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April 29th, 2008
01:12 PM ET

How much has Rev.Wright hurt Obama's campaign?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It seems like Reverend Jeremiah Wright is going out of his way to make sure the United States does not elect its first African American president. Which is strange in light of all the complaints Rev. Wright has about the way white people have done things in this country.

Just as the controversy over Wright was dying down, he showed up at the National Press Club in Washington yesterday with a can of gasoline and got the fire going again.

Among other things he praised Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who also reportedly provided Wright's security. He accused the United States of terrorism, said the government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities, and defended the view that Zionism is racism.

And this is from someone who is supposed to be Obama's friend. Hillary Clinton should send him flowers. He may have done more damage to Obama's chances in an hour yesterday morning than she has been able to do in 15 months of campaigning.

And it leaves Barack Obama in a very awkward position. What's he supposed to do now? The first time around he rejected Wright's comments without throwing the man under the bus. He can't afford to be that generous this time.

Here’s my question to you: How much damage has Reverend Wright done to Barack Obama's chances of becoming President of the United States?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Warren from Virginia writes:
I voted for Obama in the Virginia primary. This morning, I asked to be removed from his e-mail list. Even if Obama gets the nomination, I believe that McCain will defeat him in the general election thanks to Rev. Wright. No matter what Obama says now, Wright created fear among whites about a black president. Wright has turned back the clock on race relations in this country.

Tom writes:
The only way this egomaniac harms Obama is if the national media continues to give him a pulpit to continue to speak his hatred. At the rate this is receiving media attention, I say it has a good chance. Let's end the guilt by association inuendos and focus on those issues that the average American is really concerned about (i.e. the war, the economy, jobs, and international relations).

Gene writes:
Jack. We have an excellent African American candidate…and an African American, Rev. Wright is going to keep Obama from becoming the first black president of the United States. This will, without question, be the downfall of Obama.

Paulette writes:
There are nasty people the world over. Rev. Wright does not deserve the title Reverend. I will still back Mr. Obama. We all make mistakes one time or another, but Wright is filled with hatred toward anyone whose skin is white. He is appalling to listen to.

Jason writes:
I think it's clear to everyone in the nation that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has done irreparable damage to Sen. Obama's campaign. One need only look at the latest national polls to see his standing diminishing. What was once the prospect of hope has become a specter of despair. It's ironic that Rev. Wright has done more damage to Sen. Obama's chances at the presidency than his Republican and Democratic counterparts could've ever done combined.

Allen writes:
If you were to look up the word "Judas" in the dictionary, you would find a picture of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright!


Filed under: Barack Obama • Rev. Jeremiah Wright
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Karri, Minnesota

    Rev. Wright just needs to go away and I'm still voting for Obama to win. I don't care what Hillary says or how many times she's got bring up how "he wouldn't be my pastor". I'm so sick and tired of hearing about this windbag's ranting and raving. As far as I'm concerned, Rev. Wright is a disgrace. He just wants he 7 minutes of fame and if the people are smart about it they'll just let Rev. Wrights comments go in one ear and out the other. Last time I check Rev. Wright isn't running for the presidential nomination of the democratic party. Stick with the issues of this country and not some ridiculous twit who only cares about himself like the Reverend.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Marilyn

    That's entirely up to the media. In the past few days, I've seen more video of Rev. Wright than I've seen of Senators Obama and Clinton combined. It's as if there were some kind of conspiracy to nullify Obama's candidacy.

    Meanwhile, the tabloid journalism continues, the spectacle continues, and the American public stays blissfully unaware of the issues.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Vicki in Pensacola, Florida

    I think it hurts him now more than the General Election. The good thing about all the Democratic primary set backs for Obama, is that they take the steam out of the GOP attacks when they come. I'm not saying he didn't lose voters, but the silver lining in all of this is that this man looks like an arrogant ass who can not be controlled. Not by Obama, Not by the Media, Not by himself.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Trisha, Grand Rapids, MI

    FATALLY!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  5. Carolyn Brayton

    I think Obama's lustre was beginning to tarnish and the egomaniac Wright is completeing the job. He's finished.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  6. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    Jack: A person, who always says that bad things are going to happen, is sometimes called a Jeremiah. This Jeremiah (Wright) is a self-fulfilling prophet, who is making the bad things happen to justify his own anger and his own inability to reconcile past wrongs and move forward. So can Obama now throw off this Jeremiaic millstone and return to a message of hope and unity? I hope so. But it's not up
    to Obama. If he can't, he should ask his delegates to vote for John Edwards. We don't want Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Lance

    I was at the Detroit Branch NAACP Dinner and I must say from the response of the "mixed" crowd ie. Race. This has not hurt Obama in the least bit.

    Although I support Obama, I believe that most Americans really wish the mud-slinging would cease and Rev. Wright thing would go away. Lets get back to the real issues.....Jobs, Food, and Healthcare.

    Lance
    Detroit

    April 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Patricia

    The more we see of him, the more we see that he is not Obama, that he doesn't speak for Obama and that he is actually not concerned that he is hurting Obama.

    He's doing a little damage now, but by next week we'll be sick of him again and Obama will be fine.

    Boise

    April 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Many white Americans will find it difficult that he was able to sit before such a controversial and ethnocentric pastor for 20 years without seeing something wrong in the Reverend's message.

    This will be clear proof –that Obama agrees with the message he's been receiving from the Reverend. Because if he didn't believe in the message–he surely wouldn't have stayed–and he surely wouldn't have let this man provide christian education to his children and baptize them. He must agree with the message.

    And to white Americans the message sent by Rev. Wright is not good. Despite what he may believe.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  10. George, West Palm Beach

    Jack, no one is interested in still talking about Rev. Wright except for
    Hillary supporters and people who aren't going to vote for Senator Obama
    anyhow, but need an excuse to distract from the fact that Hillary has lost
    the delegate count, popular vote, and number of states won. If Hillary
    were to be judged on guilt by association, she would not even be eligible to run for president. She would be permanently damaged by her own husband Bill the lover, Howard Wolfson , Mark Penn, . . . . Jack, I could
    go on forever, but you need the extra space for your other bloggers.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Don Leggat

    Phoenix, AZ
    I don't think that anything the Rev said should have any impact at all, but it seems clear that many people pay attention to this stuff. I guess I'd bet that it did some damage, but only time will tell how much. If Clinton actually winds uip with the nomination, in hindsight we'll be able to say that a) thid rev wright thing was bigger than we expected or b) the Clintons have broken the rules again and stolen something that in all respects shouldn't have belonged to them. This will become known as "Obama Gate" to go along with the White water thing.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  12. Shirley Vancouver BC

    None, As Obama said he does not speak for him, & those who will make a big deal from Rev. Wrights speeches better think twice before they vote for Hillary as they cannot believe a word that she says, nor Bill he lies to protect her (sniper fire in Bosnia, Mom & baby died without insurance) late night speech Ya!!! It was said several times during the day after a good nights sleep. The Clintons think they are owed the nomination, not so.
    Go Obama!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  13. Patti-Chincoteague, VA.

    Wright has hurt Obama....but not nearly enough for me to remotely consider supporting Hillary, with her daily line of lies. We deserve someone much better than her, and someone that provides a chance at unity. She provide no integrity, more lies, dishonesty, deceit, and zero chance at uniting the country. NC will seal the dal for Obama.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  14. Phil - Aubrey, TX

    I would say MUCH less in comparison than what our current President has done to our country and he served two terms!!! Obama can & will recover from this and win in June & November.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  15. T.L.Reed (Indianapolis, In)

    I believed the Rev. Wright controversary, although the majority of what he is saying is true, has put a sort of sting to the Obama campaign. But, Sen. Obama is a very intelligent man, he has overcome adversity here in the past and I believe that he will handle this matter with transparency, and diginity. I believe the American people want to here about how the Senator will handle the issues that the American people are facing. It's unfortunate that if you look at how fragile our military, and how damaging our economy is that all people can focus on is Rev. Wright. Not to mention these EXTREMELY HIGH GAS PRICES. Lets challenge ourselves to stick to the issues.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  16. Stephany

    Rev. Wright hasn't hurt Obama to me. It's not like Obama was saying the things Rev. Wright was saying. But I have to say Rev. Wright is a funny preacher. He seems to be comedian from time to time yet very well educated. However, from some reason I wanted to hear what he had to say when did speak. He's not crazy, he's different. He picture me in the mind of Red Foxx on Sanford and Son. I hope no one is judging Obama according to what Rev. Wright say and do. They are two different individuals. One is too bold the other one is meek. It's like a wolf and a lamb comparison.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  17. Larry from Huntsville, TX

    After listening to Rev. Wright I must say that I have the upmost respect for him. He is extremely intelligent. I must say however that Barack should not be held accountable for what Rev. Wright saids. This is a free country, and last time I checked the constitution we do have freedom of speech. I am a supporter of Obama, has been and will continue to be. I just wish the media will allow Barack to address issues affecting this country, because it is in a terrible state. Last time I checked Rev. Wright is not running for any public office.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Ulysse from Canada

    Frankly, I don't think it did too much damage for the true Obama fans. However, I believe where it hurts with the volatile vote that awarded some states to Hillary, sometimes narrowly and sometimes significantly.

    I describe the volatile vote has being people who change their mind several times depending on what is the topic discussed on the headlines. Those votes will go either way because people who do not make up their minds are simply not enough into politics to make the necessary digging to get to know the candidates by themselves. Therefore, they just go with the flow of the moment. However, the negativity affecting those votes is only temporary and they will still vote for Obama in november when he gets the nomination.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  19. Deanna

    Wright hasn't done anything to Obama. Wright is his own person. If only the media will stop saying "Obama's former pastor, Rev. Wright.." and just say "Rev. Wright..". Former means in the past.

    Has anyone seen Gov. Rendell's praises of Farrakhan on stage with Farrakhan on YouTube?

    April 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  20. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    It's sad that our political process has eroded to the point where it does hurt him so much. I think he has a chance still, but it's way less than the fervor he inspired a few months ago.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  21. Mickey Lancaster NY

    Reverend Wright has done irreparable damage to Senator Obama. It's clear now, in light of his (Wright's) latest grandstanding, that he has no concern for Obama's Presidential aspirations only self-aggrandizement. Senator Obama now has to make a definitive statement totally denouncing Reverend Wright. If he fails to do this, he can "hang it up."

    April 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  22. Mark - Asheville, NC

    The damage is total. There is nothing Obama can do now to prevent the republicans from using sound bites of Wright in their attack ads. It does NOT matter whether the ads are true or not, they will work on enough voters to deny Obama Blue states he must have to beat McCain, PA and OH in particular, and Wright is not his only baggage.

    This is far worse than the "Willie Horton" problem which dragged Dukakis down; this is already being used to attack any Dem who has endorsed Obama. And it's only April – who knows what will come out next? He is a fatally flawed candidate and should drop out now.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  23. Eliz

    Earlier, I thought Wright have hurt Obama with working class whites. However, lately I came to the conclusion that the more Rev. Wright shows himself the egotistical idiot he is, the more his political harm to Obama becomes null and void. Mainstream media have given the mike to a man who claims to be a Pastor, but lacks both the personal integrity and the common sense expected from those serving God. He's entertaining and a rating boost for for the media, but little affect on most Americans.

