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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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. saftgek

    Evil – Vile – Disgusting! How else can a reasonable, rational, objective person assess & describe this miserable excuse for a human and a supposed member of the cloth?

    June 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Linda from Minnesota

    Can't wait to hear the hate that will spew forth from the neocons about this. President Obama hasn't spoken to him in years but the neocons will blame him for something.

    June 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Proud DHS radical

    And just how many years have Obama and Michelle have been sitting in the pews listening to their reverend Wright?

    June 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Chuck in CSG

    Ah yes, what a breath of fresh air this man is. I wonder if, in his reverance, he remebers that Christ was one of "Them Jews".

    June 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Theory

    What could really come out of this ? A meeting between the two. A dialect has to occur between them, i mean Obama doesn't hate the Rev. They need to set the record straight on the future of their relationship. This should happen in person or by phone, so that there's no further distractions.

    June 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. MT

    This isn't a man of God or Love, this is a jerk.

    June 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Don

    Reverend Wright is a sick pathetic racist that does not have a place in a world that is trying to overcome the trash that comes out of his mouth. Stop giving him air time- He's worthless...

    June 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Louis Jacinto

    Those who espouse hate from the pulpit are false prophets

    June 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Ernie in LA

    He and Obama are two peas in a pod. Neither one are qualified to be even called an American.

    June 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Danny J

    20 years of going to this man for spiritual advice, and only after he became a political liability did Obama abandon him.

    June 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Richard in California

    Rev. Wright, I have no doubt that you believe yourself to be a man of God. However, clearly you are no friend much less spiritual advisor to President Obama. If you were, instead of maligning President Obama and a few of his close Jewish advisors, you would be talking to and praying for him in private. Rev. Wright, please remove the planks of racism and hatred from your own eyes before trying to remove splinters from anyone else's.

    June 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. JP

    Please meet Rush Limbaugh's equivalent from the other side.

    June 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Mike

    Up until now I thought most of his comments were taken out of context and manipulated by the Republicans and FOX News. However, this certaintly crossed the proverbial line. Whether or not it casts any doubt around the character of President Obama is still in question in my mind. What is becoming clear, however, is the character of Reverand Wright: anti-semite.

    June 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. jm

    yes, Obama sat in this man's church for 20 years.

    June 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Allan

    Looks like Obama made a good decision to dissociate himself from Wright.

    I have a sneaking feeling that nobody, regardless of their religion, needs to prevent Obama from talking to Wright.

    June 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. ysidero

    rev wright is obviously not only a loose cannon, but completely unhinged. id love to be a fly on the wall when rahm emanuel confronts wright. oh, if only!

    June 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Sue

    I don't like Rev. Wright's attitude, but he is entitled to speak.
    One thing I have noticed is that the so-called conservatives are a lot more apt to kill someone over their beliefs than any liberal is. They stockpile their guns and their anger, and then off they go-let's kill the abortion doctor performing legal procedures. Let's go kill those terrorists...oops.we killed a whole lot of innocent people? Too bad. Let's go torture some people who MIGHT have information. Let's arrest people on suspicion of terrorist activity, treat them poorly, and then be surprised when we have to release them for no evidence and they have the gall to be mad at the US. Let's start a war for which we cannot pay, keep lowering taxes, and let the Democrats worry about ending the war and then somehow paying for it. And they cannot for an instant understand just what the US might have to apologize for? How do you people call yourselves Christian with a straight face?

    June 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Annie

    I don't understand why this man doesn't just shut up. Must be an ego thing.

    June 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Sari

    Seriously, what is with all of the anti-Semitic stuff lately? It's so overwhelmingly stupid, I just feel shocked to the core. Did WW2 mean nothing?!?!?!?!

    June 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Ted

    Funny, no comments. He should have said "Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney won't let me see the President", then you'd have a ton of comments. Why won't they let the President see his spiritual adviser?

    June 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. KLK

    This man has completely lost it.

    June 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. IndyVoter

    Proverbs 29:20...."Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him."

    June 10, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. whaley41

    Shut up and go away Rev. Wright!!!

    June 10, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |

    Stop being a menace to the society! The "Wright" thing for this guy to do is shut his mouth. He's makin' a fool out of himself.

    June 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Hate speech is not OK, Rev.Wright. May God forgive you for such hate and fear mongering, when you have to answer to God someday.

    But Obama sure got a lot of mileage out of that hate didn't he?
    Any condemnation from the Whitehouse on this will be with a wink-wink-nod-nod.

    June 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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