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

Mum's the word for Michelle on Rev. Wright


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. bitter_in_pa

    What should we focus on next? Obamas dog peed on someones lawn so now Obama shouldnt be nominated.?
    Meanwhile Hillary and Bill made $800,000 lobbying for a trade agreement she says she is against.
    Meanwhile Hillary is millions of dollars in debt to God-knows-who for her campaign.
    Meanwhile Hillarys campaign guru was also double dipping with the foreign lobbyists over a trade deal so he resigned but still works for her.
    Meanwhile Hillary set health care reform back 50 years with her publicity stunt as first lady .
    Meanwhile Hillary gained illegal access to FBI files on dozens of her political enemies while living in the white house.
    Meanwhile Ed Rendell handed out millions in illegal brown bag financing in PA on her behalf so she could keep her head above water in the primary there.
    Meanwhile Hillary was given a house in NY by various unidentified lobbyists so she could run for Senate in a state she did not live in. Meanwhile Hillarys husband pardoned her friend who owed millions to the US govt in back taxes. \
    Meanwhile Hillary continues to Lie Cheat and Steal.

    April 30, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. franco

    Perhaps, silence speaks loader than words! Sounds like Obama's
    wife would agree with Rev. Wright, therefore, she can not say anything for fear of croaking much like "Jeremiah" did, how fitting. It just seems
    like there is alot of arrogance and narsissism in the Obama camp, and I believe that voters across the country are beginning to see it. Again, the voters MUST vote with their brains and not their hearts. After
    all, this primary for President is not an exercise in affirmative action, this is a job for Hillary Clinton that has ALL the Qualifications for the job. Bringing "everyone together" sounds pretty, but don't we need a President with solutions not just clever speeches. GO HILLARY!

    April 30, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Mr Oregon

    Now his saying "black church" so black people can back him up over his ludacris comments. I'm sure plenty of black people will fall for this. If Rev wright going to make you believe that Obama is ditching on "black community" or "black church" go head follow his footsteps into a ditch. some of us already started saying Obama turned his back on us(black people). I think we all should vote for who we think gonna feel our pain and actually "experienced" what we're going through from day to day. let's leave the He say, she say stuff behind.

    April 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    it is sad that Sen. Obama is being framed in the context of what his pastor might have said... however the problem is that his comments and views are not new... and for all this time Sen. Obama stood silent he watch this pastor and carefully thought that he was the kind of person that could guide him spiritually... it was Obama who introduce religion int he the Democratic lexicon, that Democrats should not be afraidn to talk about their faith, his faith has guided him, however his faith has also being guided by Rev. Wright... he got caught in a bad situation and I feel for him, this is no easy matter. The questions will continue and the pressure will escalate... unfortunately for me my choice continues to be Sen. Clinton. May Sen. Obama and his family find true guidance thru this difficult time.

    Rise Hillary Rise!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. donna4hillary

    oh mygosh! i would like everybody to close your eyes for just a second or two andimagine michelle as the first lady. doesnt it make you cringe? first ladies are supposed to be ladylike (i dont get that from her, shes more uuuhhhmmm manly?), is supposed to champion a cause (i am afraid that the cause she chooses to champion will lead her back to rev wright and the church) and is supposed to smile all the time whether they want to or not (she rarely smiles and looks really mean all the time). i said this before and i was calle dracist but i will ask again (im not racist by the way). michelle has been followong wright longer than obama has and rev wright is very much anti white. okay, i have noticed that she doesnt really hang with white folks. now i could be wrong and she could have white friends but i have never seen her with white folks. so how anti white is she?

    April 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Also have you notice that every hateful blogger against Sen. Clinton does not give out their name? things that make you go hmmm...

    Rise Hillary Rise!

    April 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. pastjob, il

    can we please put this to rest, enough is enough, why still ask these questions about the pastor? I know it makes great news but it's time to put this to rest and move on with the rest of the real questions like health care...anyone who asks even one more question about this pastor must be an idiot, including the media.
    why even bring it up anylonger. why is the media so fasninated with this pastor? I think it's because they don't want to bring up the issues....please SHUT UP ABOUT THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL AMERICA. THEPASTOR IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT...HELLO!!!! THE PASTOR IS NOT RUNNIMNG FOR PRESIDENT!!! HOW STUPID CAN U ALL GET

    April 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Obama mama, Grayslake IL

    It was nice that Michelle did not add anything to what Sen. Obama said yesterday. I like the way Sen. Obama expressed his feelings towards the rest of the world. His idology was totally different from Rev. Wringht's anger which he might have carried on with him for a long time. I donot think the world should judge Sen. Obama on his pastor's peroformance of which I did witness on the TV. I am call my self a christian, but I do attend service every Sunday, I will be telling you a lie if I said that. Therefore, please let us not crusify Sen. Obama over some one's else sins. Let us move we have a lot or work ahead of us to do. Lets get busy supporting the Sen. so that he can do his job properly. You should remember that he has voluteered to be our servant, taking care of our problems.
    I totally agree with you Sen. Obama, when you go to church you go to worship the Lord and we do not have to vet the pastors. Pastors are human beings, just like us. How do we know that Rev. Wright had nothing to lose after all he had arrived to the end of his career, so he did not care whom he hurt since his road had just got to where he was going. For your own infromation it was not Sen. Obama he was trying to hurt. It was the AMERICAN PEOPLE he wanted to hurt more than anything. He had jus got the platform to release his anger to the world.

