April 30th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Mum's the word for Michelle on Rev. Wright

CNN

Listen to the Obama's remarks Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) –- Democrat Barack Obama's wife Michelle chose silence Wednesday when the couple were asked about recent comments made by their former pastor, and the harsh words Sen. Obama had for him Tuesday.

In a question-and-answer session with voters, the two were asked what kind of toll it takes on them to have to turn their backs on someone who had been good to them in the past.

Sen. Obama responded first, saying he "made a statement yesterday that was hard to make."

"What we want to do now though is to make sure that this doesn’t continue to be a perpetual distraction," he said.

Then he turned to his other half.

"Michelle, do you have anything to add to that?" After a brief hesitation he said, "You do, but..." He stopped and smiled as she shook her head.

The audience laughed.

"Remember, there are a lot of reporters around," he said, joining in the laughter.

Watch Michelle Obama speak out tonight in an interview with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux at 8:20 p.m. ET, with an extended version airing at on AC 360 at 10 p.m. ET

soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. BBonnet

    Initially, I wanted to like the Obamas and believe in change and hope. However, now that they have finally been vetted, I honestly believe they are not mature enough to be in the White House. I have left two churches in my life – one too conservative and one too liberal. I actually walked out of one in the middle of the sermon, to make a strong statement to my children. You only stay in a church when you have children if you really believe what the minister is saying. Also, looking at history, there have been a number of world leaders who have risen during times of economic crisis who have been charismatic and called for change, only to create tremendous harm. Change for change sake is never a good idea. Along with democracy, the stability created by our three-independent-prong system of federal government, along with separation of church and state, is an attribute to be valued. There are many things I want changed about our current policies, but not enough to base an entire campaign on change. I cherish and respect the Constitution and our form of government. The foundation of it is pure genius.

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Why can't you stop! DOn't you think these people have been through a lot – they have lost a relationship they have had for many years. Obama has lost the only father figure he has ever had. This is very sad.

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. susie

    Michelle wrote her thesis on her hatred of America. We don't even know enought about Obama to make him the head of OUR country.

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. bleeding tongue

    Her tongue must be bleeding from biting it so hard.

    But they have to stick to the plan of looking nice or they will not fool the people long enough to steal the nomination.

    They clung to Wright's bitter words of antipathy for 20 years- and it left its mark on both of them.

    The public distancing was just for show. Don't want to scare the white folk... so let's pander to them and pretend to disavow... then they won't be too scared to vote for me.

    Read Obama's book- he has been using that ploy for self-advancement his whole life.

    April 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. oh no!

    Moderated again?

    Only Obama supporters get posted.

    Her tongue must be bleeding from biting it so hard.

    But they have to stick to the plan of looking nice or they will not fool the people long enough to steal the nomination.

    They clung to Wright's bitter words of antipathy for 20 years- and it left its mark on both of them.

    The public distancing was just for show. Don't want to scare the white folk... so let's pander to them and pretend to disavow... then they won't be too scared to vote for me.

    Read Obama's book- he has been using that ploy for self-advancement his whole life.

    April 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Cowboy Jack

    Wow Michelle, for the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud of you

    April 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Chris in Va.

    Mike- Sure, that was Obama's plan all along. You are as delusional as your heroine Hi-liar-y. Makes sense she has your support.

    April 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    We already know where she gets her ideas from....WRIGHT????

    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Barack Obama Democratic Nominee 2008

    some of you just makes my skin crawl..Bottom line the Clintons will say and do anything to win..Barack wasn't on the ballot in Michigan and they all agreed the votes wouldn't count..People didn't even know Obama that well.The truth of the matter is the Clintons are well known so why does Obama have the lead in most states one,more delegates one and more popular votes?Barack has one this nominations and its is anything else would be stealing it from him .Remember if Hilary is so right for this country and has so much experience why isn't she leading in most states won,most delegate count and most poplar votes..

    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. oh no! Oh yes!

    I get tired of one comment out of dozens over the past week ever getting posted.

    Her tongue must be bleeding from biting it so hard.

    But they have to stick to the plan of looking nice or they will not fool the people long enough to steal the nomination.

    They clung to Wright's bitter words of antipathy for 20 years- and it left its mark on both of them.

    The public distancing was just for show. Don't want to scare the white folk... so let's pander to them and pretend to disavow... then they won't be too scared to vote for me.

    Read Obama's book- he has been using that ploy for self-advancement his whole life.

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. jo

    I graduated with a degree in journalism from a prestigious private school.
    I read comments frequently on here about CNN being biased toward one political candidate or another, or reporting pointless news.

    Listen up, news agencies are biased toward one thing and one thing only–themselves.

    They will write and publish the articles that will get attention and get read and make them money.

    Rev. Wright this week, a blunder of Hillary's next week and on and on.

    I asked one of my university professors which news organizations in the U.S. did he think were the most objective. He named two newspapers. I then asked him what grade did he give them for objectivity. He said, "An F."

    So just think for yourselves.

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. outsider

    So many racist comments here. I thought America is better that this. Color of skin should not be the issue. Character, brain, knowledge, decency, integrity are more important. Obama is better for the country and the world.

