In 2008, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor, became a millstone around Obama’s neck with his embarrassing sermons and public pronouncements. Recently, Edward Klein of the NY Post interviewed Wright and discovered that Obama and his team tried to buy Wright’s silence:
Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”
“He offered you money?”
“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”
“How much money did he offer you?”
“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.
“Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?”
“Yes,” Wright said. “Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, ‘You’re used to coming to my home, you’ve been here countless times, so what’s wrong with coming to my home?’ So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me. I don’t know if he had a wire on him. His security was outside somewhere.
“And one of the first things Barack said was, ‘I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election.’ He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t speak. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.’
“And what did you say?” I asked. “I said, ‘I don’t see it that way. And anyway, how am I supposed to support my family?”
This is disturbing on so many levels. Obama comes off as a phony pretending to be something he was not. And, while we do not at all approve of Rev. Wright’s message (indeed, we are appalled by it), he certainly has a right to preach it. Obama seems to think that he can bully or buy off people who speak in the name of God so that they will not stand in the way of his agenda–even when they preach a message he agrees with. For someone who talks so much about Jesus and the Bible, this shows a complete disrespect for God and His Word.
- Washington Post silent on bribe to silence Obama’s Rev. Wright (legalinsurrection.com)
- Jeremiah Wright claims Obama ally offered $150,000 bribe in 2008 to shut up (hotair.com)
- Obama Tried To Bribe Rev. Wright And A School Lenin Would Have Loved (riehlworldview.com)
- Jeremiah Wright says he was offered $150,000 in 2008 from “one of Barack’s closest friends” to stop preaching until election. (althouse.blogspot.com)