March 26th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama pastor cancels scheduled appearances

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Video clips of some of Wright's sermons have caused an uproar."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, has canceled his plans to speak at church services in Houston, Texas, this weekend in the wake of the recent uproar over portions of his past sermons.

Video clips of those sermons caused a public stir this month after being widely circulated on the Internet.

The clips in question include several racially charged statements and accusations the U.S. government has adopted policies to systematically oppress African-Americans.

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. ken

    If Obama wants to win the general elction in Nov., he should go ahead with the revote in MI and FL. I believe that many Hillary supporters will go for McCain if Obama tries to impede the democratic process. It's about the economy and fairness, stupid!!

    March 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. C. Vandenberg

    . . . I don't blame him. The media is only going to spin everything that he says.

    Obama 08.

    March 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Mary Sue

    Rev. Wright is doing Obama and the universe a favor by canceling upcoming appearances. He is the argument against the right to free speech.

    March 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Sue

    Hillary's pastor has DEFENDED rev. Wright!

    Go read the letter he wrote defending him!!

    March 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Garrett

    This is stupid! If rev wrong can't stand the heat then what makes people think the man he mentores for 20 years can????????

    Hillary '08

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. John Smith

    Trust me, someplace somewhere ther is a tape that shows Obama nodding his head in the pews while the reverand spews this garbage. And the Republicans will release it 3 weeks before the
    election...END GAME!

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. james

    I find it odd that the pastor either has not been given the time or has seized an opportunity to at least rationalize his comments in anyway. Personally i think a calm, rational interview with Wright would help this to go away if it continues to linger any further

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. robert

    If news people like you and yours could look at the issues and not the muck then this dem. campaine would've been long over and the clinton would be hidding in a hole somewhere. Obama is the only canadate for this country and the rev didn't have anything to do with it the people are making there vote count. So get over it.

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. fred

    Obama is from a church, where he sat for 20 years and listened to this man spewed hate against OUR country and the white people. How can anyone with anyone with two eyes and common sense vote for this person??

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. McBride, SLC, UT

    You people are disgusting. You make me sick!!!!! No wonder people do not want to vote and be part of the political process. You and the media are not talking about the issues that are confronting this country. Blah Blah Blah and so this country goes. Yes, making people angry and your driving it into the ground. Yes, all of you idiots!

    March 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Well Walter, I would say that unless you have not attended Rev. Wrights services on a regular basis but are basing your comments solely on a few snippets of tape run by the media then I would say you have no earthly idea what Rev. Wright preaches, how well he preaches, and why Obama would or would not stay with the Church. Get a life.

    March 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. leslie

    I guess today CNN is falling for all the spin out there today, from the gender card on the other headline, fuzzy delegate counts and one poll about switching parties....this is all reckless spin by the Clinton losing and desperate campaign. Senator Obama has addressed this is to its outer limits. Why are you not still talking about Hillary's lies or running a angry and beaten campaign. I forgot thats not the spin for today put out the losing Clinton campaign. Senator Obama will be the nominee and go on to win in Nov.

    March 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. danny in califas

    I hope the next time Rev. Wright stands before a congregation and speaks... he apologizes for his duragatory remarks against our Nation! We, as U.S. ciitizens deserve an apology!

    March 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. alan

    Somebody should cancel him.

    March 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. The truth hurts

    Pam – I think you have ADD or can't comprehend english. You don't run America

    He said nothing racist and the only degrading comments were about black people in his speech. Show me

    March 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. kelly

    This reeks of a political stunt to seek empathy/votes! Security concerns? Obama cronies have tried this tactic already. This is RACIAL fear mongering at it worst.

    March 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. The truth hurts

    obamamama – if I'm not mistaken Bin Laden said he attacked us because of our foreign policy so that would make Rev. Wright what???? correct.

    March 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Demo

    As an African American I condemn Wright for his remarks and Obama for staying in this church. I would never allow my children to hear this hatered.

    March 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. melissa

    i want to see this thing on Mr wright, i havent seen anything.. where do i go?

    March 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. T.DeMari

    It was wise for Rev. Wright to cancel his scheduled appearance. However, the issue will keep coming up regarding Obama's poor judgement in not leaving the church long ago.

    March 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Bill Enuff

    Is there any way he can give me back my Obama vote.

    Buyers remorse is really nagging me.

    Rev Wright has more hate that Dick Cheney....maybe Obama really is his cousin.

    March 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Allen

    REV. Wright wil always be the one who will be remembered for bring down The Unstoppable OBama........With HATE Foaming out of his Mouth and OBama not Disowning him, this will hurt for a long, long time............

    March 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Tyra

    Thank you, Disgusting media. I agree totally. I only wish some of his congregants would defend him on cable news, not just on NPR. I don't think other than really enlightened people listen that often to NPR so they don't reach as broad a crowd.

    March 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Richard

    Wright you and Obama your follower are two peas in a pod.
    You are both liars.

    March 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. M. Mahaffey

    . . . Why has CNN stopped broadcasting Senator Obama's rallies?

    March 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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