    Wright claims to be a man of God, yet its Obama who has shown the dignity, loyalty and forgiving spirit towards this man.

    NY, NY

    April 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  24. Mark Lewakowski

    Rev . Wright hurts himself. I listened to some of what he said in Detroit. After a while I stopped and moved on to something else.

    I think people are getting the impression he's a blathering blowhard. Obama should probably just let Wright keep talking. Eventually Wright will realize that no one cares to listen anymore.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  25. Muriel, Indiana

    Jack, . . . If Rev. Wright has damaged Senator Obama, then he has
    also damaged the Clintons. It is Bill Clinton himself who invited him
    to the White House during his impeachment scandal. There is a picture of them shaking hands There is also clips of the Clintons visiting Rev. Wright's church. If Rev. Wright is good enough for the Bill and Hillary, then he's good enough for Senator Obama. Jack, do you have those pictures?

    April 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  26. lizbeth

    I was surfing around wikipedia and on Malcolm X's entry found that he said, when Kennedy had been shot and killed, "Chickens come home to roost." Supposedly (I don't remember this really) the statement made a huge media splash at the time. I suppose Wright is quite aware of this history of the phrase when using it regarding 9/11. Black liberation rhetoric is very much out of date now, very much what Obama cannot afford, and however many Malcolm X streets there are, these are not for the firebrand of 1963.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  27. Barry, Miami, FL

    Why is this still an issue? Rev Hagee calls Catholicism "the great whore" and endorses McCain and that flies under the radar. Rev Wright opens his mouth and the press goes nuts. Obama stated his position. He disassociated himself. Asked. Answered. Move on. Stop beating this thing to death.

    P.S. It's the economy, stupid!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  28. Anne/Seattle

    Hillary brings her own negativity to her campaign and Reverend Wright brings it to Barack's. I believe Barack could greatly neutralize Wright's commentary by naming the issues he wants to address in a strong manner that demands the media's to start talking about them instead of the negativity. I see Reverend Wright as someone who demands US racist issues be addressed but unfortunately in a manner that drives whites away. He is part of the campaign like it or not because these are issues that need to be addressed. However it is a shame that he has chosen to take the media's bait creating such a distraction from the first viable black candidate's campaign.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  29. Ethel-19

    If People use their heads and think for themselves, they should realize that Rev. Wright does not speak for Obama, and Obama has distanced himself from this Pastor. The Pastor has the right to Free Speech, but Obama's credentials and his very person is so superior to Hillary Clinton, that intelligent voters will not be swayed. Hillary is duplicitous and will stoop to anything to sway voters. She does not speak the truth, she does not care about the United States, but only winning at any and all costs. She cannot be trusted.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  30. Marilyn / Tennessee

    The only damage he has done has been allowed to happen by the way Obama handled the whole situation. Obama may not like "politics as usual" but he should realize that you can't change anything by ignoring it. He should have been on top of it from the beginning and not held off until he had the perfect speech written. From the gut has always impressed me a lot more than speech writers.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  31. Connie

    Jack, We have freedom of speech in this country, our service men and women have fought and died for that right.Pastor Wright has a right to defend his self and the media has picked on him. I watched his speech on CNN and I believe it was very good and very interesting . If he came to my church I would stay in my pew. The voters need to see that he and Senator Obama are not on the same ticket . Pastor Wright is from yesterday and Obama is tomorrow . Now on Wolf's blog there is a question about Obama shooting baskets , but not hitting it. I think the cameras should follow him to the bathroom to see if he can hit the John. Jack, when is enough, enough come on. Hillary said we can pick our pastor , but not our relatives . I am here to tell her when my old man strayed , I picked my relative. He is my ex. Old white woman from Logansport ,Indiana who will always support Obama.

    Connie

    April 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  32. Sam

    While I do believe his comments have caused Barack Obama to have to reframe his campaign, I do not believe that it has hurt his campaign. If anything, it has made it apparent that Barack Obama is not simply being judged on the content of his character, but on the color of his skin and the church he attended. If all you see is a black man, when you look at and listen to this dynamic, visionary leader that Barack Obama is, then it is evident that the country has not moved totally past the issues of race that dominated the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  33. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Rev. Wright is a nut, and he has hurt Obama. Obama should have thrown him under the bus in the very beginning, because Wright
    is sure throwing him under.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  34. MW Georgia

    Jack no one is talking about all the skeletons in Hillary,s closet. So as far as I am concerned the answer is no. All this attention is just another ploy by the media to sabatoge his campaine. If the media was not their to here and record these last two speeches the Mr Wight made it would not have been made into a smear campaine. MW in Ga.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  35. Ken

    I think that Rev. Wright has went so far over the top, It shows only propaganda initiatives to try to link someone; anyone like Barack to a Wright, any linkage beyond Barack being a member is just a political punch, that will only expose intentions

    April 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  36. Kathy/ GA

    As an African American I have tried to defend Rev. Wright. However, I have come to believe he is a narcissist who is fundamentally jealous of Obama. Instead of seeing himself as someone who helped to capitulate Obama into a historic moment he has chosen to try and bring Obama down. When I found out that one of Hillary Clinton's supporters helped to organize the event, it became perfectly clear who Rev. Wright is about. Renounce and reject him Barack.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  37. Phe in GA

    From some of the news media of late, the public has been made aware that Polygamist have been raping young girls, and heaven only knows what else is going on in this TX compound, yet, the only thing that we hear is “Rev. J.A. Wright”, what are we thinking????? One man does not, a world make.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  38. Erin in Kalamazoo

    Jack, Wright should have stopped after the Bill Moyers interview where he came off as a highly intelligent, thoughtful and tragically misunderstood man.

    The Obama campaign missed their opportunity to quell this when the You Tube fiasco first broke. They should have had a sedate and reasonable side-by-side (Obama&Wright) interview with Moyers to show the world the less-scary side of Wright and then arranged for Wright's long vacation on a remote desert isle until December!

    Now? As you say, "It's just getting ugly out there!"

    April 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  39. allen

    i don't think it matters what anyone says. this is a race and gender race. people backing obama who don't want a woman and people backing hillary who don't want a black man. those are our swing votes. the result is another republican president.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  40. Jim-Huntington Beach, CA

    None. The news media has done that for him. Way to go guys, real hard hitting news. Rev. Wright was old news 3 weeks ago. Why do you people insist on giving him all this attention? WHY, why, & why?
    Is there any real journalism going on anymore, or are you guys reading scripts? I'm pissed off, big time!!! Get it together media.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  41. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Jack, it is the "guilt by association" scenario and the press is running with it. On CNN last night most all of the political coverage focused on Rev. Wright, on and on and on. Looks to me like the press is favoring Hillary–they sure don't give her that kind of negative coverage. We should remember that Barack Obama is the candidate, not Reverend Wright. In the long run America will see the promise and hope that Obama offers, like that of Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s, and who has the skills to bring us about of this dreadful recession and war.

    I also think McCain doesn't have any credibility to bring up the Wright issue since he has on his side that right-wing preacher who hates the Catholic Church of which I am a member. I don't see how any good Catholic could vote for John McCain.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  42. Judie

    Jack,
    I don't know if he is helping or hurting Barack Obama time will tell. We are not allowed to say "One nation under God" any more, we are not allowed to pray in our schools any more, so why are we allowed to bring God or Church into politics? Should all 1.2 million of the members of The United Church of Christ be condemned and held up to ridicule because they are associated with this denomination because of one man? Does this mean that all polititions that belong to a religion should have to answer publically on television about everything their pastors say or believe? Who are any of us to judge another human being because of their religous beliefs? That is God's job not ours.

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    April 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  43. Uche, Brooklyn, NY

    Its hurting Obama's chances big time. Oh! I'm pretty sure he wishes he had denounced Rev. Wright earlier and not only his remarks.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  44. Roger

    Jack,

    Last time I checked, Obama was running for president, not Rev. Wright. I think we need to stay focused on that and simply ask Mr. Obama if there are any parallels between Obama's plans for America (Foreign or Domestic) and Rev. Wright's incessant monologue.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  45. Doug From Toronto

    Reverend Wright has indeed been a liability to Obama's campaign. The old saying says tell me who you hang with and I'll tell you who you are. Maybe Mr. Obama will attempt to distance himself from Jeremiah Wright now, but that will best be interpreted as political panic at this point in his campaign. Bill Richardson likes to say he endorsed Obama for his good judgement. If exposing his young family to Reverend Wright for a number of years is showing good judgement, then the American people had best beware of where they are going with the Democratic nomination.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  46. Bob in Pittsburgh PA

    History is unlikely to make more than a footnote of the Rev. Wright sideshow. What history IS likely to highlight is the unbelievable gullibility of the media, and the return to sensationalist "yellow journalism," at a time when our country needs to focus on the core issues.

    I continue to admire Sen. Obama's campaign style and focus on the issues, and absolutely abhor Sen. Clinton's mud-wrestling, dishonest, old-style politics, approach.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  47. allen

    T. L.;
    high gas prices isn't a government matter. we're asking the gas companies to clean up the air and that costs us. i expect gas prices to settle around $5.00 for a while; then go up. the mentality behind this is people will drive less; causing less pollution. the gas companies also have to pay for research for cleaner fuels.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  48. Jamaal Kansas

    When the 30 second sound bites came out people was like wait a minute but know it like this is not who Barack Obama is and a lot of people see that. Rev Wright is a free man and has the right to speak his mind whenever he feels like but the thing is we need to understand this man is not running for the President Barack is and the thing is if it was not Wright it would have been something else so it really doesn't matter in my eyes our my Community I fell him speaking out now is the best becaue the media is trying to pertray him as someone he is not is everyone would have listen to him when he was speaking at the NAACP you would see that he is a very smart man and has served his Country well and this man is a gifted preacher doing gods work when this is all over he will still be doing gods work the thing is if we be fooled into believing this man speaks for Barack Obama I think we would lose one of the greatest chances we have in this Country to actually make a change and get out of the gutter politic like we have been use to. Jack

    April 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  49. patricia harding

    Rev. Wright is doing the damage to Obama, purposely. He is angry that he was dissed. He is an egocentric man looking for self-aggrandizement.
    Obama does not have the intestinal fortitude to fray the damage.
    He is being tested and he has failed.

    To that gal from VA, how do you know all the nasties that you say about Hillary?

    She has been tested and won.
    Pat, from Secret Cove, B.C.
    Canada

    April 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  50. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    I have tried to determine what motive the good reverend has for destroying Obama's candidacy. I've spoken with co-workers and the consensus is that Obama turned his back on the reverend. Now the reverend, who is a mite peeved, is getting his pound of flesh. Barack, I recommend you gain weight. This could get very ugly for you.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  51. Diane/Allentown, PA

    I believe Rev. Wright is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. And yes, we're all getting tired of it. I was born and raised Catholic and let me tell you some of the sermons I've heard over the years would make your head ache. The media needs to let this go.

    Here's a novel idea, stop following him around with cameras – I think he'd go away at that point, don't you think??? He's explained his all of the talking points from the video(s), now walk away. There's nothing else to say at this point.

