April 29th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
10 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. carl d

    Well Im so glad Obama is going to address this issue. because it has really gotten out of controll. I dont know what Mr. wright get from out of all this. if its a book sighing that he trying to obtain, then he should leave Obama. out of all this, because hes only hurting himself and the country.


    April 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. mama4obama

    Good...now we can move on to more substantive issues like Hillary and Bill on trial in PaulvsClinton in California.

    April 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. angela

    Obama might as well "fess" up. Wright has been his spiritual leader for 20 years. NOONE would stay in a church and expose their children to a preacher's rantings that are expounding views that are against your beliefs. I would never subject my loved ones as Obama has done, to Wright's preachings of hate and racism.

    April 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. citizenwells

    One more comment.
    Jeremiah Wright's comments are important in NC!

    April 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. DW

    I know Barack will put this issue to rest once and for all. If there is anyone who questions Barack on this issue after this, then there is a devious motive behind it all; whether it be racism, or clintons trying to steal the presidency from him. Everyone is constantly saying how Barack has been negative lately. That's a bunch of you know what. He could have brought up many things against hillary, ie, Bosnia, Columbia, to name a few. He hasn't. So, stop w/ the mess and let them fight it out fairly. Wolf Blittzer, it is so obvious that you're a hillary fan. Stop, making it so obvious. And, NO, no one wants them on the same ticket. Hillary is such a manipultative, scheming and conniving you know what. That's oil and water - don't mix. So, forget about them on the same ticket because that definitely won't happen.

    April 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. DC gal

    Another press conference?!? Come on Obama, do better, make time for a live debate where you can address these issues

    April 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. George

    "Big Press Conference"......LOL

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Sean

    It's a shame that he even has to. Hillary has yet to hold a press conference on even ONE of her lies, and Obama has to address this non-issue TWICE now. Wright and Obama are not the same person. Even McCain gets that. Why is the Clinton campaign trying to make such a deal out of this?

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Lumpy

    Just to keep this media-fabricated "debacle" in perspective, since PA Obama has scored 4 more superdelegates than Clinton:

    OBAMA (7): Brad Henry (OK GOV), Audra Ostergard (NE DNC), David Wu (OR Rep), Charlene Fernandez (AZ DNC), Jeff Bingaman (NM SEN), Ben Chandler (KY Rep), Richard Machacek (IA DNC).

    CLINTON (3): John Tanner (TN Rep), Kathy Sullivan (NH add on), Mike Easley (NC GOV).

    I'm glad somebody is keeping track of who is WINNING.

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Michael Minorgan Montreal Quebec Canada

    yes.CNN give it up..,.dont you have better things to cover..why dont you start focusing in on things that REALLY matter like health care gas prices the economy instead of giving this publicity hungry pastor. You sem to be interested in it only for the sensationalist values..my god you feature it on EVERY show ad infinitum...give it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEEEZ

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Indiana Voter

    I would say listen closely, because this will be the last word on it.
    He'll be talking about the issues – Hillary's camp is out trying to get him off message.

    I believe in Obama.

    The Clintons already had 8 yrs in the White House and made no lasting change, no nat'l healthcare – just legal matters and grand jury appearances.

    The American voter must have a short memory.

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Debby

    We get it for the tenth time you don't share his views. Hang some garlic around your neck and be done with this racist already. Soledad Obrien gushing over Wrights speech just about made me throw up.

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Ben, MD

    This is what I expected from you Senator. Thanks for keeping me confident in yourself.


    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Obama for President

    I think the opposition and the media try to create situations to force Obama to give them a life changing speech. They love him. Just Words?

    Obama '08

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Donna HJ...

    Rev.Wright is not going nowere, He stais with Obama, all the way to White House. .
    Obama will not cut His connections with Mr.Wright, because He cant!!!!Mr.Wright is the BOSS, not Obama... He know to much about Obama, no metter if Obama say, that He did!!! Mr.Wright is a part of Obama , and that how it is!!!!
    Obama make speaches, and Mr.Wright is waitin with Michelle and His kids and all together are praying for Obama!!!
    Just a big circus!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. dee, tx

    I read on Yahoo that one person wouldn't vote for him because he couldn't control Wright. Shows he doesn't have leadership skills. THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY, FREEDOM OF SPEECH. This is just getting ridiculous. The way CNN play wright all day with everything going on in the world was journalism at his very worst.

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Lorri

    Pastor Wright has received too much press. He is not a candidate. At the end of the day his beliefs won't impact my daily life. Many Americans feel the way he does and many don't. So move on with the story please. Go hunting for something else to try to use against Obama. Maybe the media will find something that actually impacts the issues.

    The media is following Wright as though he is a candidate. HE IS NOT!

    April 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Say No to O

    What's he gonna say this time. That he renounce, reject & disown Rev Wright? We have heard that before. It's not gonna make a difference now. You should have done that a long time ago. TYPICAL POLITICIAN.

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. CoryB

    Oh no, not another speech!

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Judy

    Well this is going to be interesting. If Obama stands up for Wright...I don't know how I'm going to think about Wright. Because Wright did not appoligize AT ALL for ANYTHING he said.

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. anon

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

    Obama teach your preacher."


    Congrats on knowing who you are but there was no "American" for you to be when the Europeans came to the land owned by "Indians". You obviously missed the point. Which was, and to quote him: "Unless you were Indian, we're all immigrants."

    In case you don't get the gist of what that means – again – Indians owned the land that was later called "America" for which AFTERWARDS you are able to call yourself "Native American".

    The "preacher" has taught YOU something. Learn something new everyday don't ya?

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Patrick

    I think it's a real problem that Obama can't seem to stay on message. This will haunt him thoughout his time running for president. I think people are starting to realize there is still too much we don't know about Mr. Obama.

    Patrick, NYC

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Maria

    You know it's strange that there is so little reference to the fact that Wright was in the White House for Bill during his impeachment...what's the connection there? Could it be that the Clintons are somehow manipulating Wright? Perhaps, he owes them.

    BTW, why is it that Hillary can call Obama elitist when she went to the most elite and snobbish of women's college's, Wellesley. Don't think her family was ever on food stamps, either. Let's hear the details.

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. vjh

    Sad to say, but Senator Obama, it's time for you to end your relationship with Wright. Kudos to you when you stated in March when you stated you could not disown him anymore than you could disown your Grandmother, you really showed your loyalty, a wonderful quality.Unfortunately, Rev.Wright has not shown you the same respect, he is soaking up the limelight, only thinking of himself,not how his actions could ruin your chances of becoming our next President. So much for being a good Christian and Friend. It is a beautiful thing to show your devotion to someone,however,if by doing so is going to harm you, then you need put your welfare first and foremost. Unfortunately, we go through life and hurt by those we love and respect. Rev.Wiright did play a role in your life, but it seems that part of your life is now over, it's time to move on. I hope you find peace.

    One of your supporters

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. KC

    Tiachi- i agree with you- they are giving him all this power that he does not deserve – Kel from Auburn- I hope he does as well –

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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