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Jeremiah Wright: Obama Made 'Bad Decision'

Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, delivered his first sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ this weekend since his retirement last spring. Wright returned to the pulpit Sunday to mark the church's 47th anniversary, reportedly declaring that while Obama made a "bad decision" in distancing himself from the controversial pastor, "He's still my child."

(Gerald Martineau - The Washington Post)

According to this story in the Chicago Sun-Times, Wright said, "The hatred of the media and the haters in politics may have caused him to distance himself from us, but the love of Christ will never allow me to distance myself from him. I can no more disown him than I can disown any other child of mine who makes [a] bad decision. He made a bad decision, but he's still my child."

Wright said he was proud of "the only church that produced the first and only African-American president in the 211-year history of the United States."

Wright also took aim at one of his favorite targets: the media - in particular, ABC's "The View" host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who has not been shy about criticizing Obama's former pastor. Wright called Hasselbeck a "broad" and then went further, referring to her as "that dumb broad."

Meanwhile, ABC News reports today that even after John McCain swore off the pastor disaster as a campaign issue, the Republican presidential nominee's campaign nevertheless produced a 30-second TV ad criticizing Obama's relationship with the controversial pastor.

The ad never aired. And campaign strategist Steve Schmidt told ABC News McCain "never saw the ad and it was never considered for air, period." Aides also said McCain, for whatever reason, "did not want to touch" the Jeremiah Wright issue.

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By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck,
Is a dumb broad. She is allowing herself to be used as toilet paper by the right-winger and it won't be long before she'll be discarded.

What makes her stupid is after the "View" who the hell is going to hire her

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 8, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree that it was a bad decision. Rev. Wright has a big mouth, and he's about the only person in the USA who wouldn't worry about Wright having any kind of influence over the President.

Those facts acknowledged, I don't think Wright's a bad man, just a man with very strongly-held opinions, and a big mouth.

Posted by: lonquest | December 8, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Wright is miss directing his fire... it was Rodham Clinton that "used" him to scare "hard working white People" to fear "black liberation theology".

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 8, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a man of God? Calling someone a 'dumb broad.' I pray for his 15 minutes of fame to be over soon! Obama and America deserve much better.

Posted by: skyler1 | December 9, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

The good reverand might have had some valid points about the negative issues in American History. However, does anyone doubt that he eagerly seeks the attention of the media for his personal benefit?
President Obama had to distance himself from a man who agravated social divisions in America and inflamed people with his rhetoric.
Our leader must heal social discord and hold out hope to all Americans. Everyone must feel that they have a stake in our nation's progress. Reverand Wright seeks only his own progress!

Posted by: sward2 | December 9, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I turned on FOX last night (I only watch a snipit of FOX to see what they are talking about and turn it off). However, this time I see Wright on the air on Hannity and Colmes. I thougth to myself, is this a re-run or something. Are we still talking about Wright. The its on O'Reilly and Greta's show. I mean, really, FOX is getting to be so petty its laughable. Who cares what Rev Wright has to say? Even O'Reilly admits he is using FOX to get attention. Then they show McCain's Wright campaign commercial never aired. The election is over, Barrack dumped Wright - lets move on.

Posted by: sherardg | December 9, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree that it was a bad decision. I think that if Wright understood politics, then he would understand why Obama had to distance himself from him; it wasn't necessarily a personal decision. Oh, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck should stay out of the game.

Posted by: lavidadulce | December 9, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Hasselbeck is the "other view" on the View. I think it was planned that way. Rev. Wright's derogatory remarks about her were indeed sexist and totally out of place from the pulpit. This man is striving to extend his 15 minutes of fame. Maybe a comedy show is next for him.

Posted by: Kansas28 | December 9, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

He is your child, Rev Wright, and as his spiritual father, you owe him grace and kindness in addition to wisdom and truth.

We have had eight years of chest-beating and lies in the name of saving face and looking good. Why would you want to continue this charade now that the country has chosen someone much calmer, much more intelligent and much more capable.

Please look inside yourself and let go of that anger, be that anger from Vietnam, be it from Chicago, be it from the suffering you seek to eliminate.

He is your son, Rev. Work with him, do not work against him any more. Isn't his denunciation enough once?

Posted by: Quan1 | December 9, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Hasslebeck hmmm...what are her credentials? She was on a fake show about fake survivors on a scripted show that depicted a phony reality depicted as real and now gives her opinion on everything and is paid for it and is taken as credible? And Mr Wright, whatever truth he may speak of is tarnished by a bitterness and desire for acclaim,status and celebrity much like the celebrity he denounces. Why do these people matter? If they are influencing perception we are surely in the beginnings of a Dark Ages to come!

Posted by: NGrunge | December 9, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Was Rev. Wright's remarks part of Obama's campaign stragety to foster more anti-semitism in order to gain the young brain washed students votes? The Supreme Court of the United States failed the American public once again by not hearing the case regarding Obama's birth State and not revealing what the FBI found in vetting a candidate associated with terrorist, criminals, and anti-American activists. His book the Audacity of Hope is nothing more than his Mein Kempf which is devoted to the question of race as a substructure on which to erect an Anti-Semitic policy in order to get elected.

Posted by: jrbreslin1 | December 9, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Immediately after election victory, Barrack Obama was compared to Franklin Delano Roosevelt by many columnists, including Krugman. It is always prudent not to rush to make comparisons. This reminds me of the adulation showered on Fernando Collor de Mello of Brazil when he became President. He was also compared to FDR by many political pundits, including a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil. He vowed to bring about a ‘CHANGE’ and promised in his election campaign that he would create O Brasil Novo, the new Brazil. Pledging to restructure the national economy, to protect the environment and ecology, to cut back a bloated, inefficient government and to initiate a responsible fiscal policy (which includes privatization of inefficient publicly-owned industries), Collor unleashed a media blitz unparalleled in Brazilian history. He brought a dynamic, effervescent style to the leadership of a nation saddled with enormous debt and pressing social problems. He was hailed as a charismatic President and a mere mention of his name triggered a stream of adjectives from various political viewpoints – audacious, self-confident, ambitious, vain, authoritarian and arrogant. Even George Bush Sr called the Brazilian leader the Indiana Jones of South America. But soon his reform efforts failed to produce progress in the eyes of the Brazilian public. Collor was later impeached by the Chamber of Deputies on corruption charges and had to resign in disgrace. The arrest of Illinois Governor is a signal for the coming events during Obama presidency.

Posted by: yeshu2004 | December 9, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

After all this time, I'm still waiting for someone to tell me exactly why Reverend Wright's comments were so wrong. Pretty much everything he talked about is sadly what this country has allowed itself to become. And his comment about AIDS is nothing new--I remember people in the gay community when that disease was running rampant saying that they believed the government had something to do with it.

I think that white America is very afraid of black anger. Consider what black people had to go through and are still going through every day in spite of Barack Obama being our next president and perhaps you'll understand where that rage stems from. No matter how articulate, intelligent and law-abiding we may be, we're still view through a skewed lens. Even now, people assume (wrongly) that black liberation theology is about hating white people and it's not. Even now people assume that Wright, Sharpton, Jackson, etc. speak for black people and they don't just as 50 Cent doesn't represent black life in its entirety.

Sooner or later people will get that, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: KYM525 | December 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The election proved that the Rovian slime tactics of the past simply don't work. If fact, a case can be made it works against them.

Obama is doing more from a leadership perspective during his president elect period than Bush and the Republicans did in 8 years. He needs to be a superstar - an extraordinary president up there with Lincoln and FDR and Kennedy to get America out of the mess made by Bush and these Republican idiots over the last eight years. We all should be pulling for him - Republicans and Democrats alike. He needs our support. We all have a huge stake in this.

So, what do these folks on Fox "News" do? Dredge up ineffective bull in an ongoing smear campaign after the election is over and they lost for the sole purpose attempting to erode support with their usual slimy smear tactics for this president before he even takes office.

They're campaigning for Republican candidate X in 2012 while Obama is still president elect. Some "great Americans".

Solid, sensible and fair leadership trumps inane, ridiculous nonsense about Reverend Wright and William Ayers...

That Fox "News" is covering this in any venue is pathetic. And watching "Uncle Juan" the voice of black folks was sad. Fox will never let their base of morons forget that Obama was "linked to terrorists", and he was associated with a church with a "radical America-hatin' preacher", and "he's a Muslim"...

