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. Bukky

    I was against him Disowning Wright after the first Hoopla... but after seeing Wright's interviews and his speech its clear that Wright does not have the best interest of Obama in mind.

    Obama COULD have tossed him under the bus a few months back, but that would have been 1) disingenuous and 2) Cost him the bacl vote.

    At this point i think the Black community (myself include) realizes the Wright has decided to sink Obama's boat.

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

    And it only took him how long to do this? He really does have good judgement wait till after the fact to finally denounce him. While yes Obama is not Wright it goes toward his judgment that he would put this hateful person on his elecetion team. That same judgement that he is telling everyone he has so they will elect him.

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Betty

    Good for you Obama! I'm an American living in Canada and you make me proud to be an american. I have never voted before but this year you have my vote. Its time for a change!

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Eric

    Hillary 08!

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. JOE HAJINICOLAS

    Too little too late, this speech should have been given earlier. This is an old man who sermons are 30 to 40 years out of date. I wonder if Sharpton or Jackson would have brought you down, but it was your own pastor who is doing a great job. I had hope for you, but all that is left is to drop out and support Clinton. If Mr. Wright would use his head before his mouth, this would have never happen.

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Audrey

    Obama refused to cut ties with Rev. Wright after his controversial comments because "he's like an uncle." However, now he's drawing the line because Rev. Wright revealed that Obama will do anything to get elected. It seems like Obama is more offended by the latter remark than the God D* America speech. It seems to me like Rev. Wright might be right about Obama.

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Marie

    Well, well, well!!! I suspect that Obama is outraged because the views of many of his supporters, black and white are now known. The cat is out of the bag, so to speak. Come on, Americans are smart. We see through Obama's words. I know many black people and they do not share these views. They support Hillary. How could Obama belong to this church for twenty years and not know how Wright felt? We all saw the congregation laughing and applauding these outrageous beliefs. Why did Obama describe this congregation as "good people"? HILLARY 08!!!!!! Smart people know she can save this country!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. 2little2late

    Too late buddy!! Now you have really stooped to a new low. I respected you more when you stood by him. He has said all this stuff before and now you want to act surprised. Too funny.

    Obama is 'typical' washington politician.

    If no Hillary nomination, my votes for McCain.

    April 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. d

    Obama is a man of reason and vison. That is what we need in leadership. He is not afraid to do battle, does not seek to battle but he is the leader who will lead. He will tell the truth and unite this nation and restore all that the past eight years has lost and accomphish more good for this nation. Finally someone with some common sense running for office.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Calgary, Alberta

    good job. I have been waiting all day for you to speak. I was so outraged to see Rev. Wright's display yesterday. He is a very selfish man.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. linbit

    I understand that it was a strong Hillary Clinton supporter who arranged the meeting yesterday for Dr. Wright with the National Press club. Coincidence?

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Le troubadour

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. bernadette

    in case you didn't already know, Wright and Obama are and have always been two different people, with different life experiences and views of our world and race in America. Wright introduced Obama to his Christian religion and that's where it ends. He was never a political mentor. Wright is angry and stuck in the past – unable or unwilling to recognize changes since the 40's, 50's and 60's. Obama is hopeful and open and acknowledges the changes, some of which he has been a beneficiary of. He has a vision of unity for our future. Wright sees the same, past or future. This denunciation should clear it up for once and for all. We should not allow the media, for ratings sake, keep this matter alive anymore – it just keeps everyone away from the issues that really matter in this election year: Iraq, the economy, health care, and the housing crisis, to name a few. Let's not keep being 'stuck on stupid'. Let's move on!

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. G Leigh

    Barack do not feel bad, you are about trying to secure the nomination of the DNC for the President of the USA . Rev. Wright was a dead horse in your way. An old saying relates something to this effect:" If there is a dead horse in the middle of the road, you must move it out of the way. Else you will be stuck in the middle of the road too. " You had not choice but to move on. We need you in this wonderful country. We Need Your Style of Change! I am praying for your success in this endeavor.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Joseph

    Senator Clinton's vote along with 77 other Senators authorizing the use of force in Iraq is the centerpiece of Mr. Obama's argument that she has bad judgment.

    Will the manner in which he handled this, from his decision to write a book using the theme of a Reverend Wright Sermon "The Audacity of Hope" and then taking so long to see through the real Wright, be a reflection of his own judgment?

    People make mistakes. If Mr. Obama stops chiding Ms. Clinton about hers and gets off his "higher-than-thou" horse, perhaps we will all be more willing to forgive him for his errors in judgment.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Dean - Colton, CA

    Though I am not religious... I keep thinking 'antiChrist' when I see Hillary. Destroy individuals to get what she wants. And how many followers does he/she have who just whoop and holler every time another individual is destroyed?

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Carol

    But at least we all know know where your wife came up with the comment about "only now being proud of America". Wake up America.
    This guy will say anything to get your vote. He knew this guy for 20 years....was a close personal friend of the family's and didnt know who or what this guy was? Again, just another "bone head more" right? Makes you kind of wonder what kind bone head moves he will make in the White House...

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Are you serious?

    When did Pastors become "baggage-able"? When they've made your Pastor their main attack, you must really not have much dirt to dig up. Think about it... People fear what they don't understand.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Patt Truman

    Betrayal moments are difficult and gut-wrenching for the betrayed. We all have , or will go thru them. We can all empathize with Senator Obama. Clearly he is angered and saddened. He has had to publically express the multitude of feelings that betryal brings. Hopefully this will satisfy the media's appetite for ratings. Could the MSM perhaps hold a mirror to themselves and better carry out the duties of responsible journalism?

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Obama?

    So who is lying here??

    Is Obama's race speech sincere or just political positioning?

    Or is Rev. Wright actually telling the truth?

    Will Rev. Wright fight back again with more "truth" about Obama???

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Zelda of Pittsburgh

    I'm hoping we can now get past the Wright affair. The media is a bit obsessed with it, especially MSNBC – they're having a fit over there! It's all a bit sad and I feel bad for Sen. Obama, but I'm hoping his comments will allow the media to move on. The rest of us have.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. cmoore

    Who cares? Neither he nor Hillary has a clue how to weed ourselves from foreign oil. The answer is drill here and build more refineries, not chase the wind and invest billions in unproven pipe dreams that are many years away if they happen at all. We have plenty of oil here, if we actually harvested it. By the way, how much are your groceries going up due to inefficeint ethanol?

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Bonnie

    Obama is tackling this situation with Wright head-on as some of the comments suggest???

    Get real folks, he listened to this man for 20 years and he just now figured out what he stands for? Obama is either stupid or a liar...neither is a quality I desire in our President.

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Dan Skeen

    Wait a minute. I thought he "could not denouce him".

    Obama went offensive when Wright first broke. Now he's crumbling like a cookie.....

    Funny stuff

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Michael D., Raleigh, NC.

    If this man doesn't have the judgement to realize that J. Wright is bad, to not have the judgement that Rezko is bad news, to not have the judgement that Ayers is bad news, then how will he have the judgement to lead this country and choose his cabinet members?

    He says he wants to choose judges who will rule by their social beliefs. Aren't judges supposed to rule based on the laws of this land? Without the balance of power, Obama's administration will destroy this country!

    April 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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