April 29th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
7 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. carolflowery

    Redman, it's an honor to post that Im glad you clarified that to the Rev. Wright, my three sons are Native American. At this point, I really dont care what Mr. Obama says to enlighten us on any issues. We had the
    the Philadephia speech, Im starting to think these two are working in
    sync with one anther to continue on with issue to just override any attention to anyone else, this is a game they have learned very well
    from some very famous people who know exactly how to play the game. By the way, to the Kennedys, dont you take offense at all, Im shocked

    April 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. J Huntington, WV

    After listening to this man for twenty years, having him officiate his marriage to a woman, who by the way isn't proud to be an American, baptize his children, give him the title to his book, etc. Now he has something to say about him? WAKE UP PEOPLE! IF this is what you want in a Commander and Chief, perhaps you haven't really thought it through????

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Bushwacked in Eugene, OR

    It's not so much CNN who keeps bringing this up as it is the Clintons and the Republicans. The news media don't help, of course, but keeping it front and center. Still, there will continue to be references in ads run by rivals.

    These people all have skeletons in their closets - I wish we could just ignore all of them and focus on - gasp! - the issues!

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. hypocrisy

    Obama has campaigned on a theme of unity and hope and change...

    But his campaign has used a strategy of divide and conquer by creating divisiveness. He has been THE most negative candidate out there- letting others do the dirty work of spreading hate, lies, rumors for him.

    Then he actually mocked, jeered and demeaned Hillary with his Annie Oakley and brushing off his shoulders antics.

    Obama is as smug, flippant, cocky, arrogant, bombastic, egotistical and narcisistic as Rev. Wright. We see it in his boasting and swaggering.

    Stop pandering to Obama to help him steal this nomination from Clinton.

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. mary

    Obama will probaly throw Wright under the bus again, but will pick him back up when no one is looking. Obama is getting scary!

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. David Laranjeira

    I don't understand why he even needs to say anything. This has been going on for far too long already. Would HC hold up under the same scrutiny?

    OBAMA 08

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Ann, California

    The media is the one to keep blowing Wright all out of proportion. People care more about the important issues and about which candidate shows more integrity and grace. Not whose pastor is better and more acceptable.

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Tim Weaver

    The media has chosen to make this an issue, unfortunately. There are far more important problems with both Obama's campaign and the country in general. Can't we focus on them?

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Simone

    Obama is being persecuted over non-related political issues. Clinton's brought all of this trash up because they know there are voters who will believe them. I can see fooling some American people, but the people running the country...disgusting. Wright is trying to clear his name. Obama is coming to his rescue.

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Quinn

    I guess now he's ready to throw the crazy uncle under the bus. This, only after he's seen how Rev Wright's tour is messing with his campaign. Too late, it can only be considered a political move, not one of substance. Obama knew this guy was full of hate for the past 20 yrs.

    PS. Please give our co-blogger THE REAL CHERYL a break. She seems enthusiastic but harmless.

    April 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. An American in Canada

    SO HE IS GOING TO LISTEN TO HIS ADVISERS AND THROW REV. J. WRIGHT JR. UNDER THE BUS, AT LEAST IN THE EXPEDIENCY UNTIL THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER....

    BUT, OBAMA YOU ARE ATTACHED AT THE HIP TO REV. WRIGHT, WHO HAS ALREADY PROMISED THAT IF YOU BECOME PRESIDENT HE WILL HOUND YOU AND MAKE YOU CHANGE LAWS AND PROGRAMS THAT WILL FURTURE AFRICAN-CENTRIC VALUES.

    MANY PRESIDENT HAVE PASTORS, PRIEST ETC., WHOM THEY SPEAK BUT YOU OBAMA AND REV. WRIGHT HAVE A 20 YEARS BOND ACCORDING TO YOUR BOOK THAT IS PROFOUND AND WE BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE WHAT HE SAYS HE IS....

    AND YOU CAN NOT BE TRUSTED TO BE A PRESIDENT FOR ALL AMERICANS....

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Cindy in California

    This is why we can never get a good person elected, the winner of the contest is usually the one who can tear the other down, never mind that the past winner (Bush) had no good ideas.

    As I listened to pres Bush this morning it occured to me that Gore should have been president. Bush has been president for 8 years and he has done absolutely nothing but blame congress and demand that someone else think of a solution and put it on his desk.

