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Jeremiah Wright Speaks

Having held his tongue throughout the election, Jeremiah Wright has broken his silence in an interview with Sirius XM Radio. Ben Smith has the details: Wright described Obama’s election as a "mixed bag of being proud of him and being blessed to have lived [to see it]”, and frustration at being "put up by the media" as a "weapon of mass destruction to destroy his candidacy." He also recognized Obama’s need to distance himself during the election: "To get the votes that he needs in electoral politics, he has to distance himself from me, because his support would dry up when certain parts of the constituency found out who I was." He was most disappointed not in Obama, he said, but others in the black church who "just rolled over and played dead while we in the black church continue to be hammered for who we are."