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Jeremiah Wright claims Obama ally offered $150,000 bribe in 2008 to shut up
Hotair ^ | 05/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/13/2012 7:45:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Hey, guess who's back? In his new book on Barack Obama titled The Amateur, Edward Klein caught up with Jeremiah Wright, Obama's minister and friend for 20 years and pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The Hillary Clinton campaign nearly derailed Obama's nomination by digging up Wright's incendiary and controversial sermons at TUCC, including exhortations like, "God damn America!" and saying that 9/11 was nothing more than America's chickens coming home to roost ... among many other statements. Obama later proclaimed ignorance of Wright's rants despite his long association with TUCC, and eventually renounced Wright and TUCC entirely when Wright wouldn't keep his mouth shut.

In his on-the-record interview with Klein, Wright claims that an Obama ally offered him $150,000 to keep his mouth shut and stop preaching until after the election, in excerpts published by the New York Post today:

‘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.

According to Wright, Obama met personally with his then-pastor to ask him to do the same, although Obama apparently didn’t offer money for his silence. Wright’s version of the conversation makes it clear that Obama knew very well what his pastor had preached from the pulpit, and what he was likely to do once attention focused on him:

“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?’ And he said, ‘Well, I wish you wouldn’t speak in public. The press is gonna eat you alive.’

“Barack said, ‘I’m sorry you don’t see it the way I do. Do you know what your problem is?’ And I said, ‘No, what’s my problem?’ And he said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem to have. That’s a good problem for all preachers to have. That’s why I could never be a politician.’

Sounds as though Obama knew full well what the “truth” was going to be once Wright started talking to the media, at least according to Wright’s version of events. Wright doesn’t have much to lose by telling the story now, but it should be noted in fairness that he might have a lot to gain. If the media takes more interest in Wright this time around, he’s going to be a pretty hot property for the next five months.

I’d expect the White House to begin decrying distractions in the election campaign coverage in 5 … 4… 3 … 2 …

Update: In retrospect, the Obama friend should be glad that Wright turned down his offer. It sounds a lot like the kind of thing that got John Edwards into trouble.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bribe; jeremiahwright; jeremiahwrightbribe; obama

1 posted on 05/13/2012 7:45:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So how do you know who’s lying in a crowd so unaccustomed to telling the truth?


2 posted on 05/13/2012 7:47:09 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

only 150K LOL


3 posted on 05/13/2012 7:51:10 AM PDT by molson209
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To: SeekAndFind

No surprise here. The Illegal has always been a bribe taker and giver. Just look at how the university of Chicago Hospitals Corp. promoted Moochelle from a $100,000+/yr. sinecure to a $300,000+/yr. sinecure just after the Illegal was elected to theU. S. Senate and, SHAZAM, the Illegal got them a $1,200,000 earmark shortly thereafter.


4 posted on 05/13/2012 7:55:51 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: SeekAndFind

vermin devour one another.


5 posted on 05/13/2012 7:57:54 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: SeekAndFind

vermin devour one another.


6 posted on 05/13/2012 7:58:31 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 05/13/2012 8:03:15 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: SeekAndFind

From the theme “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling”.


8 posted on 05/13/2012 8:06:50 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: SeekAndFind
"God damn America!" and saying that 9/11 was nothing more than America's chickens coming home to roost.

While I think this quote is offensive and I certainly was offended by it the many times I heard this quote, I have come to realize that it contains the underlying truth about what is happening to America and why.

9 posted on 05/13/2012 8:20:49 AM PDT by GBA (Read: The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn)
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To: molson209

RE: only 150K LOL

I hope you’re not insinuating that he would have taken the offer if it had been several orders of a magnitude higher than that ...


10 posted on 05/13/2012 8:26:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy"

-hey that's right next to my office at the Kwammy Nkoprah Academy, umm, the Kwacker Nkbumwad Academy, er, I mean the Kwame Nkrumah Academy...
11 posted on 05/13/2012 8:58:27 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: molson209

And any surprise here would br what?????


12 posted on 05/13/2012 9:21:01 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: libstripper

Don’t forget the hospital eliminated the position once the obama posse moved into the White Hut. It was pure graft and probably a no-show job. I would love to see her daily schedules for that “job”.


13 posted on 05/13/2012 9:56:30 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

It a tree falls in the forest of news and the MSM run away holding their ears will the apolitical voters hear it?


14 posted on 05/13/2012 10:05:32 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama later proclaimed ignorance. He’s a master of it.


15 posted on 05/13/2012 10:23:16 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

After the revelations and dust up, didn’t Wright go black (pun not intended) and silent through most of the 08 campaign?

Methinks he followed the rule of, “take the loot and scoot.”


16 posted on 05/13/2012 11:59:39 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (I'll be a nice to you as you'll let me be, or as mean as you make me be.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That aint enough to cover the cost of his huge mansion he has over in whitey’s hood.


17 posted on 05/13/2012 1:43:57 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: molson209
"...only 150K LOL"

Well, there's also the thought of waking up with a horse's head in bed with you...or maybe swimming with the fishes...or getting the Ron Brown air traffic control treatment.

18 posted on 05/13/2012 2:07:05 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s see those offers in writing, Jerry. Liars all tend to come from the same brood.


19 posted on 05/13/2012 3:26:30 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

This story sure disappeared quickly from the Drudge Report.


20 posted on 05/13/2012 6:36:40 PM PDT by cquiggy
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To: cquiggy

That’s interesting.


21 posted on 05/13/2012 6:45:49 PM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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