The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is “toxic” to the Obama administration and that the president “threw me under the bus.”
In his strongest language to date about the administration’s 2-year-old rift with the Chicago pastor, Wright told a group raising money for African relief that his pleas to release frozen funds for use in earthquake-ravaged Haiti would likely be ignored.
“No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write to them. I am ‘toxic’ in terms of the Obama administration,” Wright wrote the president of Africa 6000 International earlier this year.
“I am ‘radioactive,’ Sir. When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me under the bus literally!” he wrote. “Any advice that I offer is going to be taken as something to be avoided. Please understand that!”
I admit it, I was pretty disgusted when Obama suddenly found his long-time pastor to be “divisive and destructive.” To spend years under the man’s tutelage, to gain from his teachings spiritually, then to toss him aside as a sacrifice to an enraged public was disgusting and transparent. I’m glad to see Wright has no illusions about the way he was treated.
I found that whole episode to be a perfect example of the lack of real human beings in politics. There are only personifications of opinion polls. Real people get thrown under the bus.