Wright to Obama: 'Coming after you'
By MIKE ALLEN | 4/28/08 11:58 AM EST
The pastor insisted Obama 'didnt denounce' him and
'didnt distance himself' from Wrights controversial
remarks, but 'did what politicians do.'
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try
to change national policy by coming after Sen.
Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.
The pastor also insisted Obama didnt denounce him
and didnt distance himself from Wrights
controversial remarks, but did what politicians do.
Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying:
He had to distance himself, because he's a
politician, from what the media was saying I had said,
which was [portrayed as] anti-American.
Wright, who was Obamas pastor for 20 years and
performed his wedding, made the explosive comment
during a chaotic question-and-answer session at the
National Press Club in Washington, following the
pastors remarks about the black church in America.
I said to Barack Obama last year, If you get
elected, November the 5th I'm coming after you,
because you'll be representing a government whose
policies grind under people, Wright said.
The minister was speaking as part of a tour that is
drawing heavy news coverage and causing a huge
headache for Obamas presidential campaign.
Obama, seeking to distance himself from remarks by
Wright that some have taken as anti-American, has
emphasized that Wright has retired.
But Wright talks of their relationship in the present
tense. I'm a pastor; he's a member, he said. I'm
not a spiritual mentor.
In the Democratic debate on April 16, Obama referred
to Wright as somebody who is associated with me that
I have disowned, then clarified that to say he had
disowned the comments.
But Wright objected to a question saying Obama had
Whoever wrote that question doesn't read or watch the
news, Wright said. He did not denounce me. He
distanced himself from some of my remarks, like most
of you, never having heard the sermon, all right?
He didn't distance himself. He had to distance
himself, because he's a politician, from what the
media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as]
He did, as I said, what politicians do.