Looks like he’s suggesting he’ll try to bend the ear of his former parishioner to sway policy decisions. And Obama can’t be too happy about that.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try to change national policy by â€œcoming afterâ€ Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.
The pastor also insisted Obama â€œdidnâ€™t denounceâ€ him and â€œdidnâ€™t distance himselfâ€ from Wrightâ€™s controversial remarks, but â€œdid what politicians do.â€
Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying: â€œHe had to distance himself, because he’s a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American.â€
Wright, who was Obamaâ€™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 pastorâ€™s remarks about the black church in America.
â€œI said to Barack Obama last year, â€˜If you get elected, November the 5th I’m coming after you, because you’ll be representing a government whose policies grind under people,â€™ Wright said.
Asked whether he believes that “America is still damned in the eyes of God,” Wright was unapologetic about his sermon. He recalled that he told 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 continued: “It’s about policy, not the American people. . . . God doesn’t bless everything. God condemns something. . . . God damns some practices. And there is no excuse for the things that the government, not the American people, have done. That doesn’t make me not like America, or unpatriotic.”
While his arguments aren’t necessarily wrong (see every single right-wing argument about the sanctity of life), if Wright was looking to aid Obama by explaining his remarks further, well, this wasn’t the way to do it.
Unfortunately it’s now up to Barack to correct the record yet again and make sure people know Wright will have zero influence over his policy decisions.