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. Obama will win landslide in NC

    WHY ARE YOU HILLARY SUPPORTERS SO HATEFUL? A LOT OF YOU BELONG WITH WRIGHT UP ON WRIGHTS STAGE! WE DON'T WANT WRIGHT AND WE SURE AS HELL DON'T WANT YOU. SOME OF YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS ARE SO CLUELESS AS TO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CRISTIAN.
    WE WILL TAKE OBAMA ANY DAY

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Anna

    Nothing Rev. Wright said yesterday was NEW!! The Rev. has said it all before....so why denouce NOW? Too little too LATE!! This denouncement should have happened months ago!! Superdelagates, please see the light....Obama cannot win in Nov!!! The Pubs will run tv ads showing Wright making his outragous comments, with a pic of Obama. Hillary is our only HOPE!!!
    Indiana & NC ...please vote 4 Hillary!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. its Over

    Go Obama, you are the man of the hour.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Chriss

    PLEASE CNN, stop the madness of covering Wright!

    the Clintonian News Network covered it ALLLLLLLL DAAAAAAY and ALLLL NIIIIIIGHT!

    To their credit, they did break away for about 5 minutes to cover the devastating tornados in Virginia.

    How about covering some of Clinton's baggage such as the Paul v. Clinton case where the judge let HRC out of testifying until AFTER November and told her lawyers to say hi to his friend, Bill.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Michael

    I live in Chicago and have been a supporter of Obama since he was running for office at the state level.

    Based on everything that I've seen of this man; all of his flaws and the characteristics that make him human, I can say that he is clearly the most competent person to be the President of the United States, especially considering all the candidates that have run in my life time.

    People make mistakes. Obama has made mistakes. Hillary has made mistakes. Bush has made mistakes.

    It's how these individuals handle these mistakes that shows their true character.

    I trust Obama with this country, and I will be behind him through thick and thin, because I know that he will be behind us as a people, and as a country.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    what about hillarys pastor... who was convicted of child molestation.... for touching a 7 year old girl at his house

    why wont cnn report this

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Andy K., Raleigh, NC.

    Obama didn't seem that outraged to me. He seemed sad that he has to hold the press conference to save his candidacy.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Keisha M.

    Good job

    In doing this- he now makes it look like pure politics when McCain and Clinton attack him on Wright
    He also sends a message loud and clear to the superdelegates about who he is and what he stands for (as well as what he won't stand for, as Pastor Wright now very well sees)

    He had to come out and make a forceful stand against Wright's antics yesterday- and he did so

    Any more talk about his unelectability due to this issue is pure and unadulterated media bias- a story for ratings sake- and in no way in the best interest of the American people

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Mark

    This could be Obama's downfall. His initial statement about Wright was very mild and rather than saying that Wright was wrong, he just emphasized that their views are "different".

    This DOES sound kind of political to me and so many people may not believe his current denunciation of Wright which of course is the only thing he CAN do at this point to save his campaign.

    Some people I talk to about Obama have these fears (unwarrranted, I agree) about Obama being too supportive of muslims and unfortunately the Wright controversy only strengthens those fears....

    I hope Hillary picks him as VP despite Bill's growing dislike for the man....

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Pattie

    You lost my vote Obama. How could you not support your own pastor?
    Shame on you!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Paul

    Hillary must be pulling her hair out. If it wasn't for Operation Chaos she would of been out of the race after Texas. Now she has a 9 point lead over McCain and she can thank Rush Limbaugh for that.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    WRIGHT AS BEEN & IS WRONG & HE IS NOT

    THE ONLY ONE, BLACK OR WHITE, TO SEE AMERICA

    THROUGH HIS PRISM OF EXPERIENCE ONLY.

    BARACK IS BEING CRUCIFIED FOR THE BELIEFS

    OF OTHERS. THAT IS VERY COMMUNIST.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Jann in Denver

    I'm sick and tired of this media lynching, you guys smell black blood and you're salivating all over yourselves...disgusting. I can't tell CNN apart from FOX ...your are all starting to look and sound alike! I'm sick and tired that egomaniac Rev. Wright...and sick and tired of that self-rightous Billary Clinton and John McSame.

    I want to hear the issues, which the press, including CNN, seems to have no interest in reporting. Obama is not responsible for this man nor are they one in the same. Lets move on people...enough is enough.

    Jann

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Joseph J.

    Brillant, Obama is the one and only senator that could have handled this situation in such a smart way. If this situation ways on Vlinton she could not have handled it in the same manner! She would have started crying first and then disowned her pastor and the people that attends that church and made the biggest mistake because she couldn't take the heat.

