WASHINGTON—Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in an interview with Bill Moyers broadcast Friday on PBS, called Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) a “politician,” a word that’s a sting in the Obama world, where Obama has been campaigning for more than a year as a transformational, anti-Washington agent of change.
Moyers asked Wright to react to Obama’s speech in Philadelphia where he distanced him self from his pastor—but did not disown him.
Wright said, “It went down very simply. He's a politician. I'm a pastor. We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. Those are two different worlds. I do what I do, he does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the soundbites, he responded as a politician. “
Obama at a press conference in Indiana on Friday sidestepped a direct response to his being called a “politician.”
He said he understood why Wright would “disagree” with him in light of his speech about his “profound disagreements with some of Rev. Wrights’ comments.