Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor in Chicago, allegedly claims he was offered a $150,000 bribe by the Obama campaign to buy his silence, the New York Post reports.
"Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told Edward Klein, the author of an unauthorized biography on Barack Obama, "The Amateur." “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
Wright's interview with Klein first appeared in the New York Post on May 12. According to Klein, Wright said Obama arranged a meeting with him and said, "I really wish you wouldn't do any more public speaking until after the November election....I wish you wouldn't speak. It's gonna hurt the campaign if you do that."
As the Christian Post reports, in 2008 when then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was campaigning for the White House, Wright delivered a controversial sermon where Wright screamed, “Goddamn America!”
One of Wright's most incriminating sermons to surface during the 2008 campaign was one in which Wright said the 9/11 attacks were "America's chickens coming home to roost."
At the time Obama and his wife Michelle were members of Wright's congregation and had given the church over $20,000 in 2007.
Videos of the sermons went viral during the Iowa primaries, almost costing Obama the Democratic presidential nomination, RTT news reports.
Obama was forced to publicly renounce the sermons. However, Klein now says that there's more to the story.
"Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, 'You're used to coming to my home, you've been here countless times, so what's wrong with coming to my home?' So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at the South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me. I don't know if he had a wire on him. His security was outside somewhere."
"And one of the first things Barack said was, 'I really wish you wouldn't do any more public speaking until after the November election.' He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, 'I wish you wouldn't speak. It's gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.'"
Klein also writes that Wright and Obama allegedly talked about the pitfalls of telling the truth. Barack said, "'I'm sorry you don't see it the way I do. Do you know what your problem is?'
"No, what’s my problem?" Wright asked.
"You have to tell the truth." Obama said.
"That’s a good problem to have," Wright says. "That’s a good problem for all preachers to have. That’s why I could never be a politician."
Klein's book is due to be released on May 15.