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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  1. pat

    obama had to bust wright. if he didn,t wright was dragging him down. but i think its a little late obama you should have responded weeks ago. you only condem him no because your slipping in the polls, so your trying to save face. again how can you look an talk to the american people an say you din,t no. bs bs bs. this man is only a part of the chicago machine, look into the rezko trial. he,s involved wheres theres smoke theres fire it will come out i only hope its not late. i hear he might be indited in that trial.

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. raymond

    Please Wolf I like you very much but can you stop to talk about the Jeremiah affair we have enough allready, or you have nothing else to think about.. cmon Sir don't play the republicain card, please

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Tianna

    Obama will win in November and will be the greatest president this country has ever had.

    I have been going to the same church for years and I, like most Americans, barely know my pastor or what he says. Besides, Barack is too busy making moves to go to church every Sunday and document everything some pastor says.

    April 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Grant

    WOLF, the public does not care!!!! Move on and cover substantive stories, this is not The National Enquirer

    This issue is dead..

    I am a Republican by the way

    April 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. 08 for Obama

    Hey Wolf, don't you have better things to do? Why continuing with this story when you know it has absolutely nothing to do with Obama. You sound just like the rest of those journalists who instead of covering things that affect the average American, are preoccupied with something as useless as Mr. Wright's comments. Which in all truth puts you in the same wagon of ignorant and pathetic people. Are you one of them?

    April 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    NO & NO.

    IT'S NOT HIS FAULT FOR TRYING TO MAKE HIMSELF

    MORE IMPORTANT THAN HE HAS EVER BEEN.

    HE HAS A BOOK TO SELL. ITS THE FAULT OF THE

    HYPOCRITES WHO ARE USING HIS BELIEFS AS OBAMA'S.

    SEN.OBAMA CAN NO MORE BE AGEIST WHITES, THAN HIS

    RIGHT HAND CAN BE AGAINST HIS LEFT.

    HE IS BOTH BLACK & WHITE.

    THIS IS JUST SLEAZY POLITICS.

    April 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. CNN

    WHY ON EARTH IS CNN STILL TALKING ABOUT THE SAME RE. WRIGHT WHEN THERE ARE MANY INMPORTANT TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT LIKE : HOUSING MARKETS, JOBS, HEALTHCARE ETC....
    I USED TO LIKE CNN NOT ANY MORE.

    April 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Shannon

    I can't believe that this issue is still being discussed. I'm a single mother of one trying to make it from one day to the next. And to keep hearing about a man who's name won't even be on the ballot come November is ridculous. It's time to move on and cover the real issues that are facing Americans like the ecomony, gas prices, healthcare and the war.

    Enough of Rev. Wright.....PLEASE!!

    April 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Over Here in Chicago

    How come all this hulabaloo over Wright and no one is talking about Paul v. Clinton or Rev. Procanick?

    April 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Trev

    I think it would be interesting to know if Obama really had no idea about some of the things Wright was saying. That would be a good question for the media to ask him. I think that is what Wright is so upset about.

    April 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Reality Check

    Wright is toast. Only Clinton supporters want to keep it up. Only they want to still not trust Obama. The Obama camp has some pretty strong ammo against Mccain. Just wait and see. It will be a bombshell. Also, if Hillarious doesn't stop talking, she will be in her own scandel. I have found out she is gay and has a secrest lover. Wait until that gets out. A butch running for office.

    April 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. GiveMeABreak, Washington, DC

    Obama won't win thanks to the media!! The real question should be: Has the media been advised to stop calling Wright, stalking him, contacting him constantly, playing his speeches in an endless loop on the air 24/7???? The media is responsible for this, not Obama.

    Obama '08

    April 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Sissie in NC

    As I recall the news the other day, Wolf and I quote, "We would not be talking about this issue had Obama not decided to give a press conference, we would be reporting something else." and today you have a article on surprise surprise the Rev.......You and your co-workers are the biggest hipocrites in America.......why are you still dragging this nonsense on? If Wright speaks, you report, if Wright doesn't speak, you report. When are you going to let this thing go?

    April 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Anne - VA

    Blitzer....

    You and your colleages from the media/journalism field have continuously thrown gasoline into the fire over this Wright issue.