Posted by: sherardg | December 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama was "right" to distance himself from Rev Wright. The good reverend now seems like so many other "men of god" who have a message, provided you're willing to pay for it. Religion as a business....nice gig if you can get it. Nope, Pres-Elect Obama showed good judgment in parting company with rev wright....

He's now living up to my expectations for a loud-mouth who cannot fathom being out of the spotlight....he had to say something controversial.

Posted by: skiloypet | December 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It is truly unbelievable that you people are still convinced that Barack is anti-American, blah, blah, blah! Get a life! Obviously there were more people who thought he could do our country nothing but good and I have all the faith in the world that he will put us on the right track. It was a landslide so live with it or move out of the country if you can't stand having him as our president.
Barack was born in Hawaii so get over it. Move on to something else, the election was over in Nov.

Posted by: cjicfalls | December 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

President Elect Obama did what he had to do in the face of Jeremiah Wright's flagrant disregard for the delicate balance Obama needed to maintain during the campaign. The Senator tried as hard as he could to maintain a public relationship with Wright but the flagrant baiting and grandstanding particularly during Wright's presentation at the National Press Club event needed to be addressed. Thus, we see the President Elect making a decision which was visibly a painful one for him.
As an ordained clergywoman in the same denomination as Wright, and as one who has studied Black Liberation Theology ala James Cone; having read Malcolm X; and having immersed myself in African American history and the rich heritage of the African American contribution to the music of the Church, I was truly concerned about what was taking place on the public stage.
President Elect Obama had to make the decision he did.
I am beginning to think that a number of prominent older men who have had their day are somehow like the old lions who know that their power is diminishing and so they begin to rail and snap at the young lions who come along in all their fresh raiment and glory. Witness: Jesse Jackson,Sr. Bill Clinton, Jeremiah Wright, and there are others.
I take heart that President Elect and Mrs. Obama have the convictions and the good sense to discover a church family which will nurture them during their time in the White House. I do hope it will be with a pastor who also has good sense to allow the new First Family to worship and grow without creating land mines.

Posted by: cbarton1 | December 9, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The arrest of Illinois Governor is a signal for the coming events during Obama presidency.
Posted by: yeshu2004 | December 9, 2008 11:01
WHAT does this have to do with Obama?
followiing your logic all republican'ts misdeeds under bush are tied to him.
Posted by: jrbreslin1 | December 9, 2008 10:39 AM The Supreme Court of the United States failed the American public once again by not hearing the case regarding Obama's birth State and not revealing what the FBI found in vetting a candidate associated with terrorist, criminals, and anti-American activists
BECAUSE there was nothing of merit in the accusantions would be the answer.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | December 9, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

KYM525, I could not agree with you more. Thank you for seeing the truth in Reverend Wright's message. Yes, the US has and is engaging in wars for empire. Yes, people around the world hate our government for that. And yes, they are going to try to retaliate. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I hope our government will learn to understand that one day.

Posted by: DelfinaP | December 9, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I am in almost total agreement with 'cbarton1'. Was Jeremiah Wright, I refuse to call him Reverend, merely snapping at the young lions or was he simply attempting to have his name in print so he might once more pass the hat and gain more wealth and notoriety? Yes, I am caucasion. Still, this does not hinder me from assessing a man's character. At least, I hope to think not. I believe Jeremiah Wright thought he had found an avenue to aggrandize himself and sped down it disregarding the consequences to anyone else. Jeremiah Wright is not a man of good character in my opinion, and as such should be noticed by his congregation. Thoughtful people of any color or creed have the ability to see what is in front of them.

Posted by: dchaffins | December 9, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is Not representative of Christians OR Real Americans! He is not representative of the Black community as a whole. He belongs in the same category of Ted Hagee,pat Roberts,Jerry Falwell,et al.

Posted by: asclepious2 | December 9, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: thevoodoodoll | December 9, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Wright,et al are ministers of Satan & disunity,not ministers of God's Love & unity!

Posted by: asclepious2 | December 9, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Why give this big mouthed anus-brain one line of copy. Assign him to the race-bin!!

Posted by: caesarganz | December 10, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I was at Trinity last Sunday for both the 11am and 6pm services. It was the 47th anniversary of Trinity, which Dr. Wright grew from 87 members to 6,000 over his 36 years there. Trinity has does an enormous amount of good for its members, the South Side, and the AA community of Chicago.

