Watch portions of Obama's speech Monday. (Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he chose to run for president because he believes "we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together."
Speaking to supporters at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, the Democratic presidential candidate said he rejected racially charged comments made by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but explained the root of his remarks.
Wright used to preach at the Trinity United Church of Christ, where Obama worships.
Obama said that his belief that all people want to move in the same direction comes from his "unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story."
Blacks support Obama for a reason. Whites support Obama are idiots.
I haven't seen such a unique candidate for presidency like Obama in a long time. A man ahead of its time. I don't think we will be able to see another like him for some time if he does not get the nomination.
Some folks here are clearly stupid! there is a clear proof that he was in Miami during that white hating sermon and he admit being there for some less controversial sermons. I'm 51 yrs. old white man and I agree with sen. Obama in every single word in his speech. During the primary I voted McCain but in the General election Sen. Obama will have my vote!
God Bless America.
You would have tackled the situation head on if, when you checked out that church, you had decided it wasn't for you and your family. I'm tackling the problem head on by not voting for you, racist.
Who wrote his speech this time? What else don't we know about him that will make him lose in November if he gets the nomination?
The Repbulicans are waiting for this guy!
The man made history with this speech whether he gets elected or not. As an independent, I think it is the best speech ever.
I know Hillary supporters and republicans are angry at his speech. It is natural to be angry when the opponent gains.
Please give me a break! Surely none of you with an independent, intelligent mind fell for that speech. So many contradictions with what Obama already said to the media... He thinks his writers can get him out of anything but that won't work in crisis if (God forbid) he is elected. This "pastor" spews hate for America, Mrs. Obama makes racist remarks, etc., and you people continue to believe it's innocent?! Wake up before it's too late. I, and many others I know, will switch to McCain if Obama is the nominee. Can't go for that!!
HE STILL DIDN'T ANSWER ANY REPORTER'S QUESTIONS....HE ONLY GOT TO SAY WHAT HE WANTED......WHY CAN'T HE EVER ANSWER REPORTER'S QUESTIONS? IS HE TOO ABOVE THEM?????
Everyone must admit that was a great speech. So, can we please do as he suggested and get back to talking about issues that concern all of us? Thanks.
I am a huge Hillary Clinton supporter. I bleed canary yellow. However, I thought Obama gave an excellent, balanced and hopfully, healing speech. Good for him.
That speech was ridiculous. Again, his speeches show that it is just rhetoric. Just words and nothing more.
What a speech. He just made Hillary look so small.
obama raises more money than hillary obama out spends hillary in texas and ohio hillary wins texas and ohio..now who really have the brains to be president ?????NOT OBAMA
What a bright mind. Obama 08. America unites its main stream america as well as his white supremacist and his black restorationists (What about the reparationists) for a better america