Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told Klein. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an email offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
According to Klein, Wright also said that Obama, then senator of Illinois, asked to meet him at a “secret” and “secure” place and that the two met privately at the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
“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,’” Wright told Klein.