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. abbey

    Could the Paul v Clinton Fraud Suit Upset the Clinton Democratic Party?

    April 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. why?

    Why would I vote for Obama when I know he stole the primary from Hillary Clinton?

    April 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. NotThisTimeinNY

    It's all good Barack. None of what the so-called media does can be taken seriously the way they are buring the Hillary felony fiasco!! We will see how they continue to ignore developments when she is served her subpoena in the whistleblower case!! See peterfpauldotcom

    April 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. chris

    Why can Hillary say she doesn't agree with B. Clinton (NAFTA, Columbia, Taxes and other things) – yet Wright should count against Obama??

    April 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Seattle Voter

    It's a fact that Sen. Obama is ahead because the Media didn't ask him tough questions until the Wright controversy.

    To all the Hillary haters out there, I will pray for your souls because you need it. I'm sure you're finding out now that Sen. Obama is no Angel either.

    April 25, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Jim from Evansville

    I thought Obama said that Wright apologized for his comments a couple of weeks ago . Sure seems real apologetic in this interview.

    April 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. missouri


    April 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. mw

    Obama has tried to be as gentle as he could with the old man but he has clearly said that he disagrees with those specific statements made in a few of his sermons though he likes other more inspiring things. The minister says he has never heard Obama repeat those specific statement or agreed with them . So the old guy tries to rationalize Obama distancing himself .... So what?
    Obama's message is consistent and clear and inclusive. He is half white and have black and has half Asian half white syblings...and half syblings in Africa (his father's children) . Why should anyone believe that Obama is a racist ? Just as McCain, who has an interracial family by adoption , also is not a racist.

    April 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Mike - Texas

    OBama is just showing that he is a NORMAL politian. The very thing he has been telling everyone that he isn't

    April 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. RT


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

    What campaign are you watching? That's the only way HILLARY can win the nomination. Obame leads in pledged delegats, popular vote, and # of stated won. Get a clue before you post moronic statements like these. I've seen you trolling this trash around on the other blogs too.

    April 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. souza

    Damage Control. What else would you expect Obama to say.

    April 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Robin Country Club Hills

    Rev Wright is a convenient excuse for those voters who don't want to vote for a black man. That's all. Obama will never be able to change their minds or get them to understand.

    April 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Demhypocrisy

    Obama is unelectable

    April 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. tlg

    If we don't pick a side & soon "they" are gonna pick sides for we the people...this election has a feel similar to 2000, except it will be the Clintons stealing an election.

    April 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Jason in Jersey

    Why was this press conference held at a gas station?

    April 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. terry in Fl

    Gosh. And it only took them weeks to come up with this little juggling act!

    April 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. From LA

    I don't understand why everything the Reverend does is somehow concluded as a right hand of Obama. I also don't understand why the news keep calling him Obama's spirtual mentor, when Obama said she was not his mentor, but the preacher in his church. This keps being pulled of of context by the media.

    April 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Armand1980

    Blacks are bitter, racist and hypicrits thats it, The only reason this election is the way it is, its simply because 95% of blacks are supporting one of their own, and that is not democracy, that is racism. At the end of the day Obama and you will destroy the democratic party, because FYI he is not going to win the general election, and YOU, yes, YOU will suffer more than everyone else, because YOU, the AA have the most difficult times living day by day, higher high school drop outs, higher unemployment, less health care programs, lowest paying jobs, all of this when compare to whites, asians and latinos. And guess what?????? call me a racist if you like, that i guess im just one more of you. CNN, post this, since its all the true, what obamabots can insult us? clinton supporters and not us... ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

    April 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Elizabeth Gilmore

    Forget Reverend Wright. He is not running for office and Senator Obama has shown by his work and actions over the years that he does not agree nor did he ever condone the divisive remarks taking out of three of Wright's sermons. Whe weren't the ones dealing with hope, respect for others, and love of Christ played on youtube?

    The Clintons with their negatives show them as losers in all of the national polls. People simply don"t want a third term for these drama queens. We suffered enough last time under their many indiscretions. The government was literally paralyzed for years after the Monica Lewinsky, Whitewater, travelgate, filegate scandals- not to mention the "suicide" of one of their key advisors Vince Foster. The pardons of 140 felons on their last day in office capped their whole ugly sojourn in the Clinton White House. They both have far too much "baggage" in the closet.

    The Clintons are dividers that offer plenty of "solutions." but no intentions of ever getting them done.

    Superdelegates: Please hang up the phone on Harold Ickes and his underground group of smear artists. Send "the girl from Scranton" back to her estate in Chappaqua, New York. Otherwise the Clintons will once again tear the Democratic Party apart.

    Not this time.

    April 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Don in CA.

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

    Kind of blows Obama's I'm a new type of politician schtick all to hell.

    April 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. jason

    "It will NOT be because he convinced the electorate with his inspiring message of hope and change.[/quote]the fact that he is winning against hillary and even has a chance to be elected by electorate IS because his message."

    what you're saying could easily be turned around. All there needs to be is one person out there who voted for hillary only because she wasn't black (and there is), and you could say "she's only still considered a contender because of racism.

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

    Last January, it was expected hillary would have the nomination already. So, if by "has done well" you mean hasn't even met half that expectation, then you're right.

    Also, i'm sure the media seems entirely unbiased to someone who shares their bias.

    April 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Samuel L. Criss

    Is is wrong to say that a politician "goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician?"
    Doesn't a spiritualist go out and say what he has to say as a spiritualist?
    Doesn't a comedian go out and say what he has to say as a comedian?
    This is exactly what this is turning out to be a comedy. Stop the word playing. I did not see Rev. Wright's statement in a negative manner.
    Let us hear something about Peter Paul and the Hillary's New York Senate race CNN, where is that?????

    April 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. love it

    Even Wright himself knows Obama is just a politician saying what he needs to say to get elected.


    April 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. DEE in fla

    IF REV Wright IS Killed be a Raciest person in thes word... YOU know the ones that are gining him death threats. I think that the media, the clinton campighn, and who ever are minding the CHURCH BIZZ and placing it in the public eye should be responsible....

    This mans life is being threatin at the age of 70 years old...

    Please dont let something happen to Him... AMERICA already thinks that black america is CRAZY....WOW we Will tear this country apart...



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

    It seems to me that most people on this post forget that Hilary was the presumptive nominy and then the PEOPLE started to vote.

    Now she wants to paint herself as an underdog, if you fall for this you are weak minded.

    She has more super delegates, so dont give me that, he needs superdelegates to win crap. Most of the rest of the states are his and he will maintain his 150 pledged delegate lead...if not pad it a bit.

    Race over...prepare yourselves to vote in the general...and don't be weak willed...you know you want a democrat, you wont vote for mccain, you'll sit home at the most. But i'll tell you what, obama doesnt need your vote, he has all the african americans, all the college educated, and all the young....mccain doesnt stand a chance.

    April 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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