Thursday, May 31, 2012

On This Date In 2008

A Romney-backing Super-PAC recently made news when it was reported that it was considering running ads about Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor and spiritual mentor. In 2008, Reverend Wright became infamous when videos of his sermons became public, ultimately leading to Obama disowning him in a press conference.

On this date in 2008, Barack Obama resigned from Trinity United Church of Christ, the church at which Reverend Wright had served as pastor for decades:

(CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that he has resigned from the church where controversial sermons by his former pastor and other ministers created political headaches for his campaign.

"We don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in the church," the Democratic front-runner said. "We also don't want the church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes."

Obama said he was resigning "with some sadness."

"This is not a decision I come to lightly," he said.

Obama has not become a member of any church since.

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