March 26th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama pastor cancels scheduled appearances

Video clips of some of Wright's sermons have caused an uproar.
Video clips of some of Wright's sermons have caused an uproar.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, has canceled his plans to speak at church services in Houston, Texas, this weekend in the wake of the recent uproar over portions of his past sermons.

Video clips of those sermons caused a public stir this month after being widely circulated on the Internet.

The clips in question include several racially charged statements and accusations the U.S. government has adopted policies to systematically oppress African-Americans.

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  1. Walter

    This guy has really hurt Obama. He is a "permission slip" for anyone who doesn't want to vote for an African-American.

    But he's more than that. He's a big question mark. And the question before the mark is, "How could Obama sit in the pew and listen to this guy for 17 years?"

    Even Democrats, like me, who like Obama have to be wondering about him on this score.

    March 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Grif

    What about his none Scheduled....

    He needs. "Infinitely Scheduled" Disappearances.....

    With never to appear again.....

    March 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Norm

    And the Chicken,Stayed home..................to roused

    March 26, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Zia

    I am an Obama supporter and I agree that the super delegates should vote according to their conscience and based on who is more electable in November. They should not blindly vote based on who wins most pledged delegates.

    The reason we have Primary elections is to determine electability in November so guess what, Obama is proving that he is electable, which he has done against Ms. Clinton who was the presumptive nominee up until January. Hillary is the one who is unelectable. She couldnt even win the primaries, how can she win the General Elections. Besides she has the highest disapproval rating of any candidate. 45% of the electorate will never vote for HRC. So she only has a 55% electorate to work with. Both Obama and McCain have disapproval ratings of 26% and 27% respectively. Go figure who is more electable.

    Democratic nomination was Hillary's to lose and she is losing it. How can anyone argue that she is more electable in Nov when she screwed up the primaries. It takes strategy and smarts to win elections... different strategies for primaries and general elections. Hillary has failed in the first test, and is now asking us to trust us with a bigger test in November. Obama is a once in a life time candidate who is winning against odds. And those of you who are calling him racist, you really belong in the other party, please vote for McCain whoever the democratic nominee is. I and an Obama supporter but will vote for Clinton, if she is our nominee.

    March 26, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. charlotte

    Obamas, key words, PART of ME. So, have the chickens come home to roost? Sorry about the threats, but when you preach hate you get it back ten fold.

    March 26, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. G. Morganroth, IL

    . . .To those that CHOOSE to be unenlightened, there are many white parishoners who attend Senator Obama's church. I happen to be one of them.

    Obama 08.

    March 26, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Pee Wee

    So, the Democratic Party and it's attempts to gain an upper hand politically by exposing this man has left the Constitution in a shambles.

    No longer can he practice his religion or speak freely. An avenue of income for him (speaking appearances) in his pursuit of life, liberty and happiness has been taken away. All in the name of gaining superdelegates. Shade of things to come in a potential Clinton administration?

    You betcha! Just Google the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 signed by her husband. Key to this was the suspension of Habeas Corpus.

    If anyone would care to look at reality (instead of Mrs. Clinton's Walter Mitty recollections of the past) the pattern would be evident.

    March 26, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. caribbean

    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is on hold by Mr. Obama. saving him if he wins to make The Rev. Jeremiah Wright his spiritual advisor." Heaven Help US Alll "

    March 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Angel Espinoza

    Hey CNN. I think thats the first time where you mentioned that Wright's comments are only snippets and they are COMPLETELY taken out of context. But whatevs, maybe next time, to be fair, you should host videos of the whole sermons for people to make up their own minds instead of you feeding them out of context highlights.

    March 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    er, that is, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    March 26, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Kirk Hargrove Jr.

    Jeremiah Wright is an idiot. Just because he's a pastor doesn't make him righteous. He's just an idiot with a degree. That's all. He's no leader. He's a baffoon.

    March 26, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. kathleen "a typical white person" for OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    Fox news is totally wrong with all the names they call Obama.
    I am a "typical white woman" who believes in Obama. The "garbage"
    that Fox News spews at the public in order to slam and destroy Obama is horiffic and terrible. All of them, and now they have hired
    Rove. He is on their payroll l!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, God help anyone that listens
    to these big mouth, big shots. Why don't they just make the report and
    let the people decide. Sounds like Swift Boat ads against OBAMA.
    all day long.
    ANN COULTER as a guest and she makes millions from trashing people. They love Rush and Carl Rove is employed by them!!!!!!!!!!!
    THEY HAVE CARL ROVE PLAYING THE NICE GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Go to Move On.org and sign a petition against this type of sinister reporting. Watch Move On. orgs Fox video. Absolutely mind boggleing
    and an effort to stop Obama in his campaign.

    March 26, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Jon, PA

    Ok- to all people on this forum, BO, HRC and McC supporters- I ask you: Does anyone blame him for canceling?

    Seriously...in light of all that's surfaced recently (true, not true; in or out of context), if I were him I would disappear for awhile. You can increase security all you want- it still only takes one very upset person with one bullet to make all the security null.

    Despite anything he's said, again be it taken in or out of context, I don't want to see something bad happen to him or anyone for that matter. I can't imagine anyone faulting him for canceling public appearances right now.

    March 26, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This article deserves the same response that Vice President Dick Cheney has often given "So". Now put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    March 26, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Jason

    How come the internet is buzzing with blogs saying that the media took the Reverend's comments out of context?

    March 26, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Sante, Canada

    It is still beound my understanding that this is the rality with so called "black liberation" in United State. That looks to me like Fashizm. A time delated bamb!

    March 26, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. yolanda Rollins

    Jeremiah wiright = old and stupid.

    March 26, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Haley Rodman Clemson

    I wouldn't want this clown poisoning the minds of my church members either. Jeremiah Wright is a cancer and needs to be isolated. It looks like we are making progress toward that goal.

    March 26, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. vic nashville,Tn

    This news for media pundits and Obama campaign. Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obama can’t resolve this problem. How can you all ask Hillary to quit ? CNN please check the spelling of pastor name (The Rev. Jeremiah White,)

    March 26, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. yolanda Rollins

    Leadership doesn't abuse its power. Wielding one's own personal injections in what should've been words of truth, clearly call jeremiah wright's credibility into question.

    March 26, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. cvr924

    Why won't Wright speak, i'm sure Obama wouldn't mind it. After all he's been listening to it for 20 some years and it never bothered him. Obama's would never called him out as the racist he is.

    March 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Disgusting Media, Chicago IL

    Thank you media for contributing to this innocent man of God running for his life. You REFUSED to play or even say on the air,his sermons in full context and have duped the majority of American people into believing this man is a dangerous racist. You couldn't be any further from the truth. Thanks again media.

    March 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Ed

    Besides. Who has evidence that Barack ever attends church other than Christmas, Easter, weddings and baptisms?

    March 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. jane

    Good idea for the Obama campaign for the pastor to lay low. His exposing the truth almost did his candidate in. Had the news media not been so protective of Obama, who is obviously their candidate as well, Senator Obama would have lost by now.

    March 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. John from Cape Cod

    If a candidates Church is worthy of so much news it only seems fair to also look at Clintons. I believe it is called the Fellowship aka The Family and should get the same attention as the Trinity Church.

    I personally don't think a person Church or religion plays a role in
    our Government, but apparently many feel differently.

    Thank-You

    March 26, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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