March 14th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Controversial minister off Obama's campaign


Obama denounced some of his minister's past sermons Friday. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - A Chicago minister who delivered a fiery sermon about Sen. Hillary Clinton having an advantage over Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential race because she is white is no longer a part of the Obama campaign.

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  1. gerry

    wonder how much air time this will get nabout half a minute and the media not bias

    March 14, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. James

    Although i love my country and its citizens, i do hate many from the government because of whom the world hates us now. Their policies have been damaging and as much as Obama wants to deny it, there is some truth to wat "old uncle" has to say.
    Having said that, thats not america's fault, thats those ruling (read distroying) it.

    March 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Hecknawh

    Hey, CNN. Everyone you and I know says things we might not agree with. Does this mean we denounce all of them and cut ties?

    March 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Michael Guinn Ventura, CA

    This is his Ex-Minister. This is not his campaign staff. The man was a spiritual advisor to Senator Obama.
    Watch the Clinton crowd go with this one.
    They probably were the one's to put it on UTube.
    This Primary Season is ruining the Democratic Party.
    Karl Rove probably thinks this is better than sex.

    March 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. David

    Why does Barack attend those sermons if he denounces them? Looks like the unifier is a divider just like George Bush. He wants to give American tax dollars to Kenyans-apparently because his people deserve our money.

    March 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Russell Smith

    You have to be nuts (like his Pastor) to vote for this guy !! I'm sure Pastor Wright would be giving the Sermon if he became President. How scary would that be.

    March 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. P

    The pastors remarks are inflammatory and divisive but not far from the truth. Obama is right again in his statements and actions. I am more and more impressed with this guy!

    March 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Pier Giacalone

    "But Obama defended his 20-year relationship with Wright, writing, "He has never been my political advisor; he's been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn."

    And this is the real problem. Obama is trying to contain the problem but the real issue is that this Reverend is a known bigot and claiming that he didn't know is spurious on on Obama's part. It's been known for a long time that Reverend Wright is a public supporter of Farrakahn. Obama made light of "denounce and reject" at the debate but in reality what is needed is an explanation why America should trust him as their leader when for 20 years he has been spiritually entwined with this man.

    What's wrong with Obama trying to compartmentalize politics from religion is that this is not about Wright's politics OR his religion. It is about the hatred in his heart and prejudice. If Obama went 20 years without recognizing this in his mentor that speaks worse for his judgment than if he knew about it and tolerated it (which is still not such an appealing option).

    It's my suspicion that Obama participated in this congregation as a means of bonding with the community in which he was an organizer. That explanation with a complete disavowal of Wright (not just a few of his words) might actually carry Obama past the general election, but anything short of that and McCain will rightfully skewer him.

    Also to all the Obama followers who have cried about Hillary fighting dirty or "like a republican" – knowledge of this man has been out for a long time. Hillary's campaign made a conscious choice to go soft on it so as not to bury Obama. Don't count on those kind of kid gloves from McCain.

    March 14, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Oliver

    Please, enough of this nonesense. Please put the man with the most experience, character and fortitude of these candidates to be president. John McCain.

    March 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Mike

    Dear Wolf,

    Regarding the situation of Rev. Wright and Obama's alliance to him – if you do not believe in what you minister stands for and believes – why then does Obama NOW go against Rev. Wright when he has supported him financial all these years? I have switched to Hillary – because she does what she says.
    I wish Obama supporters would look into his voting record. Our discussion group also believes that after kissing his wife Michelle good night – he then takes his daily call from his financial supporter (s) Miss O for her daily commentary of how to dress. how to talk and what pposition to take. If MIss "O" can make any book on the best seller's list – she has more influence than anyone realizes. I believe that your commentary is getting quite prejudical ! Let's stay with the FACTS!

    March 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Lee

    Obama is done. I've been sitting on the fence, trying to if I can vote for any of these three weak, divisive candidates. I'm off the fence on Obama. There is no way that I, or anyone I know, is going to vote for a man whose mentor despises this country. You are known by the company you keep. Ignorance is never a defense. Now that this is out, Obama is unelectable. He might get the nomination, but he can't get the win.

