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A new book from Newsweek’s White House correspondent Richard Wolffe reveals that Barack Obama held a secret meeting with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, towards the end of the 2008 presidential primary season.

The purpose, according to Wolffe’s “Renegade,” was to persuade the former minister of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ to end his public appearances, which were believed to be hurting Obama in the battleground states of North Carolina and Indiana.

“So the candidate decided to go see Wright himself in secret, in Chicago. First came the dance over where to meet: one intermediary suggested a neutral location, but Obama said he was happy to go wherever Wright wanted. They ended up talking at Wright’s home, and Obama tried to adopt the tone of a concerned friend giving advice.

“He did not want to tell his former pastor what to do, but he did want to nudge him in the right direction by making him aware of what was about to happen. Wright wasn’t heading for vindication; he was heading for vilification.”

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