Rev. Wright Bashes Prez in Letter

Wright called himself "toxic" to the Obama administration

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    Jeremiah Wright, pastor to Presidential candidate Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, makes remarks during a discussion on "The African American Religious Experience: Theology and Practice" on April 28, 2008 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Clips from years-old sermons by Wright in which he assails US and Israeli "terrorism," calling on blacks to sing "God damn America," and alleging that AIDS was spread by the US government, have spread widely on the Internet and television, putting Obama on the defensive and arguably preventing him from locking up the party's nomination. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Breaking up is so hard to do for Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    "When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me under the bus literally," the firebrand South Side preacher  wrote in a letter to a philanthropist this February.

    Joseph Prischak, the president of Africa 6000 International, approached Wright about lobbying the White House to help release frozen funds to benefit Haiti's earthquake relief efforts in a letter dated Feb. 11.

    Wright replied in a letter sent Feb. 18 that Obama and his staff considered him "toxic."

    "No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write them," wrote the former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ.

    Wright's rhetoric -- when tapes of him saying "God Damn America" surfaced -- created a rift between him and then-Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

    Obama took heat for fiery sermons delivered by his then-longtime pastor, who blamed the U.S. for 9/11 and for AIDS in the black community. Obama denounced his longtime pastor and severed ties with him and his South Side church in a historic campaign speech about race in Philadelphia.

    But Wright's hardened feelings didn't stop him from relenting to the relief group's request.

    He agreed to write Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking if Africa 6000 International could access the millions donated by Uday Hussein, the son of Saddam Hussein in 1990.

    Prischak claimed the younger Hussein entrusted his business partner, before he was imprisoned, with $125.5 million to buy milk, food and medicine for Iraqi children. They're seeking $36 million in interest from an overseas account to help children in Haiti.

    The reverend may be right no one will listen to him. Who wants to deal with their friend's or for that matter, their boss's bitter ex?

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