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. Pat in WA

    They need to get all their bile and hatred for whites out there on the table now. Obviously they've been so wronged. Like these two are poster children for what's wrong with America and how black people have been wronged, rather than the reverse. Come on Michelle. Cat got your tongue? Frankly I think the American people deserve to hear it all now.

    Maybe while they are at it they could explain the condoned predjudice against the Hispanic population in their own district and city. Anybody would think there was only black or white, no other colors. These people make me sick!

    April 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. How can this be?

    Michelle Obama wanted to say that she is proud–for the second time in her adult life–that she had the priviledge of sitting in Reverand Wright's church pew for twenty years and listening to his rascist, anti-American sermons.

    April 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. GoHillary

    She's got a mouth full of WAFFLE!!

    April 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Debbie

    It is nice to see Michelle standing by Obama's side during this time. They seem to have a genuine relationship.

    April 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Venus

    Good job Mr. and Mrs. Obama!

    Way to go!

    At least you didn't tell them it's none of their business!

    Obama for President!

    April 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Oregon has Hope and wants change

    How can we ever get past the Rev Wright against Obama story if you can't shut up about it, I blame all of you media hownds for this story playing over and over and over....
    Let it go, my Gosh let it go!!!!!

    LET IT GO MEDIA !!!!!!!!!

    You still are talking about it today, and Hillary Huckabee is getting away with the most blantant lies........


    April 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Jay

    "What a nightmare! Can you imagine it? Obama, Michelle, Wright, Ayers all at the White House? "

    _–Actually, Wright has already been to the White House. He was visiting the Clinton's back when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke out.

    April 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. olga Menache

    One comment
    After twenty years of hearing his Preacher, is his actual opinion
    news to Obama?

    April 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Amy OFlaherty Reno, NV

    I can't believe that we are making such an issue out of this. For those of you who think that Hillary is the answer, let's just sit back and think:

    What about her NAFTA flip-flopping?
    What about her failure to support unions during her Walmart years?
    What about her sniper fire LIE?
    What about her vote to authorize the war in Iraq?
    What about her SILENCE during the Gennifer Flowers snafu with Slick Willy?

    Everyone is so hypocritical. It's fine if your candidate behaves badly, or makes poor judgment, but let's tar and feather the Obamas for Reverend Wright's words. Why did we Elect Bill Clinton if bad judgment is such an issue. At least Wright's words were HIS words. The Clintons' words and actions are their own. Wake up, folks.

    April 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Selah Brown

    Senator Obama spoke beautifully about the real issues for 4:20 and yet this video clip is tagged as 'Michelle keeps Mum about Rev. Wright' and not a word about getting back to the real issues.
    I am so disappointed with CNN and MSNBC regarding their coverage of this issue...shame on you. You missed a great opportunity to tackle real topics with grace and in integrity. Rev. Wright has so little to do with the real issues that face America, not to mention how much it sparks people's iggnorance, racism and misplaced patriotism.
    It's amazing to me how full of vile so many people can be.

    April 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Cami

    She could have pulled a Chelsea and snapped, "None of your business!!!!!"

    April 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Be Fair

    Sen Obama didn't tell Rev Wright that "Hussein" indeed is a Muslim name not Arabic, that Rev Wright was shouting on the podium other day without knowing the facts.

    How come Sen Obama stood Wright for 20 years, who has such a filthy mouth-dirty mind, and is engaged in misguiding African Americans.

    As more and more Americans know facts, POLLS will show.

    April 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Melissa

    To the corp: Winnie Mandela? Do you know what those people in Apartied South Africa went through? Her husband was jailed for 25+ years. You are insane!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Debby

    Michelle Obama silent thats a nice change.

    April 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Snowcat

    Oh now she has the good sense to keep her mouth shut? Wonder why pride in American wasn't enough to shut her up...but loo... a little damage to the campaign and the politically ambitious couple suddenly become mute... Pathetic. Drink the Kool Aid the chickens are coming home to roost.

    April 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Marcia

    Cable news is profiting from focusing on these distractions to get ratings; meanwhile the American people lose.... our country has been hijacked by the ultra rich, including the Clintons. Barack Obama is our god given last chance to turn this train wreck around. Hillary could care less about anything but her blind ambition and hunger for absolute power.

    April 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. jd

    Obama is a man of Dignity and everthing done to him by Rev. Wright is apalling. Obama good for you to DENOUNCE HIM. Shame , shame, shame on Rev. Wright ! OBAMA/08

    April 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. TimY

    So, I can infer that Michelle Obama pleads the 5th. She can't have the cake (rabid support for Wright) and eat it too (win the nomination), so she chose to shut up.

    April 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Linda Montgomery

    I swear–if someone controversial died today, you news people would keep digging them up so you could talk about it. If you don't have enough to say, cut down on your programming.

    April 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Walt

    From a different perspective and from another country, "enough is enough" get on with the issues at hand, both candidates have proven that they can face adversity in the face and take care of it! Stop spinning these petty stories! I believe the best person for the White House is Mr Obama, again my belief only , but from a neutral point of view tha's my position. Bonne chance Mr Obama!!

    April 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Firecracker

    It is a total shame that Barak Obama has to tried for comments made by his pastor of 20 yrs. Obama DID NOT MAKE THE COMMENTS HIMSELF. If you decide not to support him because of Rev. Wright this is just a lame excuse and lack of judgement on your part. I think Rev. Wright is a brilliant man. America is a country that facilitates freedom of speech. It Rev. Wright speaks his mind and it offends some people SO WHAT! Judging Obama based on his Pastor's past comments is like disliking someone you see for the first time just because of the colour of their skin.


    April 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. David Bruce

    Hello America,

    When you are finished beating up one of the best political statesman of our time, Barack Obama, please ship up to us in Canada.

    He makes our politicians look incompetent and decrepit.

    Heck, we'll even take the Reverend, just for the entertainment value.

    Good luck with Bush and McBush. Maybe some war museum will take them in and offer them shelter from the storm of people tired of the same old crap.

    Good luck America!

    April 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Jennifer - American living in Canada

    *Susan Mo*

    You are rather annoying. Can you come up with any constructive comments. At least Michelle Obama knows when "silence is golden"

    April 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Julia

    Obama will never win on November, this guy is is totally wrong, he's studded talk is only about fabricate he's answer. Now talking about Jeremiah wright because of he's own convenience. why now. what about when he's mentor and friend rev. Weight was insulting our Country. he never defend our Country. now is just because of Him. alway about him. senator Obama is dangerous wrong individual, with the virtue of laying and manipulative he's not electable. senator Obama is exact illy rev. Wright Shadow . He has to much hatred in he's Hearth. . need to detoxify himself.

    April 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Fran

    How are the Obama's victims in this situation? A. They chose to stay in this church and build a relationship with this pastor for 20 years. B. They chose to be in the public light when they announced his candidacy. C. If they think this is bad, just wait for the Republicans to get their hands on Obama.

    April 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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