During the presidential campaign of 2009, along with Obama's association with left wing domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, Obama's association with Jeremiah Wright came under scrutiny. Obama had attended Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side for twenty years but claimed not to have heard various inflammatory statements make from the pulpit by Wright.
The Reverent. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle and baptized their two daughters. After the controversy over Wright erupted Obama tried to distance himself from Wright. Wright who had been scheduled to deliver an invocation at a major Obama event was disinvited.
Below are a couple of the more widely publicized inflammatory statements made by Wright.
He said this in the aftermath of 9-11:
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye... and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."Here is his famous, "God damn America" statement:
"And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America!