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

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

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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. Bob J.

    I watched it. Obama lied through his teeth.

    He actually said with a straight face than Wright has recently changed and he's not the same man who was Obama's preacher.

    Wait, first, he was Obama's spiritual advisor who married Obama and Michelle and baptized their children. Then a crazy uncle. Then being portrayed unfairly with a few, out-of-context video soundbites.

    Now, Obama is saying that what we've been seeing IS the real Wright and that Obama does not agree with anything he's saying.

    BUT . . . don't forget, Wright faked his sermons anytime Obama showed up for services and said good, Chrisitan things.

    Man, talk about Hillary being a liar.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again – the choice is clear. We can support a professional crook (Hillary) or an amateur crook (Obambi).

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Kim

    Thank you Stacy Clarks! GO BARACK take that lying opportunist and her power-monger husband DOWN for good!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Trina

    Barack, distance yourself from him! As a Christian, it shocks me that the Reverand preaches this kind of rhetoric ... filled with so much hatred. He needs to read a thing or two about forgiveness and turning the other cheek. While I'm sure church service wasn't filled with hatred every Sunday ... I'm sure the undertones have been there for quite some time.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. hot, GA

    Rev Wright ego will not allow him to see a black man become president so he has decided Obama’s Anita Hill, (Clarence Thomas)

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Johnny

    To CNN:
    You guys are filtering all comments but those that are Obama friendly!! How pathetic of you... Just 5 minutes ago I saw a bunch of comments that were not as Obama friendly as you might have wanted, and now those comments are all gone! :)

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Shane

    GLAD HE FINALLY DENOUNCED HIM BUT HE WAS IN THAT CHURCH AND KNEW HIM FOR 20 YEARS. WRIGHT PROBABLY SPOKE LIKE HE DID IN HIS SERMONS, SO OBAMA KNEW WHAT HE WAS LIKE. THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO HAVE FUN WITH THIS. OBAMA IS NOT ELECTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Betty in Baltimore

    Good Job Obama.

    Let's talk about the issues and the actual character of the candidates, not their pastors, spouses or old pals.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. True American

    I cannot believe he been following and backing this racist Rev. Wright for 20 years. What a poor judgment!!! Obama you are not ready to lead this country so step aside for Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Liz S. in California

    Barack Obama continues to amaze me!!!! It is with such diplomacy, strength, courage and eloquence that he handles even the most arduous situations. The majority would just be flat out pissed off at everyone; Rev. Wright, the media and those who are so narrowminded and ignorant as to believe that Wright's beliefs are Obama's beliefs, and would express their feelings in just that way. Obama is so level headed and reasonable...... he will make an AWESOME PRESIDENT!!!!
    Those of you who do not recognize his strength, decency and genuine concern and hope for this nation are either terribly insecure or ignorant or both! Unlike Hillary, when confronted with a difficult situation... this man always speaks the truth and faces it head on....that is the kind of leadership we need!

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. peter kahara

    obama is really fake. HE KNEW THIS MAN FOR YEARS. HE MUST BE SLOW IF HE DID NOT KNOW THIS MAN WELL.
    OBAMA HANGS AROUND RADICALS,
    TONY REZKO, WEATHERWOOD, WRIGHT, HAMAS ETC.
    GO HILLARY GO! GO! GO! !!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. paul

    How the mighty do fall.

    ah

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. hexagon

    Its tragic for the Democratic Party that this all didn't come to light in November 2007.

    Obama would have never won Iowa or anywhere else for that matter. Not even close.

    Obama's decision to break with Rev. Wright came about 20 years too late.

    Move over Dukakis....make room for Obama.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. matt in ohio

    at least Elizabeth Edwards is supporting Hillary now! Hillary 08!

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. JF

    Talk about "say anything to get a vote".....
    Hillary 08 !

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Sydney

    Obama layed it down. He has shown his leadership in tough situations. He and Rev. Wright are two completely different people. Obama is the best choice for this country. So to people who still want to tie Obama to Wright: OBAMA IS OBAMA. HE IS NOT REV. WRIGHT.

    GO OBAMA
    OBAMA '08

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Billie Atlanta

    Obama just said that Rev. Wright was never his spiritual advisor. He has said many times in the past that the Rev. WAS his spiritual advisor!! He can't have it both ways. If Someone he chose as his pastor for 20 years was not his spiritual advisor, who was?????

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. ACotton

    Before I was undecided as to who I would probably vote for but since this issue I have decided not to vote for Obama. Politics is lies and I for one dont want to be stuck with a president who could possibly believe all this.

    Every person running for president is going to say anything possible to get votes, weather its true or not.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. T in Kzoo

    I thought Wrigth's speech was informing but not well placed. I think he's using Barack's spot light to vent his own frustrations. Quite honestly, I think he has acted quite selfishly.

    As a black woman, I feel I have every right to call Wright a crab in a barrel.

    Dems 08

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Nina

    Obama is a Man without church now, who only knows how to say: "Yo".
    All about Yo,Yo,Yo,Yo and more of YOYOYO'S!

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Grog in Ohio

    This is an entirely appropriate response from Senator Obama. And not a minute too soon.

    266 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Will from San Diego

    Character. Integrity. Results.

    April 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Marty

    All the pundits were saying that Obama needed to do this-get angry at Rev. Wright and repudiate him. So, is that why he did it? I'm thinking yes, that is exactly why he did it. What a phony? Vote for Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. DEAN

    get over this, this man is someone who is not running for president.Obama we appreciate you being honest with the american people. Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. veronica lynne

    Obama can't take the heat.
    People don't change that much overnight. Rev. Wright has been the same man the whole time, regardless of what Obama is saying now to try to save himself.

    April 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. lu

    Interesting, why doesn't he just come out and denouce the Rev.? He is outraged over his remarks, but still won't disown him outright.....Obama, it's not the same man you knew 20 years ago? You've been listening to him preach in your church for 20 years, who are we kidding here? Oh, and by the way, Rev. Wright is not the only shady friend that Obama has.....there are others.

    At least with Hillary, you know what you're getting.

    April 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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