Update, Audio: Rev. Jeremiah Wright Says “Jews” Are Keeping Him from President Obama


jeremiah-wright1[Update and audio below.] Same brashness. Same spontaneity. Same lightning-rod remarks. If you were thinking the Rev. Jeremiah Wright had been tempered by a national backlash that nearly derailed Barack Obama’s trip to the White House, guess again. In an exclusive interview at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, Wright told the Daily Press that he has not spoken to his former church member since Obama became president, and he implied that the White House won’t allow Obama to talk to him.”Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “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. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”

Wright also said Obama should have sent a U.S. delegation to the World Conference on Racism held recently in Geneva, Switzerland, but that the president did not for fear of offending Jews and Israel. He specifically cited the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

“Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel,” Wright said.

Reactions to Wright’s comments regarding Jews and Israel lit up Internet message boards and political blogs around the nation yesterday, and sparked national TV requests for an audio recording of the interview.

In Newport News, Rabbi Scott Gurdin at Temple Sinai said Wright “is missing an opportunity to build alliances and bridges.”

“I want to be cautious about what I say, because I don’t want to sound like Rev. Wright,” Gurdin said. “But my goodness, if a prominent Jewish person said something at a rabbinical conference that was disparaging against blacks, he (Wright) would be all over it.”

Richard Gordon, chairman of the Community Relations Commission of the United Jewish Community Center, said: “My impression is that Barack Obama … is doing what he thinks is in the best interest of the country, and his advisers are telling him the best way to accomplish that.

“It would also be my opinion that he wants to distance himself from Rev. Wright because of these spurious and ridiculous accusations that he consistently and persistently makes.”

In the interview after a nighttime sermon Tuesday at the ministers conference, Wright offered that he has no regrets over the controversy that resulted in a severed relationship with Obama, a former member of the Chicago church of which Wright was the longtime pastor.

“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?

“Regret for preaching like I’ve been preaching for 50 years? Absolutely none.”

Wright said that when he went to the polls, he did not hold any grudge against Obama.

“Of course I voted for him – 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.”

The son of a pastor, Wright has attended the HU ministers conference since he was a child – though he was not spotted at the conference in 2008 during the heat of the campaign debate over comments he made that many branded racially divisive.

The Rev. William Curtis, president of the ministers conference, said the Wright controversy is a “personal matter” for the Chicago pastor.

“Dr. Wright is a part of the church and he is a friend of the church and his views are personal,” Curtis said. “And they don’t represent the statements and views of the entire African-American pulpit.

“And whether or not he believes or perceives there were some strategies behind President Obama’s campaign, we are grateful to have an African-American president.”

To listen to Wright’s comments, click below:

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UPDATE: Rev. Wright: I Meant to Say “Zionists” Are Keeping Me from Talking to President Obama – Not Jews

In an interview on a liberal satellite radio show, Rev. Jeremiah Wright attempted to clarify his comments to the Newport News, Virginia. Daily-Press about “them Jews” preventing him from speaking to President Obama.

“Let me say like Hillary, I misspoke,” Wright said. “Let me just say: Zionists.”

Wright said “I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists.”

Wright then criticized Israel, saying, “I quote Jews when I say this,” and referencing books by Jewish authors such as “Judaism Does Not Equal Israel: The Rebirth of the Jewish Prophetic” by Marc Ellis and “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Ilan Pappe.

“I’m talking about facts, historical facts,” Wright said. “I’m not talking about emotionally charged words or the fact that like Jimmy Carter’s book, that because he used the word that Jews use, ‘apartheid,’ he gets labeled anti-Semitic.”

“They can jump on that one phrase if they want to,” Wright said, “but they can’t, they can’t undo history. They can’t undo the facts of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what’s going on, who write about the enormous influence that AIPAC has on our government and on United States policy and the United Nations.”

(Wright did not identify who “they” was.)

In his original interview with the Daily-Press, Rev. Wright was asked if he’d spoken to President Obama since his inauguration.

“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “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.”

Wright said he would tell the president, if he could, to stay true to himself.

“He’s gotta do what politicians do,” Wright said. “Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza, “Ethnic cleansing the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel.”

Rev. Wright also said that “the Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote, that’s controlling him, that would not let him send representation to the Darfur Review Conference, that’s talking this craziness on this trip, cause they’re Zionists, they would not let him talk to someone who calls a spade what it is. ”

(It should be noted that since his inauguration, President Obama has visited with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Saudi King Abdullah, Jordanian King Abdullah, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It’s unclear what Rev. Wright would say to the President about the plight of the Palestinians that these Arab leaders would be unwilling to say.)

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  1. the white house must let this so call rev jeremiah wright talk to obama so he can bring him down even faster then we will expect obama to fall so i hillary can become president sooner