'The Amateur', Part 2
Author Ed Klein details conversation with Rev. Wright
- Duration 11:32
- Date May 17, 2012
Author Ed Klein details conversation with Rev. Wright
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Some -- candidate now earlier today a new report New York Times revealed that a GOP super pac was looking.
Had a proposal to run ads linking President Obama to his friend reverend Jeremiah -- around the time of the Democratic National Convention of course.
The Obama campaign's initial reaction panic now the president's chief spin doctor David Axelrod quickly responded.
On Twitter at 5:45.
This morning he -- quote stunning.
Will Mitt Romney stand up as John McCain did.
Or allow the per mayors of slime to operate on his behalf.
Well earlier today governor Romney rejected the idea of these ads let's listen and that's.
As I read the article I want to make it very clear our repudiate.
That that effort I think it's the wrong course for -- -- campaign.
I hope that our campaigns can respectively be about the future -- about issues.
And about a vision for America.
I I I've been disappointed in the president's campaign to -- which is focused on character assassination.
I I just think that we're wiser to talk about the issues of the day what we do to get America working again talk about our respective records.
-- governor Romney I have to respects respectfully disagree with you know I do believe the economy jobs national security.
Are by far the most pressing issue facing the country today I also feel.
That every candidate though needs to be fully vetted.
That's something the mainstream media failed to do back in 2008 with Barack Obama and I believe that the president's relationship with the reverend Jeremiah Wright.
And -- that influenced him for over twenty years inspired him is a very important campaign issue after all it is a matter of character.
We're gonna have more on governor Romney's comments.
Later in the program with the fives Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric -- the first.
Here is author Ed Klein we will do what the mainstream media will not do we will play the tapes of his recent interview with the reverend Jeremiah Wright.
And joining us now is Ed -- the author of this controversial new book the amateur.
Let's start at the very beginning when the bit about the day -- announce he's gonna go run for president.
And he was going to give the invocation.
And the president called to tell what topics to talk about mining came up in this moment but -- -- from the state.
-- a all sorts quarantine.
-- There's very good.
-- -- -- We call.
Because toward really -- Another negative -- first time.
Because we go to.
-- -- your invitation I was I was on the program.
Don't say anything that would upset and -- -- farmers.
There's anything you talk about.
So the day -- before President Obama announces run for president.
It's a group of -- -- it's a call he was given the invocation up to that -- Yeah he was supposed to be the reverend the minister this -- His pastor who's going to give the invocation for the entire ceremony and he's getting instructions from President Obama what to say -- not saying that's right there.
Don't don't anger Iowa followed scare the white rapids and Iowa but I really think -- -- but I know I'm sure he didn't -- are right now from that point.
On he got another call from President Obama and then he got disinvited now listen to this part with it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's in the -- in addition.
They've already given it was people.
This -- the -- and what you know you can become a -- thinks is best -- -- If you more.
You -- out of focus you're from the media's focus.
So I took out of that.
You can kind of be over the top today at times I guess the president have to be in their twenty is really didn't know what Jeremiah Wright thought of course he did.
He knew more then what he even said in the the church because he and the Reverend Wright.
Met numerous times in his private office and -- knew exactly what he stood for.
All right so now what essentially about this so he's denied the invocation it gives the prayer with the family underneath.
That we talked about how that Reverend Wright has this box.
With email with an offer to buy is silence from a close confidant of the president Eric Whitaker you didn't name them in the book but it's mentioned in the tapes.
All right moving on from that because we played that.
If -- He EU ask if Obama knew that Whitaker offered the money now he doesn't give the answer that I would suspect but -- usually set.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But -- -- Jeremiah Wright did not take the money.
He did not -- was offered it yeah I think it's possible the Whitaker could have made that offer just independently on his own now.
Why because I don't think -- crew would have done something as important is that without.
Personally with the confidant of of Barack Obama's I mean they were his closest Brothers could be.
And I don't think he would have done something.
As dramatic as offering -- 150000 dollar bribe without checking with his -- Iraq and saying.
Maybe we should do something about silencing this minister.
It it -- -- think his later it sounds like when Barack met with Reverend Wright in the secret meeting.
That Reverend Wright thought he might be being taped at that point that's right -- that he wondered if he was if if Barack Obama was wired.
There and right actually explains.
Obama had to distance himself.
He was toxic I think is the way right described himself -- -- was -- -- would have its.
Whoever they are.
Okay this fitness stuff.
If you wanna get -- -- pretty -- -- these folks.
And this goes to that meeting where you know.
That that he says told -- -- Obama's system you know we are probably you have to tell the truth that's -- -- -- I mean the whole thing is as you say a and very.
Shrewd and subtle.
This assembling of Barack Obama in front of me.
And -- and describing him and showing him.
-- -- -- The this kind of sleazy politician that -- even exceed goes into this you ask him has he changed since she's been elected.
And right's answer is yes he has happens -- -- us.
-- -- -- When she hit any bad -- into that -- Americans reveal -- earlier on.
He was a man of of integrity of part of principles.
But Reverend Wright in this interview.
Knowing an important reelection is coming up -- saying he is no longer.
-- longer that man no longer the man that you thought he was in 2008.
But by public thought he was in 2000 -- He's changed he's become a different person.
That right -- -- that say that Obama told him that -- quote that they don't want a black man with his finger on the nuclear -- he's quoting Barack Obama -- right that's right and some of us.
-- they don't want him back when he's -- kitchen.
Good United States me.
That's why this looks he's an excellent.
You have Hussein -- Iraq you have continued -- yes sir you said in the warmer.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- No I don't saying.
Why blurted out there.
Just as -- murder -- and you actually get it -- Brian of course -- -- it's time for our -- than usual he got political aspirations.
Again that's -- the same -- but more importantly.
What does this reveal about the president's views on race do you think what was he trying to communicate there -- there with them.
Well -- it was pretty clear to me that the president was saying that if he.
Allied himself with the Reverend Wright.
Who is perceived as an angry black man.
That they white electorate.
Would be afraid to turn over to him.
That the the position of commander in chief in charge of nuclear weapons.