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. Shelby



    OBAMA 08'

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Mansuru

    Good Job Obama.
    Your Detractors will never be satisfied with your denounciation and sincerity and they will always ask for more, because they want to always keep the wight issue in the news. This should be enough, move on with your campaign, Mr. Obama.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Brian in Windsor Ontario

    Well done Senator!
    I am proud that you stood up to your former pastor, but without the dramatic diatribes of (trumpted up) anger that is typical of politicians.
    Quiet, yet firm and resolute, denouciation of Rev. Wright's recent comments is the best approach. What a contrast to his former pastor who seems to thrive on drama/attention and anger.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. kmarcus122

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Nik

    Non-issue. Anyone who votes based on this should not be allowed to vote.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Belle

    I guess he said what he had to as a politician.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. America deserves better

    I feel your pain Obama but be strong. God will help you through this.

    Rev Wright and Obama are indeed separate persons.

    Rev Wright represents the past, but thank God there is hope because Obama represents the future.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Jasmyne

    Honestly when the first rev. wright issue came about I kind agreed with what he was saying but now I really wish this man would go away. But now he has outraged me as well. He is completely egomaniacal and is really starting to piss me off.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. John, veteran US Army

    He had to do this today. His campaign was becoming a media circus and what Wright did yesterday was all about Wright. How sad and selfish of Rev. Wright. Sen. Obama did everything he could to provide cover until yesterday. This Had to happen to put this issue to bed.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. MSM

    Excellent Job Senator Obama. Now it is time for the American people and the media to let it go. It is a dead issue now!! Everyone should remember that Senator Obama is NOT Rev. Wright!! This is the kind of President that we need. One who does not shy away from issues and answers questions head on....without making up lies.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Jay

    Obama might not be Rev. Wright or Rev Wright might not be running for President, BUT, Obama has had him in his life for 20 years. he married them, was his spiritual advisor, baptized his kids and so on. It might not be important to the Obama Cult, but it is to the undecided voter. Why would Obama continue to have this guy influence his life and around his family if he felt this way. He would have never said anything had AMERICANS not found out and not agree with all the HATE he was saying. Obama is only speaking up because he sees he is in trouble.


    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Rollo Rogers, San Diego, CA

    Are you sure that Rev. Wrong is not on the Cllinton payroll. 🙂

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Get Real

    Wow, Obama appeared so disconnected during this press conference...he had no steam and his thought processes were disjointed. I still think there is something much bigger going on here than what meets the eye. Something feels very wrong.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. joe

    I love you man. Good job again.

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Dave

    WHAT? Obama's little Speech was nothing more than a matter of Convenience! Obama knew that his Pastor's words were offensive and racist! Obama stood by Wright from the very beginning and now when Wright runs' off at the mouth, Obama feels he has to reject him? You don't belong to a Church for 20 Years and claim this is the first time you heard your Pastor say these kinds of words and defend him up until this day. And now Obama wants to ask the American People to write Wright off and forget about him because "NOW" Obama states he has problems with what he says? You got to be Kidding? Does Obama really think us Typical White People can't see through that "BS"!!

    April 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Democrat in CT

    Barack, you sat in his church and hung on every word for twenty years and wrote about how much you admired him. With just about a week to the next primaries and he is causing a spectacle for you, suddenly he is a changed man and this is not the person you knew. Do you think that aliens abducted him and switched his brain? Puleeze! You did make comments for political gesturing, that part he got right. Democrats, think long and hard about who you might put in office. We are just starting to scratch the surface on the man who wants to be President.

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. matt in ohio

    its really over for Obama. This white guy in ohio will never vote for him.

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. david

    Obama is the BOSS, no matter what the boss do people will still criticize.
    If it was is wife I could understand, but it is Pastor.

    Move Obama!!

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. The Patriot

    It's unfortunate how his Pastor has sort of characterized Obama as a typical politician. It breaks my heart to see Rev. Wright so desperately seeking media spotlight amist this grea t campaign for hope.

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Josh

    Here we go... Obama just being a politician!!! They keep throwing eachother under the bus.... OBAMA vs WRIGHT place your bets!

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. slkuea

    So Obama's saying out of nowhere, Wright turns into this crazy individual and Obama is not aware of it until this week? C'mon, he's known the guy for twenty years! Poor judgement is all I have to say about Obama.

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Rick from NJ

    Obama is lying.
    The pastor was not reading.
    The pastor was saying what he felt
    Obama still hasn't distanced himself from this guy

    Wake up American
    Vote for Hillary and tell Obama to step down NOW

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Paul

    He handled it well. In fact he handled it well before. Barack Obama has more integrity than Hillary Clinton could ever understand.

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. MGBYG

    Boo Hoo...a scary black man challenges the white myth that "white-is-right-no-matter-what"....especially the sad Archie Bunker-like Hillbots on here.

    America is being screwed by the ignorance and blindness of its uneducated, bible-loving populous.


    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Karen, TN

    One thing's for certain when you watch Obama give these remarks (vs. just reading snippets of them) – he is in a personal struggle over this situation and he is saddened by what someone he highly respected has turned out to be. That is all over his body language and facial expressions. It's not just politics.

    April 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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