Obama's Former Pastor Says Media Exploited Him

Barack Obama's former pastor complained Thursday that the media used him as a "weapon of mass destruction" in an attempt to derail Obama's campaign for the presidency.

Speaking at a forum about race and religion, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright accused the media of taking out of context videos that showed him cursing the government and accusing it of conspiring against blacks from the pulpit of the Chicago church where Obama had worshipped for 20 years.

The videos, which included Wright thundering "God damn America!", dominated cable television for weeks. The public outrage that followed caused the president-elect to sever ties with his longtime spiritual leader.

Wright told an audience of about 200 people at the forum that he was trying to convey the anger and desire for vengeance that people felt after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He said the media failed to mention that he was a proud Christian who was raised in a Christian home.

"Their intention was to use me as a weapon of mass destruction, to tear down that man's integrity," said Wright, former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

In a question-and-answer session with the audience, Wright said he didn't believe Obama shared his opinions publicized on the videos.

"Do you agree with everything your pastor says?" he asked. "Ninety percent of the people sitting in church don't agree with everything their pastor says. What I saw is not an index on what he did or does not believe."

Wright's comments were a stumbling block for Obama's campaign. In an impassioned speech about faith and race, the Democrat at first expressed support for Wright, saying that "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

But six weeks later during a speech at the National Press Club, Wright offered eyebrow-raising opinions about the U.S. government, praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and hinted that Obama was distancing himself from the pastor for political expediency.

The next day, Obama said he was outraged and denounced Wright's remarks.

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  • by Michael Location: Merritt on Nov 8, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    I would be willing to bet reral "folding money" that he will find his way back into NO bama's life and we the tax payer will be paying for it.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ on Nov 8, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    Jeremiah Wright didn't stop Obama from becoming president....there is nothing he can do now. He wants another 15 minutes...oh well..he's getting it! Jeremiah Wright is harmless, and he is the black equivalent of the white kkk. Instead of you all spending so much worrying about Wright...worry about dissembling the kkk!
  • by why Location: eastern nc on Nov 8, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    Why bring this up now?? He obviously wants attention on himself.
  • by Fred Location: Belhaven on Nov 8, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    This man is no Christian pastor. No church in Christ would ever preach hate and use the Lord's name in vain from the pulpit. His so-called church is just a den of the devil's menions, including all who have or ever will count themselves part of it.
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Nov 8, 2008 at 02:17 AM
    WRIGHT was stationed at Camp Lejeune in the 60's. The 60's was an era where radicalism festered and started to permeate the military. Believe me because I witnessed the "fist bump". Then it was called "checkin in", "dappin" and it was prevelant amongst blacks. It got so bad people walked in groups, and 2 military guards were required at each units posting stations. People need to review history, from 1933 to present, before hurling inuendos. What I just alluded to are facts.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    he is not a man of GOD!!!!!!!!111111
  • by ??? Location: NC on Nov 7, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    This man is one of the biggest BLACK bigots there is.Why is it that some of the most anti white Blacks look like theyre half white? Jeremiah here, Tom Joyner, Julian Bond, just to name a few.
  • by true Location: usa on Nov 7, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    obama said he was in his church for 20 yrs ,said he went about 2 times a month , that 's 480 times ,and he never heard a THING , and they sell tapes of his preaching ,well if you believe THAT , i got a UFO in my back yard i will sell the little green men comes with it !!!
  • by Geez on Nov 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Who is this man kidding? He did it to himself and almost to Obama. Sure Obama was aware of his hijinks in the pulpit. He kept on going to church there too, didn't he?
  • by Ron Location: Merritt on Nov 7, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    The wrong Rev. Wright should be charged and prosecuted for sedition and treason. What happened to those crimes, why are they no longer relevant? Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves!
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