    We're losing sight of the issues guys. Get a grip.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  52. ken-tx

    Wright is a proven jealous, self serving chatterhead now.
    He's a split tounged perfect weapon for Bush/Chenny/Rove/
    McCain/Clinton. Karl Rove, war criminal on the loose, is opperating
    as usual for a desperate Republican Party now unafraid to
    commit any crime to hold a power of total dictatorship. Anyone
    in America thinking different, deserves what one more
    republican president will spew on them. The dancer, WRIGHT,
    posing as a pastor could hurt any of them for $2.00. Karl probably
    paid $5.00 and bought the TV time with Clinton Money. You are
    one NIEVE bunch of dumb butts if you are buying Wright cheap chatter
    and judging a good man, Obama, from that.. Clinton is a LIAR !

    April 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  53. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    The media has blown this issue with Rev.Wright totally out of control. If your an Obama supporter this means nothing. The fact that the news media supports giving the Rev. air time gives Hillary more ammunition for the double barrel shotgun her grandfather taught her to shoot with.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  54. Ben David

    Well it seems obama did exactly what the supporting media wanted him to do. All day Monday the media was telling obama to give a speech and how to deliever it. Show anger and be upset with what wright said. Answer the questions about Wright, but be forceful and show some emotion. Then we will have your back and report how great you came across. Well, it seems obama listened to you and now lets see how you all report the greatness of obama.
    This shows again how the media is trying to once again select our next president. But this time that dog won't hunt as the people have caught on to the games the supporting media plays.
    I do thank you
    Ben David

    April 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  55. dieter

    Rev. Wright has done nothing to hurt Senator Obama's chances, but the hysterical media, particularly CNN, its anchors, and all its so-called 'political analysts' continue to make this a "tabloid issue" -wanting us to believe it merits headline status.

    Please nail the coffin shut on this one, Jack.
    The world is once again shaking its head at the lack of respect in public life – at a time when America purports to be the conscience and defender of all values good???

    Dieter
    Toronto

    April 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  56. James Gaston

    I just happen to notice that everyone thinks Rev. Wright coments hold no substence or truth,but all the news anchors are willing to believe the part about Obama pandering. That tells me alot about what hes up against.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  57. Jamaal Kansas

    Jack let be Honest hear the people that play into this hype of Rev Wright would not vote for Barack Obama anyway so let get that straight this is only a issue because the media has been talking about it people that have to worry about hight a** gas prices don't care is his pastor said something unless he said he knows how to bring down gas prices so Jack this is just a wedge issue to fool the American public once agian this time we are not going to have it talk about the issues Jack that is all we care about

    April 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  58. Carol c.

    It has been a distraction because the media jumped on it so much!
    Rev Wright is a very self-centered man and had he stopped with the Bill Moyers interview I could have believed him. But his arrogance and willingness to stop this country from having the first African-American president was so evident. SHAME ON HIM!

    But here is the question. I go to church every Sunday and don't always agree with what I hear from the pastor–usually do but not always. That is freedom of religion. Why does the media with all their investigative ways search out who dug up that sermon from 7 years ago and pull out the snippets! That took a lot of investigation and I will never believe anything else than the Clinton machine did it. Let's see who did it!

    April 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  59. Cynthia

    It has become increasingly evident that the American public does not desire to be treated honestly, fairly or like adults. Rather than understanding Obama's view on racial tension in the US through the near historic speech he gave weeks ago, we'd rather hear the media tear him to shreds in a press conference for views that don't even belong to him, and continue to attribute him with the words coming out of Rev. Wright's mouth. Wait to go children of America.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  60. alexa, Lovettsville, Va

    Even today, Obama is still claiming that he has never seen this side of Wright, that this is not the Wright he knew. Does anyone really believe Obama didn't know about this side of Wright after 20 years? This shows such poor judgement on the part of Obama. Having said that I actually feel sorry for Obama that a friend and mentor of 20 years would so blatantly try to hurt him.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  61. Mike

    I am a 50+ white male, former republican, and I do not agree with Rev White 100%, nor do I agree with my own minister 100%, but I am impressed by his passion. Given his reputation and following, discounting him and the issues he raises, discounting him is a mistake. Let the discussions begin. That can only help Obama with those who truly feel changes are needed.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  62. lou from Iowa

    I went to a rally on my way through Indy the other day and not one person asked about Wright. They asked about health care and gas prices. Lots of other questions pertaining to what is important in their lives. But nothing about Wright. Given that Obama has not taken a nose dive in the polls, I think the only people who seem to still care about this issue is the media.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  63. Chris

    Let's be realistic here, from what I've heard from Wright, he had succint answers to tough quetions. The fact that white America may still be in denial of the oppresion that continues to this day, and unless you step into the shoes of an African American, you can't possibly understand the plight they face. I live in Louisville KY, and the blacks are confined to the West side of the city, where there are no jobs and little hope for a future, When you step into a black church you here the frustrations and along with that you here messages that are tailored to instill hope. There are few hopes and role models they can present, but when there is someone within the community that can be singled out as an inspiration to the many suffering people in these neighborhoods It happens, without a doubt, that these people be brought to the forefront as an example. Do all African Americans support Farakan's veiws..no, but we as a nation must learn to understand the reasons behind the messages that receive airtime on network news in order to understand the true pain that lies behind what you here in soundbites and out of context quotes.The only damage that is being done to the Obama campaign is the uneducated scare tactics that you hear on network news.

    Chris
    Louisville, KY

    April 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  64. Justin

    More than it should. The media can't resist a good controversy, and if they have to coax it along, well, that's part of the fun. We've talked about this, thought about this, and it's turned into mere entertainment for most people at this point. What is entertaining to me is to hear cable news speculate on whether or not his recent speech will be a big deal, when they know full well it will become one if they will it. Rev. Wright should have gotten the 15 minutes of fame that he wanted, and no more.

    Justin, Fairmont MN

    April 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  65. Jason

    Dear Jack,
    As an independent voter, I try to learn and know the candidates as best as possible in order to make the best possible decision. Nothing could have made my choice easier than to have listened to this debacle play out over the past 72 hours. The clearest line in rev wrights speech yesterday was his characterization of Obama as a typical "politician". Obama's entire campaign was and is centered on the idea that he is not a typical politician. An admittance of that fact by someone as close to Obama as Rev Wright speaks volumes to any voter who has thus far bought into Obama's uniqueness as political candidate.
    I believe Rev Wrights speeches have, at least for me, done a great service.... They have shown me that Obama is no different than any other politician seeking public office. If that is the case, I much rather elect a candidate who at least has some substance and experience. Can you spell McCain?
    Jason
    New York, New York

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  66. Scott

    I think Rev. Wright is now another opponent of Barack Obama is this campaign. Barack's press conference today showed Barack was visibly sad and hurt that he had to denounce his Pastor's recent comments and behavior.
    This also questions Barack's credibility. Barack has ran his campaign based on having good judgement and this shows us that after knowing his Pastor for 20 years that he didn't have the right judgement concerning Rev. Wright. Jack, if his judgement can be blinded by who Rev. Wright is... then what else would he be blinded by during his Presidency?

    Scott
    Delaware

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  67. Larry, Providence, RI

    Why doesn't the press just stop covering the Reverend? Last night on the National News, mind you, I heard about Miley Cyrus' photos, the Reverend Wright's rantings and the continuing nasty battle for the Democratic Presidential nomination, BUT...NOT ONE WORD about the 4 Americans who were killed in Iraq, yesterday. In fact, I didn't hear the word Iraq mentioned once. What is wrong here? Doesn't anyone remember or even care that we're still in an absurd war losing people every day? Today's news reporting priorities are all screwed up!

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  68. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario

    Jack,

    Maybe it is wishful thinking from someone who would love to see the US elect their first african-American President, but this is a tempest in a teapot. The reality is these are not the views of Barack Obama. Has he heard them in the pews at the church? Yes, he might well have, however, it's not like he would be able to stand up in mid-sermon to object. As for leaving the church altogether, that isn't too likely either as many of the views Wright expresses make sense with reference to the black experience in America. Imagine, someone having the nerve to suggest that political power in America has been dominated by rich white guys? Objecting to that statement would be silly if you have ever seen the official portraits collection.

    Obama doesn't get to put words in Wright's mouth and if he points that out most people should figure out the rest on their own.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  69. theresa from new jersey

    Jack you are the greatest anchor who doesn't allow the producers or the "crowd" dictate to you.....yesterday anderson said obama is having a rally right now "we're going to monitor it to see if he says anything about rev. wright"...i was disturb because he didn't say we'll see what he says about the issues...this is what has taken over our news and it has go to stop....
    Those who are looking for a reason to not vote for him will use Rev. Wright as an escape goat. Obama has ran a great campaign and people can't stand the fact that he's winning on all levels inspite the controversies. That shows great leadership. The only 3am phone rcvd will go straight to voicemail stating "thank you" because Obama would have solved the crisis 3pm yesterday.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  70. Joe Black

    Dang. There goes the chance for Obama to be Vice President. Darn it, now Hillary will have to find a new VP. Oh well, they come and go. The bigger they come the harder they fall........ Maybe I need to change my hopes.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  71. Lyra Talarico

    Now that Obama has come out and talked with the Press about Rev. Wright I think this story should be done. I give Obama even more respect than I did before. He came before us and told us who he is and what he he believes in. This is the type of man that I can look up to and trust as President. This is a man that will tell you like it is. This is the man we need to lead America into a better direction. Hillary can't do it because we can't trust her she tells us anything and it's not always true.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  72. Sally in Austin, TX

    It is hard to believe, after listening to Wright preach for 20 years, that the controversial sermons were only preached when Mr. Obama was absent. You do not spend 20 years listening to a preacher, and not know what his beliefs are. I feel certain Mr. obama does not agree with all that Wright preaches, but the sinister feeling I get from the man(Wright), in just what I have seen, makes me shudder. I think his association with Wright will hurt his campaign. It tells me a lot about Mr. Obama, knowing what he listens to on Sunday mornings.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  73. Harry

    We will be seeing Rev. Wright Videos until the November Elections.
    People that weren't going to vote for Obama, now have an excuse, other than race.

    There will be a small minority that will be swayed by the videos and as the case in any election, enough small minorities make a majority.

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  74. Deborah from a disenfranchised person in Florida

    It probably will not hurt him much with the North Carolina voters but poor Rev. Wright, Obama not only threw his UNCLE under the bus, but under the car, train and the plane after his latest new conference

    April 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  75. Ken - Denver

    Rhetoric aside? Yes I think it's obvious that it's hurt his campaign some however not necessarily fatally. If he can firmly distance himself from Wright's views it need not be something he has to carry forward to the general election.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  76. Alex

    I belief those who truly belief this country needs a new direction needs to look beyond Rev. Wright and look at the person whose background speaks of a truly United State of America.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  77. Frank Canada

    If the majority of people reject Obama's candidacy because of someone else's faults or beliefs then they surely deserve what they get. Let's face it if you are in the middle of a Bush and don't choose to get out then you should also be content to stay there.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  78. Bob from Richmond VA

    In the end ananysis, I think that it was best that this came out early. What I really like about Obama is that he doesn't throw the people in his life under the bus, even when they might deserve it. This shows a great deal of character. Dr. Wright has now shown that he cares more about himself than his church, his congregation or his country. And Obama has now shown that he cares more about his country, his family and his supporters by cutting ties with his former pastor.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  79. Flo Beville

    On James Wright: It's the Media that totally does not get it. Turn the cameras off, quit giving this guy the press, and he'll go away.
    Focus on the issues, and the needs of the American Public.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  80. Garth Peckham

    I'm a 42 year old white blue collar worker who has supported Obama
    from day one and will continue to do so to the end. I watched some of the news conf. of Rev. Wright this man made a FOOL of himself.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  81. Rita Tasse

    This man must be paid by the opposition in order to ruin this for Obama. Do hope that this will be overlooked with the primaries coming. People are more intelligent then letting this pastor ruin it for Obama.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  82. pia

    jack,

    If you and the rest of the media folks had done your job Rev Wright would have been introduced as part Obamas "family" early in the race for the white house – Obama would be out of he picture now – We the people who can not afford the price of gas, health care, rent and food, we all know he can not be elected in the general election. Mc Caine and the republican machine has not even started theeir attacks. Jack it is a sorry day when your paycheck is more important than doing your job.

    Pia from NJ

    April 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  83. James Beck, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Remember Billy Carter? Hell, remember Billy Sol Estes? Electing somebody president also makes persons that have relationships with the president newsworthy? Such is the case with Rev. Wright. All of a sudden, due to Mr. Obama's presidential prospects, he's big news. Do we want to be treated to monthly or so tirades from Rev. Wright for the next 4+ years? He's certainly proven he's not going to go away of his own accord. So that's one thing that voters have to be thinking right now. If you want to ensure that Rev. Wright has a 4-year lease on our national soapbox, then vote for Mr. Obama. If you don't, then don't. With respect to Rev. Wright, it's not any more complicated than that.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  84. Rose Wilson

    Jack,

    I'm a black woman about the same age as Rev. Wright, and as I see it the Rev. is trying to hurt and damage Senator Obama. It's a low down "Dirty" shame. The blacks will still vote for Obama because we know the Rev. is trying to score on Obama because he distant him self from him, plus he has probably been offered big bucks to come out of the closet, book deals, etc. white America must be very confused about Obama at this point. I still believe Obama is the best candidate we have out there. He is a very brilliant man, and if he can pull himself up from this, he will be a powerful president for all Americans.

    Rose Wilson

    April 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  85. dan in mass

    This is entirely on Obama. He either knew this guy well, which is scary: or he didn't know him well, which is even worse. Obama hurt himself.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  86. David Kanner

    Seriously? Why was this a question? Why is this STILL a question

    Rev. Wright is not running for public office. He does not speak for Sen. Obama. I do not care if he was Obama's pastor. he does not control the man's mind, his views, his beliefs. He does not stand for everything that Sen. Obama stands for; Obama does not stand for everything Rev. Wright stands for.

    As I am an intelligent and open-minded individual who thinks for himself, nothing Rev. Wright says could sway me from my support for Obama – that is, if I happened to be supportive of Obama. That is beside the point.

    On an additional note, I am a white male in my mid-twenties. I am not particularly religious. I am not particularly partisan. I am not easily swayed in my opinion due to inconsequential nonsense. After listening to the Reverend's FULL sermons (not just the out-of-context sound bite overplayed by the media) as well as his rather interesting Q&A from a few days ago, I take what he is saying with a grain of salt. He has his points - those I see clearly - and he is free to speak his mind as he chooses. Disagree if you will, agree if you so choose. But the hard-headed ignorance is not coming from him; it's coming from those who raise such an issue with what is is saying just to simply bring about some sort of non-existent "problem"... it's ignorance coming from those who are trying to sink Sen. Obama's campaign due to Rev. Wright's (often loud) opinions. It's ignorance brought into light by those who fear something different. It's pathetic. It's disgusting that this is an issue on as large of a scale as it's become.

    This nonsense going on is clearly symptomatic of the broken, partisan, disgustingly out-of-date and out-of-touch system that exists in Washington, D.C.

    Get over it.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  87. Mysterious Johnson

    If it walks lke a duck, quacks like a duck, and smells like a duck, it must be a duck. If the voters would really pay attention to Barack Obama's message and watch his footwork. they would see that he doesn't share Wright's opinions. Barack Obama is not a duck.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  88. Heather

    Im sure if Rev. Write only preached that kind of message they would have more than a few clips to take from. Besides I though there was a separation of church and state in this country. The media needs to get off this topic since rev. Wright is only enjoying the attention in fact its prob. going to make him a lot of money. I am still voting for obama in fact I haven't meet one person in MI who is not .

    April 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  89. Kathy

    Anyone who thinks that anyone who has sat in front of someone for 20 years and listened to them, that they do not think like them or resonate with them are either unconscious or stupid, like attract likes and you are around those that are like yourself and Obama has not cut himself away yet he just denounces what Wright is doing Obama is like Wright all the way .

    April 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  90. Rosalynd Florida

    After Obama’s rebuttle today, Not much. Rev Wright did not act very Christian over the last few days. Obama tried to show Rev Wright undertanding and love as a human being and as a Christian and the Rev just flat out disrepected him. Rev Wright should have apologized to the American people and to Obama. I believe the Rev felt left out from Obama’s rise and his ego could not take it. Some times you think you know people and they turn into a pumpkin. Obama is a standup guy and anyone who continues to blame Obama for this Rev needs to check their human decency and values.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  91. Rose Wilson / Las Vegas, NV

    Jack,

    I'm a Christian and don't want to disrepect the Reverend, but it appears to me he is all about him self, money and fame. It is so sad. He should have just stayed in the closet for at least 10 years. I hope white America don't take this "pitiful" situation out on Senator Obama, who has done nothing but try to unite this country, and solve the problems for all Americans. Senator Obama is a brillant and good person. I'm a black woman, and I'm very upset with Rev. Wright. He acts like he has lost his mind. I think Obama stayed in that church so long because he loved the congregation and other things going on there, as I do my church.

    Rose / Las Vegas, NV

    April 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  92. cynthia scholler

    Reverend Wright deserves to be thrown under the bus!
    I am a Republican and have not been for Mr. Obama until his speech today–commendable under the fire of the press. For the first time, I thought that he just might be able to lead this country in a NEW direction.........he performed very well under the stress of adversity.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  93. Carole in Indiana

    Wright has made it impossible for Obama to become President
    PERIOD. Obama's unwillingness to cut ties completely at any time over the past 20 years only goes to show his poor decission making ability. If not for the biased press, he would have been out of the race a long time ago

    April 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  94. Jack Colson

    Come on now ! Birds of a Feather Flock together.
    Jeremiah Wright is nuts and the fact Obama did not know that goes to his "judgement".
    Jack

    April 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  95. Joe

    This is just one good thing that a prolonged primary has resulted in. We are knowing more about a relatively unknown candidate. Better now than later. Hooray for our wise system of choosing a candidate!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  96. atn

    Rev. Wright said he was defending the African American church. Rev. Wright said this was not about Obama. Many attendees of the NAACP event cheered Wright's speech. One man, three events, three speeches/deliveries. Obama says he made a spectacle of himself during the Press Club. As Americans, especially African Americans, do we side with Wright and the African American church or Obama and the spectacle? Is my decision based on Nov. 5 or irrespective of the 5th? Nov. 6th and beyond will come?

    Also, if you follow the theory that the judgement of Obama should not be held accountable for what is said or done by Wright, do you then agree that unless the words or actions come from the candidates themselves, America should not hold any of the candidates accountable for what is said or done by anyone they know or with whom they have an association. Fair is fair for one and for all.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  97. Ralph Kaupa

    I believe it has damaged him a great deal. Most Americans knew after seeing the Rev., just what he stood for. I watched Obama's speech today denouncing the Rev. I want to believe Obama, but I feel it may be too late. I cannot vote for Hillary. It will be between Obama and McCain. The race issue bothers me greatly and "birds of a feather flock together." The country is in terrible shape right now. The congress keeps blaming the President and do not want to accept the blame for their part in this big mess. Schumer from New York is a perfect example. He never accepts blame for anything, but lays blame on any Republican. We need some new "blood in Washington," especially in the Senate.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  98. Darren

    I love Reverend Wright, I am a white American who is a McCain supporter. He is doing a great job! Keep up the good work for the Democrats!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  99. jo

    What a tangled web we weave....Obama should have come clean two months ago and got rid of this joker. Better yet...20 years ago.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  100. john

    Sadly, the Rev Wright controversy doesn't hurt Obama at all...it gives him street cred. These were people concerned that he wasn't black enough. But with moderate white voters, Obama's support is slipping away.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  101. Chuck B Coastal NC

    This issue is not the issue that we should be talking about.I beleiev that Obama has answered the questions.Lets get onto the real issues.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  102. Mary- Louisville, KY

    Thanks to the media, Rev. Wright was given way too much exposure from the very beginning of the issue. Obama denounced Wright and that should have been it. Having a huge ego and being an opportunist, Wright found he loved being in the spotlight and it didn't take much for the media to put him back on the screen. Hopefully most people will see the situation for what it is and ignore Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  103. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Maybe not as much damage as one might think. Obama has already denounced the soundbite remarks of Wright, repeatedly, and will surely now make a stronger objection to his latest outpourings. This really is not Obama's fault and sensible voters will see that. If the media continues to infer that there is more fire than smoke they may well fuel a revolt by decent Americans against the other candidates. Hillary is wise to be keeping out of this.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  104. Donna Sichta

    Jeremiah was a bullfrog,
    Was a good friend of Obama.
    Never understood a single word he said
    but he sure caused a lot of drama.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  105. Richard, Miami Florida

    Jack,

    Obama was able to overcome the reprehensible Rev Wright, unbelieveable as that may seem. The pastor only hurts his chances in a general election.

    What has killed Obama and his chances of beating Hillary were his mocking words for all the chuch goers and gun owners of this country.
    Obama is done!! You can put a fork in him now!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  106. Cary - Illinois

    I find it disgusting that we are now voting on a president based purely on whether or not their "pastor" is excitable. What kind of crazy is being preached at your church, I know my pastor's brand would be offensive to certain groups. Church's are not, by definition, polictically correct. If the were, we wouldn't need separation of church and state.

    In any event, this is what pastors/priests do, they throw red meat to their "base" (the congregation) to get them riled up and give more money. Just like politicians say offensive things (depending on your party) to rile up their base (voters) to get them to give more money. And just like news media says or replays (over and over again) offensive things to get the viewers riled up and give more money (in the form of ratings). It absolutely nothing to do with a candidate's ability to lead and everything to do with money, what a joke!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  107. George

    You will know next Tuesday when the votes from North Carolina come in. If he can somehow overcome the tirades of his own pastor, he may still hang on to win, but if this was at the beginning to the primary season when this happened, Obama would not be in the hunt.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  108. MC

    Wright has caused us the presidency. As a black women I am horrified and will not vote in the general election once Obama is no longer in it.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  109. Cassandra

    Rev. Wright's comments does not change my mind about Obama. I will vote for him in the general election if he is the Democratic nominee.

