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. irony

    The ultimate irony for the Obama supporters (the smart, educated people) to ponder:

    IF Obama is the democratic party nominee it will be because the Washington Insiders that he speaks against (Super delegates) GIVE it to him.

    It will NOT be because he convinced the electorate with his inspiring message of hope and change.

    Hillary Clinton has done as well without the hype of hope and the media bias and the celebrity bandwagon.

    April 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. reality

    You expect him to tell us that your just a normal politician? Well at least half of us realize that.

    The race card could back fire and it could become a gender card too. lets just vote on this issues and keep race and gender alone. this is silly

    April 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. fullbodytransplant

    This should not be an issue, at all. It has nothing to do with any of the problems we face as Americans.

    The front page of this blog should be talking about Obama's 50 State New Voter Registration Drive instead.

    April 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Florida For Obama

    CNN, are you trying to make it seem as though Obama and his pastor have a problem with each other now? Because that would be lower than LOW. Barack and his wife have spoken to the Rev very recently so please don't go there.

    THANK YOU

    April 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. DNC screwed up

    The DNC, the democratic party elites, screwed up.

    They fixed the election for Obama- then…
    All the Kennedy, Kerry, Shriver endorsements advantaged Obama.
    The Celebrity bandwagon led by Oprah, advantaged Obama.
    The infatuated Media and their biased coverage and scrutiny of the candidates, advantaged Obama.
    Flawed caucus format- advantaged Obama
    Discounting Fl and Mi voters- advantaged Obama.

    All that and he STILL ONLY has just a narrow, narrow lead.

    Now the DNC will force the Superdelgates to go against the rules and vote for Obama- in hopes of salvaging this chaotic primary mess.

    They do that, not because those are the rules- the rules are quite the contrary. They do it because they are afraid of alienating the newly registered democrats and the very vocal African American community.

    They should worry more about alienating the REST of America- including 50% of the democrats who will NOT vote for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Jason from Chicago

    Wow...thank you now can we finally separate these two? Put this in the dirt and go on to bigger, better things? What does it take to finally get the message across that Wright has had minimal influence on Obama's character if any at all. C'mon people, stay with me here

    April 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. hypocrit

    Rev Wright himself stated that Obama will say whatever he needs to say as a politician.

    Hope and change?

    Never Obama.

    April 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. StopAlready

    Rev. Wright is a loser and Barack Obama is a whining loser. Stop making excuses and trying to seperate yourself now when you should've gotten away from this man years ago.

    April 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Chuck

    I think we all expected him to disagree. Rev Wright is fighting to restore his name. Having listened to two complete sermons, vs those soundbites, the message is not the same. Of course you have to listen with an open mind. I suggest every one listen then they will understand more about the man behind the words.

    April 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Paul

    Keep talking Wright...keep talking. The " HOPE rhetoric junkies" need to learn more about Obama and how he really is as soon as the Kool-Aid wears off.

    Hillary will take Puerto Rico which will give her the nomation!

    HILLARY 08

    April 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Kimberly in Texas

    Great, lets move on to real issues!

    April 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Scott L

    “He goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician.”

    If Wright's daughter Jeri was drugged, raped and left for dead and her body dumped out to sea in Aruba, I am sure Wright's sermons would change very fast.

    Hypocrite...

    April 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Deb of RI

    "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.”"

    Wow, I actually agree with the Rev. *SHOCKING*

    April 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Katie

    This is odd! Even Senator Obama's pastor of over 20 years is calling him a typical politician!!!

    Hillary 08

    April 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Frank (Cleveland)

    This is such a Non Issue

    April 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Nadalie, PA

    I'm not voting for Wright, but Barack Obama. I just sent another $50. check and it's on to Washington, D.C.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Not sleeping at the switch

    Is it just me or does it seem that if there is a negative article on this Ticker about Hillary it is shut down ay 2 to 10 comments but when it is about Obama or an Issue negative toward Obama it stays open for 400+?

    Not Well thought OUT comments but full of Hate and racist remarks that get everybody all fired up and full of hate.

    Think on that for a second.

    Yea like THIS will get posted

    April 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Sensible Cape Coral

    The Reverend Wright is over 70 years old. No one knows difficulties he had to endure growing up as a black person. While no one can approve of what he said, maybe we can try a little harder to understand where he is coming from and why.

    April 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Yawn

    What's the use in beating this dead horse all over again? The media is to blame for it. You blow it up all out of proportion. You guys need to find another story. Most of us could give a darn about Wright. I'm at the point where I don't even like to watch the news anymore because of this story. Let Obama do his campaining and win the nomination.

    April 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Brian (in PA)

    Rev. Wright claims (re: Obama);

    "“He goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician.”

    Does that mean in his private realm, Mr. Obama finds nothing wrong with his pastor's statements, but it is politically advantageous or necessary to reject them publicly?

    Rev. Wright is doing Sen. Obama no favors.

    April 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. ner

    YEH YOU'RE RIGHT, only now you realize that. You've been there for several years....

    April 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. I used to be a Democrat

    Obama is unelectable. Good luck in 2012, Democrats.

    April 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Independent from VA

    I am still trying to figure out how 4 years ago at the Democrat Convention Obama said we have an awesome God and then makes the comment about clinging to religion. The more he talks the more he sounds like a typical politician. I got the feeling from Wright's interview about Obama saying what he had to as a politician that Obama didn't really disagree that much with Wright but just said he did to save face with the voters.

    April 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Neutral

    How can you remove race card when OBAMA and his CAMPAIGNERS made it their stomping point and Tim Russert during Nevada debate pointed it to him?

    THE ONE PLAYING THE RACE CARD IS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

    April 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. So Tired

    I had hope, I had dreams....fading, fading, fading....gone!

    Thank God, the new episodes to my favorite sitcoms are back! At least they can keep it simple!

    April 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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