demoncrats got involved.

    June 11, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    @ Chris.......who wrote:
    and we are supposed to believe that Obama never heard any of this hate speech in the 20 years prior to 2008…right
    _______________________________________________________

    I suppose, Chris, that it is just like the far-right who claims to be Christian, just posts such vile comments on these and other blogs; and who listen to hate-mongers like Hannity and Limbaugh, Coulter and others..... and then go to church on Sunday as if they were wonderful people! Looking down on others who do not share their beliefs nor point of view.

    You see, Chris, President Obama may not have been present when Wright was been hateful; there is a very good possibility that Obama did not attend church every single Sunday, which most of us, regulaer people don't do either.

    Be careful, Chris, not to judge and condemn Obama simply because you do not like him.

    June 11, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. a big booming voice from space

    And the Lord, Our God, said, "I'll smight those who do or say bad to "my people"". Then he said," Y'all smight want to think before you speak. Y'all never know who's listening."

    Consider yourself SMIGHTED!

    LOL

    June 11, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I hang my head in shame when I hear this man's rhetoric. Heaven help us all

    June 11, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Mitchell

    I wonder if Rev. Wright is going to be available for the funeral of James W. von Brunn?

    I'm sure Rev. Wight has some kind words related to his passing, and I'm sure the President would be happy to attend the funeral officiated over by his beloved spiritual mentor.

    June 11, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. fortydammer

    News about Wright and Palin are only propagated through large news networks for ratings, which translates into money. They are not news worthy, but do excite the narrow minded.

    What about the important news.. This is what we should be focused on. Quoting...

    "Analysts highlight steps the new administration has already taken to ease tensions with Muslims. For example, they are proposing talks with Iran and Syria — rather than confrontation — which makes it harder for Hezbollah and other extremists to demonize the U.S."

    What Obama is doing could save this world, and people are listening to Palin, Wright, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck. These people are going to lead to the destruction of America.

    June 11, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    @ malia, who said "Sadly, the mainstream media was forced to report on this hateful man thanks to Hannity"

    Seriously...get objective...the only thing you GOPers should be thanking Hannity for is grabbing the GOP a chair so it could reach the ceiling fan and loop the rope over it.

    June 11, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. michael

    What is all this anti jew rhetoric? What have the hebrews done? If he not speaking about jews he shouldve left their reference out

    June 11, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. big papa

    Many of you on this site are MORE racist than Rev. Wright will ever be...

    ...including those who make the decisions about whose remarks get to be read here...

    ...don't DARE seek the truth!

    ...don't dare seek to show the complexity of a man like Wright...

    ...but allow the racist reactionaries to make their talking points...

    ..."Obama sat in Reverend Wright's church for twenty years"...

    ...how many of you sat in your parents' and grandparents' homes for a lot longer than that?

    June 11, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Malia

    It'll be interesting to see how Obama's network (MSNBC & NBC) are going to spin this one? Rev. Wright reminds me of Keith Olbermann!

    June 11, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Shawn

    Wow.

    Right-wingers sure are desperate to distract from the fact that their side is resorting to terrorism.

    Obama got 78% of the Jewish vote. Not bad for a radical anti-semite Moooooooooslim, huh?

    June 11, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    @LacrosseMom: "You see, Chris, President Obama may not have been present when Wright was been hateful; there is a very good possibility that Obama did not attend church every single Sunday, which most of us, regulaer people don't do either."

    Ahh the short memory (minutes?) of the wide-eyed Obama supporter. During the campaign I remember Umbama saying (at first anyway) how much respect he had for Wright and How HE HAD TAPES sent to him when he was away. This was not a casual follower of the hate church.

    If any other candidate had attended a hate church we would not be splitting hairs over how often he attended!

    June 11, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. nom deplume, esq.

    Well, glad he cleared that up. All right then. Move along, nothing to see here.

    June 11, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Shayne in NH

    He shouldn't be talking about anyone.

    June 11, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Brian

    Shawn,

    So me how right wingers are restoring terrorism?

    Then tell me when terrorism went away.

    June 11, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Ken

    Just go away, Jeremiah. The addition of "Reverend" has no place here! Your ideas have never been "Wright".

    June 11, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    This guy is a race baiter reminding all black people to stay on the democrat plantation. How do yo uever go forward when you refuse to look ahead?

    June 11, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. tell it like it is

    obama cut off access from rev wright because he was hurting his ambitions, not because he disagrees with him. obama is out for obama and no one else, including the american people.
    he is inexperienced, over his head, and totally captivated by being in the spotlight. he is starting out as the worse president ever and unless something dramatic happens, will end up there.

    June 11, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. dennis

    Isn't it also funny that all these big wigs can say something and then say I didn't or I meant to say this. Well my response is you racist PIG.

    June 11, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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