    However, I do believe that Obama has been damaged by Pastor Wright's comments. No matter how much Obama denounced the rhetoric and try to separate himself from the pastor, he will always be linked to Pastor Wright. Whenever Reverend Wright's name is mentioned in the media, he is "Obama's former Pastor, Reverend Wright". How about Reverend Wright, former Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ? Ummm...then it wouldn't be a story.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  110. J shultz Memphis, Tn

    Jack,
    I hope that this will end the nuttiness asscociated with this..........Please !!! The value of Obama to this country far exceeds any nobleness that he may tried to previously extend to the Reverend. Especially when WRIGHT threw him under the bus yesterday. Let's get on with the voting and nomination process. Go Obama !!!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  111. Barb

    IRREPUTABLE DAMAGE.....Additionally, Obama would not have the electoral votes he now has had all this opened up before most of the primaries. He's got a lot of explaining to do-and I doubt that helps when he associates himself with people like Wright and others.

    Barb Wilt
    Woodbury, PA

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  112. JD in PA

    He's hurting not only Obama, but race relations in general. We're not perfect in this country, Lord knows we understand that, but we've made progress. Listening to Wright mimic (poorly) Pres Kennedy, make inflammatory comments, and continue to apparently try to inflame white people, has to make one wonder what his agenda is? He's done more to make race an issue than McCain or Clinton could ever do. As for Obama, yesterday Wright was still the friendly old uncle, member of the family for 20 years – now today, when theres an uproar over Wrights' comments, he's suddenly outraged. Sorry, you can't change over night, he's been with Wright and listened to his talk for 20 years, picked him as Spiritual Advisor to his campaign, it just seems to create a huge credibility issue. People of all color, and especially black Americans, should want their first President of color to be someone they can believe in – not vote for him just because he's the first to run – progress comes through trust – It's missing

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  113. Susan Missouri

    He may be very well telling the truth about Obama.

    I just now watched Obama on CNN talking about Wright. He paused a lot, and stumbled over words.

    We may be finding out about the real Obama.

    I would rather know now, than later.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  114. Sheryl

    If your pastor is envious of you in trying to better yourself, who can you turn to???

    Sheryl
    Born in PA

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  115. marlene

    I think that Wright is the kind of black man that brings bad things to the black people overall and I believe that Obama is just the opposite. I do think that Wright has probably been able to many good things within his congregation and has reached out to help people in need. I also think that there are parts of his message that are truly good however he says them in such an inflamatory way that it turns to bad if you aren't used to his kind of preadching and most white people aren't. Since I will never vote for Hillary and I strongly support Obama, my position hasn't changed. I do feel sorry for Obama since he has tried to support this man and at the same time distance himself from many of his comments. Obama's message was the same before he decided to run for president. We need to put this behind us.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  116. Pat

    Unfortunately, we are just now getting to know the Reverend Wright that Senator Obama fiercely defended until recently. Now that Wright's continuing comments are hurting Senator Obama's campaign, he has been forced to speak outpublicly and denounce those recent comments. Why didn't he speak out during the more than 20 years he sat in the Church? Why didn't he speak out until Wright's racial hatred was finally (and very late in the campaign) exposed by the media? I believe this harpoons a big part of Senator Obama's campaign rhetoric – that he is the best candidate based on judgement. So much for that!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  117. Ana in L.A.

    Very much. It will not go away- Now or in November. As much as people want to argue that you can't connect the two... it's impossible not to.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  118. Gerry In Toronto

    Obama's press conference today showed how strong of a leader he will be. He dealt with the issue head on, no posturing, no spin and no ducking of sniper fire.

    I'm of a believe, Rev. Wright has helped the Obama campaign, in that the issue is being dealt with in April versus November. Finally, we might see an end to the never ending sound bytes and talk about the issues affecting the people.

    In addition, Obama today showed America why he's so special. When was the last time, a President came forward, admitted a problem and dealt with it head on with honesty, compassion and straight talk. We've been so conditioned to the constant spin, it's refreshing to see.

    Obama today, also dealth with an issue of whether he's strong. There should be no question about that in the future either.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  119. Olga Gardiner

    The only reason Obama is denying pastor Wright because he knows he is losing votes. He is a traitor. How can pastor Wright be is friend for over 20 years and all of a sudden.....gone. This is only a political decision. He should be ashame of himself. This man is not ready to be President.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  120. Tim-Ohio

    Jack
    Watching Obama speak today he sounded as if Wright had amnesia and was saying all these hate remarks just recently when this guy has been saying the same thing for the last 20years .I was a Obama supporter but not now .Wright married the Obamas plus he was on Obama 's campaign till a few months ago .Does Obama think Americans are that stupid he 's acting like Bush more everyday .Obama listened to this guy for 20years which explains some of the negative remarks his wife has made in the past .If this election has became racial it because the Obamas have played a big part of it .We will soon find out later that he was at alot of Mr.Wrights sermons and enjoyed them .

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  121. Eric of Indianola, IA

    I feel that Wright has hurt it more than it should have, but I do respect Rev. Wright's freedom of speech. I do, however, feel that Rev Wright shouldn't have done three public appearances within three days when Obama is still running hard to win the nominee.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  122. Linda in Florida

    I still plan to vote for Barack and the media should stop giving the Reverend air time.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  123. Anthony B.

    Nothing that Rev. Wright is saying is wrong or surprising. Rev. Wright explains the context of what he was saying and why his role as a black preacher does not have a link to Obama's role as a politician. Obama is just playing the role that white people expect, which is to denounce any
    discussion of white privilege. Obama doesn't have a choice if he doesn't want to tick off white people.

    New Haven, CT

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  124. Jeff

    I think there's huge double standard in the coverage of Senator Obama and Rev. Wright. Why is it that we tend to judge Senator Obama on the basis of people he may have associated with, but we don't judge Senator McCain or Senator Clinton the same way? The irony is that Senator McCain has solicited the support of Rev. Pat Robertson, whose views on 9/11 ( the U.S. had it coming) are as inflammatory as Rev. Wright's.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  125. Jeff

    What does it say about his (Obama) judgement when he spends 20 years in the church and was married by this man. If this is an example of his judgement, then I don't think he's fit to run the U.S.A.
    When the president has to make judgement calls all the time, I feel that Mr. Obama needs to get some more experience; the job of President requires experience and judgement on Day 1, not On-the-job training.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  126. Carolyn

    Enough of Rev. Wright already. Rev. Wright obviously has an agends that his is pushing, using his association with Sen. Obama to so and the media is giving him a platform.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  127. Jack Graham

    He has done a great deal of harm to Obam's campaign. As someone who was supposed to be the non-typical politician, he is suddenly looking very typical. As one who accusses others of "saying anything to get elected", he now seems to be saying anything to get elected.

    Jack
    Des Moines, IA

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  128. Andy K.

    Since Obama's campaign is about judgement and character, the only sense of judgement and character we can have from him is his associations with Pastor Wright, Rezko, and Bill Ayers. It is his poor judgement to be associating himself with these people which brings into question about what he'll do as president, and what judgement will he use to choose his cabinet members. This hurts him. It might not hurt too much now within the democratic party, but in the general election, it will be devastating.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  129. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    Jack

    The damage that Mr wright has inflicted upon Barack Obama is probably going to cost America one of the finest President ever not elected ! This is the reason why we as a people strive for separation of church and state. Holy men are only ordained for spiritual leadership. Politicians should not delve into Gay Marriages, Stem Cell research or Abortion. Further Our school system has beeen destoyed by social isssues that have nothing to do with EDUCATION. The irony is that a former minister has done severe damage to the progress of race relations in America

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  130. Judith Christian ( @ STX ,VI)

    Unfortunately, this political "drama" is playing out as I suspected it would. As much as Senator Obama and his campaign envision an America where everyone embraces one another, it doesn't exist. This whole process has reinforced my opinion that the United States IS NOT ready for a non – white President . It is a nice dream. but a dream none the less.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  131. Janice in OK

    Rev. Wright is speaking for himself – not Obama. There are folks out there who are taking this thing and running with it just to destroy Obama (we all know who is behind this). My loyalty stays with Obama because I believe he is the only candidate who can get this country out of the mess it's in. YES WE CAN!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  132. Amy, NY

    I'm sick and tired of hearing his name, you guys are giving him way too much credit. Every single candidate, from Romney to McCain to Clinton condemned his statements and claimed that he does not reflect the views of Obama and that Obama is a decent and patriotic American. Yet they still use the story as a political advantage which embodies hypocrisy and dishonesty.ANyone intelligent will tell you that Wright is a hypocrite who simply is not ready for a Black president .He is trying to hurt Obama and its obvious! He was hurt that Obama would condemn his words and he did all he could to aggravate the case and cost him votes. No one can doubt at this point that there is no association between the 2. I hate Wright such as anybody else who wants to use this tragic event to sharpen divisions and exploit it as a political advantage.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  133. Cyndi from Pa

    As I type I am watching Obama 's speak about yesterdays comments from Rev.Wright . I am even more sure that voting for Obama is the correct thing to do and I wish you, the media, would stop making Rev Wright so much in the spotlight. He doesn't deserve it and nor do any of us want to hear anything Rev Wright has to say .

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  134. Scott from Mountain View, California

    I will say it again folks, if Obama is the Democratic candidate, Then Hello President McCain. If you think Middle American is going to vote for a person so strongly associated with hate mongering reverend, then you are dreaming. If you look at where Obama and Clinton stand, they are 90-95% identical. This has becomes a popularity contest, yielding irrational voting behavior. People will vote with their anger not their head. I will say it again and again. Obama = President McCain. Obama backers won’t vote for Hillary, and Hillary voters won’t vote for Obama. It doesn’t matter what they say publicly. God have mercy on us all.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  135. Ron Holliday

    Wright has derailed the Obama locomotive not only off the tracks but down the cliff. There is simply no way the man can win the general election and all democrats should rally around Hillary as she is obviously the only remaining choice. A lot of my Democratic friends who are STRONG democrats will not vote for him. Where is John Edwards when you need him? IS it too late to bring Johnny B. Goode to the convention???

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  136. Ed

    My understanding is that Rev. Wright had associations with quite a number of presidents in the past - including with Bill Clinton. Maybe the association wasn't as close as it was with Obama, but it was there nonetheless. If the press is going to continue it's coverage of Rev Wright why don't you report on his previous associations with Presidents (going back at least to LBJ). Then it would make is clearer that other people of judgment also found him to be worthy of their association.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  137. David S

    The media continues to play this thing up which means that Obama has to respond. It is a perfect example of the medias infatuation creating human wreckage that it can then condemn and tut tut. You the media owe the American people an investigation into real issues, but instead you play into the worst characteristics of Americans...dividing us by race gender and locality.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  138. bye bye birdy

    I got to laugh. Obama is being used and he cant see it. I was going to vote for the guy but no more. Obama should have tossed the guy under the bus the first time he had a chance.

    Its shocking Obama held this clown in high esteam.

