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. Dody

    Rev. Wright's latest appearances would not even have been news if the news media were not frothing at the mouth to make it so. Some pundit said yesterday that Wright was taking as many appearances as possible to keep the spotlight on himself as he's such a narcissist. Well, that may be true, but the spotlight wouldn't be there if the media weren't so eager to fry Obama over this. Gee, maybe if we talked about the ISSUES they might have something more substantial to report. Unfortunately, with this type of gutter journalism, we may never get back to the issues. I'm sure everyone cares more about Rev. Wright's anti-American statements than Iraq or health care or our recession....right? On another note, I DO hope fervently that Obama will finally disown this unstable, unpopular man who is KILLING his campaign. I appreciate Obama's original motives for not throwing Wright "under the bus" (sorry, that's SO overused lately), but there comes a time when it's you or him. He could lose the nomination and the presidency because of this man (and people's small minds). It's time for drastic measures.

    April 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Cathy in Kentucky

    I hope that Sen. Obama can finally put this issue behind him. I would hate to see holding our candidates responsible for every word or thought people in their circle of friends, family, or aqaintances utter become the norm in American politics. It's time to move on to another topic--like the economy and war!

    April 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. breanna

    wont change minds. why? because everyone will see this a a political move, which it is, and what he will say will not be looked at as true. afterall didnt wright say that obama is a politican and he does what a politican does? if obama really wants to make a difference in his campaign, he needs to debate clinton. he and clinton have only had 4 debates together, the rest were with other contenders. in a debate he will be able totell us everything that he hasnt told us before. in a debate he will be able to give us clarification on all the tid biuts that he has been spoon feeding us. he has yet to say something and back it up with proof. im tired of guessing and asking who is obama? the only ones that know for sure are his wife, his pastor, people that he is friendly with and the people who groomed him to run for office. lets debate for a 5th time obama.

    April 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. DELMARVA

    I am so tired of everybody bringing up Rev. Wright. The whole issue is tired.

    How about we discuss Hillary Clinton and Peter Paul? It would be a shame to have the Dem nominee hauled off in handcuffs.

    How about we discuss John McCain and the Keating 5?

    April 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Alex H

    This isn't the end of anything. Fox/right wing will spin it however they want, find some reason to pretend to be offended, find another link to connect to. It is never going to be over... not in this country. Not until the racial divide has been split wide open. Then they'll move on to women...

    This is the country we live in. Unless everyone can see that and stand up against it, it will never end.

    April 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Joe

    If the person entitled "Redman" is so concerned about the perception of Native American's as "Indians" then why would you use a screename "Redman"

    April 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. hrp

    Rev. Wright needs to go away. He's had his 15 minutes – touble with that though is that he likes being in the limelight and the stupid media in this country are keeping him there. Stop giving this lunatic the time of day or you (the media) will end up being totally responsible for Clinton or McCain being the next president. Or is that the grand plan after all?

    April 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Ben, MD

    Mercedes! You're wright, but when press don't say anything about real issues and spend all day reporting Rev. Wright's comments, Sen. Obama need to take action against his ex-pastor's nonsense and CNN's ando theirs garbage news.

    I have faith that this will go away too.

    Obama'08

    April 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. carl from Houston

    i would just leave it alone, why keep trying to defend another person's words, this is america for that reason i joined the military and served honorably. let the man talk. If it was me i would stay on task and win the election or keep addressing Dr. Wright's statements and lose the election. make a decision.

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Sounds like Pee Wee Herman–is going to try again to distance himself from the Rev. Wrong-by having a BIG MEETING .

    How much of this is my stomach supposed to take?

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Josh

    The crazy 'UNCLE' is back!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Bridgette

    Why does this man need to hold a press conference about what another man thinks and says. This is getting silly for this man too have to keep proving himself about ridiculous things. First people called a muslim, then he was a radical christian, and now he has to explain what another man says and thinks or explains that that man does not speak for him. Why, does he have too do this. Everyone knows whether they want to admit it or not the reason and it is just sad.

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. b-liberal

    The Obama camp is dredging up old Hillary stuff from years ago.

