April 25th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
10 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. Interesting

    irony, you might not know this, but Clinton had a popular president campaigning for her. She is also very well known.

    Without it, she wouldn't have her 260 super delegates.

    If Obama is the nominee, it will be because over a million people believe in him and donated. And the majority of dems voted for him.

    Quit smoking the Clinton cigar.

    April 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. dead in the water

    Play with Obama today... and fight in Iraq with John in Nov.

    America wake up- Obama is a demagogue- the slickest of politicians.

    But he can not reach most of America.

    The democrats know who to nominate so that they will always lose the election.

    Obama= lose in Nov.

    April 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. shirley

    Senator Obama please quit commenting on Rev. Wright. The news media articles are slanderous and I am surprised the Pastor has not sued MSN, CNN and FOX. The articles written about what who you know 'said' are not worthy of political reporting.

    April 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Jason from Chicago

    To Irony who said:
    "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."

    Ok first off...who is the wife of one of the most popular presidents in recent memory? Hillary...and she's no celebrity? Ok second off, you don't think that Obama's message got him this far. He's got the lead in popular votes and most states won and you wanna chalk that up to the superdelegates? So the donations he received, well over the 100 million mark...the superdelegates gave that to him? Please, I'm not discounting the superdelegates, but think about what you say before you say it. It's alot more then just those 800 dems that has got Obama to where he is now, I'm proud to say I'm one of them

    April 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Really I Mean Really

    Who cares I want to know about Peter Paul & White Water you know all the Clinton Dirts this stuff we are hearing now is boring let's take about something different

    April 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Bitter and voting for Obama

    Obama I love you and guess what if the media didn't bring up Rev Wright, they would have brought up Rev. Wrong. They would do and say anything to keep a good black man out of the white house. That's why it's called the "White" house. You are our Moses and you would take us to the promise land.

    April 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. nowwhat

    So lets see if the media plays the hell out of Wright's comments now.

    April 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Brandon

    irony – Are you able to read elected delegate totals as well as popular vote totals? If so, you are straight up misleading people with your comment.

    There is no irony. Obama is winning because he has won the most votes, states, and delegates.

    Go back and try another line to diminish Sen Obama's historical candidacy.

    April 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Kevin-Seattle

    Totally agree with you "Reality". Get back to the issues and leave this non-sense alone. I can hear Sean Hannity spinning Wright's word right now.

    April 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Marie Jo

    UTICA — When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his sex-abuse trial in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    But as the former Clinton pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his home last March, Judge Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick sacrificed his honesty the day he testified.

    April 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Carolyn, Portland

    Lanny Davis of all people wrote a book about how this sort of "gotcha" politics is hurting America.

    What concerns me the most is that our media are a huge part of it and continue to keep playing this type of politics instead of helping voters decide based on the actual issues.

    It's been said many times that there's not all that much difference between the policies of Clinton and Obama but the main stream media is sure trying to keep fomenting the race/gender gutter talk.

    United We Stand my arse.

    April 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |

    Senator Obama, stop trying to explain the Rev. stick to the fact that the Gas is almost $4.00 all over the Country. Bush is getting richer, McCain is getting richer with Bush's help and his wife and the prices of food is so high it's stupid. People are being put out of their homes and some have had to go to shelters. Families have had to get rid of their life long pets because they cannot afford to feed them and Education in the USA is one that most of us have to not think about because is costs to much. Children have to drop out of school to get a low paying job to help Mom and Dad pay the bills. It goes on and on.

    Please save the USA Senator Obama!

    Stone Mountain, GA

    April 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Steve, New York, New York

    Wow – talk about the story that's not really a story!

    Hillary's buddies in the media know that stuff like this is VERY LIKELY to frighten the less-educated (and Clinton knows that she does very well among people without college education).

    Go for it, Clinton – more fear-mongering, and maybe more of those silly photo-ops with your crocodile tears.

    April 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Grif

    Whether Wright is you're Past Or you're Future. You will both disappear into Oblivion pretty Quick, over the next few Year's.

    April 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. mary

    shuck-a -de- do- da.......over and over and over...get real...all the double talk noes not serve your purpose anymore..people are getting it..

    April 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Hang on.

    We can't leave race and gender alone because Hillary is stoking latent racism to get her votes. Early on in her campaign, she tactfully refrained from answering a question from a reporter about whether or not Obama was a Muslim (not, obviously) because she wants that question to remain alive so that our racism against Arabs will color us against Obama. Then she pounced on Obama during a televised debate because in her opinion Obama did not denounce Farrakhan's endorsement of her loudly enough. Then she rattles her saber over Reverend Wright's most inflamatory statements he ever made in his life in an attempt to conflate Obama with a completely different human being. Why does she want to conflate Obama with these other three African Americans? Because while Obama transcends traditional racial stereotypes, these other men don't. She is betting the farm on the fact that she can scare up enough latent racism in our populace to win this election–even if the net result is she takes this country backwards by stoking racism. For my money that makes her a bad leader and she should be deeply ashamed.

    April 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Cammi317

    With Hillary there is no hope.

    April 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. vjh

    What troubles me is that Rev. Wright now decides to 'talk' a month + after this came to light, a little bit too late IMHO. I really hope this interview finally puts this whole issue to rest once and for all and 'all' of us, Voters, Candidates, Media can focus on tthe real issues: Iraq, Nuclear Weapons, gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, unemployment, foreclosures, lack of healthcare, deteriorating education, the list goes on.....

    April 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. mama4obama


    I couldnt agree more. Lets vote on the issues.

    OBAMA 08

    April 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. An Agnostic Democrat

    Well, didn't we learn something new: There's a difference between being a politician and a pastor. Well, whoop-dee-flippin-doo! They are both professions of persuasion just a different "product".

    Actually, Ive never cast my vote based on someone's religion or religious affiliations (and there's plenty in the current administration) or lack thereof. Doesn't matter. End of story.

    April 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Observer

    Am glad that you are honest about this. I am a devote christian, and know that pastors talk theology and politician talk politics. There is nothing wrong with that and don't explain yourself any further. Peolple clearly understand the differences between a pastor and a politician unless they pretend not to.

    Going forward Obama needs to let Reverend Wright answer to Reverend Wrights words and not him.

    April 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. shirley

    Reverand Wright was a Marine, he put his life on the line for this Country, how many of those who claim to be 'outraged' by his comments can claim the same devotion to their Country. The Pastor has earned the right to speak out against what he perceives as injustice in our Government.

    April 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Kate, Atlanta

    Irony – sorry, but your argument is wrong! When the SD's cast their votes and confirm that Obama is the nominee, it will be because he has the lead in the popular vote – you know those people that love his message of hope and change, the electorate he inspired to vote for him – and, he has the delegate lead – you know how the rules of the game say you win.

    Hillary has done nothing to inspire a majority of people to her side.

    April 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. liar

    Expressed it VERY cleary...By sitting in the pews for over 20 years.
    Actions speak louder than words.

    Rev, Wright himself ust said that Obama will say whatever he needs to say for political expediency.

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

    This issue will not go away for Obama because IT SHOULD'NT go away. Rev. Wright has been Obama's spiritual mentor for more than twenty years. The Rev Wright's sermons are available for all to hear. If anyone cares enough to listen to the man who has guided Obama's spiritual life for more than twenty years, they would clearly hear that he is a racist ... no ifs, ands or buts about it! How one could pray at this mans church every Sunday for twenty years, have his children baptized by this man and then politically preach unity and equality amongst all races is baffling to me. It's real easy to inspire people based on a platform of change to people who feel duped by their government and to those who feel oppressed by their society. That's EXACTLY how Adolf Hitler gained power ... by convincing an entire nation of oppressed people that he would bring change for them ... he was the most inspirational speaker of his time and he was smart enough to tell them what they "wanted" to hear. But he had no merits or REAL plans as to how he would accomplish this task. Just like Obama ... I'm not saying that Obama would be a Hitler, I'm only saying that the Germans elected a man based solely on emotional inspiration ... rather than on common sense and the mans actual accomplishments/merits. Obama has VERY LITTLE MERIT TO BACK HIS INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES. We should rely more on logic and less on emotions when deciding who will lead the free world!

    April 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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