Jeremiah Wright apparently has no intention of going away quietly. The former pastor of president-elect Barack Obama tells the Chicago Tribune about the hurt feelings from the presidential campaign and how his former congregant didn’t even bother to inform him personally about being tossed under the bus. Wright warns Obama that he won’t cut him any slack, either:
Watching the election returns on TV—Wright was apparently not invited to the Grant Park rally—was somewhat bittersweet, he told Sirius XM Radio host Mark Thompson.
“It was like a mixed bag of being proud of him and being blessed to have lived to see something my parents would never have believed was going to happen while at the same time having been put up as the whipping boy by the media to be the weapon of mass destruction to destroy his candidacy,” he said.
Though he hopes to talk with Obama again once he leaves office, he also said he won’t hold back in criticizing Obama’s administration.
“I’ve already told . . . Obama: On Nov. 5, I’m coming after you,” he said. “It’s not you the person . . . it’s the policies of this country. And as long as you are presiding over policies that grind God’s people into the earth, I’m coming after you.[“]
He didn’t get invited to Grant Park? Wasn’t that an open event? Apparently, Wright needs the gilt-edged invitation. It’s hard to blame him for that, though, considering how he discovered he’d gotten the boot from his spot on the Obama campaign. He saw the report on TV during a Caribbean cruise, rather than hearing from Team Obama.
Wright professed to developing a sense of humor about the press he received during the campaign, including adopting the “wackadoodle” label applied to him by a New York Times columnist. I guess we can look forward to lots of “garlic nose” jokes and demonstrations of high-school marching band routines over the next four years.
Obama may actually welcome attacks from Wright over the next four years. He needs to get as much distance from his former preacher as possible, and if Wright wants to carry that mileage, that should suit Obama just fine. It will make Obama appear less leftist and more mainstream to have Uncle Wackadoodle performing his routines from the sidelines.