    I think that this guy is being used to show the people who is best for the country, GOD IS BIG...GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA IF IT'S GOD WILL HE WILL WIN THE ELECTION, NOTHING WILL STOP IT!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Larry

    Has everybody forgotten the baggage of Ms.Clinton – Whitewater – failed marriage – failed attempt at health care – ride your husbands coat tails honey. Make another 109 million off the American people. Come on America – if all Obama has to worry about is a loud mouth pastor living on 100 years of the past wake up. We don't need anybody that says we need change but has been in politics with no success for 20 to 25 years. WE NEED NEW BLOOD !!!!! WE NEED NEW IDEAS !!! WE NEED A NEW DIRECTION!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. scared of her

    The only way to make a decision in this race is to listen to the actual candidates. The media is doing a complete hatchet job on this primary – they are absolutely not to be trusted, and that includes YOU, CNN.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Sheila, NY

    Senator Obama has done all he can do about Rev. Wright, he cannot make this man stop talking. This is America, he can say what he want, but the corporate owned News Media keep giving Rev. Wright a platform to bring down Obama, I find it to be what the media was aiming at in the beginning by continuing to give Rev. Wright, undeserved air time. However, no one has pointed out that the women that was sitting next to Rev. Wright at the news conference is a Hillary Clinton supporter that help set up the interview. The supporters of Hillary Clinton keep forgetting that the majority of AA are democrats and she can't win without their vote either. She is digging a bigger hole for herself with the AA community, thanks to herself and her husband.

    Go Obama.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Dave W

    Wow. Finally. Thank you Obama. I'm sure that took a lot of personal courage on many levels. I may end up voting for you yet. Please stop responding to Hillary and show that you have an agenda and that it is your agenda that is driving your campaign and not the other way around. Attack Republican policy, not Hillary. Attack the policies with some theatre and grab the spotlight. Sharpen your sound bites and distill your message to 40 essential words – something that the evening news can show.

    The Gettysburg address was under 300 words and it changed the meaning of the civil war. And in a time when people were accustomed to long, dry speaches. It can be done. I want to vote for you. I want to. Give me a reason.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Lynnis

    I commend you Obama for doing what you must do. Rev.Wrights behavior has not only been unacceptable in some cases but destructive in most cases to any opportunity we may have to elect you as our next President. This issue must be put to rest and we must move on to the real issues that are plauging this country. I support you 1000% and commend your strenght to speak up and move on to the real issues!

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. LMH, Atlanta

    The media and dirty politics will be the cause of the Republicans winning in November. Obama has tried to run an campaign based on issues that directly impact the American people. He is an educated, qualified politician who is capable of uniting and leading. We all have people/friends that have character flaws. How many of the Clinton friends have served jail time for various reasons?

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. joeparadis

    why do my comments keep getting edited out–is it because I speak respectfully of both candidates and encourage a high-spirited but constructive finish to the Primary–CNN may think sentiments like this subversive to their ratings–CNN you are a truly depraved institution.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Matt, Chico, CA

    Too little, too late

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Peter, NC

    Good. Something tells me that Obama is going to got after the REAL
    fabricators of this story, THE NEWS MEDIA.

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Carla

    I believe that Obama will make an excellent leader for this country. I think that it's a shame that some americans are choosing to cast stones at this man without looking at the whole picture. The media is vicious, yes, it's a double standard, we need to be informed, but you don't ruin lives in your persistance of feeding the unknowing information. Everything about this man speaks truth, humility, patriotism and a undying need to bring change to our country. Don't judge someone by the actions of other, actions that he has no control over. You call him a liar and you don't even know him? How is this possible? Have you read his books, made yourself learned to his campaign? Place yourself in his shoes – I believe his been broken down enough! and yet... he still stands with pride for his country and the belief that there are open minded people who can see thru the mockery that others have made of his campain. Go Obama!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. DNL4HILL

    To all those who support Obama this should be an eye opener. Never have I seen a campaign implode like this one has. Given the comments of his long time pastor and those of his campaign, it is quite clear that his days are numbered. The Democrates want to win in November and can see that there is little to know chance they can do it with Obama. Even the national polls show Clinton favored to beat McCain by 9 where Obama is in a dead heat. Howard Dean has even given the remaining Super Delegates the authority to give there Vote to Hillary based on electability. They will figure out a way to count Florida and Michigan because by not doing that we can all but cash in our chances come November. Dean also knows that even if Florida and Michigan is counted that there is no way Obama can win there due to the fact that he doesn't want there voice heard. Remember it was a Republican let house in Florida that voted to move up the elections. The people who came out in record numbers should have their voices heard. Obama's only chance to ever be presiedent is to drop out of the race and beg Hillary to take him on as a Vice Pres or some high ranking position.

    Hillary 08!!

    April 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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