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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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Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
1) build a boat. 2) Put Palin and her family and her witch doctor dude, this man and his church, Ayers, Bush and his entire administration and his new shoes, Cold Play, Britney Spears's new album, Governor "have I got a chair to sell you" Whats-his-face and "what's-his-other-face" that got caught cheating on his wife in said boat. 3)make it go away.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I love how people will take any chance to bash the other side, especially when the article is about your side. Kythera- get over Sarah Palin- election's over!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
(muffling laughter) oh 2008 I wont miss you.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
"Not God bless America, God damn America." I honestly find that insanely hilarious.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Rev. Wright: Is a victim of Jim Crow America, be thankful you're too young to have suffered such a painful past. He will never be the same.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
It was a huge headline. Thank God Obama supporters didn't let that affect their opinion on him. Like Kythera said..he was an idiot.
kythera kythera 8 years
Oh, what about Sarah Palin and her involvement with the church she belongs to. Her pastor revels in his story of running a "witch" out of town, and that's ok?
kythera kythera 8 years
Yeah, what about Sarah Palin and her husband being involved in the Alaskan Independence Party and their want to secede from our nation? Yeah, that didn't get much airplay on Fox I bet. The Rev. Wright story didn't make me budge from my support for Obama at all. Rev. Wright is a belligerent idiot.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
You think dragging this guy out will make the theft of America easier to take?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yes, that was time.
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