Obama calls Jeremiah Wright for help with turnout? Update: False report?


We know it’s “racist” to talk about Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but somehow this news from former San Francisco mayor Willie  Brown seems newsworthy:

If Obama looks as if he’s going black, he could turn off white people. So he’s largely been lying low on the race issues — visibly pushing for the Latino vote, the gay vote, the women’s vote, but not the black vote.

But last weekend, he held a conference call with a collection of black preachers that included his old pastor, Jeremiah Wright. He wanted to talk to them about getting out the vote.

Well, we think it’s newsworthy, anyway. The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News … not so much.

If Brown’s report is to be believed, this is the same Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said “God Damn America:

The same Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said five days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost:

Brown’s column was brought to the attention of conservative Twitter users by Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com:

Jeremiah Wright is back and better than ever: breitbart.com/Big-Government…

— benshapiro (@benshapiro) October 21, 2012

Obama asking Wright to GOTV in the US of KKKA breitbart.com/Big-Government… #WrightIsBack

— benshapiro (@benshapiro) October 21, 2012

New Obama slogan: “You can’t go wrong with Wright!” breitbart.com/Big-Government… #WrightIsBack

— benshapiro (@benshapiro) October 21, 2012

Obama to Stef Cutter: “Hey, calm down. I’ll just call Jeremiah Wright. He’ll help us.” breitbart.com/Big-Government…

— benshapiro (@benshapiro) October 21, 2012

Twitter reacted to the news with a combination of horror, wonder, and schadenfreude:

Soooooo, @barackobama is bringing in racist, Jeremiah Wright, to boost his campaign. Yeah, nothing could go wrong there…

— GMF (@GMFuller1971) October 21, 2012

Hey, racist white-hating socialist black nationalist pastor, could you help out my campaign?bit.ly/T5MjIw

— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) October 21, 2012

Wow…This is amazing: Obama Asks Jeremiah Wright For Election Help shar.es/cs1Ux

— DMan (@dmsterling) October 21, 2012

Wow, Obama! Smart move… NOT Obama Asks Jeremiah Wright For Election Help shar.es/csnGZ via @breitbartnews

— Constance Terry (@ctgheghe) October 21, 2012

I’m starting to wonder if Obama wants to win. Jeremiah Wright? Really? He’ll probably call Bill Ayers next.

— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) October 21, 2012

@brandondarby Yeah, let Jeremiah Wright talk! Let him talk as much as he wants! Good news for MR !

— Rüdiger Plantiko (@rplantiko) October 21, 2012

Five months ago GOP nominee Mitt Romney repudiated efforts by conservatives to bring up Rev. Wright. Will he now reconsider?

Update: Obama campaign advisor Lis Smith took a break from name-calling to announce that Willie Brown’s report is false:

.@buzzfeedandrew That report is false.

— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) October 22, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/21/obama-calls-rev-jeremiah-wright-for-help-with-black-turnout/

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