In a radio interview today, President Obama's controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, sought to clarify his latest incendiary remarks.
After a sermon Tuesday night at Hampton University in Virginia, he told a reporter for the Daily Press of Newport News that he hasn't spoken to Obama since he became president.
"Them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office," said Wright, the former pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. "They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."
In the interview today on Mark Thompson's talk show on SIRIUS XM radio, Wright said he meant to say "Zionists," rather than Jews and said he was taken out of context during a rushed interview as he was walking to his car.
"I am not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith. Iím talking about Zionists," Wright said.
Obama resigned from Trinity Church and cut ties with Wright after videos surfaced during the presidential campaign showing Wright in the pulpit shouting "God damn America" and accusing the government of creating AIDS.
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