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    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0408/9912.html Wright to Obama: Coming after you By MIKE ALLEN | 4/28/08 11:58 AM EST The pastor insisted Obama
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      Wright to Obama: 'Coming after you'
      By MIKE ALLEN | 4/28/08 11:58 AM EST

      The pastor insisted Obama 'didn’t denounce' him and
      'didn’t distance himself' from Wright’s controversial
      remarks, but 'did what politicians do.'
      Photo: AP

      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 “didn’t denounce” him
      and “didn’t distance himself” from Wright’s
      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 Obama’s 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
      pastor’s 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 Obama’s 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
      denounced him.

      “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]
      anti-American. … He did, as I said, what politicians do.”
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