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April 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Detroit branch of the NAACP said that it had selected the former minister of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama as the keynote speaker at its 53rd Annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner. The civil rights organization called the Rev. Jeremiah Wright a man who has "challenged the nation" and "challenged our comfort zone." The event, to be held April 27, typically draws about 10,000 people. Wright has been criticized for remarks about race relations, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and more.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama "to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do. " The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
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OPINION
May 7, 2008
Re "Focus remains on Rev. Wright," May 1 Until the day of California's primary election in February, my support went to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I changed my vote to Sen. Barack Obama, mainly because I didn't like the direction Clinton's campaign was headed or how she was presenting herself. Knowing that she appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" and what she said in that interview, two thoughts come to mind. First, why would she ever validate Bill O'Reilly by appearing on his show?
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president's former pastor whose sermons touched off a firestorm in the 2008 political campaign, urged Monday that President Obama heed the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and transform the country into the world's “No. 1 purveyor of peace.” Wright, in the capital but skipping the inauguration, recalled a speech by King during the Vietnam War, when the civil rights leader denounced the U.S. as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” During his first run for the Oval Office, Obama parted ways with Wright, now pastor emeritus at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- A pending plan by top GOP strategists would bring back a familiar face from the 2008 presidential campaign, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in a massive $10-million campaign directed at drawing attention to connections between President Obama and the controversial reverend. “The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” the proposal pledges, according to documents obtained by the New York Times . The plan, titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good,”   is one of many being presented to Joe Ricketts, an outspoken supporter of conservative causes and founder of TD Ameritrade, who is more than willing to put his money where his political views are. Ricketts is currently the main financer of the “super PAC” Ending Spending Action Fund.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president's former pastor whose sermons touched off a firestorm in the 2008 political campaign, urged Monday that President Obama heed the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and transform the country into the world's “No. 1 purveyor of peace.” Wright, in the capital but skipping the inauguration, recalled a speech by King during the Vietnam War, when the civil rights leader denounced the U.S. as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” During his first run for the Oval Office, Obama parted ways with Wright, now pastor emeritus at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2008 | Margaret Ramirez, Chicago Tribune
Concerned about possible harm the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. did to Barack Obama's Democratic presidential campaign, 30 Chicago-area African American pastors came together Friday to support the Illinois senator. The pastors, who represented the Pentecostal, Baptist and Episcopal faiths, gathered at historic Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church on the South Side and said it was time to get back to the real issues of the campaign. The Rev. Leon Finney Jr.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2008 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Preaching in South Los Angeles eight years ago, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. lived up to his legend by providing fiery oratory that brought down the house. Wright -- the longtime Chicago pastor to Barack Obama whose incendiary pulpit remarks have put him into the political spotlight -- provided searing social commentary during his appearance at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. He contended that history is written, and distorted, by oppressors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama "to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do. " The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told journalist Bill Moyers that media organizations circulating controversial sound bites of his sermons on the Internet wanted to paint him as "un-American" or "some sort of fanatic" to bring down Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - "Super PACs," the free-ranging groups formed to exploit a new era of unbridled campaign spending, have dominated the 2012 presidential race, buoying a succession of Republican candidates and helping propel Mitt Romney to the party's nomination. But the bombs-away mentality threatened to blow up on Romney on Thursday when plans surfaced for an ad blitz reminding voters of President Obama's past ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his controversial former Chicago pastor.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- A pending plan by top GOP strategists would bring back a familiar face from the 2008 presidential campaign, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in a massive $10-million campaign directed at drawing attention to connections between President Obama and the controversial reverend. “The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” the proposal pledges, according to documents obtained by the New York Times . The plan, titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good,”   is one of many being presented to Joe Ricketts, an outspoken supporter of conservative causes and founder of TD Ameritrade, who is more than willing to put his money where his political views are. Ricketts is currently the main financer of the “super PAC” Ending Spending Action Fund.
OPINION
May 7, 2008
Re "Focus remains on Rev. Wright," May 1 Until the day of California's primary election in February, my support went to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I changed my vote to Sen. Barack Obama, mainly because I didn't like the direction Clinton's campaign was headed or how she was presenting herself. Knowing that she appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" and what she said in that interview, two thoughts come to mind. First, why would she ever validate Bill O'Reilly by appearing on his show?
NATIONAL
May 3, 2008 | Margaret Ramirez, Chicago Tribune
Concerned about possible harm the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. did to Barack Obama's Democratic presidential campaign, 30 Chicago-area African American pastors came together Friday to support the Illinois senator. The pastors, who represented the Pentecostal, Baptist and Episcopal faiths, gathered at historic Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church on the South Side and said it was time to get back to the real issues of the campaign. The Rev. Leon Finney Jr.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told journalist Bill Moyers that media organizations circulating controversial sound bites of his sermons on the Internet wanted to paint him as "un-American" or "some sort of fanatic" to bring down Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Detroit branch of the NAACP said that it had selected the former minister of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama as the keynote speaker at its 53rd Annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner. The civil rights organization called the Rev. Jeremiah Wright a man who has "challenged the nation" and "challenged our comfort zone." The event, to be held April 27, typically draws about 10,000 people. Wright has been criticized for remarks about race relations, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and more.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - "Super PACs," the free-ranging groups formed to exploit a new era of unbridled campaign spending, have dominated the 2012 presidential race, buoying a succession of Republican candidates and helping propel Mitt Romney to the party's nomination. But the bombs-away mentality threatened to blow up on Romney on Thursday when plans surfaced for an ad blitz reminding voters of President Obama's past ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his controversial former Chicago pastor.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, canceled plans to receive an award at a summit on black churches. Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth announced on its website that Wright would not be attending the State of the Black Church Summit and awards banquet in Dallas. The school was to present him with an award Saturday.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2008 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Preaching in South Los Angeles eight years ago, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. lived up to his legend by providing fiery oratory that brought down the house. Wright -- the longtime Chicago pastor to Barack Obama whose incendiary pulpit remarks have put him into the political spotlight -- provided searing social commentary during his appearance at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. He contended that history is written, and distorted, by oppressors.
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