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. maria v

    Oh please I can't believe this. On Friday rev Wright said the same thing he said on Monday and yet this weekend Obama laughed it off Suddenly Obama wakes up on Tuesday and feels the need to FINALLY distance himself from his extremist pastor and you Obamacans think this is enough. UNBELIEVABLE. Twenty years this rev has spoken like this around Obama they are extremely close and Obama speaks yesterday as if rev Wright woke up on Monday as a whole new unrecognizable person to him and you BELIEVE HIM. SOME OF YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST NAIVE YOU ARE PATHETIC.

    April 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Zina

    My goodness! People this lady is just a wife and mother. Do you talk about Elizabeth Edwards or Cindy McCain like this? We, as women of color, have to be perfect in every way to earn half of the respect you give everyone else. Please show her a little respect.

    April 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. INDY PENDENT

    I do not see how anyone can blame Wright for Obama's decline.
    Obama made the choice to go to Wrights Church.
    Obama made the choice to become a very close friend with this man.
    Obama made the choice to attend this church and listen to this man for 20+ years.
    Obama, your choices are what put you at fault for this.
    What other reason was there that kept you attending his Church and listening to his sermons and donating money to his church for 20+ years if you didn't agree on what that man was preaching.
    Obama you made a horrible choice 20 years ago that you kept on making for 20 years.
    And now you blame this man for your political downfall.
    Pulleeaase....
    I think the change that Wright wants and preaches is exactly the change you want. That is why you do not give any specifics about the change you are going to bring, because that change is a warped, racist change.
    For all you Obama supporters are you seriously still trusting this man.

    April 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. who needs her

    She is going to blame America for this- instead of the nasty, race-card playing campaign they chose to run?

    They pulled that race-card so often that the whole house of race cards fell down on them.

    Chickens?

    What goes around?

    You pick your reason for this poetic justice.

    April 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. truth now

    This election has brought out some of the most ignorant people in the U.S. I can see how easy it was for black people to be lynched. Just fuel the fire and people will spew hate from every corner of their soul. I'm sorry but America is not God. People are worshiping a nation that has killed numerous people of color. I watched this morning after the great and mighty U.S. had dropped bombs in Iraq and them pulling a two year old dead baby out of the rummage. Shame on us for dwelling in filth while babies are dying. Selfish, Selfish people.

    April 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. honkey white guy from cali

    I keep seeing people post that Obama is a flawed candidate and can not win in November! well first of all I think it is very safe to say all the candidates we have to choose from have one flaw or another. By far Clinton having the most and most well documented lies and such Mc Cain also has many many flaws but the flaws people bring up about Obama are all things that have nothing to do with his ability to be president! I mean Hillary can not tell the truth to save her own life! Mc Cain has a huge Temper and ego not to mention he is WAY WAY to old to be president especially first term. So for me looking at this if the most flawed part about Obama is because someone he knows has extreme views it makes no since to me why people would post he is Flawed and will not win because if he can not win with his very small number of flaws that have nothing to do with his ability to be President than the other two have no chance what so ever.

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. ANTI CLINTONS

    It's a good idea Michelle Obama just shut up! she isn't running for president and we don't need another Ms. Edwards who can't shut her pie hole.

    April 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. John Smith

    How soon we forget!! The Republicans are crying to run against Hillary. As in the past, the Republicans always out-smart the democrats. Give them Hillary!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. when they lose

    When Obama loses the nomination-

    It will be everyone else's fault but their own.

    They are always the victims and never to blame.

    Who strong-armed at caucus?

    Is the caucus format even fair- you know it's NOT.

    Who called everyone who made a comment that was not adulation, a racist.

    Whose nasty team of 24/7 bloggers contaminated these blogs with their filth. You know, you read the vulgar and vile comments posted about the Clintons. Do you think this wins you voters?

    Who fills these blogs with name calling insults that denigrate the other candidate and her supporters.

    April 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. A Canadian Perspective

    What a joke your election and your media have become.

    April 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Darin Dorsey

    Give it a rest CNN, us Americans don't care about this anymore, except for radical right wingers, and Die-Hard Clinton supporters. And news flash, most Americans don't fall into these categories. We are tired of hearing about this!

    April 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. two faced one

    She has to stay silent. She is not good at being two-faced.

    Barack has used his gift for shape shifting to his advantage.

    Will the real Barack Obama please stand up.

    April 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Terry Sarigumba

    If Obama is the DNC nominee, people will put Michelle and Cindy side by side. Michelle cannot hold a candle to Cindy's pretty face. Many voters will consider this important. Comments have been made that Laura Bush helped her husband win by looking pretty and charming while Teresa showed as if she did not know how to dress up. If I have to choose between Obama and McCain, though, I'll vote for Obama because to me, platform and policy are more important than physique and personality. But there's a choice that's a lot easier to make, a choice between McCain and Hillary Clinton. Hillary is smart, experienced, accomplished, kind, caring and very good looking with a very good looking family as well. The Democrats should open their eyes to this reality and decide wisely on the DNC presidential nominee.

    April 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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