    In the sense of equality, the Rev.Wright saga has years to go!!!

    Unless the Ozombies can let Hillary "Move On" too. But that is just another example of the blatant sexism and inequality that has played out from the start.

    "move on" = quick, look at me play basketball, and bowl, and act cute. Stop looking at my past and my lack of content, and my blocking revotes in FL and MI, and my avoiding debate and real issues.

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Jim Bank

    CNN's relentless coverage of Rev Wright (who is not a presidential candidate) confirms what many have been saying: CNN is biased against Obama and is conspiring with the Clintons to see if they can steal the nomination from the vast majority of Americans that are voting for Obama.

    The great people of Indiana and North Carolina should deliver a knock out verdict against the Clintons and the Media by giving Obama a win in these two states.

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Why

    Every time Barack Obama's back is against the wall he wants to make a speech but yet he can't answer questions during debates or otherwise. I do not want to hear anything else from him. His last speech was not historic but rhetoric and he continues to deliver more.

    Eloquently spoken garbage is still garbage spoken eloquently.

    April 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Michelle in Philly

    One more phony speech, hold on let me knee and give praise to ali obama

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Zaac

    Yes once and for all explain to the world how you sat and listened to this man you now say you denounce for 20+ years. Explain how the American people are to believe that a lot of the stuff he is now saying you haven't head before in 20+ yearss.

    As Jeremiah said before and as will probably be the case again today, Barack will say what he needs to say as a politician in order to get elected. Wright's comment about that tells me that it is very feasible that Barack feels the same way that Wright does about a lot of these issues yet because of political expediency, he's saying what he needs to.

    So much for not doing politics as usual.

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Dyan

    Wright is at it again??!!! That's IT!!!!! There is no way that I'll be voting for Rev Wright for President. Wright has definately lost my vote.

    What a relief that he's not on the ballots and we can spend our time on issues that actually make a difference in our lives.

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. John

    How about they talk about some real news.... Like Bush admitting to know all about his top advisers approving torching people... or how about the "message multipliers" you know the pentagon propaganda experts they had on their channel as the pumped up the war drums... How about they cover NEWS instead of this fluff garbage?!?!! This channel makes me sick!

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Rachel

    we don't need another speech, wright is just enoying his media time and giving Obama something to talk about since Obama doesnt have any real plans for the USA except maybe to stand around in a circule with the people who want to kill us and sing kumbayah.

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Rebecca

    It is completely RIDICULOUS that this continues to be front page news!! You guys need to start covering substance instead of sensational political gossip fueled by opponents. This story has NO BEARING on Obama's ability to lead this country.....we want to read about ISSUES. Did you guys read Mrs. Edwards' editiorial in the NYT???!!! Apparently not. Please do your job, please!!

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Jay Fray

    What time? will this be televised?...Wright is the bitter one, and now wants Obama to lose because Obama was against his sound bite remarks. Wright, he is trying to be president, go back into hiding, your only hurting him. Nobody should even care what this guy says anymore, he obviously is loving the attention. Good luck Obama, the hatred of the haters (inclucing Billary) are beginning to prevail!

    By the way, work on your jumper!

    Obama 08!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Florida For OBAMA

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS, HE'S ADDRESSED THIS ALREADY!
    OBAMA, WE'RE BEHIND YOU AND WILL SUPPORT YOU.
    SENDING $100 DO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN RIGHT NOW!!!

    YES WE CAN

    April 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Alonzo Demetrius

    The idea that people would accept a presidential candidate who was involved for 20 years with anti-Americanism and hatred of Whites, that that person could be elected????? Craziness!! Do all young people believe that a person's actions for 20 years doesn't say something important in a person's history and psychology? Just what kind of mind poisoning is going on in our schools and colleges anyway?

    April 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Tammy

    Seems like every time Obama runs into troubles, he tries to smooth talk his way out. Not this time, Mr. Obama. We are smarter this time around not to buy into your empty rhetorics again. We want a fighter in the white house, not a smooth talker.

    ** HILLARY '08 **

    April 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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