Jeremiah Wright: Obama `like any other president'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

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