    Obama cant control this situation then how will he perform in the oval office. He's done.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  139. kmk. Canada

    I believe Obama is going to be O.K..It must be hard for him to see his old pastor having a mental problem and then he has to answer to the world the rantings of rev. wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  140. Garnet Corning, Oh

    The media (Wall Strret) does not want Barack as president, so anything they can find, they will use. The media, all of it, does not report the news, remember Iraq? What about the meeting yeasterday with Congress concerning our boys and filth and trash they have to put up with? We are paying for it, dearly,and this media says nothing.But, by golly, Rev. Wright sure did hit front page. My question, Jack, are you allowed to report what goes on in Iraq anf Afghanistan? Remember the war? How many died today, or yesterday? Oh no, Rev. Wright is more important.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  141. Helen Gissman

    Obama keeps talking about change, so does Rev. Wright talked about change. I can't beleive that after 20 years he didn't know what the guy was all about. A friend of mine moved to my area ten years ago, she started attending my Catholic church. One day she joined another Catholic church. Reason was that my church was too liberal. Well I believe Wright influenced Obama. He even had his children listen to that hate.
    Wright and all his followers faild to understand that God is love and they should preach love for God. i will not vote for Obama because his beliefs are slowly coming out of his own mouth and friends. He can fool some of the people some of the time, but Obama can't full all the people.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  142. Anita from TN

    I do not think that the Rev. Wright comments will hurt Obama–especially after Obama's press conference today. Any legs that this story will have depends entirely on how the media decides to handle it. Obama is a truly intelligent, insightful, and prophetic person who wants to make the US a great country again–if the media chooses to undermine his campaign, then they will be the ones to blame–not Obama, not Rev. Wright. Each of them has spoken and I believe that the American people are intelligent enough to know what is right and what is wrong–let us see if the media has the honesty to do the same.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  143. gordon Burnet

    This too shall pass. The real issues ie. the war in Iraq, the economy and 8 years of "W" will be our focus in November. Obama will be our first black president and a GOOD one.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  144. Lisa Leighton, Dublin OH

    Jack, is he really trying to keep Obama from being elected? Or did Rev Wright just hand him exactly what he needed to define himself further to voters and answer the accusations that Obama's campaign is stalling somewhat and he is out of touch with ordinary Americans?
    Depending on how Obama handles this latest flare up, this could prove to be the master-stroke he needed to cement his lead and keep it. Despite that, I do think Obama is the guy to get the job done, even with possible damage control orchestrations in the background. It's the game, after all ........

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  145. Janet

    If the press would only ignore Reverend Wright, he would go away. Obama does not deserve to have this man undo all that Obama has accomplished in this race for the nomination.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  146. Liz in Orange County, CA

    Jack- I think Jeremiah Wright's comments will hurt Obama as long as you and the rest of the media keep making it an issue. It is clear that Wright's views are not Obama's views and I don't know why all of you insist on trying to convince those ignorant individuals out there who can't figure that out on their own, that they are! American Democrats have to decide between Obama and Clinton... not Obama, Clinton and Reverend Wright.... so PLEASE .... GIVE IT A REST!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  147. Robert - Portland, OR

    Love him or hate him the fact is Rev Wright knows Obama better than any of us.

    Obama subscribed to this man for 20+ years, has referred to him as being like an uncle, was his mentor, wrote about him in his book. Sounds like politics as usual. And yes it's going to hurt him and it should.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  148. less media more issues

    I can't help but wonder if this is how the Senator will treat matters in the White House. Wait. And Wait. Naively, he didn't respond quickly enough.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  149. Mia

    Wright is not running for President. For those who insist that it is a judgement call on who he associates with, than that can't be good news for the Clintons who have had many questionable associations. It wouldn't be good news for McCain, who is trying to embrace Bush's policies and reject them at the same time. Hence, I never held the scandals against the Clintons and I won't hold it against Obama. Bush has done far more harm to this country than Wright ever could.

    White and not scared,
    Eau Claire, WI

    April 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  150. Angie from Toronto, Canada

    If we are to be judged by the opinions and actions of everyone we ever had an association with, then I will have to apologize and step down from my role as President of my company for looking up to my lying fifth grade teacher who turned out to be a pedophile.

    Don't be distracted by a politcal chess move. Focus on the issues.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  151. Ray from New Brunswick, Canada

    Obama is not Wright and Wright is not Obama. binding people together as if they are of one mind is very narrow minded, I beleive that Barrack Obama is of strong enough mind and convictions, he doesn't seem to have been brain washed to not have his own thoughts.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  152. Shay

    Senator Obama is a great leader with a vision to unite the country. I think that what most people forget is that Senator Obama is half white. I think the people who see his vision will see and understand that Rev. Wright comes from a different era. I certainly would not want to be judged by the comments of my pastor who was beaten and left for dead. He comes from a different era.

    At the end of the day, I think America is smarter and better than that....Barack Obama can't be held responsible for Rev. Wright unless we are willing to hold Hilary Clinton responsible for Geraldine Ferraro and McCain responsible for Pat Bucannon. WELL I GUESS THE QUESTION REALLY IS ARE WE GOING HOLD THE OTHER CANDIDATES TO THE SAME STARDARD.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  153. Renee Atlanta, GA

    This is not an issue for those who have had the sense in the beginning to lsiten to the entire sermons and then listen to this guy this weekend on Bill Moyer. None of us would survive the type of scrutiny that Obama has had to endure for every connection we have ever had. The media is making this a lot bigger than it is. Obama did very well in his press conference and hopefully the MSM can move onto the real issues of this campaign.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  154. mario

    Stop to speak about it.. thats it, simple as that...

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  155. Sherri

    Reasonable people should be able to separate Obama, but I fear that reason has gone out the window.

    People ask, how could he sit in the pew for 20 years, but they aren't seeing the broader picture of what church is, and in particular that church. I've been to Trinity once, as a white person visiting from Wisconsin. I know of about 20 others who have been there on repeated visits, and they and I can tell you that the people in those pews are full of love and full of desire to help their fellow humans, to serve Christ and be the best they can be, though knowing they carry a lot of baggage for being the imperfect humans they are.

    Not one of the black members I met was anti-white, but simply trying to feel pride in their own heritage as I do for my Scottish heritage. On just one visit, I was hugged by some 40 black parishoners and shook hands with dozens more, all saying welcome and meaning it.

    Obama would have been crazy as a Chicago resident not to want to be a part of that wonderful congregation and sit among those members, Wright or no Wright.

    We should all remember that a church is more than its pastor, and that even the worst among us have something good to share, worthy of redemption. (That is Christianity at its heart, isn't it?)

    Wright is a fallible human for sure, but even as he gets some things wrong, and says other things in a bad way, there is still part of his message that is true, is correct. We need to condemn that which is in error, but that doesn't mean we should throw everything else out as well?

    I give credit to Obama for looking for the good even as he deals with the bad, because that is what a reasonable person does.

    Wouldn't we be a grander nation if we were all a bit more reasonable, rather than just looking for excuses to discount a man like Obama who hasn't done anything wrong himself, but has done a lot of good?

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  156. Jenna from Arlington

    For those of us who study the issues, this will not hurt Obama at all. For those who rely on soundbites to make up their mind – well that is another story. More is the pity – fewwer American's are reading these days.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  157. anthony pekar/illinois

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,

    I am a retired teacher. If I was still teaching, I would have been so proud to tell my students that this is a nation that has grown enough to be able to have a minority candidate to show the rest of the world that we are a nation for the people and by the people! The beliefs and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King's movement are coming true. King fought for all races. It is sad when one minister may destroy a beginning.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  158. Larry

    Obama just lost my vote. I voted for Senator Obama in the California primary. I only wish I could vote in the primary again and cast it for Senator Clinton instead. It is not because of what Reverend Wright said, it is because of how Obama reacted. To say he had no idea that Wright said outlandish things in the church and now, as he is running for president, he is stunned, is utterly laughable. We were not born yesterday.

    I truly hope that Indiana and North Caroline voters choose Clinton come election day or I fear the Democrats will lose in the general election. If Obama is the candidate, I will cast my vote for McCain!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  159. Hold Your Head High Barack

    Obviously the Rev needs prayer, and so does Barack. He's going through a hard time. He still has my vote, and both of these men will get my prayers. The Reverend for doing the wrong thing, and Barack to have the courage to press on, and to know that the people are with him. Hold your head high Barack, we are with you.

    OBAMA 08 and BEYOND.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  160. Archie

    Rev. Wright views reflects his own inter conflicts and not the views of every Black America. He should respect and honor the past in which or forefather sacrifice for us, not fuel it with hate. Black community has come along way and we as a nation should learn and grow with each other as American.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  161. Renee from Winnetka,CA

    Hello Mr. Cafferty,

    I believe Mr. Obama did the right thing by speaking out because it shows that he is above the level where Rev. Wright stands. Not all black churches are like that those words that he spoke yesterday represent the old church beliefs, but I'm sure if your were to interview younger and newer pastors in the black churches you will see none of that in their churches because they are ready to move forward with the works that God has instored for them and their congregations in order to reach new heights in getting closer to God and making it to heaven.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  162. Guy

    THis may be the fatal blow !!! By coming out today about his Pastor's comments Barack Obama is showing his true motivation in this campaign...namely , that he is just as politcally motivated as anyone else ! I agree with others that he should have distanced himself more forcefully three weeks ago if not pulled away from Reverend Wright's Church all together. Even though he has now more forcefully distanced himself, Obama has still not said he will no longer be associated with Reverend Wright's Church.. If Barack truely rejects the statements he should pull out of the congregation all together. I am sorry...but why has he been associated with the Reverend Wright and his Church for 20 years...if he truely rejects these statements.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  163. Chip Stone

    My read on Rev. Wright is that he is a man intoxicated with the exuberance of her own verbosity. I don't think that most people on the election trail are concern with Rev. Wright or his strutting platitudes. Those who listent to Mr. Obama know that his world view is inclusive not an exclusive veiw of humanity. I would venture to say that the only ones who dwell on Rev. Wright, and have given him the platform to swagger and act as the only authority on the African-Amercian experience , is the media. My opinion of Barack Obama is the same one I had after listening to him over the last few months. He has my vote and I do not judge him guilty by association.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  164. Myra

    Reverend Wright's comments have had no effect on me. I am a 65 year old female. I have supported Senator Obama from day 1 and I still do.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  165. Cameron

    Just look at the national heads-up numbers showing Senator Clinton a clear favorite in a General Election. Fact, Clinton 9 points ahead of McCain; Obama 2 points ahead of McCain. Wright represents the elitist far left of America and represents the character and judgment of Obama over the last twenty years. I guess, it takes polls to initiate action in the Obama campaign. Rev. Wright was accurate in his statements indicating that Obama was simply being a typical Politician. Today, Obama reinforces this fact when Wright should have been admonished years ago, by any viable politician for President.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  166. Julian H. Rogers

    In my estimation it is not that Rev. Wright per se that has hurt the campaign but the relentless media linking the two without ever giving Obama credit for the fact that Wright is not an advisor, spokesman or active campainer for the Obama campaign. Wright is an egotist of the worst order and though many of his comments have been taken out of context, he himself seems determined to undo the work his own partioner has done to try an affect policy in a positive way in this election cycle. It seems to me now that Wright could be seen as jealous of Obama and wants to see him under a huge bus that has politically damaging treads. What a shame it would be to see a tremendously valuable candidate derailed but the inanity of a sideshow like the oh so wrong Rev. Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  167. Burns Rutherford, NYC

    Are we so stupid as to be distracted by this? Everybody knows an idiot or two. Let this go and pay attention to things that matter. Losing focus like this is how we ended up with two terms of Bush. Eye on the ball, fellow americans!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  168. Benita

    Jack
    As an African-American Democrat, and Obama supporter, I agree, Wright need to go away! It is clear he has his own agenda. Here's a thought... Rev Wright was invited to the White House in 1998 to a Prayer Breaskfast by Bill Clinton. Has anyone thought...maybe Wright is on Bill's payroll?? It was Hillary who said she would day anything to win... What a perfect sabotage!!
    Obama is what this country need. Let's look beyond his complexion!!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  169. Scott

    If Obama wins the democrat nomination...The democracts have gonna have severly damaged product in the national election.This Rev Wright thing is clearly hurting Obama to no end.I honestly think the damage now is beyond repair.I don;t think Obama can win the national election in Nov now.Rev wright is single handly detroying Obama's political career.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  170. Bob

    The idea that Obama is a militant black who agrees with all of Wright's beliefs is absurd, but you'll hear it again and again. If that were the case, do you think Wright would be out there now sinking this brilliant Manchurian Candidate scheme they had going? Of course not.

