March 18th, 2008
12:03 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama: We can move beyond some of our racial wounds


Watch portions of Obama's speech Monday. (Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he chose to run for president because he believes "we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together."

Speaking to supporters at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, the Democratic presidential candidate said he rejected racially charged comments made by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but explained the root of his remarks.

Wright used to preach at the Trinity United Church of Christ, where Obama worships.

Obama said that his belief that all people want to move in the same direction comes from his "unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story."

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  1. m brian

    Blacks support Obama for a reason. Whites support Obama are idiots.

    March 18, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Pat

    I haven't seen such a unique candidate for presidency like Obama in a long time. A man ahead of its time. I don't think we will be able to see another like him for some time if he does not get the nomination.

    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. eddie, New York City.

    Some folks here are clearly stupid! there is a clear proof that he was in Miami during that white hating sermon and he admit being there for some less controversial sermons. I'm 51 yrs. old white man and I agree with sen. Obama in every single word in his speech. During the primary I voted McCain but in the General election Sen. Obama will have my vote!

    God Bless America.


    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. SR

    You would have tackled the situation head on if, when you checked out that church, you had decided it wasn't for you and your family. I'm tackling the problem head on by not voting for you, racist.

    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Jim, American in Paris

    Who wrote his speech this time? What else don't we know about him that will make him lose in November if he gets the nomination?

    The Repbulicans are waiting for this guy!

    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Dee

    The man made history with this speech whether he gets elected or not. As an independent, I think it is the best speech ever.
    I know Hillary supporters and republicans are angry at his speech. It is natural to be angry when the opponent gains.

    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. gina

    Please give me a break! Surely none of you with an independent, intelligent mind fell for that speech. So many contradictions with what Obama already said to the media... He thinks his writers can get him out of anything but that won't work in crisis if (God forbid) he is elected. This "pastor" spews hate for America, Mrs. Obama makes racist remarks, etc., and you people continue to believe it's innocent?! Wake up before it's too late. I, and many others I know, will switch to McCain if Obama is the nominee. Can't go for that!!

    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. GO HILL!!!!!


    March 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Don, San Francisco

    Everyone must admit that was a great speech. So, can we please do as he suggested and get back to talking about issues that concern all of us? Thanks.

    March 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Susan from Florida

    I am a huge Hillary Clinton supporter. I bleed canary yellow. However, I thought Obama gave an excellent, balanced and hopfully, healing speech. Good for him.

    March 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Former Obama supporter

    That speech was ridiculous. Again, his speeches show that it is just rhetoric. Just words and nothing more.

    March 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. mapmure

    What a speech. He just made Hillary look so small.

    March 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. southern pride

    obama raises more money than hillary obama out spends hillary in texas and ohio hillary wins texas and who really have the brains to be president ?????NOT OBAMA

    March 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. aliou salam

    What a bright mind. Obama 08. America unites its main stream america as well as his white supremacist and his black restorationists (What about the reparationists) for a better america

    March 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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