    I have listened to our candidates propose many different solutions to our problems, and quite frankly have not heard Bush propose any solutions. But he has plenty of blame to go around. So while we are focusing on Rev. Wright, which has nothing to do with our economy, subprime loans or the mirad of other problems we are facing, nothing is getting done because suddenly nothing or no one matters but Rev. Wright. Last time I checked he was not on any ballot, and he has no thoughts on how to fix our economy. Move on already.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. doubting

    I'd like to know when this is going to be so I can TiVo it. Sen Obama has yet to explain how he has managed to remain uninfluenced by this man after listening to him for more than 15 years. The few side remarks Sen Obama has made indicate he is more aligned with Wright than he claims and I personally would like an explanation.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Mainely Carol

    David Gergan says the tone must be that of a fighter. However it seems that it Obama's nature is to be cool and calm under pressure ( as are all good cheif executives).
    I wish he would just leave it and Mr Wright alone. The media web seemed to have died down today, The other media saw it for what it was a selfish destructive act by Rev. Wright. I think they were going to let it go. Obama just keeps picking at the wounds inflicted by this man... who no longer deserves the respect Obama gave him.

    With any luck, Wright will slither back under his rock now that he has done his job and spread his poinsonous venom to hurt Obama.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Julia

    Hopefully he will take questions from reporters – or will this be another rehersed speech? That's what I thought.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    A 30 year old dolphin died at Sea World after colliding with another dolphin while doing tricks. Does anybody out there care?

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Maria

    More speech making won't change anything. Why won't he debate with Hillary Clinton without moderation? He knows he can't win a debate...he can only prepare speeches. What is he covering up?

    I won't watch it. I'll just watch and read other news sources who interpret it. He is untrustworthy, and not my time to listen to his cover-up and deceiving of the Americans.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. MARGARET FAIRCLOTH

    I THINK ITS TIME THAT THE MEDIA QUIT BEATING THIS HORSE. GARBAGE IS ALL THAT THIS NEWS COVERAGE IS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE AND WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS. IT'S JUST DISGUSTING AND I'M READY TO STOP WATCHING CABLE NEWS.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Cooper

    What does Rev. Wright want? A pastor should be preaching to his congregation that doing what he is doing now. If the media treated you unfairly, let the GOD you serve be the judge and do not try to dig up old wounds. Please do us a favor and chill.

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Mario

    I understand theimpact that Rev. Wright has had on Obama, however, I'm not voting for the Rev. Wright. We don't dismiss people we care about because they say something stupid. We dismiss the comments. I would rather be hearing about Obama's, Hillary's, and Mccains plans to lower gas prices, fix the mortgage crisis, regulate NCLB, the economy, and bring my brother home from Iraq.

    I could care less who Obama has as friends, the public nor the media will let those undesireables partake in any white house political functions, so whats the deal. Lets be honest we all have a crazy uncle!!

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Democrat, NC

    No offense CNN, but I am very disappointed in your latest reporting style. Just reading the headlines in today's Political Ticker: "Clinton scores big endorsement" vs. "Obama shoots but does not score."
    Vey objective!!

    April 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Lauren Denver, CO

    It will only help him more, his "Race" speech was amazing and was sooo good that people started to believe in him even more. This will be good, I can't wait to listen to it. I still think it's sad that this is such a huge story still... aren't there bigger more important stories to report on??

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Clintonites can look forward to Obama NOT digging up dirt on her (see also: Hillary the Movie, various scandals, crimes she escaped punishment for by virtue of her secrecy) ... but the Republicans will not be so kind.

    So, HRC, give a loud "Amen" to all this Wright business... but know that for however damaging this is... your baggage is far more extensive and far more damaging.

    ... and if you somehow cheat a nomination, well, 60-some percent of America already finds you untrustworthy... imagine how much worse that will be once your crimes come to light? Again...?

    America may have forgotten, but the Republicans can't WAIT to remind them when the time is right...

    ... but they know that Clinton will do their work for them in the primary, so why bother taking her out now?

    April 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Jan: Oregon

    Why isn't the media launching an expose about Hillary's former paster and his child molestation convicition? This might help to shift the unfair press he gets because of Rev. Wright. He needs all the help he can get. We need him as the next president.

    April 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. White male for Obama

    OBAMA PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON WRIGHT ISSUES.

    YOU ARE DOING BETTER RIGNHT NOW, WHY CREATING NEWS ABOUT AN ISSUES YOU HAVE DEPTH WITH?

    I HEARD YOU SAYING SOMETHIN G LIKE THAT ,BUT ITHOUGHT YOU SAID "I HAVE MADE A SPEECH ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS A DISTRACTION TO NEED OS ORDINARY PEOPLE.

    WHY MORE SPEECHES ABOUT IRRELIVANT TOPIC.
    STOP.PLEASE STOP.
    YOU ARE FINE WITHOUT REV..WRIGHT. MACCAIN MADE ONE COMMENT ABOUT HIS AFFAIR WITH A LOBBYIEST AND REFUSED TO ANSWER MORE QUESTION ABOUT IT AND EVERYONE HAS FORGETTEN ABOUT THE STORY.
    WHY CAN'T YOU DO THE SAME.

    April 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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