April 29th, 2008
02:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama says he's 'outraged' with pastor's comments

CNN

Watch Barack Obama comment on his former pastor.

(CNN) - In his harshest criticism yet of his former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama said he was “outraged” by Wright’s comments at the National Press Club Monday, and “saddened by the spectacle.”

“I have been a member of Trinity Church since 1992. I have known Rev. Wright for almost 20 years,” he said at a Winston-Salem, North Carolina press conference Tuesday. “The person I saw yesterday is not the person I met 20 years ago.”

Obama said he was outraged by Wright’s remarks that seemed to suggest the U.S. government might be responsible for the spread of AIDS in the black community, and his equation of some American wartime efforts with terrorism. And he seemed to signal a complete break with his former minister.

“What particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing,” said Obama, who added that Wright had shown “little regard for me” and seemed more concerned with “taking center stage.”

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  1. Sharon

    Obama will make a great President.

    Obama '08

    April 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. dmw

    yeah, right....

    April 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Peter

    Big liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Jay

    But your Pastor said you were just being a Politian Obama. You did not know what you were talking about or mean it. Why would he lie?

    April 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Cowboy Jack

    Sen. Obama seemed VERY much on the DEFENSIVE over this...... he didn't handle it smoothly like Hillary would with a crisis

    I don't think this is the guy Democrats and Independents fell in love with before Super Tuesday....

    We're now seeing his baggage, and this will hurt him in Indiana

    April 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Rob

    Well its about time Obama has seen the light and realized Wright was wrong and misleaded. Hillary should be the nominee and will be. Obama has had to many mistakes. Even the national points show Hillary could beat McCain by 9 points but Obama could only tie him.

    April 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. marios

    Obama is just saying this get elected his views are the same as Wright.

    April 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. trellskig

    No need to explain Obama, you still have our loyal support.

    April 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Gina

    Good for you Obama. It is time to put this man behind you and move forward.

    April 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Lorna, NY

    Go Obama! Handle issue head on and on target. Put this man away!
    I am more convinced than ever that Obama is the best person for President of the United States. Whenever there is an issue that disturbs the American people, he tackles it head on. Bravo!

    April 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Ric

    No endorsement can equal the votes that Rev Wright will bring in for Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Shame....

    I think Obama fell into the hands of the media lynching, now they will accuse him of throwing Rev. Wright under the bus when only Yesterday they demanded Obama throw Rev. Wright under the very same bus.

    Media = Ratings = Destruction = Win for Media and very big end of year bonuses......

    Score 1 for the media and I guess Hillary.....

    She will NOT get my vote in Nov. I will vote for McCain. If we're going to destroy this country let's do it the right way, courtesy of the Media.

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Jay

    to late Obama. You are tied to him now. We see you are just being a typical Polition, you know, the same kind you say you are not.

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Rich in Seattle

    Thank you Mr. Obama, you never shy away from standing up for what you believe in and doing what is right. It is not always the easiest path you take, but it is the right one. I just wish the other candidates would take the same high road.

    Although many of the divisive Hillary supporters will attack you and say it's not enough, or too little to late. I commend you for taking a stand on these issues and showing leadership in a time where people try to control through fear and hate.

    I am proud to be a supporter of you and I know that the only way this country can change is with you as President.

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Brian

    Wright is simply excited to finally have the national stage he's always wanted to have. Apparently 8,000 people aren't enough, so now he wants to shout at millions. It is clear he is not the pastor he once was, now that he's gotten this new rush of power and influence.

    He is an egomaniac with a serious thirst for attention and power. He's been marching his way toward complete condemnation from Obama and now he's finally reached that point. Obama is through with him, finally we can move on.

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. DT - Alton, IL

    I am an African American and what Rev. Wright did on yesterday was unacceptable. He didn't have any regards to the fact that one of his members is running for the oval office.

    This is not about Rev Wright but his behavior on yesterday was radical. He fell for the foolishless

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Sam of Carolina

    you going to believe crazy priest or plain spoken obama...hmmm..tough choice

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Bob

    Hopefully the news media will stop putting Wright in the headlines now that Obama has said this. For crissake, I'm getting sick of it. Report on the real news, CNN, not the fake news that Hillary wants you to report.

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Democrat, NC

    "And he seemed to signal a complete break with his former minister." El finito. Let's move on the important issues.

    Obama '08

    April 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Makeshift

    Good job Obama. Wright has gone off the deep end at this point.

    April 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. TJ in Texas

    Go get 'em O! Fight back. All this back lash on you means only one thing: you are the front runner, and poised to be the next president!

    OBAMA 2008!

    April 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Adam in INdy

    What took you so long Berry????

    April 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Stacy Clarks

    OBAMA IS NOT REV WRIGHT!!!

    PEOPLE LET IT GO!!

    LET'S LOOK INTO ALL OF YOUR PAST AND SEE HOW MANY CONTROVERSIAL PEOPLE WE WILL FIND, THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHARE THEIR BELIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. D'Anne

    My fellow Americans..

    How can we think this is still an issue? We have two options: We can either VOTE FOr Obama or Not Vote for Obama. Either way can we LET THIS GO! LET IT Go!

    Oh My God, I can't stand this! Please, LET IT GO! LET IT GO! LET IT GO!

    April 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Tony Joseph

    Good job! Let's get past this now.

    April 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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