Barack Obama's former pastor says President 'threw him under bus'

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The Rev Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, has accused the President of "throwing him under the bus", in his bid for election.

The Chicago pastor, who has had a rift with Mr Obama's administration for two years, told a group raising money for African relief that his pleas to release frozen funds for use in earthquake-ravaged Haiti would likely be ignored.

When he was still a senator, Mr Obama cut ties with Mr Wright after the pastor's more incendiary remarks became an internet sensation in the spring of 2008. At a National Press Club appearance in April 2008, he claimed the US government could plant AIDS in the black community, praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and suggested Mr Obama was putting his pastor at arm's length for political purposes while privately agreeing with him.

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