First, former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro stepped down from Hillary Clinton's campaign over her remarks about Barack Obama. Now, with Obama's campaign facing an outcry over inflammatory remarks by his minister, Obama said, “I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue," and by evening, Wright had left the campaign (he had been on the African American Religious Leadership Committee).

Obama is close to Reverend Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ. However, an ABC News report (video above) reviewed some of Wright's sermons and found one where he said, "Barack knows what it means, living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a [N-word]!” And then there's a sermon he made on September 16, 2001:

We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.

In the same sermon, he later said, “No, no, no, not God bless America — God damn America!”

Yesterday, Obama wrote a lengthy essay for The Huffington Post, "I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies...The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation."

Obama also wrote he was not leaving the congregation, noting Wright's imminent retirement and his own strong ties to the church (Wright married Obama and his wife, baptized his daughters, and gave a sermon that inspired the name of Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope). He told news organizations had he heard these sermons earlier, he might have left the church, but also emphasized that Wright is like an uncle to him.

Hoping that the Wright issue is behind him, Obama is now revealing that his embattled fundraiser Tony Rezko actually raised $250,000 for his previous campaigns, much more than previously thought.