    March 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Really Disapponted

    As a Republican, I've been disappointed in my party lately. I was hoping that a viable Democratic candidate would give be an option. Early on, I was interested in a couple people. Now with only Billary and Obama, I'm very disappointed. With all the dirt and sleazy history of the Clintons, I could never vote for Billary. Seeing how so many Democrats are trashing Obama makes it pretty much impossible to vote for him. So I guess McCain will get my vote after all. Democrats have really blown it this year. Just like the Patriots, this was the Democrats' election to lose and I think you will lose it.

    March 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Where is the DNC?

    Obama only denounces those comments deemed offensive. He doesn't renounce Rev. Wright. I'm interested in the timing of his retirement. Who put together his retirement package and who's paying for it. With Rev. Wright's appetite for luxury cars, he doesn't seem like the kind of man who could live off the typical preacher's retirement benefit. His retirement is certainly convenient for Obama and curiously he's currently out of the country.

    March 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Scott

    Well, well, well - the bloom is off the rose. Did it really take this for Obama to denounce 20 years of this tirade? The zombies must be appalled. Oh the audacity!

    March 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Alex

    I really like Obama. Still, because he is black and liberal, I was afraid that, deep inside, he may be antisemitic and antiamerican. When Jeremiah Wright's "sermons" came to light, I felt that my fear was justified. Thus, it is really a great relief for me to see that Obama denounced his pastor promptly and forcefully. I believe that Obama is sincere, and that we should not held Obama accountable for Wright's statements. Religious leaders tend to say idiotic things, and it would be hard to find a nonsense-free church. Go Obama!

    March 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Debbie

    I personally don't believe that Obama and his family sat up under this type of preaching
    for 20 years. If they had they would not be the people they are today.
    Negativity , hatred and prejudiness has a way of making you non-productive, paranoid and
    self destructive. I can't speak for the Pastor but in his excitement of Obama's candidacy
    he got in his flesh behind the pulpit. I wonder why is resigned? That would be something
    to look at. Now lets look at John Haggie who preaches hate and so does
    Rod Parsley.

    March 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    This reported sure sugar-coated it.

    March 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. yvonne ward

    Instead of trying to decide whether or not Barack's Pastor has influenced him in any negative fashion. How about realizing that Barack is a grown man, able to discern for himself what he believes and what he chooses not to believe. He should not have to denounce
    every person in his life that has a different opinion then he.
    How many of your friends would you have to get rid of if you were in the same situation?????

    March 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Craig

    and so we claim Wright in wrong in saying there is racsim ?

    I am sorry I dont quite get it.

    Or am I racist because my pastor is ??

    Husbands and wives have completely opposite views on a lot of things do we jail the wife because the husband has criminal tendencies ???

    When does this stop.


    I doubt this will be posted anyway.

    March 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Womanvoice

    For those who tried hard to identify Obama with his pastor, what about identify a husband with his wife? When Bill Clinton said that "I have no relation with that woman," did Hillary denounce and reject him on behalf of women that she purports to represent?

    Do not down play this matter. Bill had a PATTERN of womenizing and was facing the charge of sexual harrasement. Did she server herself from him?

    Now you know where this Clinton-spurred debate is heading to.

    March 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Agustus, PA


    This guy sounds more in line with the Westboro Baptist Church, than christianity. Disgusting.

    I can't believe Obama didn't distance himself from this a long time ago.

    March 14, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. wanda

    Will not vote for him after this!

    March 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. Mike (Canada)

    I don't understand why small things like this get thrown on whole pages on news sites. A person said something, individually, and then is forced to resign. He is an old pastor, he should be respected, and left alone.

    March 15, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  24. Felicia

    They can't sweep this one under the rug. If you have been going to the same church and listening to the same pastor for 20 yrs. Don't tell me you don't like what he is saying. This guy must have made quite an impression on Obama to the point that he was even recruited to work for his campaign. I don;t see how Obama he can distance himslef now, after the tapes came out. How different is he from your regular politicians? No wonder Michelle Obama is not proud of America, this guy is preaching hatred. We need someone who loves America for what it is and not kick it when it is down.

    March 15, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |