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. For Obama

    I think the new GOP ad coming out and all the stuff against Wright could come back to bite them. That is deflammation of character. Many people have said something that would or could be taken out of context if only part of the conversation was taken instead of the whole conversation.

    I think if we want to judge others and judge them by who they are friends with, where and IF they go to church... then people should be looking at the other canidate as well. She has more shady friends, past and when was the last time she attended church? OH I forgot such the religious woman who lies so much wont say....

    If your going to hit on one canidate hit on both... I havent seen anything much about Clintons past dealings at all in the news. I know Obama isnt going to bring it up they made that clear... so since all this stuff of Obama comes up must mean the Clinton camp is involved in that, Right CNN??

    Also my question is... if Clinton is so experienced and has many more years in the political arena... what is going on in the world because of it? We have the NAFTA.. so many jobs lost... dealings with oil companies.. why hasnt anything been done over the last 30 years with gas consumption etc. Why hasnt Hillary already put the Health reform? Why did she vote for the Iraq war? So much experience yeah right.... destroying our nation!!

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Oregon has Hope and wants change

    Hillary says she is more experienced, yes we know that, she IS more experienced in playing the dirty Washington games, do we want four years of this?

    Huckabee Hillary is past

    Obama is the future

    It is time for hope and change

    Let's turn the page of old politics and unite as one newer, better Washington with an administration we can be so proud of!!

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

    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 all he has (still) is 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 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. BJ

    And there you have it! Obama's way of responding to any controversy about him... by being DISMISSIVE, and saying: "I expected that".

    It does not address what Wright said: "He says what he has to say, as a POLITICAIN, and I say what I have to say, as a preacher".

    It confirms that Obama says and does what he needs to do, in order to get elected! PURE and SIMPLE.

    He is, after all, the prime example of what a politician really is. And his talk about "old politics" and message of hope, is clearly all rhetoric.

    As far as Obama's campaign playing the "race" card... this too has come back to smack them in the face. He has now become the "BLACK CANDIDATE", and CLEARLY is NOT ELECTABLE in November.

    April 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Debby

    The problem with Rev. Wright he speaks with fork tongue. He wasn't acting like a pastor of God when he made all those political comments in those sermons especially when it came to Hillary Clinton so his argument to Moyer was moot. Rev. Wright and his interviews coming up will bury Obama down the road.

    April 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. mike

    For all the ones who thought Senator Obama shared the same views of Rev. Wright, are now seeing that he doesn't. Give the man abreak he running for president not Rev. Wright. So judge him on his ideas and values. A retired soldier who gave 24 years of sacrifice for this country.

    April 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Anita, CA

    I don't care if Barack is orange, what difference does his skin color make? People are morons. I'm voting for the best person to lead our country out of this quagmire that we're in because of the Bush Administration.

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

    Obama joined the democratic race to effect change.....the old guards like the CLINTONS made sure to play up the reverend's sermons to get votes......Clinton stood by her man after many infidelities, but had the gall to say he wouldn't be her pastor......how dare she throw the first stone......I think she has been the limelight so long, she thinks she's above everything.....maybe her next move is to walk on water.....I don't think anyone should be tarred and feathered because of their pastor, otherwise some of us are in real trouble if we are measured by our priests, pastors, rabbi, etc...........

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

    Just another reminder (as if we needed one) that Obama probably can't win the general election because he just has too much baggage. And, unlike Hillary's baggage, people won't discount his because it isn't old news.

    Of course, Hillary probably can't win the nomination at this point. So that leaves one question. What's a Democrat who just wants to win supposed to do?

    Answer: hope for a deadlock to produce a Gore nomination.

    April 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Stacy Clarks, TX

    I am all for Obama, and will vote for him no matter, what, and I also resptect the right for the reverand to defend himself, and speak out against all the attacks, but did he really have to do it now?!?!?!

    PEACE IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Adam FL

    " He goes out as a politian as says what he has to say" – Excuse me?! This coming from the person with such a deep running impact on your life that you would go as far as to name your book after his sermans. So does this just prove Obama will LIE to our faces, just as he has in the past, and about his positive campaign? This guy is a mess..

    I will never vote for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Tony, Miami

    The press seems to have their own agenda. They cannot get enough of Wright's sermon. May be Stephanopoulos is looking for job at the white house. Once crazy always crazy.

    April 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    Rev. Wright is the gift that keeps on giving to Hillary Clinton!

    And please...Obama is giving a press conference with a gas station in the background? What a joke! Is he still lying about taking money from big oil?

    April 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Sam

    Tired of the Wright thing. Hope Obama stops answering those questions and concentrates on his messaged. If people have questions on Wright, they must ask him. He is is now speaking....

    April 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. alabama

    Thank you Rev. Wright for letting God use you. His word will stand when heaven and earth fade away. No matter what- God's will be done. I just pray that he show us favor. I pray that Obama will lead this country the way God expect him to. If he only cosult him first.

    April 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. John Adkisson

    Perhaps this exhange will put into perspective how Obama is respectful of his elders, but nevertheless represents a totally different approach and attitude toward this new, diverse nation which empowers people of all backgrounds to succeed.

    Obama harmonizes tradition and patriotism in one statement.

    April 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. RW in AL

    I'm really getting tired of hearing about the politicians preachers or spiritual leaders or what ever the heck they are. All three candidates still in the race have contraversal spiritual leaders/advisors/endorsers/etc.

    Hillary with Doug Coe and the Fellowship, McCain with Paisley and Hagee (who is far worse that Wright ever thought about) and Obama with Wright. Hey everyone, we're not electing a preacher, we're electing a president.

    After the research I've done on all of the above, Wright is the least radical of the bunch.

    April 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Not gonna happen. Obama is the nominee...

    April 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. SH

    Please.... you are just another politician with lot of messages that resonates well who doesn't even understand them.

    April 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Gary

    Obama lost my vote when Rev. Wright came out the first time. Anyone that sits in that church for twenty years, then goes as far as to call him his spiritual advisor is some of the poorest judgment I have ever seen. Michelle Obama also being very anti – american. We do not need a man like this in the white house.

    HILLARY 08!

    April 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Typodi

    Reverend Wright and his family have received death threats since the news media played these single cell sound bites. He has a right to defend himself. Wright's words should not be used against Obama.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Laurie Johnston

    hear! hear!

    April 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. HillarywillGoHell

    You Stupid media if you want to know more about pastor Wright's comments the best person to ask is pastor Wright's and Watch the whole sermon . Leave Obama alone, he is not reponsible for the pastors comments pastor Wright's can speak for himself and he did at PBS case closed.

    April 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. JDG

    "Irony" No............Hillary has done it with her lying and all the sheep that follow her.

    April 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |

    We still love you Obama baby! Keep marching on!!!!!

    Obama '08

    April 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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