    April 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Tjaye

    You people criticizing the Obamas for not just tossing their pastor away immediately are clearly not Christians or churchgoers. Your pastor is someone who teaches you the lessons IN THE BIBLE. Not your political views. You use what you learn in the Bible and apply it how you feel you want to live your life. It's the Biblical teachings that they learned from Rev. Wright NOT his political message. And if you people ONLY have those around you with whom you agree with EVERY SINGLE POV THEY HAVE....you have already defined yourselves as narrow minded and limited in your exposure and experience.

    Rev. Wright was wrong in his behaviour on Monday and some of the things he said were untrue, but the reality is that much of what he said in the sermons was TRUE. Pretending America is perfect is not patriotic; Real patriots love this country and when you love you don't lie. We made mistakes in the past and will make them in the future. We've done harm to others, as well as had it done to us. Most of you are only living up to what Rev. Wright said....you KNOW about Hiroshima, you KNOW about Japanese internment camps, you KNOW about G-Bay, you KNOW about our dealings with Saddam and Bin Laden....but, you don't bat an eye and you are indignant when someone confronts us with our own bad acts.

    Congrats! Many of you have proven a man you consider crazy to be correct.

    I'm buying coffee for my girls tonight if this actually makes it past the moderators. LOL

    Obama O-8!

    April 30, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Lady

    sad time for america,thanks to poor journalism.No wonder many here ar eignorant.Garbage journalism is what feeds them.

    April 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. DK

    I would imagine that sitting in the Rev. Wrights church for 20 years listening to him spew his anti-American sentiment may be the reason that Michelle made the comment "I have never been proud of my country in the past". Chickens coming home to roost?

    April 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Obama mama, Grayslake IL

    I do agree with Victor NC we should worry about things that facing us on daily basis. The media is obssed with Rev. Wright PLEASE if you have no news and want more news you should turn to Obama mama News Room I will provide you with some exciting news. Let go Rev. Wright alone he was trying to sale his book, and you know it was the Clinton camp that brought him so that people could get angry once more. You see Obama has been endorsed by many people today. Smart people know you cannot accuse some one for some body's mistakes. Good Job VICTOR

    April 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Tony, Miami

    Please no comparison between Michelle and Hillary. Michelle is a person of great morality.

    April 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Mary

    Michelle and Barack Obama knew exactly the teachings of the Black Liberation Theology Church after sitting in that church for 20 years. Now they are raving and ranting about Rev. Wright's performance lately. They knew and it was A OK for years. They are both liars. They will do and say anything to win the White House.
    For ten years Senator Obama has not really helped the voters in their South Chicago district with jobs and less drugs and crime. The promises of hope and change did not happen. Just so many fancy speeches for political pondering. Senator Obama is a radical with nothing to offer most Americans families.

    April 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. jenny

    She cant answer because she respects Rev Wright and disagrees with Obama.....bapt his children and wed them...lets get serious.... OBAMA made a political move and turned his back on his spiritual advisor for 20 years. Michelle is not being smart, shes scared to say what she really feels.

    April 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Sarah

    I think it is funny that when Obama gave the race speech all of his supporters were standing up for Wright, saying that he was right but now that Obama has denounce him Obama supporters are quite against Wright. Now they are also asking CNN to post "the issues" but a few weeks ago they wanted to know where the Bosnia articles were. Food for thought.

    April 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Vig

    This family is looking more and more like a bunch of cardboard cut-outs.

    April 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Teach Them, Washington

    Those of you who are day dreaming of Hillary ' WINNING ', you are confusing it to ' WHINING '. Afterall Hillary's supporters are less educated ones. She can whine. Obama can WIN.

    GO Obama ')8

    April 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. just question

    maybe she did not memorize yet what she is supposed to say?

    April 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. voter Arizona

    It is funny that his supporters don't want to hold him responsible for his Reverends comments but everytime one of Hillary's supporter says something they don't like it is her fault. Being someones Reverend for 15 or 20 years which I still don't know which is correct is a little different than a supporter saying something, The candidates aren't responsible for their supporters but going to the Reverends church for this long and not knowing he is like this is questionable. I think his wife is more in tune with Reverend Wright then he is. She seems bitter at times in regards to race issues. I do not support Mr. Obama but I don't hold him responsible for Reverend Wrights comments, but I do question how much he knew of the Reverends beliefs that were being taught at the church.

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Carol

    I'm disappointed in the media. There are so many topics/issues:
    economy, the war, the environment. Look at Obama's 10 year legislative experience how many Americans has he helped? That's why this country is in the mess it is in. Kerry was swiftboated and he would have made a better president. Will you allow Obama, the bst candidate to be swiftboated again and end up disappointed yet again. When will Americans learn?

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Robert Wiseman

    You know, the real problem is that before this campaign Rev. Wright was a good friend of the Obama's...marrying them and baptizing their children. Heck, Obama was even going to have Wright lead prayers at the start of his campaign (until he realized that may be controversial). Oh wait...Obama hadn't heard Wright's sermons that were in dispute...but why did he change his mind at the beginning of his campaign?

    Of course, as the issue has developed Obama's story has changed. I heard him on CNN deny hearing the controversial sermons. That changed the next day and now...throw Wright to the wolves. I am glad he isn't my friend.

    April 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. sheella

    Obama couldn't make a good judgement about his pastor 20 years ago, now that he is rejecting him, how convenient.

    April 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Matt

    Thank God she's keeping her mouth shut! Although whenever she opens it, Obama is hurt so maybe she should keep talking...

    April 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Reality check #1

    It was probably all she could do to keep from tearing into one of her wild, ghetto style rants to defend her beloved pastor. I think Obama must have taken Michelle for a shock therapy treatment to keep her mouth shut.

    April 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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