    Wright is an old man who has been fighting the same fight for a LONG, long time. He may not want to give up the old battles. Obama winning would make Wright's tales of discrimination etc near obsolete. That scares Wright.

    This would be a hell of a pivot, but Obama could possibly even use Wright to point out some of the flaws of people who have been fighting the same battles for too long and how some times they'd rather fight than win....Hillary Clinton, for example. John McCain is another.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  171. Patricia B.

    Rev. Wright seems to totally enjoy all of the attention,and loves having cameras in front of him. If the media would get back on track with the REAL issues, Obama will be fine. Listen to what Sen. Obama is saying NOT Rev. Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  172. Mark

    Allot and thank god it has, you don`t go to the mans church for 20 years and say you didn`t here what the nut had to say,talk about a bald face lie.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  173. Murry - Arizona

    This hasn't changed my opinion of Senator Obama at all. He's still the candidate i'll be voting for. The people who are making a big deal on this & say they've changed their mind, probably never intended to vote for Obama in the first place.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  174. Sonia - Guyton,Georgia

    Rev. Wright can only hurt Obama's campaign if he allows him to. I believe that the speech Obama gave today denouncing Mr. Wright's comments was great. I feel like this, if you were in Obama's corner before Mr. Wright spoke on yesterday, than you will be in his corner on today. Mr. Obama can only do so much – it seems like he has been the only candidate who has had to make public speeches of apologies over and over and over again. Mr. Obama deserves to be the first african american president – and If he becomes the dem. nominee, he will get my vote again.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  175. Tricia

    People want to hear about the issues. The media is pushing this story and it's getting stale. Clinton and McCain seem to be getting a pass on the questionable people with whom they associate. By the way, if Hillary does get to the White House who's policy on Columbian trade will we adopt? Her's or her husband's?

    Obama continues to inspire my trust in his vision for the future and his ability to deliver. Presidential material who will be able to command respect from leaders throughout the world.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  176. Chambliss (Raleigh, NC)

    Wright was wrong on the way in which he chose to present himself during the National Press Conference.

    However, Rev. Wright's actions should in no way be associated with Senator Obama or his campaign. Senator Obama has been clear and sincere about his outrage, and I think the Media is doing more harm than good by over analyzing and constantly airing the Wright controversy–stop fueling the fire! I am still voting for Senator Obama in the NC Primary on May 6th. THIS DISTRACTION HAS NOT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT BARACK OBAMA'S ABILITY TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  177. Thomas from Baltimore

    I don't think Wright hurt the Obama campaign...I think Obama hurt the Obama campaign. He had the chance in Philly to denounce Wright, but he chose to go the "I can no more disown him than I can disown my own grandmother" route. Now a couple of weeks later he is forced to address the issue again when his "crazy uncle" found himself a microphone and a stage to express his views on the world. The only issue is will Obama's delay in repsonding force the undecided voters to move away from him. The diehard Obama supporters won't be swayed and the ardent detractors will just use this as another reason to not support him. However for those who are taking a serious look at Obama this will probably raise questions. Why not just step away from Wright in Philly since the stuff he said yesterday wasn't much different than the stuff he said on the tape? How could he not know about Wright's views? Why did he keep him on the campaign after he disinvited him? These are all questions that Obama leaves open that may dog him for the rest of the primary and the entirety of the general election.

    I think the only thing Obama has going for him now is that he has proven to be a "likable" candidate so the odds are people will be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. It is yet to be seen how long he has that luxury.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  178. Agnes

    Yes, let's focus on the issues!! Let's raise the Consciousness of the voters, media, to common sense, intelligence and wisdom instead of pettiness. We need a new leader that will elevate this country, this world to peace, prosperity, and a better life for all!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  179. Harold Lang

    Only to the people that was looking for a excuse not to vote for him any sound person that seen and heard reverend Wright Know a senile old man that under medication.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  180. Jose

    Call me romantic, but i still have faith in the American People. I am sure that they'll see the reverend for who he is, someone with a "Personal" agenda. Senator Obama went a long way today by finally throwing the reverend under the bus. Too bad it was'nt an express

    April 29, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  181. Amy, NY

    It should not hurt him at all if Americans are intelligent enough to discern and dissociate what is not associative. The reason why this is so talked a bout is because everyone was in shock. Nobody expected someone this lunatic could be Obama's pastor. What that shows is that he never had an impact on him, so it would be unfair to use this against him since his message is about unity and hope. Everyone who wants to use this as a pretext to hurt Obama should live with the conscience of having exploited divisiveness in this country to win an election.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  182. Ken

    I voted for Sen. Obama and now beleive he can no longer win the General Election. Rev Wright took the White House away from Obama and given it to Clinton..... Maybe this was his plan the whole time proving to himself and all African Americans, that Whites will not elect a Black man as Persident of the United States

    April 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  183. Ron Martinsville, Va.

    I believe the more voters see and here Jerimiah Wright praise Farakan the better it will be for Obama. Voters will realize Wright is not right. The truth shoud set Obamas' Candadicy free if he separates himself from the problem.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  184. Beverly Ann

    I pity America. It saddens me when I look at what has happened in the last eight years during this Administration. The media has treated Reverend Wright as if he had committed more atrocious things then what the Bush Administration has done in the past 8 years.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  185. Renny D, Bel Air, MD

    Sen. Obama has not talked very straight since this Rev. Wright brouhaha started. He should have taken action when he first heard that kind of talk; his wife should have insisted on it if he was too busy to attend to such things. The Rev. Wright is now a thorn, and under the bus he goes.

    Sir, come back another time. Both Clinton and McCain are better suited to helping the US get back on track, obviously.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  186. Cathy from Baltimore, MD

    Reverend Wright has done a lot of damage, and all of us have been victimized in the process, but this will hurt Barack Obama's chances of becoming the President of the United States ONLY if we let it. I am completely satisfied with Obama's response. He can do no more. Case closed! If Obama continues to be viewed by some as guilty by association, then we have to even out this playing field and examine with equal scrutiny those people with whom the other candidates are associated and require that Hillary Clinton and John McCain be held accountable.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  187. Sephanyah Ben Yahuday

    I am not sure what people found so offensive.We have gone in and toppled governments. We have people assassinated,all in the name of democracy. If you think this country is all red white and blue apple pie and squeeky clean you just plan foolish. We operate undercover in countries we don't belong in and terrorists?Look at the history of this country and the destruction of the American Indians: that was pure terrorism.Women and children killed in the name of expantion and democracy. Look at the thugs we have running our government. We went into Iraq under the lies of Weapons of Mass Detruction. The problem in this country is that we want people to tell us what we want to hear not what is true.Yes Rev Wright came out and told it like it is. It will hurt Senator Obama in that he will lose the black vote by denouncing him.
    "Terrorists and scallywags hide behind the banner of patriotism."
    I pray God may some day again bless the USA.
    Corpus Christi Texas

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  188. Roy P

    How can he continue to insult our intelligence? He sat in that church for years and wants us now to believe he does not agree with his minister? Right. He is insulting every member of the african american community. He needs to apologizze to the african american community and pull out. This is pathetic.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  189. Terry Frakes

    You have got to be kidding? Anyone that thinks this will not hurt him in the general election is as blind as Wright. The sad part is, Obama wouldnt even have the most delegates if this all would have come out months ago, we all know that!! So why would we he not step down, knowing he will not be able to be elected? The Republicans are going to eat him alive find more about this then ever. I guarentee it, Wright has more on Obama and his going to see how long Obama tries to keep away from him, then he is going to let it all out. Thats why Obama is not disowned him because of what Wright has on him. Honestly? do any of you Obama supporters really really really trust him, or is it that you think the Clintons are so bad, that you would let anyone in the office? This is not worth that. Bill Clinton had faults, but the economy he done well with, afterall he was re-elected.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  190. Charles

    Obama is clearly severely damaged goods. Farrakhan, Wright, and Obama will combine to elect John McCain in November. Hillary will wonder how she lost to such an inept candidate. Four years from now, the Democrats will still have the same flawed nominating process that tries to appease everyone and leads to a nominee by committee.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  191. juliet

    Last time i checked America is a free country ;i really do not understand why the media is making this whole issue about Rev wright Obama's problem,i wish everybody will focus on what is really going on with the economy and find a solution because people are really suffering.Rev. wright should enjoy his few minutes of fame and leave Obama alone because he is the peoples choice.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  192. Mike D1 in Rockville, VA

    To be honest, I think an unseen benefit here is that this can assist Sen. Obama allowing him to be able to effectively manage through this. He gains a new respect with people with his ability to be strong and tough here, showing he is a leader capable managing the executive branch. Sen. Clinton has shown she is tough, willing to fight. Sen. Obama for the most part has not had that tough struggle of late to really test his meddle. It is good see him stand up for us, all of us against this ignorant, arrogant spew that the Rev Wright puts forward. This works to his benefit in that way – we like our candidates to be presidential. If it was easy, anyone could do it.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  193. Paula, NC

    Stay the course Barack supporters. This is a distraction.

    If Hillary thinks she a fighter, she'd better think again, she hasn't seen a real fight. The only reason she's being careful not to say much is because she's going to North Carolina, and she wants our votes.

    I'm ready for her and her kind with my vote for Barack.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  194. Bill in New London, CT

    Unfortunately, it seems quite a bit. The numbers don't lie. Its sad that anyone who questions "America" is labeled unpatriotic. We have a thing called freedom of speech. This country was founded on the descent. Can anyone truly say America didn't nuke two major Japanese cities? Do you really think America hasn't been unfair to those labeled as "other"? Come on. We're smarter than that. Its easier to label people unpatriotic than deal with the cold hard facts about America's own behavior. If you are ashamed of America's past, don't lie to yourself about its perfection - change it!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  195. Hazel

    I thinks there is a double standard here. If you should leave your church if the pastor/minister does something we do no like - the Catholic church would be empty.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  196. a.dorsey

    Forget Mr. Wright's comments. Find out how the initial videos of his sermon was made public. Looks like another political dirty trick. Did anyone question Mr Obama's relationship with Rev Wright, when he ran for the US Senate?.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  197. Marlene

    Poor, poor Obama. He should stop posturing for voters. Why would he be outraged, and call Rev. Wrights speech a spectacle. Obama after 20 years should know this is Rev. Wrights well documented speaking style,.

