SELMA, Ala. (AP) - President Obama's longtime minister, Jeremiah
Wright, is offering an assessment of his former parishioner's short
time in the White House - Obama is just like any other president.
Speaking in a brief interview with The Associated Press before a
speech in Selma on Thursday, Wright said Obama is a politician, and
he's got to do the things politicians do. He said the nation's
first black chief executive is "like another other president."
Wright's comments came before he spoke at a mass meeting to kick
off the 44th anniversary celebration of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.
Wright's fiery preaching became a flashpoint before the November
election, and Obama distanced himself from Wright.
Opponents criticized the decision to have him speak in Selma during the