    You pick and you pick until nothing else is left...let it go. You use words to spark a negative response...it is you guys who keep this nonsense going.

    What are your motives????

    GO OBAMA!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. ok

    Wolf, I used to think you are good reporter, but I guess I was wrong. Why can't you let this go? Wolf you can do better than this. Shame on CNN.

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. bob

    OK. enough of the ditto heads and their blind repetition of each candidates talking points!

    No one is going to switch their vote based on what is said in here.

    1) Wright's a preacher. enough said. I trust preachers less than I trust politicians. Wright is irrelevant.

    2) Clinton supporters. Get a grip. Hillary can not win. If that isn't clear let me explain it this way CLINTON CAN NOT WIN!!!!!

    3) Clinton knows she isn't going to win. Here's your homework Clintonites:
    a: why did Clinton request a RECORD breaking 3.2 Billion in earmarks (YES THAT'S WITH A B) for New York next year? You really think she wants that record level of earmarks for her successor?
    (hint answer) that's her buy out amount for walking away. If she doesn't get it just watch her sabotage Obama for the election
    b) Why would Clinton want Obama to lose to McCain?
    (hint) she a ruthless bytch that would rather have 4 more years of Republicans so she can ride in on a White Horse to save the day in 2012.
    c) What's the psychological term for someone that causes a crisis and then rides in to save the day?
    (hint) look under the heading psychosis)

    Clinton has begged everyone to pay more attention to actions than to words. Even this attempt to belittle Obama failed. Just look at her actions. Obviously 60% of America isn't wrong when they say they dont trust her.

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. kl

    Wolf Blitzer- why just let this one rest
    Thank you

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Molly

    Obama is now Outraged after 20 years hearing the same comments – Obama USED the pastor to start his political career and now will divorce him to further his political career – the pastor was correct in telling us this fact!
    To the obama group – you cannot blame this on Hillary – obama did this all to himself so Back Off!

    Go Hillary YES YOU WILL!!

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. kl

    Wolf Blitzer- why just let this one rest

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Thank you Wolf/CNN

    Wolf/CNN,

    Thank you for the in-depth reporting on what Sen Obama said about what Rev Wright said about what Sen Obama said about what Rev Wright said several years ago. I keenly look forward to hearing what some people are saying that the Rev Wright should or should not say about what Sen Obama said about what Rev Wright said about what Sen Obama said about what Rev Wright said several years ago.

    I haven't seen analysis of this caliber since 7th grade. I much prefer this discussion to reporting about trivial so-called "news" items such as the economy, mortgage crisis, gas prices, jobs, etc.

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. ruby

    I doubt it, if he does not show up some of his supporters will. Bottom line, Rev. Wright, was totally wrong and out of line for making the remarks about, God D – – – America, AIDS, and that the chickens have come home to roost. And none of it was new to us or Obama.

    But America and the the press needs to realise that Obama's anger was with the Rev. stating that, “Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls,” Wright told the Press Club. “Preachers say what they say because they’re pastors. . . . I do what pastors do. [Obama] does what politicians do,” he was asking the Amertican people think, is Barack Obama telling them {American people} the truth about himself.

    What Wright was saying is that he knows, based on his long personal relationship with Obama, that Obama agrees with him but can’t say so publicly for political reasons.

    April 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Florida For Obama

    Wolf – He will shut up if you stop bringing it up! wow

    April 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. EMILIO- TORONTO

    Someone should advise you WOLF and CNN,to shut up about rev. Wright. Are we getting ready for another evening marathon about rev. Wright.? How about, Peter Paul, Hillary's pedophile pastor, robo calls in NC?

    April 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. CNN

    WHY ON EARTH IS CNN STILL TALKING ABOUT REV. WRIGHT?
    DON'T YOU HAVE ANYTHING MORE CONSTRUCTIVE TO COVER?
    MANY PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES, DON'T HAVE HEALTHCARE, LOST JOBS AND YET ALL YOU HAVE BEEN COVERING ALL DAY IS OBAMA AND HIS PASTOR WRIGHT.

    April 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. kl

    black community believe, it has very little to do with

    April 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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