April 25th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama: I expected Wright to disagree with me

Obama held a press conference with reporters Friday.
Obama held a press conference with reporters Friday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama said Friday he expected the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to take issue with his recent denouncement of Wright's past sermons.

"I understand he may not agree with me on my assessment of his comments, that’s to be expected," Obama told reporters Friday at a press conference. "He is obviously free to express his opinions on these issues. I have expressed mine very clearly."

Obama's comments follow recent remarks from Wright in a PBS interview to be aired Friday night. According to released excerpts, Wright did not back away from his controversial comments, and said of Obama, “He goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician.”

“I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God,” Wright also said.

Earlier: Wright breaks silence, says attacks 'unfair'

soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Kim

    You obama people are psycho, I cannot believe that you are trying to blame the media for something that he is speaking about himself, dang, do you people think that this man can do no wrong? This is precisely why people will not vote for him, you people refuse to hold him accountable as you do everyone else, you cannot have a president that is not held accountable it will be chaos. (i.e. G W Bush) Stop the foolishness this is ridiculous. Start holding your person accountable

    April 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. D Frank

    Well the fact of the matter is that Obama has not addressed the question of why he continues to support a RACIST Minister and makes elitist derogatory comments on folks to whom he does not relate. This shows lack of good judgement which is a necessary attribute for a President.
    Even when he placed this Racist Minister on his Campaign team and he knew very well Wright's position with respect to white Americans, Italians Jews, and Catholics etc. And because of Obama’s support of this man, it speaks to the issue of his lacking in Credibility.
    Americans who going vote in Indiana and NC should make their candidate choice based on objective analysis in order to select the most qualified and experienced person and not because it seems to be the "in" thing.
    Obama has shown to all voters that he has been intellectually dishonest in playing the double standard, as well as, on occasion he has played the race card.
    It always seems that when he is placed into a corner, he usually weasels his way out or instead of given straight and honest answers he deflects by giving uninspired platitudes. It is just a sickening joke.

    April 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Valerie Patterson

    Why isn't CNN spending as much time focusing on the fact that President Bill Clinton invited Rev Wright to the White House during his teary-eyed "I have sin speech." If The Rev was such a despicable character why would our then President invite him to the White House? The Rev. Wright we know today is the same Rev Wright that was invited to the White House by Pres. Clinton in 1998. His views about America right or wrong, are the same then as they are now. Rev Wright didn't 'just happen'! What's Clinton's spin on that?

    April 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. linda hemmingsen canada

    I think the pastor is right because of all the problems this has created for obama, he is now distancing himself from his pastors comments.Do i believe that he is sincere? no, this is what his pastor is saying he says what he needs to say as a politican.

    April 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Go Hill

    Wright is no man of God.

    Men of God preach understanding and love and healing... NOT hate.

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. SBvoter

    Wow, is Obama just a politician..hmmmmm-wake up obama supporters, he thur his grandmother under the bus but his reverend dodged it.
    He's lying to you and Rev. Wright took the brunt of it.
    Wright knew this wouldl cause an uprising in the Obama campaign-but i'll tell you something-Obama will do anything and say anything to get the election (where's the puppeteer)

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. donald T

    So, is Wright saying that he thinks Obama acutally agrees with him, but publicly denounces Wright's comments because he knows he has to to win the nomination?

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. JFK

    Rev Wrights comments are disturbing. There is no excuse that can cover going to a church like that for 20 years!

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Southern Belle

    Pastor Wright, please take a vow of silence (at least until January 2009).

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Eddie

    This shows you people do not have to share every belief to share the same space.

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. ONLY THE TRUTH WILL DO!!

    KIM, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HILLARY OR BILL FOR THAT MATTER. YOU SAY HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE LET'S DO THAT!! I AGREE TOTALLY, BUT FIRST YOU HAVE TO BE INFORMED, WHAT RESEARCH HAVE YOU DONE ON HILLARY OR MCCAIN FOR THAT MATTER? WHY DO YOU THINK THEY KEEP USING REV. WRIGHT AGAINST OBAMA? COULD IT BE THAT IS THE WORST??? WHY DO YOU THINK REPUBLICANS WANT HILLARY SO BAD!!??? COULD IT BE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN AND WILL TAKE HER DOWN BECAUSE OF ALL OF HER BS?? WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY WILL DO WITH ALL OF HER CRAP????

    YOU MUST BE ONE OF THOSE IDIOTS THAT PREFER A CROOK AND A MORALLY DEAD PERSON TO LEAD YOU IN VICTORY AGAINST A SOUND, INTELLIGENT, INNOVATIVE, SPIRITUAL, UNIFIER.

    YOU MUST BE AMONG THE MANY THAT ARE CONDITIONED TO ONLY ACCEPT LIES AND BS. REJECTING ANYONE THAT MAY COME CLOSE TO BEING TRUTHFUL.

    YOU MUST BE AMONG THE MANY THAT WOULD PREFER ANY WHITE PERSON REGUARDLESS OF HOW CORRUPT THEY ARE SO LONG AS THEY ARE NOT BLACK!! YOU MUST BE JUST AS MORALLY DEPRIVED AS SHE IS!!

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Beebe

    Why isn't anyone spending time talking about the voilence errupting in all the major cities, the terrible state public education is in and the world food crisis going on right now. Stick to issues, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, candidates.

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Disappointed

    The ones who are getting "damaged" the most in this vetting process are the American people. Most of us have had enough!!!!!!!!! I thought this was a Presidential race for the American people. It sure doesn't feel like it.

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. hoang, UC Berkeley

    [b] “He goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician.”[/b]
    Finally, the Rev. got one [b]Wright!!![/b]

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Stacy Clarks, TX

    HOW CAN AN EX-MARINE, A MAN WILLING TO DIE FOR AMERICA BE ANTI-AMERICA?!?!?!

    PEOPLE, HE GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE HEAT OF HIS SERMON, AND HE IS NOT EVEN THE GUY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    can we please focus on OBAMA!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Mature Voter

    Does anyone take a close look for the Obama's donners? I hope these donnors can afford the amount they were hard earned! or they were PRESSURED AND INTIMIDATED by their peers or neighbors to support "OUR MAN" ?

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Belle

    Wait a minute!
    Didn't Senator Obama say HE spoke with Wright and Wright was very apologetic for his remarks on HIS last interview about Wright?

    Well....Obama forgot what he said, and he is HOPING you do too!

    By the way...the Paul v. Clinton case....Sen. Clinton was dismissed from the lawsuit last year....this is a frivolous case in California, where EVERYONE sues everyone!

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Sari

    To "Irony": Obama is ahead of Clinton in every domain...the popular vote, pledged delegates, states won, national polls...except for the super delegate totals (which are changing daily).

    And the reason Clinton is currently ahead among declared SDs? Her husband, who was president for 8 years, called in every favor he could. Talk about celebrity influence.

    Also, Reverend Wright was invited to the White House by the Clintons for spiritual guidance during the impeachment process.

    April 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Realistic

    Here's some history on Hillary Clinton She was Republican,
    campaign for Goldwater was for segregation, and became democrat after she married Bill Clinton. How can anybody want President that has unstable family. Bill committed adultery as our President. What religion excepts the conduct that he leads. They both have Court Case with Peter Paul and her first contributions were unlawful. People please check YOU TUBE.

    April 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Olivia

    I've posted 2 msgs and my husband 1 just now and all were not shown. You did take my 3rd msg. I know the msgs meet criteria. Maybe they were too pro Hillary, as usual.

    See the msg by armand 1980, posted here. Think that's good?

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Mike from Westchester

    It is too bad Senator Obama's attempt to run a high minded campaign has all but been ruined by a media that feed$ on controversy and scandal and an opposing campaign that is trying to make up for gross inadequacy by slinging mud and kitchen sinks.

    I guess in the end we get the politics we deserve.

    To all of you: please don't buy into Carville's transparent attempts to paint Senator Obama into a corner, where if he doesn't respond to all the character attacks, he is a wimp, and if he does respond, he's a hypocrite who has abandoned the politics of hope. It's just another sleazy strategy from and increasingly sleazy campaign.

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Goood Grief !! I agree with Obama.... and as for Wright's comments.
    He is just trying to justify his position on issues which have nothing to do with God.

    April 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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