Last week, President Obama’s former pastor Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright compared the president to a son who was being treated unfairly and said it had been hard weathering the media storm after Obama became a serious contender for the White House and controversy erupted over Wright’s fiery sermons.

In a rare post-election interview, Wright spoke to The Washington Post about his life and his church’s history after preaching an evening sermon at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast Washington, the first of three nights he was to appear before the congregation.

Wright’s very public falling out with Obama during the 2008 campaign seemed like water under the bridge Wednesday, as Wright expressed concern over how the president has been treated by the media since being elected.

“It is unrealistic to think that one person can change the mess that this country has gotten into, but to pick on him is like picking on one of my kids,” Wright said. “I have been knowing him for 20 years.

“I have not stopped loving him because of what the press did, and to see him beat up on because of things he is not responsible for is painful.”

Wright said he didn’t expect to speak directly with Obama again until “he is out of the White House.”

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