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. Obama the Great Deceiver

    Obama can't even deal with one man, Wright, how the heck is he going to deal with real issues facing America like the economy, war on iraq, immigration....etc..

    April 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. PC

    What an inane headline. This garbage piece was all about the few seconds at the end of the video when Obama joked about his wife, not about his very thoughtful and sincere answer to the original question. Gotta love the media.

    April 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. BL-NYC

    What is there to actually say?
    Senator Obama waited way too long to do what he did regarding Rev. Wright... This is the kind of delayed decision making that we can NOT afford to have governing our Nation...
    I think that "experience necessary" is part of the job description!

    April 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Chuck

    Mrs. Obama has been told to keep quiet. Notice she is not doing any more interviews.

    April 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Smart lady. She's learned not to be prodded into saying something that the press will spin. What ever her feelings are, be they anger sadness or hurt... she has a right to keep them to herself.

    April 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Alicia

    I am so sick and tired of the sheer stupidity and ignorance that this campaign has revealed to the world. I am Canadian. Barack Obama is not responsible for Rev. Wright, he can no more control Rev. Wright than Hillary can control Bill. You can choose your husband and your pastor. Hillary should just shut up. And get it straight people, Michelle Obama was referring to the political process. Has anyone actually listened to the full context. Americans do not deserve to have these two in the White House, these two are too intelligent, too nuanced, too thoughtful to fill the shoes of an office occupied by Bush. Why do the bloggers here not direct some of their vitriolic and misinformed and sheer stupid comments to the complete moron who now occupies the White House and who has done more damage to America than any other President probably in US history. The media creation and the ignorance that the Wright episode has produced is simply frightening. In no other country in the world could a media driven spectacle derail someone like Obama from becoming President, but then again, there is no other country in the world where Blacks are held to standards that no one else has to deal with.
    Very very sad.

    Alicia

    April 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. ron

    The media has surly distracted the American people in this race. Instead of the issues they support insinuations and gossip. Not much different than the rags at the grocery checkout.

    April 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. CYNTHIA

    This is our First Family, A married couple that truly loves eachother and loves the world and wants the best for our country. You don't have to worry about Senator Obama having an affair in the White House or disgracing America and telling a bold faced lie to the whole world about anything. This is an honest family. Unimpeachable, Quality, excellent example to Represent America and get our Good name back with the World.

    Cynthia

    April 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. HAWK,TEXAS

    I THINK ALL THIS IS ABOUT IS HE WILL CONDEM HIM PUBLICLY BUT STILL SECRETLY CLINGS TO HIM JUST WAIT AND SEE.A DOG DOSEN'T CHANGE HIS SPOTS AFTER 20 YEARS.

    April 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Ex Obama Supporter

    There are only two things I dislike about Michelle Obama, her face.

    April 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Beverly, Houston

    To: The Obama Bashers

    It is just like they said at the very beginning of the Campaign. Sometimes he is not White enough, sometimes not Black enough.

    It does not matter what either of them say, they are darned if they do and darned if they don't mostly because they are black. The lyingest sleaze bags in the History of mankind with all there garbage lie 2 or 3 times daily, and their uneducated, sometimes bigoted followers can't see it. Go figure!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. JJ

    Principles are being tested during this election.

    This preacher is just getting old and crazy. My grandfather was the same way, but are you going to hold that over on me? He would rant and rave, but he doesn't define me any more than Wright defines Obama.

    This has no influence on me because I stand on principles. People change with time, but that does not mean that I am not willing to stand by people today, and then turn my back on them later on for reasons of their, not my, choosing.

    Obama, get in the white house, show people your character, and let the ignorant people haters see that you are far better a leader than the other candidate.

    Get us out of Iraq where Clinton could have voted to keep us out of, but she didn't. Get schools, roads, bridge-retrofits funded here in the US instead of funding iraqi schools and building projects that are simply not where I want my tax dollars being spent.

    Also, find another minister, and get him on the airwaves to put this issue to rest for once.

    April 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Jackie

    Rev. Wright himself said that he expected Obama to "distance" himself, depending on how far he got in the primary. I don't think Obama has any problems with Wright's opinions. I think Obama and his wife are simply playing "politics," while Wright waits in the wings.

    For 20 years Obama and his family has thought of Rev. Wright as a close, personal friend – practically family – an "uncle." Many voters are worried that If Obama is elected, Wright will once again be by his side.

    Obama has too many "skeletons" in his closet and more will come out if he wins the nomination. I simply can't see him winning against McCain. His best bet is to suspend his campaign and gracefully accept a VP position from Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. TerrenceW from NC

    SUSAN, MO – while you're at it, get the scoop on Hillary and her child molesting ex pastor. Since we wanna tie our pastors to the campaign, let's run that in the papers and news. Hillary pastor was convicted of child molestation. Why aren't you concerned about that, Susan?

    Pastor aren't running for office.. the candidates are.

    April 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. California Voter

    Doesn't sound like Michelle is ready to denounce Rev. Wright. My observations in watching and listening to her over this election campaign make me think she listening to and supported Rev. Wright's sermons as well as TUCC's black value system.

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Carrie

    That's a nice change from the Hillary Bill tag team. I'd have a tough time hearing the Billary babble from the White House. Save us from that fate, Obama!

    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. oh my

    Too bad...

    She would be the nail in her husband's coffin.

    At least they are smart enough to shut her up.

    Once she and Wright own the predidency of the United States, it will be another story.

    There will be no place to put all the trash.

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Golden Chica

    Message to Bukky: Michelle already had a run off at the mouth when she made her statement that this is the first time in her adult life that she's proud of America. For that reason, she's better off keeping her mouth shut. Oh no wait, maybe she should keep it open and will do a number for Obama just like Pastor Wright did.

    April 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. oh my my

    She'd sink the Obama bandwagon in quick sand faster than you could say... Bill Clinton.

    I'd love to see her be the one to take her man down.

    April 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. charming

    This woman is the mean cop behind the nice cop running for president.

    She needs to find some charm.

    April 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Sherri

    Michelle is intelligent and strong. She is an amazing woman that people should look up too, not tear down. What is the matter with many of you?

    Must the campaign be so nasty and personal? American's wake up.

    I support Senator Obama strongly. He has been attacked over and over again, but continues to respond with grace and eloquence.

    I can at least ask you to respect him and his family, even if you don't support him for President. He has achieved more in his nearly 47 years of life than many of you ever, ever will.

    Please stop the hate mongering.

    April 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. John

    Most of Obama supporters are unbearable,not because of an ything else,but their derogatory simplistic language.Millions of people fish along all these comments.Most of them are turned off,and believe them it alters their votes.Respect is important,it starts from the family home and goes on and on.

    April 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. lol

    good thing she didn't say anything, she seems to channel rev. wright everytime she opens her mouth. (americans are mean, finally proud of america, etc.)

    April 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. staged

    Truth be told,

    I think Obama staged the public fight, to fool people into thinking that he does not agree with Wright and to stage a public distancing from him.

    Michelle wouldn't be able to contain her own hatred and would blow the game.

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. AA For Change

    Obamas wife is a racist... hes smart and does not want her to share her opinion...

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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