|First Lady Michelle Obama|
|Rapper "Poet" Common|
In the sermons, Wright accused the U.S. government of racism and in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he said "America's chickens are coming home to roost" after it dropped atomic bombs on Japan and "supported state terrorism against Palestinians and black South Africans."
Obama initially defended Wright but later cut ties with him when Wright continued to make inflammatory comments.
But Common defended Wright.
Common said during the 2008 presidential race that Wright's sermons were filled with love, not hate.
"What I picked up from the pews…was messages of love," he said. "Anything that was going on against that love he would acknowledge and expose. He's been a preacher that's helped raise one of the greatest political figures in the world, and hopefully, the next president. He's also raised one of the greatest rappers in the world."