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. lynette

    It was a great discussion and CNN ruined it by saying mums the word on Rev. Wright, gotta get him in there huh? Make sure to bring up Wright...Tell the media to stop the madness. What did they talk about? What did the folks who attended to meeting say? What issues concerned them most? NO, instead you have SPIN SPIN SPIN, CNN putting in the spin Get folks to hate each other more, just sprinkle Rev. Wright in there. NO MORE KOOL-AID.

    April 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. K

    Smart move by Michelle since she agrees with Rev Wright. That would just be another disaster for the Obama campaign. I think she learned her lesson on the whole proud of my country for the 1st time fiasco.

    April 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. fred

    What made her mum all of a sudden.....she wasn't too mum when she was talking about "for the first time being proud of America".

    We don't need people like the Obama's in power. They will only destory our country!!!

    April 30, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Josh

    No wonder they chose silence...they couldn't say anything, especially Obama. That would mean that he would have to admit to harbouring "bad judgment," which he clearly has. Nobama is a phony, and its time that America wake up and smell the coffee! HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON IS THE ANSWER!


    Clinton '08, '12

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. E. loz Miami


    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Keyon


    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. ner


    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Mark

    Obama wants a basketball court in the white house, what do you want Michelle...an outdoor grill on the front lawn...

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Janel, St. Paul, MN


    I'm all for you and your husband. My heart aches for all the damage your former pastor has done to your campaign. But my heart also believes in the American voters who can see beyond all the slime that both the Clinton and McCain campaigns are spreading about you.

    Your husband will have my vote. . .and I'm praying other Americans will look beyond the past couple weeks that have been exploited by the media.

    I want change. I want a new vision. I want Senator Barack Obama as president!!

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. MAYA

    Obama is weak, he can't take the heat, you let the media playing gotcha with you, as long as you can't be yourself, you will never be the president of the United States. As I was watching you last night, you looked more and more like a whimp, your darling media handed you a piece of paper, and you read it. Men up Obama, you are a divider, you divided democrats, you divided blacks, you will divide the whole country. Up until now, you decided to throw your pastor under the bus, he would have been your pastor if you weren't trying to get some votes, be real Obama , you have been listening to your pastor 's theology of liberation for 20 years now you are pretending to not knowing what that means

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Farren Ballanst


    No. Nobody else on the planet thinks that your hypothesis makes even a little bit of sense.

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. A.M.

    Enough is enough! get this Rev. Wright story of our lives. We have had enough of htis non-sense guy!

    "Obama' has done an excellent job, and let's focus on issues!

    Houston, Texas

    April 30, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. R.T.

    "For the first time in my life I am not proud of Rev. Wright."
    – Michele Obama

    April 30, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. SBvoter

    I wish she would say something-she always puts her foot in her mouth.
    I'm wondering when Rev. Wright is going to have his own press conference? Or did they tie him up in the closet.
    HILLARY 08

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. bernj

    I am so sick and tired of those of you who call yourselves Americans but who think like nazis. Why won't you be man or woman enough to say you are against Obama because of the color of his skin? Stop this silly junk promoting your jaundiced view of patriotism. Go ahead and show the world what bubba brains you are. It will not matter. There are more fair minded people in this country of every color than there are dumb prejudiced idiots. Obama will be the next president despite you and your partner in crime Billary.

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. joyce

    mike it was staged by a clinton supporter
    have you not read it today
    the clintons are sick

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Over Here in Chicago

    Can we please LET GO of the Rev. Wright drama and move on!?!?!?
    why has no one discussed the Paul v. Clinton issue or Rev. Procanick?

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Jessie

    I rather have Bill in the White House again than Obama-rosa as the 1st Lady any time. That woman just screams "socialist" to me.

    She said at a Harrisburg preschool on 4/8/08, "The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."

    Obama-rosa is Kim Jong-il in a dress!!

    April 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. jenkins

    I can only imagine what Michelle has to say about good old Mr. Wright. I bet she loves him and thinks highly of his sermons. Kind of like when she said she had never been proud of america before.

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Michael in MO

    How contrived!! Rove and the media circus spend all day Monday outlining specifically how Obama needed to get mad and come out swinging for Wright's weekend remarks. Like a good boy, Obama does just that on Tues, well-scripted and completely transparent. This guy is such a hypocrite. Who knows what he believes, as he's just another politician blowing with the wind. You may not agree with Wright, but at least he's his own man and says what he believes. More than can be said of Obama. And who will be telling him what to say/do in the White House.....???

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. RB

    Jack, Michelle's not running for president, so she can say whatever she wants. Besides, I think she's a hottie .....and can say whatever she wants.

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. SBvoter

    Keyon April 30th, 2008 5:46 pm ET


    in response: this sounds like an obituary.(:

    April 30, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Jay

    Anderson cooper better do a better job of questioning Michelle my bell then that hack Bill Moyer. CNN used to be the clinton news network now irt seems like it's the elect obama network .

    April 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. The Corp

    She's a bigger radical than he is. American version of Winnie Mendela.

    April 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    No, the cat doesn't have Michelle Obama's tongue. Michelle wants you to be glued to your TV tonight with your listening ears on so you don't have to hear second hand what she has to say. That's what you call taking care of business.

    April 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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