Obama selected Trinity United. He selected the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Wright married Barack and Michelle. He blessed their home in Hyde Park. He baptized the Obamas' daughters. Obama initially wanted Wright to deliver the invocation when Obama announced his run for the presidency.
Wright calls the criminal justice system racially biased against blacks. So does Obama. Wright, in 2006, falsely said, "We've got more black men in prison than there are in college." A year later, Obama repeated the Wright canard almost verbatim: "More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America." Pre-emptively deciding Trayvon Martin's death was a matter of racial profiling, Obama said, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Obama sided with the indignant black Harvard professor instead of the white cop who was properly responding to a call about possible burglary. "The Cambridge police," Obama said, "acted stupidly."
Obama, in "Dreams From My Father," quotes Wright from the "Audacity to Hope" sermon: "White folks' greed runs a world in need."
What does Obama blame for the financial crisis? "Greed" and "fat cat bankers on Wall Street." Obama's greed-based view explains why he denounces "millionaires and billionaires" for failing to pay their "fair share" of taxes. It tells us why candidate Obama told an Ohio plumber, "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
Wright's relationship with Obama helps explain the president's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Wright said in a 2007 interview, "When (Obama's) enemies find out that in 1984, I went to Tripoli (to visit Moammar Gadhafi) with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell." Wright also blamed "Zionists" for "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza. Does this not shed light on why Obama condemned the "reckless" building of Israeli "settlements" in east Jerusalem -- causing an immediate chill in America's relationship with Israel? Does Wright's anti-Semitism tell us something about why Obama said "nobody's suffering more than the Palestinian people from this whole process"?
But Wright is off-limits.
For his new book, "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House," reporter Ed Klein taped a lengthy interview with Wright. The reverend claims that Obama secretly met with him and tried to dissuade Wright from speaking out until the election. He says an Obama surrogate offered him $150K to stop giving speeches until after the 2008 election!
Even then-Sen. Obama thought Wright was fair game. "I think that people were legitimately offended by some of the comments that (Wright) had made in the past," said Obama in April 2008. "The fact that he's my former pastor, I think, makes it a legitimate political issue."
But Wright, four years later, is off-limits -- unless you're nuts.