The Amateur, a new book that takes you inside the political inner workings of the Obama Administration and gives you an inside , makes some pretty interesting claims. Glenn notes that this author has had some previous issues with some claims he has made in the past.
“I don’t vouch for this book, but it’s got some pretty interesting things in it if it’s true,” he said.
“Yeah, things that wouldn't necessary less surprise you, would they, if they are true?” Pat added.
Glenn agreed, noting the claim the author makes about trouble between Oprah and the first lady wouldn’t surprise him. Some of the other claims, however, are a little more complicated.
“Would it surprise you that find out that they offered $150,000 to Jeremiah Wright to keep quiet until after the election?” Pat asked. “That wouldn't surprise me at all.”
Stu also said he wouldn’t be surprised if that were true, and noted that it would be a big story and seem to be one of the most credible in the book. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s really unable to be verified in there [the book] that has been reported,” Stu said. “That one, to me, seemed significant in that he recounts the actual word for word conversation he had with Jeremiah Wright, seemingly on record.”
Stu later added that if this claim is true, and Jeremiah Wright is willing to talk to some author about it, one would think that he would be willing to say it in public. “I mean, the guy doesn’t seem to necessarily care about making the president’s life difficult,” Stu said.
Glenn agreed, citing some of the outlandish things that Jeremiah Wright has said in regards to President Obama.
“The president would obviously deny this, no matter what,” Stu said, “but if Jeremiah Wright comes out and actually stands behind that claim, and says the president offered me $150,000, that’s a news story – that’s a pretty big story.”
This morning on radio went through how the conversation between Rev. Wright and a journalist went, according to the book.
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
Wright: “It was from one of Barack's closest friends.”
“He offered you money?”
Wright: “Not directly. He sent to offer to one of the members of the church to send it to me.”
“How much money did he offer you?”
Wright said he was also visited then by Senator Obama himself who wanted to meet in secret. One of the 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 engagement lined up. He said, “I wish you wouldn't speak. It's going to hurt the campaign if you do that.”
“And what did you say?”
Wright: “I said, ‘I don't see it that way. And, anyhow, how am I supposed to support my family?”
He said, “Well, I wish you wouldn't speak in public. The press is going to eat you alive.”
While he wasn’t sure about the $150k, Glenn didn’t find it difficult to believe that these conversations took place.