June 10th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Wright: 'Them Jews' won't let Obama talk to me

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(CNN) - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former Chicago pastor whose racially-charged sermons threatened to implode President Obama's primary bid last year, is again making waves over recent comments about his current relationship with the commander-in-chief.

"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me," Wright told Virginia newspaper The Daily Press when asked if he still spoke with Obama. "I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office."

"They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is," he added. "I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."

The former pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, where Obama was a congregant for nearly two decades, also told the paper he holds no grudges against the president's very public break from Wright last year.

"He's my son. I'm proud of him," Wright said. "I've got five biological kids. They all make mistakes and bad choices. I haven't stopped loving any of them. He made mistakes. He made bad choices. I've got kids who listen to their friends. He listened to those around him. I did not disown him."

Wright, who became a lighting rod for criticism last year after members of the media unearthed controversial sermons criticizing the U.S. government, also said he has no regrets for the heated language he has used on the pulpit.

"Regret for what…that the media went back five, seven, 10 years and spent $4,000 buying 20 years worth of sermons to hear what I've been preaching for 20 years?" he said. "Regret for preaching like I've been preaching for 50 years? Absolutely none."

The White House is not commenting on Wright's remarks.

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  1. Obama Victim II

    Rev Wright screamed from the Pulpit: God "D" America!!

    and then we elected Barack Obama.

    I think Rev Wright knows more than anyone is giving him credit!

    June 10, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Tom Paine

    Obama listened to 20 years of this and said nothing. There's a profile in courage.

    June 10, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Moderate Democrat

    A white supremacist, of the republican persuasion, today shot to kill innocent people. Yes ladies and gentleman, there are racists in this country. Get rid of YOURS before pointing out others.

    Mr. Wright (I refuse to call him Reverand, because he's devil spawn in my bood) has a right to his belief. Just like you republicans have a right to be white supremacists. That doesn't mean the rest of us who voted for Obama are going to tolerate your kind any more.

    Deal with it, just don't shoot anyone because of it!

    June 10, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Todd Brimmer

    You people on here are really pathetic. If you listen to anything that the Rev. said, from an intellectual and academic level is correct. Name one falsehood he has uttered. PLEASE!!!!

    Unfortunately, American has a hard time seeing the ill and hatred of it's past and present. The Rev. is simply a bi-product of the Racism in America. Stop being so small minded people. Think beyond yourselves.

    June 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Vickie

    It ain't just the Jews brother! Nobody wants to talk to you.
    FIGURE IT OUT........

    June 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Skip, a black man

    I have to say i like this guy. Not because he is way out in left field, but at least he tells the truth on what he is thinking! Hard to find people who tell the truth today....Obama is on of them.

    June 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. ghost

    Oh give it up people. How many questionable associations do you guys have? Let alone those in positions of power?

    Wright is a man haunted by ghosts of the past And not too distant past, either. Please keep in mind that just 50 years ago, a black man was rather likely to be lynched, beaten, jailed etc just for being black. Also keep in mind that some of those that were responsible for such acts are alive and well today, but also "inspiring" their offspring in like manners.

    I don't agree with what Wright said, but you cannot deny that as a victim (ooops, there's that word you guys hate so much) of racism, it is understandable that he harbors some resentment. As a rape victim would agains the rapist, as the jewish community has towards germans.

    June 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. greenfish

    It's always about the ego. This man of God was insulted so he'll steal the spotlight wherever he can. Demagogue in the name of God. Let's hear it for the agnostics.

    June 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Look for Barack at your sermon on Sunday morning, November 13, 2011. This will be 5 days after he loses his current job.

    June 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Have fear Rev. Wright is here

    Obamas buddy of 20 years...

    June 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Bill

    These religious leaders are all pretty much the same, whatever contrived organization they choose to join and "lead". Why bother with peddlers of supernatural nonsense anyway? And why reference ANY of these guys as "reverend"? It gives their ranting more credence with a certain segment of a gullible population.

    June 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. D. Tree

    Well, at this point his entire congregation will want nothing to do with him.

    June 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Honest Fred

    You are all idiots. The Jew he is referring to is Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff for President Obama. I think this is much less a racial epithet (although the choice of using Jew in the plural may be a Freudian slip) than frustration that Rahm is doing a good job driving a wedge between the two of them. If this pisses off Reverend Wright, then so be it. I really don't give a rat's *** what he thinks.

    June 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Jamie

    He is referring to Axelrod and Rahm and not the Israel.

    June 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Tony in Dallas

    Fellows, lets not generalise or politicised this issue. Rev. Wright is only speaking for himself and it should not give any body the opportunity to rain insults on anybody, espectially an ordained man of God. He is still a man just like we all are, and we all make mistakes.

    June 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Have fear Rev. Wright is here

    I see all the leaches in society love him..

    June 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Back to Simple Life

    The old man is delusional – he thinks he's relevant. His true colors came out and they aren't pretty.

    He's a hate-monger just like Limbaugh and Palin. Hate is hate, and it's against everything not exactly like them – for all three.

    June 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Reg

    Obama's pastor or spirtual advisor surfaces again. Wow! Just more hate speech from the left. Go figure....

    June 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Bill in Ct.

    YYYYES Rev. Wright is telling the truth. He has always told the truth about this country and the crap that goes on to people of color, he hasn't said anything wrong that the average black person knows that goes on. So speak your mind Rev. Wright. When the white guy speaks his mind, it's ok but let a person of color speak out, the country and the media goes crazy and call them hate mongers or their Anti-American. PLEASE, you go Rev. Wright.

    June 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Joe

    BO didn't disown this guy until he became a liability during the election. If I am attending a church and I find the pastor to be too radical or too liberal, I go to another church, and I don't wait 20 years to do it. But then again, BO is the guy who spent 700 Billion and then tells congress they can't spend anything without having the money for it.

    June 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Dave

    Jews do have an inordinate amount of political,economic, and media clout considering their population percentage. Just as women and minorities are under-represented in government, and higher levels of management in corporate america. That's not anti-anything, it is the truth.

    June 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Dan

    When Wright spouts his stupidity, the Republicans scream about it. When Lush spouts his stupidity, the Republicans look at it as gospel. In actuality, there is no difference between the two. Both Rush and Wright have their own skewed view of the world based not on fact, but on personal opinion.

    June 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. ken

    rain rain go away come again another day(8years) after...

    June 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Steve

    Reverend Wright should join the President on the "apology tour"...he'd make a great warm up act!

    June 10, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. David

    How can any Jew still consider themself a Democrat? Can't you tell who your real enemies are?

    June 10, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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