Jeremiah Wright can sink Obama (WASHINGTON TIMES COMMENTARY) By Jeffrey T. Kuhner 05/18/12)
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He’s back. And this time, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright threatens to
engulf President Obama in a major scandal - one that could doom his
re-election. Edward Klein in his recent biography of Mr. Obama, “The
Amateur,” interviewed Mr. Wright about the president’s past. On tape
and on the record, Mr. Wright claims that in 2008, the Obama campaign
offered $150,000 to buy his silence. If this is true - and I stress
if - Mr. Obama may have committed a crime, and if so, he should be
prosecuted and sent to prison. Wrightgate could bring down the Obama
America was introduced to Mr. Wright in the spring of 2008. The
racist, America-hating pastor quickly became an embarrassment to then-
candidate Barack Obama. The more cable TV shows endlessly looped Mr.
Wright’s extremist, bigoted tirades, the more of a political
liability he became to the Obama campaign. Mr. Obama was in full
panic; the long association with his radical pastor threatened to
derail the Democratic nominee’s chances to defeat Sen. John McCain.
Mr. Klein says that according to Mr. Wright, the Obama campaign sent
an emissary. The goal: to bribe Mr. Wright in exchange for his
agreement to disappear from public view until after the election.
In particular, Mr. Wright alleges that Dr. Eric Whitaker, a close
Obama friend, sent an email proposing $150,000 to muzzle the pastor;
Mr. Wright says he refused. (The Obama administration recently
awarded a $6 million grant to the University of Chicago Medical
Center’s Urban Health Initiative. Who runs the initiative? You
guessed it: Dr. Whitaker.) Then, Mr. Wright claims, Mr. Obama
personally visited him, urging the pastor to remain silent and do
nothing that would cripple the Obama candidacy.
According to Mr. Klein, Mr. Wright directly contradicts Mr. Obama’s
narrative of having little contact with Trinity United Church.
Instead, Mr. Wright alleges that he was Mr. Obama’s close spiritual
and political adviser, someone who for more than 20 years shaped the
future president’s worldview. In fact, the pastor claims that he was
like “a second father” to Mr. Obama.
Furthermore, Mr. Wright says Mr. Obama possessed an “Islamic
background” and despite his conversion to Christianity has never
abandoned his Muslim roots. In short, Mr. Wright appears to be
confirming what I have argued for years: Mr. Obama is a cultural
Muslim whose Christianity is deeply tied to black liberation
theology - the belief that America and the West have an evil,
imperialist civilization bent on oppressing the Third World.
Mr. Wright’s comments beg a fundamental question: Why now? Why is he
speaking out about Mr. Obama at this moment? The racial firebrand
admits he feels burned; Mr. Obama threw him under the bus to win the
2008 election. Mr. Wright is bitter and angry. Yet what if he is
telling the truth? He has injected himself into the center of a
potential political storm.
This is why his allegations must be investigated. House Republicans
should demand that Congress subpoena Mr. Wright and force him to
testify under oath - especially about his claims that the Obama
campaign offered $150,000 to buy him off. Congressional investigators
need to subpoena Dr. Whitaker as well and track down his supposed
emails in which the offer was made. If true, the Obama team violated
campaign laws and maybe worse.
Mr. Wright’s charges are possibly the tip of the iceberg, exposing
the vast corruption at the heart of the administration’s Chicago-
style politics. Who else has been offered cash in exchange for
Moreover, Mr. Obama’s Islamic roots are becoming increasingly
apparent - despite the best efforts of the liberal media to cover
this up. In 2008, any questions raised about his Muslim heritage were
denounced as “Islamophobic” and beyond the pale. For example, I was
accused by the New York Times of waging a smear campaign. Mr. Wright
has shown that they were wrong. The evidence was there for all to
see. It was obvious. Mr. Obama’s father and stepfather were Muslim;
Mr. Obama attended a madrassa in Indonesia; as a boy, he studied the
Koran; he has openly admitted that the “most beautiful sound” is the
Muslim call for evening prayer (not, say, the “Star-Spangled
Banner”); he frequently refers to Islam as a “revealed religion”
while denigrating Christianity; and he claims that America is a “post-
Mr. Obama’s powerful sympathies for the Islamic world explain much of
his foreign policy - apologizing for American behavior in the Middle
East, appeasing Iran, engaging in long-term nation-building in
Afghanistan, abandoning Iraq, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in
Egypt, empowering radical Islamists in Libya, backing the disastrous
Arab Spring and the relentless undermining of Israel. In short, Mr.
Obama is the true protege of Mr. Wright: an anti-colonial, anti-
Western radical leftist who seeks to use U.S. power in the service of
the Arab street. In many ways, he is our first Muslim president.
Therefore, it would be a great irony of history if the pastor who
baptized Mr. Obama’s children, presided over his marriage to
Michelle, guided his conversion to black liberation theology and
spent more than two decades as his spiritual and religious mentor
turns out to be the man who triggers the president’s downfall. Maybe
Mr. Obama cannot outrun his past, after all. (© 2012 The Washington
Times, LLC. 05/18/12)
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