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. Nancy S. Cottrell

    This is not a comment, but rather a question:
    How does a person go about getting ahold of Senator Obama's campain? My sister and I are both supporters. You may E-mail me back. Thanks

    April 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Xavier

    Many people believe that the Rev. Wright isn't an issue. I believe this issue is. It's a judgment call. If my Pastor/Priest said any of the things that this arrogant Rev. said, I would have left that church. Simple as that. When the truth is exposed, Obama had no choice but to speak out against this man. I don't see how he is a man of principles when he barks out loud and takes a stand simply because votes are on the line. I am not buying any of this.

    Clinton has my vote and support.

    April 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Texas

    Obama needs to step down – he is damaged goods. He needs to now think of this party. He will not win against McCain –

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. al-des moines

    He need only look at a wedding picture of him and Miss M to see bitter people. No need to go to "these rural areas and small towns" to find them!

    She seethes disdain for Anglos.

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. The Dude

    The Rev. Wright issue really needs to be squashed. Can we please focus on something IMPORTANT? Like Americans dying in Iraq, our education system, healthcare, alternative energy... The list goes on, just pick something of SUBSTANCE to report on for a while.

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Bob

    What a shame that a good man and well qualified candidate like Obama has to waste his and our time defending himself from the orchestrated racist attacks of Hillary and her puppet media.

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Don Jones, Hillary's pastor/mentor, is a native of SD, and I have known him for 40+ years.

    Dr. Jones shared with friends that when he was invited to the White House, Hillary would shake hands with him; Bill would give him a big hug. Now on the campaign trail, Hillary is hugging everyone in sight. Don't you think her newfound warmth might be contrived for the cameras?

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Montana is Obama Country

    ............know your ABC's.......

    ..........ANYBODY BUT CLINTON...........

    ..........ANYBODY BUT CLINTON...........

    April 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Stan(NC)

    The big reason people couldn't bring themselves to vote for John Kerry was because of his wife... I think the DNC need to consider that this time around also.

    Do you really want her representing America around the world?

    Another reason Obama is NOT another John F. Kennedy.

    April 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. TNeal

    Go Obama family. We (the voters that actually count) love you.

    April 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Gracie, OK

    I love the Obamas. Michelle did the right thing. Enough has been said about Mr. Wright. I hate to call him Reverend.

    But America will never know what the Obamas have been through. I'm sure their lives have been threatened many times. It is so brave of these two people to tackle running for the highest office in the land.

    Well, I will be praying for both of them, and he definitely has my vote. You don't go through something like this and not love America. They absolutely believe in this country and I will stand with them.

    Stand strong Barack and Michelle.

    Obama 08
    We are with you–all the way.

    April 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Texas

    What happed to words matter? She had no words.... she looked like she was in a daze....... Where's the words? Isn't this what the campaign is based on words?? Oh, they can't use the Rev. Wrights words anymore....

    April 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Sean

    This is the first time in a longtime America has a clear choice this election. We have a candidate with new ideas. That scare the old guard of Washington. Obama will evolve American in the change process which is good.

    April 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Shirley

    Barack has some big haters.... Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea Clinton, Bob Johnson and James Carville. Now the Reverend. Well Barack, since the pastor is on board, you and your family do the right thing "shake the devil off." Keep right on praying and keep right on going. Especially when it comes to the first five that are named ; I do believe that sit at the right hand of Satan (the Clintons especially).GO OBAMA

    April 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Lorenzo Clemons

    People! People! People!
    Everyone who has served their fellow human being please speak up! Everyone who says they are God fearing speak up! Everyone who can listen to a counter oppinion, but respect the discussion, speak up! If you believe that this is a crucial time in American History that race and relating needs to be discussed and vetted, speak up! If you are not willing to speak up for the goodness in people in this country, then remain silent and just let our children suffer the ignorance that is be displayed in our society today, I hope common sense prevails. Everyon must say "if it is to be, it is up to me." People! People! People! Speak Up! Obama '08

    April 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Texas

    What happed to words matter? She had no words.... she looked like she was in a daze....... Where's the words? Isn't this what the campaign is based on words?? Oh, they can't use the Rev. Wrights words anymore.... She does know she has to talk on CNN – AC360 tonight.

