Meeks: Too Close For Comfort



·         2002: Meeks and Obama become colleagues in the Illinois state senate.

·         April 2004: Barack Obama tells a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks and Father Michael Pfleger.1

·         April 2004: Meeks appears in television advertisements for Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign2;

·         Spring 2004: Obama campaigns for U.S. Senate at Meeks’ Salem Baptist church2;

·         Mar 2004: The night he won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Obama made Reverend Meeks’ church the final destination of his victory celebration3.

·         August 2004: Men’s News Daily reported “Obama’s closest religious advisers to be Father Michael Pfleger, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Reverend James Meeks.”4

·         Nov 2005: Meeks is appointed by Obama to his presidential exploratory committee;5

·         Jan 2006: Meeks’ church choir performed at a rally for Obama the night he announced he would run for president;6

·         May 2006, soon after he announced his candidacy, Obama delivers another speech from Meek’s pulpit;7

·         2008: Meeks announces he will be supporting Obama as delegate to the 2008 convention and is listed as a prominent contributor on Obama’s campaign web site


References: Advisor to Senator Obama

1 Obama's Friends Are Hardly Admirable, Hitchens, Sun-Times. 04/12/08 



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