April 29th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama to hold 'big press conference' on Wright

(CNN) - Barack Obama will hold a press conference Tuesday on Rev. Jeremiah Wright's most recent comments, the Illinois senator said.

Responding to supporter's comments in defense of his former pastor, Obama said would hold a "big press conference" during which he would address the issue.

soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Matt

    WHEN IS CNN GOING TO LET THIS GO??? IT IS HIS FORMER PASTOR, NOT HIS MOTHER, NOT HIS WIFE, NOT HIS BROTHER!!! WHO CARES!!!! WHERE IS THE NEWS ON THE RODHAMS?

    April 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Kel from Auburn, AL

    Yikes! He's been forced into the corner, again. HOpefully he'll come out swinging and deal a knockout blow to Hillary "Rocky" Clinton in the process.

    I'm hoping Obama will be very eloquent, informative, and helpful to the press when he gives his conference today. I pray he can diffuse this bomb, again. It's just the wrong time for this to be popping up.

    April 29, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Victor

    I really can't believe this is still big time news. Now we're playing garbage news.

    April 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Redman

    I'm Native American- not "indian", Rev. Wright.

    Obama teach your preacher.

    April 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Tiachi

    Thank goodness, hopefully after this he can move on to more important things. Rev Wright has gotten more air time in the media than the candidates lately, lets hope they help to get us to MOVE ON!!

    April 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. CW in DC

    Oh for cryin' out loud.......let it be over with...

    I've had enough of the Wright mess. It's my own last name and I'm tired of hearing it!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. SBvoter

    Oh, please not another speech...don't piss off the reverend because he will come after you. No more speeches-it doesn't work anymore-its getting pretty old.
    Alll obama wants is free advertising. this democrat is over it.
    GO HILLARY!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. christi

    You know, Wright is living a self-fulfilling prophecy – if Obama loses the nomination – Wright better first look in the mirror before laying the blame on anyone else. Wright is a donkey, and an imbicile – for someone who believes in African American pride – his actions may cause the very first AA with a shot at the presidency to lose.

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Independent

    It's unfortunate that he has to do this, but I think maybe it is about time.

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Yes for Obama

    e senior minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington D.C., a church that the Clintons attended while in the White House, has risen to the defense of Barack Obama's former minister Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright's sermons have created a media firestorm over the last weeks that the Obama tried to dampen in a speech and Clinton recently commented on by saying "he would not have been my pastor." Snyder released a statement praising Wright as an "outstanding church leader" who has been "a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society."

    This morning Snyder appeared on MSNBC and defended Wright. Snyder said that while he may not agree with everything Wright has said, he believes that "the church in America is stronger today because of [Wright's] leadership.

    Watch the video of Snyder on MSNBC below (and click here to read more about Snyder's defense of Wright).

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Diane from Alberta

    YAY! Maybe he can get rid of this pest who is trying to keep Obama down and from winning. Wright is a "bad gift" that keeps on giving. Let's just quit listening to him. I hope Barack lets him have it.
    This preacher has the Ego the size of the galaxy.. shut him up already. We listened now enough!

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Latigo

    It's about time. Now if the reporters will just ask the hard questions and Obama will address the issue.........................??????

    April 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. NC voter

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OF COURSEEEE HE WOULD MAKE ANOTHER SPEECH

    IT WON'T GET HIM OUT OF THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Mike

    Hopefully NObama will concede?

    This "so-called" Rev. Wright is a joke?

    A GREAT photo op with NObama and Wright standing side-by-side, the caption could read: "Wright & Wrong."

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    What will O Blah Blah say to try and rectify this Rev. Wright mess?

    April 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Adam in INdy

    Brace Yourselves... More Retorhic!

    April 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. obama lover

    go for it obama
    this is good and no matter what you do, the cnn will keep saying (is he doing enought,has he said enought.) it is a shame the media has took such a big thing in our history and made a mockerie out of this. so many people have lost touch this i sseriour. this is our country we are hearing them bash every day
    good luck

    April 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Mercedes

    Why Obama! I don't understand why there has to be a conference every time Wright comes out to talk nonsense. I believe that those that will vote for him will do it without this new conference. This is the biggest mess that I have every seen in my entire life. The rest of the planet must be sitting back with popcorn and having fun our election. What else does he have to say now. He can throw him under the bus or defend him. No matter what the race card will continue to be use to damage him. No more conference or debates!! NO MORE!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Ken

    If Obama loses, it will be two people's fault: Hillary Clinton and Jeremiah Wright.

    I am not saying that Wright is wrong or right but he needs to shut up for the sake of Obama's campaign.

    Clinton too. She is helping to destroy him and the Democratic party in November.

    Obama '08!

    April 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Helene

    Yes, it is the right course. We need, Obama supporters, to know unequivocally that he denounces some of Wright's remarks. Rev. Wright has done good things for his church but his 15 mn of fame in DC were deplorable and detrimental to Barrack Obama. It was terribly selfish and insensitive to a former member of his church and a terrific candidate who deserves to be the first Afro-american President in this country.

    April 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Obamaramazombie Watch

    Obama is a liar, an opportunist, elitest and fraud. The media crowned him king before they knew anything about him. Look at the situation now, he'll likely be nominated and will LOSE big time. There is no way he can win. It's clear he has lied so many times. This Wright came from a very priviledged background. He's highly educated, like the Obamas, both B. and Michele. And they, like him, are clearly out of the mainstream of American political thought. All you Obamaramazombies can take what this charlatan is peddling as gospel, but thinking people won't and don't.

    April 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Sylvia

    Whats the big deal with Rev. Wright? What happened to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion? The man has the right to say what he feels and is entitle to his opinion. That does not change my mind about my vote for Mr. Obama. I think Mr. Wright just enjoys all this attention being given to him by the media. He loves it!!

    I still support Obama and I believe the superdelegates that have endoresed Mr. Obama feel the same way.

    April 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Jackie from Michigan

    This comes at a bad time for Obama. Unfortanately his old pastor does'nt know when to keep his mouth shut. This may be Baracks downfall.

    April 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Sue

    OBAMA should mention that BILL CLINTON called REV WRIGHT after the MONICA SCANDAL....And Clinton's campaign invited him to their press meeting. FIGHT BACK OBAMA!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Barb

    Thank you-move on!!! I found out 5 years after my husband and I were married that the minister who performed the ceremony was arrested as a pediphile. What does that make our marriage? No one in the congreation knew about it and it only came out after he was transferred to another church. How about us sitting in the pews those many years. I put it behind me and it has now been 42 years.

    April 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. John, PA

    NOW WILL THE PRESS FINALLY GET OFF OF HIS BACK??!!

    AS WELL AS THE CLINTONS!!

    THIS IS WHERE THIS CRAP CAME FROM IN THE BEGINNING!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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