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. Steven Watson

    Obama is starting to look like Clarence Thomas. He's just another Uncle Tom. I can't believe that he disowned his pastor and ridiculed Minister Farrakhan. I read the Audacity of Hope, and this is not the same man I heard today

    He won't be getting this brothers vote.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Rick

    Obama has know about all of Rev. Wright's sermons and speeches and thought he could hide it from his constituency. It is about time he stood up and denouced Rev. Wright:

    1) didn't Hillary ask him why he hadn't denounced in a debate back in March?
    2)Didn't he have an opportunity in Philadelphia?
    3) he knew the church gave a Lifetime Achievement award to L. Farrakhan last Nov-07
    4) and what's under the Weather Undergound story???/

    Obama is not right for the job as Commander and Chief – not now. He is weak and runs from tough issues, instead of hitting them head on (i mean, it's going on two months since his Philly speech). Not the kind of President I want.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Independent

    Good job, Thanks.
    Hope CNN will show this as much as they covered Mr. Wright talks

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Shame....

    Obama should understand... they will keep picking on minor things until they destroy this man for ever in the world of politics. This was NEVER about Rev. Wright, this was about NEVER having a black man run the United States of America. The sad part is, Obama fell for the ol tricks of the past.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. who is hating on us all?

    Who of us Americans were here in the days of slavery?

    The Native Americans had their land stolen and suffered from the genocide committed against them. They do not preach a theology of hatred.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Lady in MS

    I was personally shocked by Wright's comments and Obama really had no choice but to speak about totally against him. He should have done it a month ago! There was nothing new, really, in what Wright said yesterday. Just as out-there and radical as what has been in the media since his church was first pulled into the spotlight. What's most shocking is that this is apparently appropriate sermon content in the black church.
    The body of Christ is made of people of all color and the teachings in church should be the teachings of scripture and not the personal politics of the so-called leaders!

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Kim P. Atlanta, GA

    What fools we have been to allow the media to dictate not only this presidentaial race, but also who we shall include or denounce in our personal lives. So now, is it Rev.Wrights fault if the party turns on Sen. Obama because somehow he has become unelectable. He is always been unelectable to those who only see his race and or need an excuse to not elect him. I could care less the comments of Rev. Wright or his personal opinion of the United States. I am voting for Barack Obama. Who knew who Rev. Wright was before this race? Yet, we have always know about Jerry Falwell, Pat Buchanan, Pastor Hagee, an all those who ascribe to racist and bigoted political and social views. These men have been invited to the white house and had the ear of many white presidents. When did we ask them to "throw them under the bus". When did we have to ask a white presidential candidate to denounce and reject their personal relationship with someone. Are these people opinions just as inflammatory as what you want Rev. Wright to be. This is not only a case of kill the messanger, but kill the message also. Some in America have been waiting for their hands to be "washed" clean so they can justify their bigotry and racism for not wanting a person of color in the office. They have found their excuse in Rev. Wright.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Bert

    I smell a Rat in all ths Rev. Jeremiah Wright stuff. Does he have a book deal in the works? If so, then who's campaign gave him the idea?

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Kat

    Obama is the best person for the Presidency and I am glad he did this so that maybe now we can focus on his great plans for America. I truly believe that he doesn't share the same views as Rev. Wright and that he truly wants what is best for America. I just hope everyone else can open their eyes to see what a great Candidate he is.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Katherine

    I feel your pain Senator Obama - your pastor betrayed you! Obviously, Rev. Wright intentionally wanted to hurt you and he succeeded but GOD has the last word...

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Katie

    Right. Time to sit back and watch the Obama bubble keep imploding and the obamabots desperately try to pretend its not happening. Obama is a typical chicago hack politician

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Kathy Corey

    Re-Wrighting History....no Wright hasn't gone off the deep end...he is the same person he has been for more than the 20 years Obama has known him...see the videos...read the Church magazine. His reverend friends have been testifying to this and defending his statements. Senator Obama is throwing him under the bus...where he previously threw his grandmother. Wright is right....doing what a politician does. We'll see if Wright and his Reverend friends take this quietly. While the religious wars continue...Senator Clinton continues to focus on jobs, energy, education, health care etc. Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Jan

    Obama's star is falling fast now that all the little truths are coming to light. He sat in this man's church for 20 years!

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Henri

    Way To Go Barack! Kick Wright's - under and over the BUS! WRIGHT IS A MEDIA SUCKING WACKLEDOODLE-FOOL. We love Barack Obama who is our only hope to change this country for the better.
    0 B A M A '08

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Joe St Louis, MO

    Man you are all screwed ....

    Hillary and Bill are a joke think back to their handling of Monica and NAFTA. They do something then lie about it and then tell the half truth when they are caught.

    Obama has become a joke due to the RACISM in the rural parts of our country and his idiot racist pastor.

    MCCAIN is going to win. There is no doubt. NONE

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Tennessee

    Something smells! Oh its Obama's press conference.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. shawn

    Interesting that the Obama supporters are so very eager to "put this behind you Senator Obama" but cannot refrain from dredging up anything and everything Hillary may or may not have done in the past 20 years. Hmmm. Very interesting.
    Also very interesting to read the Obama supporters say just because Obama supported Wright's church, and the Wright teachings he knew about, that Obama shouldn't be judged by the spiritual company he kept for 20 years, yet they go on and on to blame Hillary for her husband's choices and decisions he made as a husband and President.
    Where are those her mistakes and character failings? And Obama has none. Right. Very unifying Obama supporters. Show me again how you do that talking out of both sides of your mouths?!?!?!

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. me

    learn how to spell politician please

    obama 08

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Marilyn

    Obama has only made this statement because he knows that his Pastor has damaged his credibility. There is no difference in the way Rev. Write spoke yesterday and the way he spoke in his church and I believe this is what the Obama's have attended and listened to in the past 20 years while in that church! This is a liberation movement and I think people should wake up and smell the coffee instead of falling for the fake anger he wants you to believe.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Howdy

    It only took Obama 20 years to figure this out? Sharp as a tack!

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Lauren Denver, CO

    Good job Obama.. lets focus on the future now..

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Pika

    I went to church my whole life and I’m sure that there are things i disagreed with and to be honest I can’t remebr what was preached 4 sundays ago. I believe what Mr. Wright did was an embarasment to Obama, and I understand where he (Obama) comes from…

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    Take a peek into Hillary's skeleton closet......

    Senator Obama will survive this ordeal.......

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. jill american

    Too bad Obama didn't know what to do the first time he heard Wright speak at his church .. LEAVE! I guess he only knows what to do the first time when he's not voting.

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. TOO LATE!!!

    Well, Well look what we got here. Someone is starting too hit the panic button. Let me see you throw you grandmother under the bus, and now your pastor when things aren't going your way. Pretty soon your going to throw your campaign under because it's done. You should have done this along time ago. This only tells me that your judgement and how you handle adversity is out of touch with reality. . He probably just got off the phone with Rev wright and they made a deal too come out and make this statement.

    . Too late buddy, just tag along and board the CLINTON express. We are about too RIDE!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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