For anyone presernt, it's obvious the remark about Ms.Hasselbeck was a throw-away line completely irrelevant to the message "Every time I remember you", using Phillipians 1: 3-7 as his scriptural text. He is well aware of the cameras, so I conclude that the jab is just a bit of showbiz to generate some publicity, and get the congrgation inside the sanctuary on their feet. If it encourages people to listen to his otherwise thoughtful message, so much the better.

Posted by: MikeRolfes | December 10, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Jeremiah Wright is doing what he is SUPPOSED to be doing, in the long, honorable tradition initiated by the Jewish Prophets of the Old Testament... specifically including that other Jeremiah, for whom the mode of ministry of both men is named... delivering Jeremiads, speaking critically (hopefully in truth) to power.

And, from THIS former Marine, I think that my fellow former Marine (and also former Navy Corpsman) Jeremiah Wright, God bless him, has as much right as any man alive to criticize the United States, or any of its officials, when they fail to life up to the proud (AMERICAN) ideals of freedom and justice.

Semper Fi!

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 10, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"live up to", even. Lord, I need an editor!

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 10, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

What news media people like yourselves need to know and understand is that Rev. Wright is no longer the issue. These are issues that are being resurrected by mean-spirited agendas, seeking news items from old issues that have been already overspent.

It is possible that John McCain could have extracted a political charge card by running ads that included the damnable Jeremiah Wright spewing hatred for "America". One has to understand that John McCain ran a losing campaign from the time he chose Sarah Palin as the Vice-President nominee. While there were many other Republican women we could respect and admire, he decided to choose an political neophyte thinking he would win the Hillary Clinton supporters. He crashed that plane as well.

I believe in the separation of Church and State. If Jeremiah Wright and his church need to be politically aware and politically involved, then they need to start paying taxes like the rest of us...give to God what is God's and to Caesar what is Caesar's.


Posted by: olgaolivia | December 10, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Rev. Wright has been misunderstood. Obama's problem was that Wright was the pastor of his church. There are many pastors both white and Black and Hispanic who preach equality.
The irony is that Rev. Wright and his Priest side kick are speaking about some segments of the American people. As I read many of these post and watch Fox News, they keep proving Wright is right. Maybe if we can practice unity we could make Wright a liar.

Posted by: sm98yth | December 10, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The reverend is just doing "shtik"- like most reverends, pastors and ministers. Do people in the pews think that the person that is gesticulating, orating and inspiring them is really who that person is at home in their underwear? He's also like a good small-town coach, who chances upon an unusually gifted athlete- trying to ride to success and fame (which in his mind, is completely justified by the time and effort he has put into that athlete) on the back of that athlete, unable to comprehend that he is doomed to be left behind because of his own limitations.

Posted by: interactidiomas | December 11, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

What makes her stupid is after the "View" who the hell is going to hire her

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 8, 2008 1:09 PM

Hasselbeck is stupid but the others on the View are in bed with Obama are brilliant? You do know they are being paid to say the things they do about Obama? They are a sell out to America and true journalism and they are ignorant about the economy and history. They are bleeding heart liberals who like their paycheck and care nothing about you.

Hasselbeck cares and she wanted to let America know who Michelle Obama truly was when she told of Michelle Obama coming on the show saying certain questions are out of bounds? Why is that? What is MO afraid to be asked?

So you like communism? You dislike truth being spoke about in the media? You like stupid replies from Behar like, "In Clintons term we had higher taxes but we had a surplus. I am willing to pay more to get us out of debt?" There was never s surplus in Clinton's era. Behar jumps around like a person in fire when a conservative speaks on that show. You talk about stupid. Behar is the ultimate in stupidity.

Or you prefer Whoopie saying things to McCain like, So you want us to go back to slavery? I give Whoopie some credit because she does listen and she speaks well on a lot of subjects.

Hasselbeck is gorgeous and intelligent. She speaks out for what she believes in among 4 other progressive radicals on the show. Hasselbeck will get a job wherever she wants. The others, anybody want those who sold out America working for you when Obama destroys the United states with communism?

Posted by: tangledweb | December 13, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Bank of America and Mr. Higgins missing $millions, It can happen to you, my fellow Americans

More info:

Posted by: srmaxhiggins | December 14, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I can see why after abandoning the Muslim faith of his youth, Obama joined this Church; they hate America and treat women with abuse.

Posted by: AirMail1 | December 14, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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