Wright: "Them Jews" won't let Obama talk to me

The president's former pastor speaks out, again.

By Alex Koppelman
June 10, 2009 9:35PM (UTC)
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The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's former pastor, has gotten himself back in the news again, this time by commenting on his post-election relationship with Obama. He's in Virginia for a conference with other ministers, and while there, he spoke with a local paper, telling them he has no regrets about the statements he made from the pulpit that turned controversial last year, and that he's unable to speak with the president.

"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?" Wright said, according to the Hampton Roads Daily Press. "Regret for preaching like I've been preaching for 50 years? Absolutely none."


And though he says he bears no grudge towards the president ("He made mistakes ... He listened to those around him. I did not disown him."), Wright is clearly not happy about the fact that he's unable to speak with him. Though he didn't say whether he'd tried reaching out, Wright told the paper:

Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. 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.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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