Barack Obama, his surrogates and willing accomplices in the MSM will continue to try to minimize the role Reverend Jeremiah Wright has played in his political career. The arguments we have heard thus far include: the Reverend is in the process of retiring, Obama did not hear those remarks while sitting in a pew, the remarks did not come to Barack’s attention until he began his run for President. Obama denounced the controversial remarks of Reverend Wright by saying “In other words, he had never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor.” But to determine the political importance Obama placed on his pastor, look no further than his victory speech in the 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Reverend Wright was the very first person Barack thanked in his 2004
victory speech, ahead of any other politicians and even his own family:

“Thank you, Illinois. Let me begin by thanking all of the people who have been involved in this effort. From downstate to upstate, city, suburb, from every community throughout the state. Let me say how grateful I am to all of you for the extraordinary privilege of standing here this evening. Let me thank, because I will forget later on, it is a thankless task, let me thank the best political staff that there has been put together in this state. They are wonderful. You know who you are. You guys have been outstanding. I appreciate all of you. Let me thank my pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. of Trinity United church of Christ. Fellow Trinitarians out there. Let me thank all the elected officials that stood by me through thick and thin. But most of all let me thank my family…..”

Barack has
portrayed Wright as “ old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with.” Fair enough. That’s something many of us can identify with. However, most us would not have our crazy old uncle preside over our wedding, baptize our children or use one of his lines as the title of our book. That crazy uncle certainly wouldn’t be the first person we thanked in a speech being broadcast live to millions of people in Illinois.
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8 Response to 'Rev. Wright was the First Person Obama Thanked in his Victory Speech'
  1. whitesox'> March 16, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Great article. Good to get this out in the open. I recall him saying that but it had no major importance at the time.


  2. Anonymous'> March 16, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Where is the report on Hillary's Pastor? Does she have one? You discussed McCain's preacher problem, Obama's preacher problem, what about Hillary? Does she get a pass? Is this gender bias?

    The real issue about church is we don't know all of the things that were said and went on in churches during the 1960's where many congregants belonged to hate groups and held meetings for these hate groups in there churches and some may still do it.

    Have we examined the accuracy of the preachers statements! I happen to agree with some of it!

    Here is a piece of Dr. Martin Luther King's Drum Major instinct speech.

    ...But this is why we are drifting. And we are drifting there because nations are caught up with the drum major instinct. "I must be first." "I must be supreme." "Our nation must rule the world." (Preach it) And I am sad to say that the nation in which we live is the supreme culprit. And I'm going to continue to say it to America, because I love this country too much to see the drift that it has taken.

    God didn't call America to do what she's doing in the world now. God didn't call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. WeÂ’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation.

    But God has a way of even putting nations in their place. The God that I worship has a way of saying, "Don't play with me." He has a way of saying, as the God of the Old Testament used to say to the Hebrews, "DonÂ’t play with me, Israel. Don't play with me, Babylon. Be still and know that I'm God. And if you don't stop your reckless course, I'll rise up and break the backbone of your power." And that can happen to America. Every now and then I go back and read Gibbons' Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. And when I come and look at America, I say to myself, the parallels are frightening. And we have perverted the drum major instinct...

    Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, on 4 February 1968.

    Some one send this to the News media, especially FOX and Hannity & Colmes let's see who runs this story first. OR does Fairness get a pass and is the media now soft on the truth? How about a visit to a black church. Get David Gergen's comments on CNN about different views of blacks versus whites etc.


  3. Anonymous'> March 16, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    I was just wondering if George Bush had said he was a KKK member for 20 yrs...Would the MSM and the democrats accept an answer from him that they did not say anything while he attended....So you cannot hold him accountable for what they said....Get serious folks....


  4. Xyndau'> March 16, 2008 at 10:33 PM


    “Obama Attended Hate America Sermon

    Sunday, March 16, 2008 7:14 PM

    By: Ronald Kessler

    Contrary to Senator Barack Obama’s claim that he never heard his pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. preach hatred of America, Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the ‘white arrogance’ of America’s Caucasian majority for the world’s suffering, especially the oppression of blacks. . . . In fact, Obama was present in the South Side Chicago church on July 22 last year when Jim Davis, a freelance correspondent for Newsmax, attended services along with Obama. In his sermon that day, Wright tore into America, referring to the ‘United States of White America’ and lacing his sermon with expletives as Obama listened. Hearing Wright’s attacks on his own country, Obama had the opportunity to walk out, but Davis said the senator sat in his pew and nodded in agreement. “

    A copy of the Trinity United Church of Christ bulletin for July 22, 2007, service attended by U.S. Senator Barack Obama included a letter from a Hamas leader, an organization the U.S. has declared to be a sponsor of state terrorism. This is just one quote from the church bulletin "The sticking point of 'recognition' has been used as a litmus test to judge Palestinians. Yet as I have said before, a state may have a right to exist, but not absolutely at the expense of other states, or more important, at the expense of millions of human individuals and their rights to justice. Why should anyone concede Israel’s 'right' to exist, when it has never even acknowledged the foundational crimes of murder and ethnic cleansing by means of which Israel took our towns and villages, our farms and orchards, and made us a nation of refugees?


  5. flymorgue2'> March 17, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    MLK accuses USA of being a "drum major" and Wright accuses CIA of inventing AIDS. Nice analogy anonymous.


  6. Anonymous'> March 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM


    "Where is the report on Hillary's Pastor? Does she have one? You discussed McCain's preacher problem, Obama's preacher problem, what about Hillary? Does she get a pass? Is this gender bias?"

    Or perhaps it is because Hillary's pastor has said nothing negative (whether it be Obama's pastor damning America or McCain's pastor damning homosexuals) that the media could criticize. It's not like the media pulls this out of their ass: they have to have material to work with, and so it just happens to be the case that Clinton has a normal, non-hating pastor.


  7. Anonymous'> March 17, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    News Flash: Reverend Wright’s Christianity isn’t the Right kind.

    Now that the Right-Wing knows that Senator Obama is likely a Christian (although I'm sure there are those who are reluctant to part with his being a Muslim), maybe it's now time to suggest that Reverend Wright is the wrong kind of Christian leader as opposed to Francis Schaeffer (link above) who was the Right kind of Christian leader.

    Seems it's okay for religious leaders to condemn America, and even call for insurrection, as long as those leaders are the Right kind of Christian leaders.

    For instance, condemning America for bigotry against Blacks and gays is very wrong. No way that can be tolerated. It’s (of course) unpatriotic. It just isn’t Right.

    On the other hand, condemning America for the existence of homosexuality and for being like Hitler and like Russia is very Right. Anti-Catholicism is very Right. Racism is very Right.

    You get my drift. When it comes to what Christian preachers preach, there's the Right way or the highway.

    The Right-Wing is totally hypocritical for its smearing of Reverend Wright and its false claims that Senator Obama is guilty by association.

    Hank in Texas


  8. Anonymous'> March 18, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Oh yes. And this is why the continent of Africa is such a peace loving non-interventionist place to live. If America is so bad and Africa is so good let's buy the reverend, his followers, Farencon and his followers boat tickets to the land of their dreams.