Reverend Wright was the very first person Barack thanked in his 2004
“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 “..an 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.