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. Nausea

    LOL!!!! Only now your outraged?!?!?! How about the last 20 years???? Ridiculous to the point of absurdity!! Only now when he absolutely must, keep in mind he is just outraged, not denouncing the good Rev. after all he won't, the Rev. Wright is close personal friend and spiritual advisor!!! This tells us everything we need to know about Obama's judgment and willingness to tell the people exactly what they want to hear!!

    -->Any of these 'good job' and 'go Obama' posts not from paid bloggers???

    April 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Karen

    Good for you OBAMA!! Rev. Wright and (all of his attention-getting behavior) needed to be kicked to the curb!!! Good for you!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. JJswet

    When faced with a crisis... when faced with tough decisions... when faced with a choice - to pander or to speak from the heart... Obama always seems to rise to the occasion. Bravo Barack! You have my vote!

    April 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Happy Idiot

    Obama did a great job!

    April 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. RosJ

    Excellent job Obama. Now Hillary, McCain and everybody just need to shut up about this. Why is it that no one has addressed the fact that the Clintons invited Rev Wright to a White house press conference or something like that when the Monica Lewinsky scandal came out? Apparently they felt they needed the advice and counsel of Rev Wright then?

    Everybody is hammering down on Obama about Rev Wright when they are all being two faced.

    Stay Focused Obama. You will succeed!

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Obamaramazombie Watch

    Obama looked like a loser. It's clear he is weak when a real crisis hits. He is not up to the task of president, nor is he qualified. His judgement is horribly flawed. He is no different from Wright, because he sat by for 20 years knowing what this man was, and allowed his children to be infected. Good riddance. He is finished.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. ken levy

    Obama is a real phoney.He now is doing "damage control" on the Rev Wright.He won't tell you the truth about his Uncle Rev Wright.The Rev was family for 20 years,came to his house many times for family dinners and let this man watch over his children.Now he is throwing the Rev under the bus.I think the American people are smarter than Obama thinks they are.They now see why Obama has kept his Uncle hidden away,deep in that dark closet along with William Ayers,and the Chicago mob.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Kristyn A., Gardena, CA

    Let show Rev. Wright and Billary Supports and
    donate at least $25.00 to Obama.

    This is not about Obama. It's about getting the Republicans OUT OF OFFICE!!! Let us not get distracted.

    Donate! Donate! Donate!

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. JDC

    What else can Obama do? I mean "Rev. Wright" is sinking his candidacy.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. judith

    Not bye it! To easy, should have been done before you ran for office

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Wayne, Greenville TX

    When is John McCain goind to make similar announcements about John Hagee and Rod Parsley????

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. commentspage

    Now he distances himself from Wright. When he will be (I pray not) in the White House the reverend will be his chief of staff. No doubt it's only a game to fool white voters.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Chris

    This is a nicely orchestrated political move for obama–he and wright pick a fight, and then he (obama) has the opportunity to publicly distance himself from a potential negative (wright). That is good old fashioned damage control at its best.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. hmmm

    As someone who is an Obama supporter but always had to hold my nose when it came to Rev. Wright, I'm glad that Obama has finally repudiated the man and hopefully people will realize that the person running for President and the man who is a retired preacher are not the same people. Hopefully people will vote on the issues and if the candidates are alike on the issues, vote for the person who seems the most honest and capable. For me, that person is still Obama.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. so ironic

    Cowboy Jack,

    "Sen. Obama seemed VERY much on the DEFENSIVE over this…… he didn't handle it smoothly like Hillary would with a crisis"

    You mean like laugh it off? Or maybe ignore it and pretend it didn't happen? What about blame it on a vast right wing conspiracy?

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. brandi scott

    he got my vote back!!!!!
    go OBAMA!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Roberta

    Ah, the socialist of many colors and many coats. Wright is pretty despicable, but at least he is honest in calling Obama a politician. That's exactly what he is, and frankly, not a very adept one. MAYBE he is moderately qualified to serve in a state Senate, but this guy is so totally inappropriate for the White House - it amazes me that so many people just lap up his empty verbiage like kittens lapping milk up from a plate. I will vote for anyone other than Obama, and happily.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |


    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Glenn W

    Mbr states they are using os9, and when they try to go to the next page, it does not come up. They would like a phone call for service today.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Politician

    Now who is saying anything to get elected. How does it feel to be a POLITICIAN BARACK?? I can not wait to hear Rev. Wright's rebuttal. He'll tell everyone how you've heard many sermons no different to what he said yesterday and you never got up and walked away. The best is by your opposition to Rev. Wright, you've just alienated a huge portion of your african american constituency. You're going down Barry.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Roy P

    How can he continue to insult our intelligence? He sat in that church for years and wants us now to believe he does not agree with his minister? Right. He is insulting every member of the african american community. He needs to apologizze to the african american community and pull out. This is pathetic.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Undecided

    How can Senator Obama not knowing his own Pastor? I don't believe that this is the first time that Senator Obama heard of such things after so many years attending church. From seeing Rev. Wright's comments on TV, I do believe that he has been preaching these nonsense for many years and Senator Obama continued to show his supports/beliefs for the past 20 years until the truth comes out during the Presidental election.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Anna

    Why is he outraged now? Rev. Wright didn't say anything new yesterday. He'd said it all before, but NOW Obama is outraged? Is it because he sees his political career slipping away? He made the comments today because he is a politician....he had to try to salvage his political career.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Scott

    Obama appears quite uncomfortable when faced with shortcomings or the need for explanations. This makes me weary of just how little we know about him. On the other hand, Hillary has been exposed to the world with nothing left to surprise us. My thought is that we need to leave Obama to work things out between he and his Pastor and gain more experience before attempting to run the greatest country in the world. Let him first figure out how top run his personal affairs, but not at our expense. The Obama crowd needs to back off of Hillary – stop the "hate mongering" and nominate her for her worthiness.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Tom C

    What about John McCain's or Hillary Clinton's pastor or minister. Where is the srutiny on them. Let's dig some dirt up on their churches. It's time for demorcrats and independents to smarten up and quit being led around like sheep. The naysayers have questioned every democrat's patriotism in the last 4 elections. Barrack does not have to show his patriotism by wearing a flag on his lapel. He shows it by his heart and courage in fending off these idiotic attacks. For the last time, Barrack is his own man, not his ex-pastors puppet.

    April 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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