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Most Shocking Headlines of 2008: Rev. Wright Causes Campaign Firestorm

Rev. Jeremiah Wright — the man who had been Barack Obama's pastor for 20 years, performed his marriage, baptized both of his children, and inspired the title of his book The Audacity of Hope — added "source of massive political headache" to his list of relationships with Obama.


In March, during Obama's battle with Hillary Clinton, clips of controversial statements Rev. Wright made in 2003 and 2001 surfaced and soon went platinum on cable news channels. The Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001, Wright said that "America's chickens are coming home to roost."

At first Obama took a path less traveled by politicians — in a speech on race relations Obama said: "I can no more disown him [Wright] than I can disown the black community." But soon Rev. Wright made the high road increasingly dangerous. Wright went on a media blitz calling the controversy surrounding his remarks an "attack on the Black Church." Obama became outraged with Rev. Wright and by June he had left Rev. Wright's Church.

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