    April 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Grant - MD

    Both Obama and Clinton should withdraw at this point. Give the Convntion/delegates something useful to do.

    Too bad, I thought Obama was a superior candidate to HRClinton – I still do. But, this Rev Wright affair and his wife's poorlly chosen words about " proud for the first time" have created an unremovable impression that his judgement is lacking with repsect to personal relationships and have raised doubts about underlying personal values. Obama is in the Eagleton trap – there was abolutely nothing he could do to bail this after it became known that he continued a constant relationship with a church and pastor where such outrageous remarks could have been the norm for more than 20 years. Realizing this, he should now withdraw.

    Personally, I don't care about this. I don't see or read of any evidence that Obama and Wright share these controversial views – in fact, it looks like Obama has a polarity response to Wright's rants and may have for years.

    April 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. LucieLee

    I cannot believe how gullible some people are. Obama ia a great candidate, and will be a wonderful president. Jeremiah Wright is not the issue, although the media and some here posting would love to make it some sort of perpetual motion. Get over it people~!! Obama has, and is moving on to talk about the issues, Americans say are important to them.......we will see how important these issues truly are to folks...like gas prices, the economy, education, healthcare, and Iraq, when th e polls close on Nov. 4, 2008-or are folks still basing their vote on what goes down the kitchen garbage disposal or what goes on the kitchen table?

    April 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Kay-Arizona

    .This is why some have withheld their approval of Sen. Obama. Before we leave him in charge of our entire country, we need to know what he thinks and who he is. Nice speeches are fine but we need to know WHO this man is and that’s what we are learning, a little at a time.

    April 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. KE

    Michelle Obama is lockstep in line with Rev. Wright's views. She can recite whatever script they give her and my opinion won't change. By the way, you want to talk real issues, brainwashed Obama supporters? How about the fact that your guy has done ziltch to prove he's capable of this job.

    April 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Jody Reno, Nevada

    Sure, she has a lot to say but can't say it in front of the press...
    She, like nObama, believe what that crazy old Anti American, black liberation preachin whacko believes, it's just that simple.

    Barack nObama's father was a Muslim who practiced and taught Islamic theology and jurisprudence.

    Once a Muslim, always a Muslim...that's sure what we need in the White House right now, isn't it!

    Wake up America and stop drinking the friggin Kool Aid!

    April 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Anne Marie nyc

    Wright isnt the one who has to explain himself – he has done that very clearly for many years on many topics. Barack and Michelle have to explain their loyalty to him for these 20 yrs – they know exactly what he believed – he was after all 'like a member of his family". It's obvious Obama used Wright for his own ambitions and sitched him as soon as he was forced to by those ambitions being threatened - it had absolutely nothing to do with what Wright said and if anyone disrespected and used anyone – it was Obama to Wright. Funny how Michelle loses her well scripted candor and eloquence when called to account. Did she just get stupid – dont think so, and neither should we. Go Hillary, the real candidate with a long history of strong, loyal allegiances because of commitments she stood by and fought for others. Sorry Obama but YOU created the Wright drama by using him and discarding him only when he didnt suit your purposes any longer. He has always been who he is and at least he's the honest one even if what he says has no place in the Oval office. I guess this means his white grandmother would be at risk if alive today as Obama put the two of them in the same sentence less than a month ago!

    April 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. sam

    I am sure she was not Proud of what happened !!

    April 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. O-blah-ma

    COME ON MICHELLE... aren't you proud of your Pastor?? Certainly this isn't the FIRST time you heard those words from him. You must have bought his lies/hate... since you just recently became proud of your country for the first time!

    April 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Texas

    Obama threw is friend, pastor and mentor under the bus. Don't bite the hand that feeds you...... you don't roll on your friends.

    April 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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