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

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


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. Olivier

    Everytime something is coming in america, americans tend to be self destructives

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Can you say President Obama

    Obama is the best candidate without a doubt. Republican hate will never get my vote.
    Hillary or McCain = $6.50 per gallon.

    [Speaking of churches.... What about the one in Texas where all the men disappeared when it was found they are marrying 14 year olds; four or five of them each.] Rev Wrights church is not so bad.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Emilia Monte

    Everyone is forgetting the real issue, that we are preparing to make a decision to decide who will represent us for next four years.

    The press is WRONG This is total baloney, the more important issues the press should cover is not Rev. Wright but rather the issues that are at best served by the best candidate.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. BobW

    Simply more political posturing. Does he actually think that anyone will believe him? The U.S. population may have been naive enough to initially believe in him, but they're not naive enough to believe him after all of this. The Obama ship is sinking real fast. Down... Down... Down.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. NObama

    This is a HUGE issue. Mr Obama says he might not have experience, but makes good decisions!? So a good decision is having this guy as your pastor, advisor, and friend??

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Alex

    Billary supporters can keep harping on this issue. Has anyone checked the super-delegate count today? The gap is very very small now and continues to shrink (19). Soon Billary and her supporters will have nothing to cling to anymore and will have to become Republicans with all of their big-business/ lobbyist priorities!

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. ARundle

    Senator Obama has the strength and good character to address issues head on. I admire and respect him for it.

    I agaree, Senator Obama is not Rev. Wright. When you hear the words come out of Sen. Obama's mouth let me know. Until then I couldn't care less what Rev. Wright has to say.

    Let's get back to the real issues.

    Obama '08.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Kevin McElroy

    There shouldn't be any question now as to where Barack Obama stands regarding his former pastor. At this point it should rest as "further deponent sayeth not" – however, Wolf, Lou, Campbell, Larry, and Anderson are going to spoon feed this to us all night and into tomorrow. There's a lot going on in the world beyond the campaign CNN, now get to work and start reporting on the important stuff! I'm so sick of seeing Hilary and barack that I'm going to shut off my TV for at least 96 hours and read a book!

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. LIAR!!!!

    Obama is lying just so he can save his own tail. Wright has said it repeatedly that Obama has to say things in order to get elected. Wright said that people have written to him (Wright) and said the same thing. Obama is falling apart and the American people need to wake up! Why is it that NOW Obama is outraged at the comments made? Why now? After 20 years we are expected to believe that Obama never heard the hate filled remarks? People have to ask that question over and over again and look at Obama's hidden agenda. Superdelegates need to be wary of this man. Obama is dangerous and what he says in public is not what is heart. Obama believes Rev. Wright's words and his shares his views. Do we want to elect a man that will set race relations back 100 years? If Obama gets the nomination, it is guaranteed that Rev. Wright will be the one swearing Obama into office.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Sherralyn

    I think it is kind of scary to think that Obama could hold some of the same views as his pastor. What if he does but only admits it after he is elected? Why would he admitt it now, as he runs for election. Actions speak louder than words, especially when one is doing damage control!! In this day and age we need to be careful who runs our country!!

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Neel

    Agree with D'Anne, can't the press just move on? This is an election about issues, not about what some short Greek or whacked minister get to say on TV. Knock it off and let's get Obama in office and the oil goons out.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. susanne

    I am sure that this is a very sad day, indeed, for Senator Obama. However, he did what he had to do. Shame on Reverand Wright to try and use an honest, brilliant man for his own political gain. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is no "Rocky" as some would suggest, just intent on winning at any cost ,using any means. Democrats need to be reminded of the wisdom of Solomon, then it becomes crystal clear which of them truly loves the Democratic party and which of them loves themselves above all else.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. SBvoter

    oh BTW, you sat and listened for 20 years, and you didn't know what he was about. I listened to 3 sermons and i knew right away. Do you not have a clue. Is this what we wwant for a president? God no......!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Mark

    Obama finally is taking a stance on this issue. Thank god! Rev. Wright is an egomaniac and has thrown Obama to the wolves by choosing to speak into any willing microphone.

    I am encouraged by this news today.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. ryan indiana

    obama has a great demeanor about him...he kept his integrity throughout this entire circus...he stood up for his pastor when he was turned into a caricature by the media...when the popular thing would have been to 'throw him under the bus' as mccain or the irrelevant hillary clinton would have done...

    then his pastor then sells him out as a 'mere politician' and obama does the right thing and recognizes that he can no longer support someone who disrespects him and is more interested in the spotlight than acting out his own true christian beliefs...

    again, obama is one in a million...he's got my vote.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. The new flavor

    Thank you, now let's either move on and focus on the issues or put all the candidates pastors under the microscope and give some equity to this ridiculous spectacle.

    Rev. Wright does not have a GD thing to do with:

    High Gas Prices
    Jobs going overseas
    Sucky Economy
    War in iraq
    War on terror (A.K.A-future war in Iran)
    Health care
    Or anything else of interest to us all

    Focus America!! Last time ya'll got suckered by gay marriage and the great spiritual leadership of Bush. Is it just me or am I the only who NEVER saw a connection bet. Saddam and 911? But Americans can be like sheep sometimes and will eat anything. Let's get throught the primaries and VOTE DEM in Nov!

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Judy

    Another lapse in Obama judgement ..... who will it be next time ... Iran? Cuba?

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Steve

    Rev. Wright is obviously feeling his age. He's getting pretty daffy. It happens to many of us as we grow older. It's sad that his increasing mental infirmities are in the public eye, and affecting a candidate for president.

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Coop

    Finally, Obama has recognized Rev. Wright for who he tryuly
    truly is... Rev. "Wrong"

    April 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Rafael

    Sorry but not convincing to me. He 's till hiding something . I think
    his views are releted to his pastor and he will not break away from him. Too bad. He had the chance. Americans are not going to vote
    for someone when there is dout. God Bless us all.

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Frank Makakys

    Go Barack Obama!

    Hil-liar Clinton and McBush can't stop you!

    President of US 2008!

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Tim

    Obama you cannot be trusted from what comes out of you mouth. Your best bet is not to say or answer any question about Rev Wright. Every time you do that you contradict yourself. How can you refuse to denounce the reverend before and come now to pretend to denounce him. Infact you do not have enough credibility to handle the highest job. Befoer this l was all for you because my friend convinced me but now l am not sure l can trust you. You are just another politician like your causin Bush and Cheney.

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. zoi / lakeland fl

    It’s funny, when Obama's entourage speak, people say, that his entourage do not speak for Obama....Obama is his own person.

    However.......when Hillary's entourage speak or anyone she has come in contact with during her entire life....yep..its Hillary's fault, and they speak for her......

    remember, Obama did not vote to go to war! .....yeah dummies he was not a member of the Senate at the time. He's talking Clintonese saying but not saying....

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Go HIllary

    What amazes me is the mere fact that people have the nerve to say "Let it go, Let it go, Let it go!" when it is Obama, but yet people still harp on the fact that Bill Clinton has an affair with Monica, which does NOT DEFINE HIllary Clinton.

    It's interesting the bias that is among many hypocrits!

    Go Hillary 2008!

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. chcuk in pa

    Obama is the only one with the guts to stand up and do the job

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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