Jeremiah Wright says President Barack Hussein Obama tried to get him to keep quiet about things Wright knew pertaining to the then-presidential contender, and that even one of Obama's closest friends tried to financially bribe him as well.
The NY Post reported Wright saying, "Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place."
Wright declined the invitation to hide in secrecy when he was used to meeting Obama in public settings or his own home setting.
He did agree, however, to hear Obama out during that 2008 campaign period, inviting his previous congregation member to visit him, as he had done in the past, at the parsonage living room of Trinity United Church of Christ.
Obama accepted, which speaks to his great desire to try and influence his former mentor into not ruining his election chances back then.
"I really wish you wouldn't do anymore public speaking until after the November election," Obama asked the pastor, making it clear that he didn't want John Q. Public knowing just how deep his feelings about controversial issues really wentÂ—or how much he had supported Wright's radical views.
And, as one might expect, he had a vested interest in asking the preacher to forgo his speaking engagements, the Post reported.
"It's gonna hurt the campaign if you do," Obama pleaded.
Wright, on the other hand, wanted to remain very public and non-secretive about what he thinks on any number of issues, and on the issues he espoused from the pulpit of the church Obama attended willingly for years.
So the older man didn't feel he should hide his words now, telling the future president that "I don't see it that way."
One of Obama's closest friends attempted to buy the preacher's silence, he said, with a $150,000 bribe, but that didn't work either.
"I'm sorry you don't see it the way I do," Wright says Obama told him.
Of course Obama would be sorry that Wright wouldn't see it his way. He's been sorry the U.S. Supreme Court hasn't seen several issues his way too...and the Congress...and the states....and the public...
This was a period in which America didn't yet know about Obama's obsessive and all-passionate desire to "have it his way" no matter what, though. And the soon-to-be president wanted to keep it that way, according to Wright.
If the country could have listened in to that conversation then, however, it's citizens might have rethought the presidency of such a man given what Wright told the Post next.
"[Obama said], Do you know what your problem is?"
And Wright said, no, with Obama telling him that the preacher was under the unfortunate position of "always having to tell the truth," which was an unfortunate position for the man wanting to be president.
But Jeremiah Wright said that telling the truth was "a good problem to have." And it is, isn't it? So why didn't Obama want the preacher to do so?