April 30th, 2008
02:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Has Wright been advised to shut up? And will he?

 Blitzer: The silence from Wright since Obama's Tuesday remarks has been 'thunderous'

Blitzer: The silence from Wright since Obama's Tuesday remarks has been 'thunderous'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As I write this, there still has been no reaction from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Senator Barack Obama’s sharp condemnation of his former pastor’s comments at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday. This silence from Wright – so far – is significant. Some might even say this silence is thunderous.

Like dozens of reporters, I called Wright’s spokesperson to get his reaction. She told me he has so far not issued any written statement or made any public statement. I don’t know if that silence will remain in place. But for now, it’s good news for the Democratic presidential frontrunner. He and his supporters would love this whole story to simply go away.

I must say that when Obama blasted Wright Tuesday afternoon, I suspected that the pastor would respond quickly with a counter-blast of his own. Here was a man who is not shy. He had made a very deliberate decision to defend himself in a television interview last Friday night with Bill Moyers, in a major address at a NAACP meeting in Detroit Sunday night, and a question and answer news conference at the National Press Club on Monday. I didn’t think he would go into silence mode after hearing Obama’s very strong statement.

But now, more than 24 hours after Obama’s very blunt condemnation of Wright, we have still heard nothing from him. Have intermediaries advised him to shut up, especially in these critical days before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries? Or, has he decided on his own that enough is enough? Fair questions. I don’t have answers.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. TNeal

    The question is not can Obama close the door on Wright, that was done on yesterday. The question is can the media close the door on Wright? It appears that the media (CNN) would like nothing more than to keep the Wright story front and center, even to the degree that you'll hunt for a respond from Wright.

    Here is a suggestion, why don't tomorrow's head line read "Day Three and Obama's Ex-Pastor Still Does Not Respond" and CNN can come up with a story for day three and on and on until its November.
    "Day Four and Obama's Ex-Pastor Still Does Not Respond." It this tabloid media or what?

    April 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Casey from Canada

    Wolf, Only people who are slow that can not read through you. So, this is objective reporting? I can't wait to hear to say President Obama come Novemeber, just enjoy your few days while it last.

    April 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Debbie

    Wolf have you been advised to shut up about Wright? And will you and report on the election or our troops, or the devastation from the Hurricanes in Florida, or the FDLS, or McCain, or Hillary or even the Bush Administration. These things are news. You and the media keep Wright and his craziness alive.

    April 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. ladymary

    SANTE....Hillary is not good enough for us because she lies, is devisive and not trustworthy. If you think she's got your problems at heart you'd better think again...she is ONLY interested in being the first female president. If God can still love us, after we've thrown Him out of most of our institutions,...that will never happen.

    April 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Bill

    Obama! Is just a devil in disguise. He is a wolf in sheep's skin.

    April 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. frank

    Nice Wolf,

    I used to think that you could not be bought, so sad to treat your profession like a product up for the highest bid.

    April 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. JDC

    I find it very interesting that certain commenters (with quite "curious", descriptive names "white female", "jewish", etc. ) on the Obama-side feel a need to comment that this Wright story is so over-and -done and that the media is doing a disservice by pursuing it (its called "journalism" folks). If the story is so "over-and-done", why are YOU still reading the articles about it and spending the time to comment on it. Hmmmm .... seems to be these folks are nothing more that Obama-campaigner workers. Ooopps .... sorry to blow your covers!

    April 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Venus

    No – Rev. Wright is waiting for his check from the Clintons!

    If not, he will use this to black-mail Hillary!

    This game isn't over!

    My question is why did all the media-cover Rev. Wright on Monday? It takes a lot of money to cover some thing like that!

    Also – at least Obama take his stand regarding Rev. Wright and didn't lie about it like Hillary!

    Rev. Wright has probably ben blasted from other people!

    April 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. MC

    I don't think this has anything to do with Obama. I had a pastor as a child that was caught with kiddie porn. Does that mean I somehow advocate kiddie porn because he has extreme ideas?
    People should be judged by THEIR character.
    I am so tired of this issue as it's meaningless to many and it truly ditracts from this campaign and the issues important to America.
    ...not to mention – to link Wright's views to Obama is ludicrous – his mother was white and he was raised by his white grandparents. I'd say it's safe to say that Obama doesn't hold a prejudice against whites or maintains any belief that oppression still exists. He's running for president for goodness sakes! I think we've evolved beyond racism for the most part and giving attention to this only sets us back on the issue.

    April 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Sue

    I was wondering the same thing. I half expected to turn on CNN today to find out the good Rev. just couldn't keep his mouth shut.

    April 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Kebede

    Why don't you call him. Please stop misleading the voters!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Lee WV

    The average American gets fighting mad when they are called a liar.Obama is being acused of lying each day.Hillary was the one voted most likely to lie.

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |

    May the blessed soul of Rev . Wright rest in peace till January 2009

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. For-Candy Crowley

    Great job Candy- Andrea Mitchell and Chris Mathews could learn a lot from you. OH I almost forgot Wolf Blitzer and John King too

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Marcel

    We do not want to hear from Rev. again pastor or no pastor,he does not
    speak for us in the black community....

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Marty

    Wolf Blitzer doesn't have answers? This may be the most shocking revelation of the entire campaign. When it comes to Senator Clinton, her husband, her character, her fitness to serve, and the state of candidacy, you do still have ALL the answers, right?

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Mike

    Blitzer why is it important for him to respond?!?!??!!? This is not news. Report on actual news for crying out loud. I am a Mccain supporter but this whole Wright "controversy" is completely stupid. They are two different people and I have people in my own family who make stupid statements but I don't need to disown them. And to the people who state Wright is unpatriotic, please be quiet. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon of patriotism and yet has never done anything patriotic.

    April 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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