May 30th, 2008
09:08 AM ET
15 years ago

Priest apologizes for mocking Clinton while at Obama church

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Rev. Michael Pfleger, left, marches with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others last year in Barrington, Illinois."](CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said he was "deeply disappointed" by a sermon at his church this week that mocked Sen. Hillary Clinton.

A video making the rounds on YouTube shows the Rev. Michael Pfleger mocking Clinton for becoming teary-eyed before the New Hampshire primary in January.

In the video, Pfleger wipes his eyes with a handkerchief and suggests Clinton wept because she thought that as a white person and the wife of a former president, she was entitled to the presidency.

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  1. joann

    So these are all guys that Obama got close with – stayed in the church for 20 years and "hob nobs" with. That's what they say. He was also close with this latest nut – not as close as Wright but friends. Doesn't this tell you all something. He must share some of these views and we can't afford to put someone like this in our White House.

    May 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. chisom

    Good job Obama for quickly responding to that. It shows your credibility, and ponder doubts on some of these Priests, who swieve away from Christian issues they should be addressing in church and mocking other people, Didn't this Rev. Pfleger of a priest read in the bible, (Psalms 1)that " Blessed is the Man, who does not mock".

    May 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Marty

    Wake up folks. This is what is going to continue to happen with Obummer around.

    May 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Former Obama Supporter

    This priest meant what he said, and apologizing is just a political stunt so that this won't hurt Obama. An I'm sorry isn't going to cut it.
    Hillary '08/

    May 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Herb in Texas

    If the voters and super delegates have a brain that functions, Obama should be not only in deep trouble in his campaign, but impeached as a Senator. He is obviously connected to a lot of unsavory people.

    This also brings up the role the church plays in our politics. They want us to stay out of their business, they should stay out of politics. The Catholic church should lose it's tax exempt status.

    It is unfortunate for the American public that the only true Independents on CNN are Lou Dobbs and Jack Cafferty. Cafferty's book should be required reading for voters.

    May 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. White 64 male for Obama

    I'm glad the Preist came out and apologized to Hiliary for his far-fetched sermon. What I find interesting is that it seems the right-wing are trying to find anything to slow down Obama.
    Its almost to the point where they are so deseperate that it's sad.
    I don't think Obama should have apologize for every little thing someone says about Hiliary.

    Fox News has said far worst things about Obama and get away with it all the time. It's ashame.

    May 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. fred2 (because my name was taken by another)


    May 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Tired of This, Chicago, IL

    OK, and this should be the end of this. Obama DID NOT make these statements so people need to quit blaming him for EVERYTHING someone else says unlike in regards to Hillary, the controversial statements come from HER OWN MOUTH.

    May 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Hillary's Mockery Schmokery

    ...She can now play a victim once more...........These comments are no more outrageous than some of the comments Hillary and her crew have made about Barack Obama.........

    Hillary brings it on herself...

    Can't wait for June 4th... That will be a day of liberation.. liberation from Hillary...... the elitist.......

    May 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Cheryl

    WOW! I do not blame Obama for this so-call priest remarks, but I suggest that Mr. Obama find himself another congregation to worship with, the remarks were so inappropriate and the so-call ministers continue to use the pulpit as a place to divide our nation. What is wrong with these people. Go Obama, but drop Trinity United Church of Christ.

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Time to Move On

    He apologize, Obama rebuked it. He wasn't there; this is nothing like Wright. McCain dropped Hagee and the media took his word. It now has to work both ways; let's get back to the issues.

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Making fun of people is not exactly the way to get them to back you up. Unless you don't want or need their support.
    Senator Obama supporters, of which I'm strongly one, let's not add fuel to the fire.
    Yes, she teared up and in conjunction with what seemed like a gang up by Edwards and Obama, Senator Clinton won New Hampshire.
    So, while politics is a contact sport, let's not further alienate people who already have bruised feelings for feeling like their aonited one was somehow abused or done wrong.

    Clinton supporters, the facts are:
    more money, superior name recognition, more infrastructure to begin with, and more backing by the party (started off with a HUGE lead among Superdelegates) and she pulled and Al Gore. That is, she came from ahead to get far enough behind that it seems inevitable that she'll lose.

    My opinion, which we're all entiteld to have one (as long as it's reasonably logical) is this:
    Sen. Clinton's future political fate is tied to Obama whether anyone, include President Clitnon and Sen. Clinton, want to admit it or not.
    IF Senator McCain wins in Nov., he'll be able to dictate terms on a wide range of things also along with veto power.
    And while you may say we'll let him win and she'll get it in 2012, well I say not so fast my friend. MANY Dems will lok back at this election cycel and realize that (currently) more than 75% of the people in this country disapporve of President Bush and want a change. And at the same time, more than 60% view, and have viewed for some time now, like 8-10 months or longer, that this country is on the wrong track.
    So, with that background, someone is going to ask, how did McCain win when he was championing many of the same policies that Bush has with such poor ratings?
    They will look and see how Sen Clinton had virtually no chance to get the nomination, but continued to attack Sen Obama and also not help to unify the party. And for that,
    1) 2 – 3 SC judges appointed by McCain (say goodbye to woman's rights, specifically reproductive rights)
    2) continued war(s) in middle east (say hello to more soldiers coming home maimed or dead for uneccessary war(s)
    3) Economy still bad. I guess $4+/gallon gas wasn't enough for some of us, we should spending $5 or 6. Oh, and more jobs going overseas never to come back.

    Clinton supports, I'm simply saying that it ain't just the next 4 yrs. Choosing wrong in Nov between McCain and Obama will have consequences for the next 20-30 years. As one who gave the current admin every chance to be right, we need complete CHANGE.

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. vjh

    I have to really think that this church and it's so called spiritual leaders do not want Obama as President. That way, they can continue their rants how AA are surpressed and spew bigotry. Can't do that if a person with African decent holds the highest ranking position in this Country. Really makes me wonder. I don't think Obama or Michelle are poisoned by these so-called Ministers/Reverends/Priests, however, I do think that it is in the Obama's family best interest if they 'leave' this church and worship elsewhere.

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Alabama Republican

    Sometimes it seems as though it's the people who are supposed to be supporting Obama continue to do the most damage!

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. California

    California is gay country, we will marry you boys and boys, girls and girls, and then you can spend ypur honeymoon here, we need all the proffessionals who make 75,000 plus a year, to boost our economy!! gay marriage is the best economy fixer for California!! who need broke deadbeats. straight people are pathetic. they can even pay their morgage. come on gays and lesbians move to California!!!
    welcome to the hotel California

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. j

    If this guy was a stand up comedian or at some other church, this wouldn't even make the news. I actually thought it was funny and contained some accuracy as to how HRC might be viewing Obama's candidacy.

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Alex

    This is a disgrace! Obama wants to tie McCain to Bush, well some of us tie Obama to Wright, and this new pastor. The link is Obama's church, a church Obama defends and is a member of.

    Wake up people. Do you really want a unknow junior senator who has ties to all these hateful people.

    Hillary or McCain

    May 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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