We all remember the fiery rhetoric of President Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. We saw the videos, ad nauseam, where he cried, 'Goddam America' and made other controversial statements.
Even though Obama had attended services at Wright's church for over 20 years, he claimed that he never heard those type of comments come from his pastor. Sure.
Now, Wright says that he was offered money to shut up until after the 2008 election.
“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.
Wright goes on to say that Obama wanted to set up a secret meeting between the two. When Wright refused, the candidate met him in his house and asked Wright personally not to make any public speeches.
“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. ...“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.’
Obama has always said that he didn't agree with any of Wright's views, but Wright claims that he said this;
Do you know what your problem is?’ And I said, ‘No, what’s my problem?’ And he said, ‘You have to tell the truth."
Apparently, Obama believes Wright's political positions are "the truth," after all...even though he didn't hear them.