*Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright is back in the headlines over comments about the president expressed in a letter to an African aid group and obtained by the Associated Press.
Rev. Wright sent the letter to Africa 6000 International to explain why the Obama administration would likely ignore his efforts to release frozen funds for use in earthquake-stricken Haiti.
“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 the Pennsylvania-based group, Joseph Prischak, 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!”
In the spring of 2008, a video of Wright denouncing American policies in a sermon at his Chicago church threatened to derail then-Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign. Obama sharply denounced his former pastor’s controversial remarks.
In a speech to the National Press Club in April 2008, he claimed the U.S. government could plant AIDS in the black community, praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and suggested Obama’s shunning of him was nothing more than a PR move.
That rant prompted Obama to cut all ties with Wright, whom he labeled “divisive and destructive,” and leave his church.
Wright’s letter was sent Feb. 18 to Prischak, the president of Africa 6000 International in Erie, Pa. Wright subsequently agreed to write a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the group’s behalf to try to get access to millions of dollars.