Contrary to 2008 claims, Obama did have apolitical relationship with Rev. Wright for 20 years.
When Barack Obama distanced himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright in 2008, he made a series of comments that implied their relationship had never had any political overtones, and was simply restricted to Wright being a pastor and Obama an innocent member of his flock.
Not quite. As early as 1987, Obama included Wright on the advisory board of Obama’s community organizing project – an advisory board that included the radical leftist Catholic priest Father Michael Pfleger, who associated with Louis Farrakhan and other assorted anti-Semites, and the brother of Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Documents have been found that reveal letters written by Obama to the office of the mayor of Chicago in 1987, Harold Washington, and on behalf of Obama’s Developing Communities Project.
In one letter, Obama pushed Washington to have a meeting with Obama’s advisory board in order for Washington to give his endorsement.
But in 2008, Obama went to great lengths to insist his relationship with Wright was anything but political and that he never, ever, ever heard anything inflammatory from Wright:
During the course of me attending that church, I had not heard those kinds of statements being made or those kinds of views being promoted. And I did not vet my pastor before I decided to run for the presidency. I was a member of the church. He was never my ‘spiritual mentor. He was — he was my pastor. And so to some extent, how, you know, the press characterized in the past that relationship, I think, wasn’t accurate. But he was somebody who was my pastor, and married Michelle and I, and baptized my children, and prayed with us at — when we announced this race. And so, you know, so I’m disappointed.
Obama wrote in March, 2008 that Wright “has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.”
That same month, Obama told then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann that he and Wright had “a relationship — he’s like an uncle who has talked to me, not about political things and not about social views, as much as about faith and God and family.”
The man has no shame at all. 21 years before, Obama had trusted Wright enough to name him as an advisor on the board of an organization that launched his career in politics and built his power base in Chicago’s machine. As suspected, Wright was a part of Obama’s political life all along.