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. Debby

    Five speech's denouncing Wright, but he won't do a fifth one on one debate with Clinton about the issues unreal.

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Stop the drama vote for Obama

    " I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans...I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are - were recipients of the judgment of God for that...There was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades...The Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment."

    -Pastor John Hagee

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Andrienne

    Let's STOP THE MADDNESS people! Forget about Rev. Wright. He's an aging old man seeking attention. Please leave this alone. As Americans why are we always sidetracked by these non-issues??!!! I am more concerned with the state of our economy and getting out of Iraq, than I with what Rev. Wright is saying. Rev. Wright is not running for President so really, who cares???

    Obama make this your last speech on Wright - at this point I am tired of hearing about this old man!!

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Nando, Florida

    Obama is going to tell you uneducated Americans what you can do with HILLARY, JOHN MCCSAME ,BILL, MSM, WHITE PEOPLE WHO USE REV WRIGHT AS A EXCUSE NOT TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GET OVER IT AMERICA !!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08,12

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Toni

    Another snake oil salesman pitch to dodge the real issue? Go figure.

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Jose Malagon

    CNN is gong to let it go once Obama is out of the race!!!!
    even if he gets the nomination he is never going to win the WH because of Wright's comments and i love it!!!!!

    and Obama supporters stop complaining so much every day the same thing he is never going to WIN!!!!!

    show those boy's who where the pans!!!

    HILLARY 08'

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. RFB

    OH NO, here we go again another one of those looooong "eloquent" speeches where nothing important is said, just obama enjoying listening to himself jabber on and on. Maybe he will just take the last race speech and change a few words here and there so people think it is another great speech from the god of words. I can't wait for Hillary to take the nomination and then we will only have one more speech to listen to from obama, "his goodby speech."

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. AL

    I think Obama is taking Rove suggestions. I think is to late. He should have clarify all this long time ago. I don't believe him anymore.

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Quinn

    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 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. citizenwells

    Jeremiah Wright is the least of Obama's worries.
    This may be another diversion from bigger issues
    such as criminal activities.

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. sue

    Please... enough of these speeches!

    April 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. lynette

    Great, then can we get back to the candidates????? The media is making it worse, feeding a gossip frenzy, who cares about a preacher? He is not running for president. What happened to the issues? What is the govt doing about our economy, food prices and gas prices? We need to focus and get off this gossip thing. Obama will likely win the nomination and we want to see what he is going to do about our current situation, not about his old ex pastor. I cannot believe this man has gotten that much air time. It's outrageous, we as citizens need to ask the media to report and analyze the issues, not GOSSIP!!!! Rev. Wright is NOT going to lower the cost of food, reduce gas prices and give us jobs. He is just going to write a book. Please post this!!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Mike

    who cares... the damage has all ready been done... where is John Edwards???

    All we need is more rhetoric from Obama and another new story... first he was a mentor, then an uncle, then a pastor... what is next???

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Clear Picture

    With so much rumors going around distracting Americans from the real issues – it's good that Obama will set the record straight. However, it's really sad that he's the only candidate having to do this considering Hillary and McCain have their non-issues all kept at a minimum. And trust me, there are a lot on non issues about Hillary and McCain who thanks to the media, not a lot of you know about. As usual, the front-runner takes the the full brunt.

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. joe








    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. AMP

    This is funny, the Obamabots were defending Wright up until last week, now you are trying to throw him under the bus! This guy has single handidly done more damage to BO than Hillary ever could have! Twist that! The RNC will have Wright on a constant do loop until the GE! Wright, if you care ANYTHING about BO, go sit in a corner and SHUT UP!!

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Lee WV

    It's shame that after a clean campaign up til Ohio that Obama has been so sidetracked by something that someone else said.Nothing he can say will help.But he will still win.

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. ShannonL

    Wright is going to sink Obama's ship. There is nothing Obama can say that will make it better. He has no where to go.

    If he disowns Wright, he is disloyal
    If he defends Wright, he is defending a bigot.

    Anywhere in between will be picked apart by his critics.

    Wright needs to GO AWAY until November.

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Cyrus - NY

    So...we are persecuting Obama for what Rev. Wright says? How come we are not criticizing Rev. Hagee? or John McCain, for that matter?

    April 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. vjh

    Kudos Dan in TX. All this hatred sounds like one of Wright's sermons.

    April 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. soothsayer

    Good he should repudiate Reverend Wright's latest statements.When will the media let this go? CNN you are so obvious in your bias against Barack. It appears that you prefer any white person no matter how terrible they are.

    April 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Pam

    Did I miss something? Is Rev. Wright running for president?

    April 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Theresa

    Thank God!

    April 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Chi4Obama

    It's absolutely ridiculous how media has "fallen in love" with the coverage of Rev. Wright. He is condemned for his "fiery" speeches. Yet, it seems as if newstations are salivating to replay every statement that he makes over the airways 24/7.
    For the millionth time, Rev. Wright and Obama ARE NOT one in the same. Nor do they share the same POLITICAL VIEWS.

    What ever happened to the "Seperation from Church and State" that our government supposedly believes in….

    Can we stick to the real policitical issues like resolutions for home foreclosures, high gas prices, and national security. This is what America should be focusing on. Not where someone chose to undertake his spiritual worship for the last 20 years.

    April 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. disgruntled in CA

    It is good he found time out of his busy basketball schedule.

    Hillary 2008

    April 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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