    Obama should take a step back, and be the Best Senator he can be for the next 4 – 6 years.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  198. BL-NYC

    Rev. Wright has not only hurt Obama in the short term against Senator Clinton... It has made a great majority of us feel that he is unelectable against the Republicans... These issues will continue to resurface through to November...
    Sorry, no way he will win now... He should have come out swinging from day one... He is far to weak to Govern our Nation.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  199. RJ

    I believe it hurts him, and it should as he sat there in that church and listened to that for 20 years and he didn't say a word (as if he had, there would be evidence of it by now). He wouldn't denounce him when this story first broke. Now, when it seems he realizes that it is hurting his campaign, he wants to denounce him. His true colors are showing and they are not red, white and blue.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  200. Ruth Thompson, Ca

    I do not think in that this will hurt Obama's campaign but I do agree that it was a conspiracy which the media play into. Rev. Wright did not post his messages on You Tube but was sent to slaughter by the media based on 30 seconds of his message. He did say that he was quoting someone, yet we only hear what we want to hear. He did speak on reconcilation and the need for forgiveness yet we only heard what we thought to be hate. I believe Rev Wright was empowered by 10,000 members of the NAACP who gave him the standing ovation and why he felt comfortable enough to be himself before the media.

    Those that did not want Obama in office will always find fault regardless of how far it is from the truth. I applaud him for enduring as long as he had. His composure under fire is a sure sign that he will make a fine president.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  201. Karen, Kansas City, MO

    I think that it is coming from a "vast right-wing conspiracy". Of course, as I am writing this, I am dodging sniper fire.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  202. Sara

    Jack,

    Doesn't anybody realize that Wright controversy was first played on FOX network??

    Clearly, this is an obvious plan of attack from conservatives to prevent Obama from winning the nomination. Even the GOP think that they have a better chance going against Hilliary than Obama. And obviously, everyone would vote for McCain over Hilary.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  203. Yvette , Bowie MD

    It's up to us to decide if we want to sacrifice our country's future because of a former pastor. When we are paying $7 for gas in 4 years and there are massive food shortages and the war in Iraq is still raging on, will this seem so important? Barack Obama has never shown any of these tendencies in his life. If he harbored these feelings, they would have been obvious before now. I am not willing to walk away from the best opportunity we have had for change in this country in my lfetime. Barack Obama has my unconditional support.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  204. Bob, Indiana

    Those who don't want to see Obama get the Domcratic nomination are using this to their advantage. The intelligent and more "aware" masses are fully behind him, and will not chnage their mind under media pressure. Obama is what we in the US and the world needs right now. I hope and pray that he stays strong and committed to fend off those who use any dirty tricks ever known to man against him.

    We don't want another few years of the Republicans, we do not want to see Billary and her dirty tricks to win either. There's nothing with having hope and a positive vision for the USA and the rest of the world.

    I just hope Edwards, Al Gore, and others would also start endorsing Obama NOW so we could get to the end of this madness.

    Obama in Indiana, Carolina, and the rest of the USA now and for the next 8 years!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  205. Fred C Dobbs

    Jack, this story has legs, very long legs!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  206. Victoria

    It took Obama 20 years to discover who Rev. Wright really is? It took his wife until now, to discover she is proud to be an American? Plus, Obama's comments of the American people regarding their religeous practices, etc, etc. Who is this person? What do Americans really know about him? The more I learn about him, the more I do not trust him.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  207. Mandelay

    Wright is only part of what is looking more and more like an avalanche of poorly-chosen associates working its way down the mountain to reach Barack Obama. Will it hit before the convention? Before the election? After? Wright, Rezko, Auchi, Ayers, Dohrn, Farrakhan and even a Hammas endorsement? If Obama ends up as President, we will have an expose on each and every one of his friends, appointees, staff members, advisors, etc., etc., etch. If they all seem to share a radical common ground, as those mentioned above share a radical common ground, how can Obama overcome this? What prestige will this restore to the United States? What will change ... for the better? It is not the context of Wright's sermons that we need to consider (or denounce) it is the context of Obama's life, as it unfolds drop by drop (thanks to you, oh fawning press), that will ultimately give the Democratic party something to worry about.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  208. Don Martin

    It is a shame that this question should be asked, i think that most people do not belive that the senator is like this. The media should stop this coverage, they have nothing else to do.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  209. Kim - Nebraska

    I don't believe there has been enough damage done that can't be undone by truth & honestly. Rev Wright appears to be suffering from dementia!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  210. Loretta Thomas

    Loretta
    Mississippi

    I think Reverand Wright comments may have done some harm to Barack Obama's campaign as far as with some White Americans, but if they look at the whole picture, it looks as though Reverand Wright is trying to destroy Obama's chances to become President.
    In actuality I feel very sorry for Barack Obama, because I know he feels hurt about what this person, whom he thought was his friend has done to him. Why would Reverand Wright want to destroy Obama's chances of winning the White House? I'm sure Reverand Wright had to have known the damaged this would cause Obama?
    White Americans should that this person is not Barack Obama's friend but a foe? I believe Barack Obama is nothing like this man, and does not agree with Reverand Wrights beliefs. Barack Obama is about change, and bringing the people together. Also what Reverand wright has said about Black Churches being attacked is not true, and the statements Reverand Wright has said is not the beliefs of the Black Church. The Church and the visiting Churches that I have attended, talks about loving thy brother, and that includes all races and creed. We are all God's Children!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  211. GrogInOhio

    Man, the American voter can certainly be distracted by any and everything except real issues.

    266 days till the end of the Bush administration!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  212. Steven James - London

    When Clinton is awarded the nomination it will not be because she beat Omama but because Wright took the nomination away from him.
    I hope that all Americans can see that Obama is the best chance you have to elect a vibrant politician who wants to get things done and more importantly give back to America some well deserved respect that it so sorely needs from the rest of the world.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  213. terris

    what good is the messenger...if the method is all wrong.

    All these hateful words are so sad...they only purpose to fuel the very negative energy & hate that so many of U are accusing Rev Wright of doing and saying...I am voting for Obama not because he's black...I am voting for change, unity and hope.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  214. Susan in Palatka, FL

    Hmm... Wright's comments have forced Obama into a corner from which there is not escape, without himgetting his feet covered in a radical stance that is sure to haunt him in November. But, Wright's blatant disregard for Obama's campaign now allows the candidate to make a clear separation from the pastor's zealot posturing. I am sure that Obama is feeling disenfranchised by a person he felt was in his camp and can't help but be wondering how much the Clintons have invested in his dive into the deep end.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  215. John McObama

    How stupid ,we, american people are!!!!!What do the words coming out of the mouth from a crazy pastor has to do with one person?????I can't believe how stupid we are still in 2008!!!This means that if I have a friend ,and that friend kills a man,I have to go to jail too for "probably being " a killer as my friend???!!!!!!!!!!!!Think about it!!

    April 29, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  216. Lee

    The Reverends remark is not Obama's as the rest of the spinners like you to think. We the people can make our own decision to nominate this man (Mr. Obama) as the President of USA. We are going back one step behind from the nominee when Hillary squiks for help from McCain about Jeremaih Wright. By denying her debate, we expedited her exit for 08 but not yet. We must focus on finding the truth by ourselves looking no further but at Obama. His life is as open book. As a leader if he call for UNITY and CHANGE the life of the people it means let us UNITE and CHANGE ourselves. Let's stop the divide and conquer philosophy of the CLINGTON'S. Stop the Drama only with OBAMA 08.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  217. Thomas

    Obama has shown he is cut from the same cloth as every other politician: say anything, do anything, and align yourself with anyone you think can help you get the votes & then cut & run when the going gets tough. I am not saying that Hillary & McCain are any better, just that Obama is no different.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  218. KARL HERRMANN

    Its destroyed BHO chance of becoming president this fall one of three things will happen
    [1] He will win primary and lose in Nov.
    [2]He will lose to HRC and she will lose in Nov
    [3]He will lose to HRC and run with her for VP and they will win in Nov.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  219. Katherine Walker

    I think that it is very unfortunate that wright( I want even call him reverand, because a man of the cloth does not act like him), has the hate that he has in his heart. It is evident that he is capitalizing on an opportunity to enhance himself. I personally think that Obama did not go to church half of the time so therefore he did not know what was going on. If the supporters of Obama can rise above wright they can defeat this message of hate. It will be a sad day in America if Obama falls because of this, and this is the only dirt that is found on him. I think that if he does not become president we will miss the opportunity to experience a great leader. Please provide the public with a e-mail for wright.
    Katherine walker
    Montgomery, Alabama

    April 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  220. Jay - New Orleans, La.

    Since when does (what a person you know says) has anything to do with how you feel...and live your life? Knock it off already with the Rev. Wright stuff...will ya?

    April 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  221. judith juselius

    Wright now has his 15 minutes of fame ... and I think it high time that the media does the respectable thing and ignore him. My heart goes out to Obama. He (Obama) does not appear to me to be the typical loud mouth, aggressive politician... He appears to be the type of individual who is a more quiet and gentle man. He has taken the high road with Hillary and it must be so painful for him to acknowledge that someone that he loved and respected would have behaved as Wright has done. He will certainly carry the pain a long time and he should not be blamed for the obnoxious behavior of of Rev. Wright. What a sad situation!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  222. Robert

    I voted for Senator Obama in the Ohio primary. With everything that I've learned since March 4th, I wish I could take my vote back. He surrounds himself with kooks and it makes me wonder what he really believes.

    He has lost this Independent in November.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  223. Mike from WI

    I'm a white man from the Midwest and I think very few of Rev. Wright's detractors have even listened closely to the majority of what he's said–whether that be the *entirety* of his sermons, the Moyers interview, or the recent speeches. While Rev. Wright's 'timing' is open to dispute, if you get past the shallow, white hot political polarization battle that the media desires and pushes onto us endlessly, Rev. Wright actually shows more intelligence and thoughtfulness than many commentors here and elsewhere on the net.

    He's a pastor, not a politician, it's his job to denounce and call people (and nations) back to righteousness when they've strayed (even the USA), and his language will reflect that. His sermons were maliciously 'sound-bited', and he and his church have done a ton of good things in Chicago, so he has a right to defend his church–and the overall African-American church message–when attacked by so many. What amazes me is so many expressions of white 'righteous anger' that bursts forth at the briefest expose' of 'black anger'! Has this country grown wiser and more tolerant over the past 40 years or has it not?

    C'mon folks, this potentially will open up the deepest conversation on race in this country in over half a century, let's not take out our anger at Wright on Barack, let's hear the truth spoken by both of them, despite their different approaches. Don't goad this right-wing dream of more black-(Wright) on-black (Obama) violence any further. It was the media that set up this charade of a conflict and that perpetuates it, rather than publishing the deeper discussions/conversations about race and class in America in the 21st century that could lead to healing and reconciliation.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm |