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March 20th, 2008
05:57 PM ET

Has the Reverend Jeremiah Wright episode changed your opinion about Barack Obama?

 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:

Despite Barack Obama's well-received speech on race this week, there are signs that the comments by his longtime pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright – that were played over and over again on cable news – may have hurt him.

A CBS News poll shows that among those voters who had heard about Wright's statements, 30% say they have a "less favorable" view of Obama. 2% say "more favorable”, while 65% say their opinion of Obama is unchanged.

When it comes to Republican voters, 47% say they have a more negative view. And as for independents, a key voting block, 36% feel that way.

The survey also shows Obama's unfavorable ratings are up – at 30% now compared to 23% last month.

However, it's important to note that this poll was taken before Obama gave his speech on Tuesday.

And here's another sign that the pastor's comments may have harmed Obama's candidacy: a new Gallup tracking poll out today shows Clinton ahead 48% to 43% in the nomination race. This is the second consecutive day that this tracking poll shows Clinton with a "statistically significant lead" in more than a month.

Here’s my question to you: Has the Reverend Jeremiah Wright episode changed your mind about Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Len from Washington writes:
Yes, I will vote for Sen. Obama. What his preacher says is of little matter to me. We all have friends and family members who have positions or have made statements with which we may strongly disagree. The important issue is that we don't adopt those positions. I believe that to be the case here. I do not find fault with Sen. Obama for statements by Pastor Wright.

Michael from Hagerstown, Maryland writes:
No, my opinion of Senator Obama has not changed. My opinion of the narrow-minded gas bags in the press took a steep nose dive though. We spent a week discussing 10 seconds of a sermon. But we didn’t discuss 5 years of a needless war. We didn’t discuss the health care crisis in America. We didn’t discuss the collapse of a major bank… The media is clearly a rotten institution in dire need of reform.

Carl from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
Why was Obama so quick to accept the resignation of one of his foreign policy advisors because of a remark about Hillary being a monster, yet he stuck with Pastor Wright? Could this be the first of many double standards we are about to see?

Natalie writes:
Yes, it has made me even more convinced that he is the right person for the job of president. My father used racial slurs for every person who didn't look exactly like he thought a white, middle class American should look. Should I have left home? Disowned him? The religious right is again proving they are neither religious nor right.

Tracy writes:
I always viewed Obama as a candidate without substance, experience or depth to be commander-in-chief. His rhetoric didn’t inspire me. His long association (not episode) with Wright only confirmed what I suspected to be true: Obama’s words mean nothing.

Jay from Edgewater, Florida writes:
No, not in the least. Senator Obama has explained his views on the race issue, so that anybody would be able to know where he stands. If we all were judged by what our friends and acquaintances did or said, I don't think anyone would be elected to any office… except in New York!


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  1. Ed from Durango

    No, not at all. I think Mr. Obama has addressed the Rev, Wright issue in a courageous and thoughtful manner and is the most qualified to be the leader of this country.

    March 20, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  2. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Not in the least. For a year now I have predicted this sort of thing, and here we are. It should be plain to anyone paying attention that this is only heat lightning before the storm; there will be 'eruptions' of this sort on and on, and if he is our nominee we can expect Obama to be covered up in these controversies, as well as intentional smears and innuendo coming from groups allied with McCain.

    The best thing Obama can do now for his party, is to drop out and get the primary process over with so we can get ready to face McCain. His numbers are now in free fall and it isn't going to get any better.

    March 20, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  3. BillieJean

    No because I judge a man for who he is and what he stands for. I have always been a good judge of people and Obama is the cleanest human being in politics I have seen for many a season. Having been a member of a white church with very similar issues and a pastor who at times was a very racial and outspoken person we did not leave the church (we are an interracial family). The congregation and the blessings we received otherwise outweighed the outlandish moments of the pastor. My eight children didn't suffer any, they are all fantastic adults with good families.

    If I judged everyone by those they were aquainted with and their pastors, relatives or friends, I probably wouldn't have very many friends or relatives left myself.

    Besides I always try to remember when I point fingers at someone else there are always three pointing right back at me!!

    All 10 of us still plan to vote for Obama!

    March 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Joan

    Not at all, Barak Obama is his own person and just because his Pastor made some silly remarks (perhaps even the truth) Obama seems to be very level headed, fair, and importantly he knows people sometimes speak out of line, but this is not the whole being. Obama seems to be able to see the person underneath. By the way wasn't it Jerry Falwell that said 9/11 was punishment for America.We all know how the neocons loved Francis Schaeffer. How about Hillary's connection with the
    rabid Fellowship Foundation?
    Joan North Carolina

    March 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  5. Terry from Calif

    No way.! The "Rev" is not running for the presidential nomination, so who cares what he has to say.

    Please, if we are going to start caring about everyting an associate/friend of a potential Democratic Presidential Candiate says or does, then let's us look at Hilary Clinton and her president husband's antics in the Oval Office with Monica or "White Water."

    Need I say more?

    March 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    NO! This mess and the manner in which he has comfronted it head on; standing tall, taking the high road, holding firm to his convictions, and unlike most having not thrown his friend under the bus (able to forgive and understand) has only made my belief in his character that much stronger. Humans will never be perfect.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    No. And then again I suspect that his opinion of me hasn't changed because of some of the strange things my pastor said to me a number of years ago. Stuff like 'waking up with my family gone – raptured – then going to hell forever'. That stuff is lots scarier than McSame.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  8. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    Why should it, Jack?
    Freedom of speech is protected by law.
    There is way too much debate over this, race shouldnt even be an issue any more...
    So why aren't there more white rappers?
    -Scott L. Wichita, Kansas

    March 20, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  9. Marilyn, Ohio

    One word: YES. I am a Democrat who had hopes for this country with a Democrat elected as our president in 2008. However, I cannot vote for someone who has a "mentor" or "spiritual adviser" who obviously hates the United States. And, who wants a First Lady who only recently became proud of her country. I don't think the Obamas have had such bad lives considering their status at the current time while so many of us – white and black – old, middle aged and young, are suffering in this terrible economy.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  10. Kat

    No, Jack, it hasn't. The man is not perfect. He's never claimed to be perfect. Even with not disowning Wright, he has still shown better judgement that the other two in the race. It also shows that Wright's perspective over the years has not warped Obama's. He's a man who can think for himself. Combine this with his good judgement on other matters, and that should be more than enough to propel him into the White House.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  11. John

    I am confused about why so many are concerned of what Rev. Wright said and Sen Obama not walking away from his church.

    Our president and congress has dealings and is expected to have dialog with comunist countries and dictators that we no have damned us in one way or another yet we don't walk away.

    Stick to the real issues and get on with getting our house in order.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    John

    Boston MA.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Pat from Huntsville, AL

    No. I take the candidates very seriously. I was impressed by Obama when he spoke at the convention. So when I heard he was running for president, I did some research and found out about his connections with radical blacks, the fact that he has closer ties to the Muslim religion than he admits publicly, and that he doesn't put his hand over his heart when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. None of these things would keep me from voting for him, but they make him un-electable in today's world. We have a great candidate in Hillary Clinton, so I started to concentrate on supporting her. I think Obama may still have a slight chance, with minorities' help, and will probably someday be president when the times are more settled.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  13. Dan, NY

    Dear Jack,

    This episode with the reverend has allowed Obama to do something extremely important for the Race Discussion that no white leader would ever be allowed to do. We have all heard and will need to be continually reminded about white racism against blacks. It's something we cannot address too strongly. However, Obama has opened another side of the topic that is just as important and never gets addressed - black racism against whites. MLK defined racism best when he said we should not judge a man by the color of his skin. This is true no matter what color the person is or what is the color of the person he is judging. Thank you Barack.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  14. Andy

    We can't judge people by their preachers. Rev. Wright is a product of his generation who has faced, felt, and been the victim of discrimination. How can anyone truly understand what it is like to be discriminated against based on the color of their skin if they are white? If Lou Dobbs thinks the Senator should have left that church years ago, then he needs to reevaluate many of his friends who have said something offensive and the same argument should apply or Mr. Dobbs is once again being a bit hypocritical or ignorant to the real issue at hand – that African-Americans still need a voice and are still on the back of the bus in mainstream America. I don't agree with Wright at all, but I do respect Senator Obama's decision to speak out against what he disagrees with and what he does support from Rev. Wright.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Lori Dean

    No, not at all. I cannot believe Obama is being held responsible for the words of another in the first place. No one is holding McCain responsible for Hagee or Rev Parsley, or Clinton for her involvement in "The Family" prayer group, or Pat Robertson for himself. Comments from any of these people barely create a ripple across the media pond. I think its laughable that the media wants to know what I think about the controversy it created. Are people not telling you what you want to hear yet? Is that why this tripe has been played ad nauseum for a week now?

    March 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Ed Reed

    No. There are plenty of whacky preachers in the country and all of them support one candidate or another.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    March 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  17. Anna, SW Missouri

    My opinion of Barack Obama, which is very positive, is only strengthen by the latest controversy of Rev. Wright. Of course there is racism in the US on both sides, and I am shocked that we white people think that we should be turning against Barack Obama for what his pastor has said. We do need an open dialogue about racism, and who better than Barack Obama can provide it. If we do not elect Barack Obama then there is no way that a Black candidate will ever be elected to the Presidency because the White candidate against any black candidate would only have to look to his black church and racism will raise its ugly head again.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  18. cammiecam

    Cammie in NY. Nope. Initially, when the videos of Rev. Wright surfaced, I was disappointed that Obama would continue to remain with a minster that would preach such hate, but that was only because I knew how those comments would look coming from the minister of a presidential nominee. Fifteen years ago, ten years ago, even five years ago, Obama had no idea he would be in the position he's in now, a viable candidate for the presidency. After watching his speech I understand his position better now. Many ministers in African American churches preach in the same way. Rev. Wrights comments were extreme, but many of them were true as well.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  19. Carl White

    Why was Obama so quick to accept the resignation of one of his foreign policy ad visors because of a remark about Hillary being a monster and yet stick with Pastor Wright. Could this be the first of many double standards we are about to see?
    De Pere, WI

    March 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Donna Wisconsin

    No. But the news media keeps separateing 'us'. It would sure be refreshing to have the news media simply say the canidates names WITHOUT refering to either of them as a Black Man or a Woman. You don't say "White" man when refering to McCain! Obama generates excitement not seen since Kennedy. And his experience is enough to keep him non-partisian which is what we need and want. Some how Clinton, as the wife of a president , gives her experience. Not even. Obama's experience in Illinois Politics is just fine with me. By the way: President Clinton did not have any national experience when he went to the White House. Tho neither did Bush and look where that got us.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  21. sherry

    Jack,
    thank you for asking this very pointed question! No, It has not changed my mind. J. Wrights comments were immature and wreckless, but I have chosen not to view them out of the context and emotion with which they were made. However, there will be many who will automatically react to them through their own prism of fear and insecurity, then project that onto Obama, and thats unfortunate. I only HOPE these same individuals will also one day be able to HEAR the profound message Obama gave on Tuesday. Then we will truly be living in the "shining city on a hill!

    thanks jack for the chance to get this off my chest. You are one cool dude!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  22. Joel H.

    No, but I could see why it would change some people's minds. We live in a highly racially charged society where any challenge to the white superiority mindset (of which I am actually part) no matter how indirect is to be considered disgusting and intollerable. There may be no real tangible evidence to indicate Sen. Obama fully subscribes to Rev. Wright's beliefs but in the collective eyes of the Clinton and McCain campaign he is guilty by circumstantial evidence by association. Therefore those who don't really read closely into the facts and only get their news from hatemonger pundits are likely to agree with their viewpoints.

    Joel H.
    Maysville, KY

    March 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  23. Courtney, 24, South Windsor, CT

    Absolutely not! First of all, nobody can control everything someone else says. We've seen this a million times thus far with this campaign, from both Clinton and Obama supporters. Second of all, unless I'm wholly mistaken, Hillary Clninton has probably never been called the n word. Reverned Wright's statements were inflammatory to a degree, yes, but the bottom line is what he said was intended for his congregation in a call to participate in the democratic process as much as anything else. Plus, anyone who has never at some time questioned the United States' actions and history, and is offended by Reverend Wright doing so, should really address his or her understanding of what being a citizen of a liberal democracy means.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  24. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    I know people like Rev. Wright. I used to listen to preachers like him. I don't like their style or message, but I don't judge them for it.

    I take into account that they were raised in a different environment. They were around before MLK and Malcolm X, while I was raised after that era. Back then, blacks had to fight like hell just to be elevated to second-class citizen status. Remember, we used to be treated as livestock.

    I look at it this way: Rev. Wright is old school, and Barack Obama is new school. Therefore, I relate more with Obama, while my father might have agreed more with Rev. Wright.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  25. Jay Webber

    No!! not in the least. Senator Obama has explained his views on the race issue, so that anybody would able to know where he stands. If we all were judged by what our friends, and acquaintances did or said, I don't think anyone would be elected to any office, except in New York!! I would like to know where the other two candidates stand on the race issue. God help them is one of their friends speak out before they do!! Jay from Edgewater, Florida

    March 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    I have been an Obama supporter for several months. Changing my view because of a Christian who has clearly anger issues would make me disloyal towards my candidate of choice. So no, it has not changed my opinion. As a matter of fact, it has improved my opinion that Obama is the best choice to bring this country together.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  27. Rosemary, California

    No, I hear the pundits. I would like to ask any white person in a America, especially those that are close to or around the age of a Rev. Wright, and ask them what type of attitude would you have if you saw or had some of the indignities happen to you but yet you stand and try to be a citizen of the country hoping for better days, served in the miliatry, still raise your children to be decent people in society, but you can't be upset at how society treats you at large?

    Did the Rev Wright speak like this every Sunday, No. What was caught was one sermon on any given Sunday and now the world is trying to crucify the man on one snipet of a sermon, and blow it all out of porportion. Those people who want to judge Barack by Rev. Wright, the conservative pundits, etc., They were never going to vote for Barack in the first place or even consider him. Those that are not wise enough to understand the big picture in this, fence sitters, would never be bold enough to say wait a minute, this is not Senator Obama. Those voters who change their minds about him, only needed one thing to make them do so anyway instead of taking the sum of the Man. They are people Hillary has been able to convince that she and Bill need another chance to be in the White House with the same old tired politics.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  28. Jerry Wilson

    No, it just confirmed my conclusion that Hillary is the better candidate, and would make a better president. It would be interesting to know if it changed the opinions of the media, and easily impressed individuals.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  29. Joan

    Absolutely not. If anything I have a greater respect for Senator Obama. He did what he had to do and found his speech, once again, very inspirational. It brought tears to my eyes. This should go down in history as one of the best speeches ever delivered by a politician. He is wonderfullly calm, intelligent and compassionate human being and it's sad there are not more like him. By the way I am a white 72 old lady!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  30. Tammy George

    Even though I do have questions regarding the Rev. Wright situation, I still believe based on the other choices we have been given, i.e, Clinton and McCain that Obama is still the best choice for nominee. I would love for him to answer the nagging question on why he stayed at the church so long. It seems to opposite to what I perceive Barack Obama to be. His spirit is so gentle and temperament so calm. My theory is that he was born again under his ministry and feels an emotional tie to him because of that. I am still voting for Barack Obama. I have a zillion more questions on Hillary's past as well as McCains. Give change a chance, it might just be a great thing.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  31. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    Rather than changing my opinion of Senator Obama, it has confirmed my belief that he should be president. A firestorm fanned mostly for political advantage over Senator Obama was turned into an opportunity for fireside chats about race relations in America. Obama demonstrated leadership, substance, and good judgment by delving into the causes of racial conflict in both the Black and White communities instead of pointing a finger at any one group. What other presidential candidate would have the vision and temperament to encourage a dialogue on a topic that most politicians avoid like the plague? Obama looks like our best shot at being a bridge over the troubled waters of race, economics, war, and healthcare.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  32. Ken, LA California

    My Opinion about Obama has not changed, what have realized is white people do not know about black people in this country, they are so segregated socialy that they cannot tell how black people react to Wrights racists remarks, the truth is most black people listen to these words and dont make too much of it, they have been mentioned in on the pulpit for a long time. Obama is paying for all our sins, he is a great guy he deserves the presidency.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  33. Amy Pacheco, Fall River MA

    NOPE!! I think it is a complete travesty that we are even questioning Obama's validity and candidacy. It is only his Pastor's opinion, not Obama's. Jack would you like it if you were judged by an opinion Wolf has (sorry Wolf, no offense)? I don't think anyone would. People are going to attack these candidates on every little thing,when they should be focusing on thier policies.
    Was it wrong, well I can't say because he has a right to his own opinion. Was it lude and crass, Yes, but I can think of many politicians, from both sides who have made lude and vicious remarks. Unfortunately for a lot of people they really don't understand that discrimination in the US still runs rampart. Look at Katrina and then look at California...how fast did FEMA respond to the latter? Much quicker than Katrina.
    I still respect Obama for the man he has shown us to be, upright, compassionate, lover of the US, loves his family, cares about and advocates for the poor & downtrodden , tries to help the troops and Vets, the list goes on and on. Should we judge this man by one unfortunate circumstance, or judge him by his character?
    If its by the former, well I think we should impeach almost ALL of the government officials, because they are guilty of alot more than this...look at our commander in cheif, need I say more?

    Obama has my vote!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  34. Jane Kidder

    NO. Well, maybe a little. It made me like him more for not buckling to the extremists and hatemongers.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  35. B. Petrocelli

    . . .Yes. After his dynamic speech, I am more convinced that ever that
    Senator Obama has more class than ever, and will definitely get my vote.

    YES WE CAN!!!!
    OBAMA O8

    March 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  36. Christine; Miami, Fl.

    Absolutely not. The words, thoughts, sentiments are not Obama's so why would I change my opinion of him? If he shared in his view, even I as an Afr. Amer. would be against such vile ancient views. However, again, they are not his sentiments so my feelings are the same for Obama. Speaking of feelings, my feelings for Hillary didn't change once it was discovered Bill lied to us regarding Monica, just as my feelings for him. You condem the sinner not the innocent! Grow up.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  37. Rich from WA

    Has the Reverend Jeremiah Wright episode changed your mind about Barack Obama?

    Not in the least Jack.

    I'm a middle aged white male living in the suburbs who still sees Senator Obama for his own worth and potential.

    Senator Obama speaks to me as a leader this country needs.
    He's not just running for an office, he's running to be a leader.
    That makes a big difference to me.

    He's already done more in his campaign to show his leadership potential and style, than the other candidates have done showing their craft of pitching of politicking.

    He's genuine and a natural leader I look up to and hope will move this country forward and away from the past and the problems Newt really forced onto the national dialog.

    He's taken on topics and disclosure head on instead of trying of bury them or brush them aside. This is conviction, integrity at it's finest.

    Senator Clinton always says it takes more than words.
    My response is simple, Words make the argument for or against a topic. The choice of words can either unite or divide. Those words can bring the undecided or foe into the debate and move the debate forward as a country, not as political adversaries. Hillary doesn't understand the importance of words, thus she tries to bring debate down to her level.

    Hillary has shown her division and political prowess in every stump speech and the divisive blame game she's playing in Michigan and Florida this month. She's shown her inability to change and move into the 21st Century debate.

    Senator McCain is a really genuine nice guy who means well. But my fears of his age, his mental capacity of late and his steadfast focus on a war vs the American economy, our society, our national identity and moving this country forward makes me believe he's not the leader for me.

    So again Jack, I have not changed my mind.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  38. TONY

    YOU BET IT HAS! I BELIEVE HE IS A RACIST (IN SPADES).

    TONY, VANCOUVER, WA.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  39. Ron Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    I am fairly certain that Mr. Obama does not share the same views as Mr. Wright. So that is not at issue. I think Mr. Obama has limited experience in the senate.

    Ron K. San Siego

    March 20, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  40. Nicki

    I grew up in the South, was friends with black students during busing, and was invited by these friends to visit several black church services. I totally understand Rev. Wright’s anger and comments on the treatment of black people. It’s the “damn America” and accusations that the government spread AIDS among black society that make me wonder how Obama could stay in his church, let alone appoint him to a position on his campaign

    March 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  41. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    Jack, it made me look into the matter further. I found that Rev. Wright is respected in the religious community and 5 minutes did not make the reveranend's entire career.

    Then after I explored it more, I had to remember that Obama is not Wright. Just like Obama is not his grandmother. Obama is the best of these two people and their experiences. Obama did not agree with any hateful language and Barack should be fairly judged on who he is and the views that he personally holds. Views that are unifying, universal, and just.

    So no, I have not changed my mind one bit about Barack Obama. I am convinced he is the most genuine and transparent political candidate we have ever had in a generation.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  42. Stan

    Yes, this so-called "controversy" has improved Barack Obama's image in my view. It has shown him to have a calm, reasoned approach to adversity. It has shown that he has an independent nature. It has shown him to be honest in his relationships with family and friends. Most importantly, it has shown him to be courageous in taking on volatile subjects (and opponents). He will have my vote in November if Democrats have the intelligence and the courage to nominate him.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  43. Amy_Michigan

    My opinion has not changed. Obama is the only candidate who can bring REAL change to Washington.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  44. judie molder

    welllllll...jack, i was beginning to think you didnt have a thought in your head besides bashing hillary. yes i believe poor barock got a splinter in his little finger. uhhh by the way im a lou dobbs independant. you really must broaden your horizons and subjects.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  45. jim in pennsylvania

    jack, absolutely not-– obama didnt make those statements. his
    preacher did..
    and u cant hang on to the fact that obama stayed in the church for 20 yrs and dint leave because of the preachers comments.
    i am a 65 yr old white male who has attended many services where the
    preacher said things i didnt approve of..
    i bet if u would play the entire epsode of the 30 second tape of his speech u would find out that a different meaning would be realized.
    i have never had a presidential candidate that impresses the way obama
    does.... i only hope that america wakes up and sees just how dirty the
    clintons really are............. they dont have any more kitchen sinks to thorw in - so lets get over obamas preacher and let him continue to do his campaigning.... oh i forgot- the clintons will make this a front
    page item until she finally realizes she wasted millions of dollars
    of the tax payers contrubutions for nothing...
    by the way--another one of my favorite people used to be ELTON
    JOHN-known for fighting aids fund raising..... i wonder what the
    american people think about him raising money to be wasted on the
    dirty clinton trail???????
    meanwhile a 100 or so people will die while she spends the fund raising money that ELTON JOHN raised for her
    HOW SAD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..

    March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  46. Tosha-Atlanta, GA

    No- As Obama mentioned in his unity speech, that there is alot of resentment in the African American community about the laws of the land less than fifty years ago. It is easy for the media to take this non-issue and run with it. I wonder how complacent they would be if they were discriminated against or physically abused because of their skin color. Their emotions would be exactly the same. Let us move past this and focus on the issues of high gas prices, lost jobs, and the decreasing of the dollar. Please stop these devisive topics and unit the democratic party.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  47. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    Jack, it made me look into the matter further. I found that Rev. Wright is respected in the religious community and 5 minutes did not make the reverend’s entire career.

    Then after I explored it more, I had to remember that Obama is not Wright. Just like Obama is not his grandmother. Obama is the best of these two people and their experiences. Obama did not agree with any hateful language and Barack should be fairly judged on who he is and the views that he personally holds. Views that are unifying, universal, and just.

    So no, I have not changed my mind one bit about Barack Obama. I am convinced he is the most genuine and transparent political candidate we have ever had in a generation.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  48. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Reverend Wright's rants don't affect my opionion of Obama. But it does affect my opinion of whether or not Obama is electable, and I'd say it hurts his chances. The fringe groups will use clips of Wright's diatribes relentlessly during the campaign against Obama. And the Republicans won't denounce such tactics until after they win votes from race baiting. This will be a Swift Boat lynching.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  49. Jerry, Fayetteville Tennessee

    Not at all. Wright has said some things that were way over the top, but I've heard a lot of preachers do that – I've just never been in a congregation that included a future Presidential candidate, so those preachers haven't shown up on YouTube. Either Obama has made his candidacy an honest attempt to move beyond race, or he's a liar. I prefer to believe he's honest.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  50. Tracy

    I always viewed Obama as a candidate without substance, experience or depth to be Commander and Chief. His rhetoric didn't inspire me. His long association (not episode) with Wright only confirmed what I suspected to be true--Obama's words mean nothing. His actions speak volumes and his "historic speech" on race was a political move. Thanks to the media Obama's nature and character was largely left unexamined and unchallenged.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  51. Bonnie/New Port Richey FL

    I have always thought of Barrack Obama as a very good candidate and if Hillary didn't make it I was sure I could vote for him. I have to be honest , now I am not so sure. I have a hard time disassociating him with Rev. Wright. You just can't be with someone 20 years and not know their views. You can denounce and reject their opinions but you don't put them on your campaign staff and continue to associate yourself with them and their spiritual guidance. I find it very scary.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  52. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    No. I didn't like or trust Barack Obama's word(s) from the beginning. He is playing the new dirty politics game: his "campaign" played dirty, went negative, while he stayed "clean" and was positive. This way, he looks good for not personally going negative (even though he first played negative about the Iraq War Vote), and for releasing members of his campaign who did go negative on his behalf.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  53. Eric Campbell River B.C.

    No, I allways thought he was a smooth talking politicitian, just like Bush and Bill, he has half the nation and most of the meadia using the word "change" like he invented it. It's the word every challenger to every post has used in every election. Aparently, change means more of the same.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  54. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    No. I didn't like or trust Barack Obama's word(s) from the beginning. He is playing the new dirty politics game: his "campaign" played dirty, went negative, while he stayed "clean" and was positive. This way, he looks good for not personally going negative (even though he first played negative about the Iraq War Vote), and for releasing members of his campaign who did go negative on his behalf minus Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  55. Michael Guss

    No, my opinion of Senator Obama has not changed. My opinion of the narrow minded gas bags in the press took a steep nose dive though. We spent a week discussing 10 seconds of a sermon. But we didn't discuss 5 years of a needless war. We didn't discuss the health care crisis in America. We didn't discuss the collapse of a major bank. We didn't discuss the fact that 4,000 men and women have died for this country in Iraq. We may have briefly seen their names, but we haven't heard the stories–of the families and children they've left behind. The media is clearly a rotten institution in dire need of reform.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  56. Ben

    The controversy has changed my mind on how I view the media, your channel especially, my friend. It's unbelievable to me that you have 24 hours to cover news on the anniversary of the Iraq war, a day when the market continued to show us our precarious economic condition, and you talk about what a presidential candidate's pastor said, while never adding any context, or even listening to the context provided in Obama's speech. The only question you're able to ask is: did it work? Pathetic.

    This has only strengthened my support for Obama and lost you ratings.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  57. Michael Guss

    No, my opinion of Senator Obama has not changed. My opinion of the narrow minded gas bags in the press took a steep nose dive though. We spent a week discussing 10 seconds of a sermon. But we didn’t discuss 5 years of a needless war. We didn’t discuss the health care crisis in America. We didn’t discuss the collapse of a major bank. We didn’t discuss the fact that 4,000 men and women have died for this country in Iraq. We may have briefly seen their names, but we haven’t heard the stories–of the families and children they’ve left behind. The media is clearly a rotten institution in dire need of reform.

    Hagerstown, MD

    March 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  58. Mark

    Hearing Jeremiah Wright's vitriolic remarks certainly gave me second thoughts about supporting Barack Obama, until I heard Mr. Obama's speech. St. Peter cursed and denied he was a follower of Jesus, but Jesus didn't forsake him. Mr. Obama's didn't forsake his friend either. That showed me a great deal about Mr. Obama's character. I remember Martin Luther King's words exhorting us to judge a man by his character, not the color of his skin. This I will do. I am a middle aged white man from below the Mason-Dixon line. All my life I have seen how the black Americans have been treated. When I put myself in Jeremiah Wright's shoes, I can understand how he and other black Americans must feel and empathize with them. Unlike Jeremiah Wright, I have seen much progress made in this country regarding race relations, however, we still have much progress to make. I see Barack Obama as an opportunity for America to make another step in that progress. He is a sterling example of what America has to be proud of.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  59. Anton Bursch

    No. I spent my whole childhood in church. Christians believe in hell. They think everyone who isn't a Christian is going to burn in hell forever. Ask Jews, Muslims, Budhists and Atheists what they think about that being preached every week from the churches of John McCain's spiritual advisors John Hagee and Rod Parsley. What Rev Wright said was nothing compared to that.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  60. Erin in Battle Creek

    NO, but it has changed my opinion about the media. You guys are supposed to report the news not create it. Okay, the guy's pastor is controversial. It is a worthy topic. But to have drummed it into the ears of listeners everywhere, is to have played off the dorment (and not so dormant) fears of those who are suspicious of anyone different from themselves. And let's be honest, is it really THAT shocking that African-Americans experience a different America? Are we so naive as to think that the United States hasn't played even a small role in the caustic hatred that has been brutally spewed at us by extremists.
    This country needs to wake up and grow up!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  61. Kay

    Hi Jack,

    I have got to be completely honest with you; if ever I liked Barack Obama before, I absolutely love him now. The controversial sermon from his pastor Rev. Wright, are honestly something that "needed" to happen to get this country to realize that scars from racism are still there, and there is no need to cover it up with a politically correct bandage every time it happens. Obama took this situation and showed us that we need to deal with it "now." The time is "now." If we get carried away with this, how can we ever come together? He showed the courage and leadership of a sincere and honest President that gave the American people and those that are watching us what we have been constantly crying for: the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it's better than only being told what sounds good to only win our hearts and deceive us behind our backs. That is what so many Administrations for so long, including the current Bush Administration has been doing and it's not right. Obama could have dismissed his pastor and separated himself from him to "please the minds of those watching to win votes," but he chose to be truthful and to show that though his pastor may be imperfect in his thoughts, he will not just throw him away as if he never meant anything to him. That took courage and love- and that is a true sign of Christianity. Who in this world is perfect? But more importantly, who can take an imperfect, detrimental situation, and be truthful and upright when dealing with it: Barack Obama. And if Barack would have dis-owned his pastor, I can promise you all that the media and especially conservative critics like Rush Limbaugh, would have found something else to pounce on Obama about. If it's not one thing, it's another. Let's all be glad that we have a candidate that is trying something new for once: the plain truth. And more importantly, let's begin to unite so that we can deal with this together as a United family. This is Obama's goal, and it's one we all should support if we want to see our country and the futures of our children be properly placed on the road to prosperity.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  62. CLARENCE FIELDS

    I am really amazed at how divided this country really is, It is clearly yet painfuly obvious much Obama means to REV. Wright. His actions reflect that of a parent if I can use the term whose child has been wronged unjustly. And remarks how ever inflamatory they maybe appear to be, only reflects the depths of the scars that racism his inflicted upon those of america who have been looked down upon as second class citizens. What's really sad is that there exist a segement of black america who who treat other blacks as worse as some whites have over the years, it would be a relief for my soul if this issue was a addressed openly and honestly. For those who insist that racism doesn't exist are not christians, for Jesus made that point clear with the woman at the well, and if you do not embrace Rev. Wright then you are just as guilty as those who wanted to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery. I'm not as educated as those of you in the media, or those of you who operate your radio programs, but I like to believe that I am a proud american, but how proud can I be when you see your own country catering to the needs of others, while ours go unmet. Baltimore, Maryland

    March 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  63. Vince FL.

    Absolutely not!!!!!! As far as Obama remaining a part of his church,he should, as long as he is comfortable worshipping there. I have heard Rev. Wright speak on several occasions and have never heard him say the kinds of things that are being aired. These sermons were preached in 03. The question is, what have we heard Obama say? he's the one running for President not Rev. Wright.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  64. Mary Mansour

    I still admire and love Barack Obama....even more after this episode. I just pray he gets though it and into the White House.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  65. Richard, Washington State

    Not in the least Jack.

    I'm a middle aged white male living in the suburbs who still sees Senator Obama for his OWN worth and potential.

    Senator Obama speaks to me as a leader this country needs.
    He's not just running for an office, he's running to be a leader.
    That makes a big difference to me.

    He's already done more in his campaign to show his leadership potential and style, than the other candidates have done showing their craft of pitching of politicking.

    He's genuine and a natural leader I look up to and hope will move this country forward and away from the past and the problems Newt really forced onto the national dialog.

    He's taken on topics and disclosure head on instead of trying of bury them or brush them aside. This is conviction, integrity at it's finest.

    Senator Clinton always says it takes more than words.
    My response is simple, Words make the argument for or against a topic. The choice of words can either unite or divide. Those words can bring the undecided or foe into the debate and move the debate forward as a country, not as political adversaries. Hillary doesn't understand the importance of words, thus she tries to bring debate down to her level.

    Hillary has shown her division and political prowess in every stump speech and the divisive blame game she's playing in Michigan and Florida this month. She's shown her inability to change and move into the 21st Century debate.

    Senator McCain is a really genuine nice guy who means well. But my fears of his age, his mental capacity of late and his steadfast focus on a war vs the American economy, our society, our national identity and moving this country forward makes me believe he's not the leader for me.

    So again the answer is No this hasn't change my mind. I am still a full fledged Senator Obama supporter.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  66. Mary Mansour

    PS, I am a 68 year old white woman from ALABAMA

    March 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  67. Angie

    Absolutely not Jack. Obama didn't say the words. I think the media is more obsessed with this story than the public. It is the economy stupid. It is the high gas prices. I want a leader that will fix those problems for me. I judge Obama on his own merits. There are many politicians who attend church and support equally as explosive seperatist like Hagee and Jerry Farwell. Hagee was the one who said Katrina was a blessing from God to kill the sin in New Orleans and McCain calls him his spiritual advisor and welcome his support.

    Jack just take a listen to this preacher. I hope you have a barf bag on hand. He would fit perfectly on the fox network.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khuu-RhOBDU

    March 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  68. steve

    i was going to vote for borat obama but after all the pandering to him by the media i will now vote for anyone but him . north carolina

    March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  69. Calvin Raleigh, NC

    No, it has not changed my mind. My close friends are always saying something I don't like are agree with. However, I respectful agree to disagree with them. I don't disown them. Nobody is perfect. Not even men of God. I have disagreed with many things my pastor has said but thats no reason to turn your back on your church's community. Plus, I am all for freedom of speech. I totally against censorship. Without the airing out of negativity we can never make true progress. However, we need to used the air out process to build a positive movement. The issues of race, religion, and patrotism are three topics that can get really ugly especially when mixed together. It can get really ugly if people are not willing to seat down and dismiss their own prejudices and short comings before talking.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  70. SLY IN FL.

    NOT AT ALL JACK, REV.WRIGHT'S COMMENTS ARE NOT MY VIEWS...THEY ARE HIS VIEWS...HE IS STILL ALLOWED TO SAY WHATEVER HE WANTS TO IN THIS COUNTRY. HE IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. OBAMA HAS SAID OVER AND OVER THAT HE DOESN'T AGREE OR CONDON. DOES ANY ONE REALLY BELIEVE THAT OBAMA SHARES THE VIEWS OF HIS FORMER PASTOR? ITS CLEAR THAT HE IS HIS OWN MAN. HE'S NOT THE ONE WHO SHOT A FRIEND IN THE FACE,GAVE NO BID CONTRACTS TO FRIENDS,OR LIED UNDER OATH AND WAS EMPEACHED. SOME OF YOU MAY WANT TO JUMP OFF YOUR SOAPBOXES UNLESS YOU WISH TO SIT THERE A COMPLAIN UNTIL THE REPO MAN SHOWS UP TO TAKE IT FROM YOU. THERE ARE LARGER ISSUES TO DEAL WITH AND HAVE ZERO BEARING ON THE WORDS OF A RETIRED PREACHER IN CHICAGO.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  71. Mark

    As someone who was previously not a supporter of Senator Obama the Rev. Wright controversyl led me to do some fact checking on what I thought were reprehensible mischaracterizations of the U.S. government. Using CNN as a source for some of the fact checking it turns out that the U.S. government did have a large role in bringing drugs to the African American community (See Iran-Contra), the U.S. goverment did enact drug sentncing guidlines that impacted the African American community more harsly (See Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidlines – See Senator Biden's recent statements), the U.S. government did knowingly infect African American males with the syphllis virus to witness it's effects (See Tuskeegee Expirement), the U.S. government has exploited and proped up rutheless dictators in the Mid-East (See Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein and others) that have inflamed anti-american sentiment. Rev. Wright's comments are in-excusible and diminshed any opportunity for him to use his position to have a legitimate debate on the issues he raised. I certainly hope CNN will explore the issues raised in Rev. Wright's comments, I beleive Anderson Cooper does a segment called "Keeping Them Honest" and discuss if their is any truth to what Rev. Wright has claimed.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  72. Brian, Cincinnati

    Changed my mind? No.

    Affected my opinion? Yes.

    I had heard about Rev Wright on the radio from that right wing nut case Sean Hannity months ago. The fact that Obama chose the high road in how to address the issue. The fact that Obama chose to not through his pastor 'under the bus', as most politicians would have done. The fact that Obama stood up and took it head on, telling Americans what they needed to hear, not just telling us what many wanted to hear. All of that affected my opinion of him... for the better.

    It's refreshing to have a politician tell us the truth and in a manner in which we need to hear it. Of course there will be many that think it wasn't enough, like those that support the President that lies to us and the Vice President saying "So?" when asked how he felt that 2/3rds of Americans were against the war.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  73. robert from nc

    Help, is the media ever going to get back to the news. I need to know about the economy Jack...Which one of these candidates has a plan to save my bacon! I really have no interest in the Rev. Wright, he is not running for President...Bring the troops home, insure the poor, feed the hungry, that's what is important to me Jack.

    The 3 cable news networks need to get back to basic news reporting and stop talking amongst themselves...I am sick and tried of listening to opinion, I have my own.

    Back to basics folks or it's back to the movie channel for me!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  74. Gregory Wonderwheel

    Not at all.

    I'm sad to see that Obama felt he had to jump through the apology and disassociation hoops regarding Rev. Wright's comments instead of analysing them for the challenge they presented. Obama said Rev. Wright's comments were "inexcusable." He is wrong to say so. He is kow-towing to the right-wing.

    For example, Wright dared to say the 9/11 was America's foreign policy "comming home to roost." Well, he was pointing out the consequences of actions on the human level. He wasn't saying God was punishing America, he was saying that if you hit someone in the face they are very likely to hit back and 9/11 was an example of hit back.

    Now compare that to McCaiin's endorser Pat Robertson who claims to know God's intentions and supports the view that 9/11 was God's own act upon America as punishment for America's support of gays.

    Which comment is not only more absurd, which is more blasphemous? Wright was making a comment about human behavior. Robertson dares to presumne that he knows God's thoughts and will. Saying that 9/11 was a human act as Wright did is tame compared to Robetson's insane babbling. Why doesn't the main stream media ask McCain to renounce Robertson's support?

    Why indeed?

    Consider Wright's comments saying "Damn America". Was that any more outrageous than Robertson's comments? Wright says that America is damning itself, not that God is damning us. But while Robertson condemns America's support for the human rights of gays, Wright is condemning Americas failure to live up to human rights.

    Wrights comments were entirely and completely in accord with the Old Testement prophets like Micah and Isaiah.

    If conservative evangelical Christians are going to be upset over Wright's comments then they are in fact disavowing the Old Testement.

    What Rev. Wright said is exactly identical to and nothing different than what Micah said in Chapter 3:

    1 Then I said,
    "Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of the house of Israel.
    Should you not know justice,
    2 you who hate good and love evil;
    who tear the skin from my people
    and the flesh from their bones;

    3 who eat my people's flesh,
    strip off their skin
    and break their bones in pieces;
    who chop them up like meat for the pan,
    like flesh for the pot?"

    4 Then they will cry out to the LORD,
    but he will not answer them.
    At that time he will hide his face from them
    because of the evil they have done.

    Obama, is correct to point out that Wright's comments may be taken to be speaking of America as a static condition, and that what is always the essential issue is how to make a more perfect union. Since how to make a more perfect union is the democratic challenge, Obama is the only candidate among Clinton, McCain, and himself, who is directly speaking to the Constitution's ideal of making a more perfect union.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  75. Carolyn in Houston

    Absolutely not. The speech Senator Obama gave on Tuesday reaffirms my commitment to and support for his candidacy. The right wing can make as much ado as it pleases about Reverend Wright's comments. Fact is Senator Obama is one of those rare jewels of a candidate that only occasionally happens in a generation. He has far more substance and integrity than the entire lot of those who attack him so ruthlessly and relentlessly.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  76. Nikki in New Jersey

    Nope.

    Just as her prior involvement with NAFTA doesn't change my opinion of Senator Clinton. I'm still fired up and ready to go. How 'bout you Jack?

    OBAMA 08.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  77. MK in SC

    The Reverend Jeremiah Wright 'episode' became one with the continual looping of an isolated remark that was not Obama's. The looped airing of Obama's ex-pastor painted an out-of-context negative racial image, and I think the media got carried away with a provacative image and sound bite that ultimately was a negative racial statement made by them. Obama has only reaffirmed by positive opinion of him in his brilliant speech the other day, and by running a positive campaign that rises above the fray.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  78. colin (los angeles)

    why should the views of Wright change my mind or anyones mind about Obama if the infidelity, distrust, disgrace and sex scandal of Bill Clinton as president didnt change the mind of his supporters and his wife when he was in office? Obama stands for change, a new america. a new vision that will bring many races and quite possibly many nations together. we can not be at fault for the views and opinions of any one individual. i've always hated cheese cake as a kid and my mother loved baking it. should i disown my mother becuz i dont like cheese cake or disagree with her baking cheese cake over chocolate? my point is, you can love and respect someone for direction or love they have giving you in your life but doesnt mean you agree with all their views. Hillary is at again. what's next Billary? my god whats next ?

    March 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  79. Jed from Chico, CA

    As long as there is war, as long as Americans seek better jobs and lower prices, as long as America has a tarnished image abroad, as long as the dollar continues to lose value, as long as our citizens are less safe, as long as there are those without health care and as long as there are children unable to obtain a quality education we will need a man like Barack Obama. The public availabilty of brief snippets of sermons from his former pastor has not changed Obama's judgment or his ability to lead.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  80. Larry - Fulton, Ill.

    No, Obama didn't put the words in his mouth. This was just some old guy spouting off when he shouldn't have. It's nothing more than what Geraldine Ferraro had to say. Both candidates have distanced themselves from people making inflammatory remarks. Lets move on.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  81. Jeff, Florida

    If this is all the "dirt" the Clintons can dig up on Barack Obama, then we should be proud to have him as our president. With everything they throw at him, he's remained calm, cool and collected, and pointed out the very fact that they are more interested in talking about the dirt than about the real issues that are affecting the average citizen on a daily basis. I wonder if the Clinton's live in a glass house...

    March 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  82. Kat from NH

    It absolutely has....... for the better !! Barack's reaction to all the brouhaha was stellar ! I feel this man has the courage, strength and convictions to stand up to the GOP onslaught on the path to November.

    Hillary still has a few skeletons in the closet yet to be opened - I doubt she will deal with them in such a dignified and brilliant manner.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  83. gordon

    Of course Jack, Obama wants the nomination so badly, he "attacked "is poor defenseless Grandmother. Can you imagine putting what Obama claimed he heard her say in the same sentense he did not hear what his pastor said?

    Gordon
    Texas

    March 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  84. Micah, Annandale, VA

    Obama's association with Rev. Wright only strengthens my opinion of him as a uniter.
    What other candidate could even shine a light on this segment of the black community, while simultaneously appealing to as many other demographics as Obama has during this political season?
    Is the Reverend Jeremiah Wright not an American, the same as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or any other American religious leader who espouses controversial social commentary or judgement?

    March 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  85. Carolyn in Houston

    Speaking of Reverend Wright, in order to make the news fair and balanced, CNN might want to share with its viewers what the son of a former powerful leader of the Religious Right , the late Reverend Francis Schaeffer, has to say about the Right's hypocrisy where Reverend Wright is concerned. Mr. Frank Schaeffer wrote an article entitled “Obama’s Minister Committed Treason but When My Father Said the Same Thing He was a Republican Hero.”

    Mr. Schaeffer writes:

    “When Senator Obama's preacher thundered about racism and injustice Obama suffered smear-by-association. But when my late father - Religious Right leader Francis Schaeffer - denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the US government, he was invited to lunch with presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, Sr.”

    March 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  86. Sharon from Michigan

    Nothing has changed my mind. Obama deserves to win. He's had to fight against many odds in this campaign, some things a little underhanded, some things a little dirty, and some things down right unfair. He has held himself calm and collected and met the challenges head on. He will make a brilliant President.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  87. Nikki in Somerset, New Jersey

    Nope.

    Just as her prior involvement with NAFTA doesn’t change my opinion of Senator Clinton. I’m still fired up and ready to go. How ’bout you Jack?

    OBAMA 08.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  88. Dorian, Newark NJ

    My opinion about Obama has not changed. Being a young black american I hear these types of statements all the time from different venues, but that doesn't mean that's my opinion or my view of the world. Obama has stated his views and that's what I'm basing my opinion of him on, not on the words of another person with the freedom to say whatever is on his mind.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  89. MIchael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Definitively not. This is a passionately racist country; racism is a pathological anxiety for America, and it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future, unless Americans work it out of themselves. Americans have to decide if they want to stop it; curtail it; or to do the right thing... only then will it be done, but not until then.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  90. Angela, Kentucky

    I'm still an Obama supporter and even prouder of him after his speech. I have people in my circle of friends and family who aren't always 100% unbiased or given to saying things occasionally that aren't politically correct. They know where I disagree with them but I don't disown them. Most are pretty good people, but, they are human and have their failings. They are not extremists and wouldn't hurt anyone. If I lived my life only associating with those who believe and express themselves exactly like me, I would be missing some dear loved ones. Besides how do you cross those cultural divides unless you are communicating and learning amongst each other on a day to day real life basis.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  91. john w.

    yes it has. i voted for sen hiliary in the tex primary but after seeing the way barrack conducted himself during this ugly situation, i will definitely throw my support to him from now on. we(the American people) should have had a national dialogue on race 100 years ago! perhaps we would be at higher level than the scum level we are at now in terms of race relations amongst all the different races of this country. and maybe we could have skipped over 50 years of jim crowe laws!!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  92. John Donna, Texas

    Yes, it makes me question his "judgment" and he doesn't seem like a "uniter" anymore.

    His speech seperated African Americans and White Americans, and he made Hispanics and Asians bystanders.

    John
    Donna, Texas

    March 20, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  93. B, Forest

    The way Obama has handled this has made me admire him more. I don't understand why so much is being made of his former pastor's remarks. Obama has denounced and rejected them. Why won't the media let it go? I understand the right wing latching on. They are full of hate and fear. What I don't understand why the MSM keeps it alive.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  94. Ray in PA

    Barrack tried to make this controversy about race. It's about judgment and leadership.
    A true leader would have exposed and denounced this behavior when it occurred not when it became politically expedient.
    There's no Profile in Courage here.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  95. Allen L Wenger

    No, I would hate to be judged by some of the things my circle of people have said.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  96. MAGGIE

    Absolutely not. I believe that we need a different direction in the White House and, I believe, he is the direction we need. Litchfield MN 55355

    March 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  97. I'm about to move to France.

    Absolutely not. I am disgusted with this country.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  98. Adam, Florida

    Yes, it has made me even more confident that he is the person I want to be the president of the US. You can't help but admire the fact that despite what would be best for his campaign, he choose to stand by a man that he admits, although flawed, is like family to him. It shows that Obama IS a different type of politician; he is willing to stand on his integrity, no matter what the political consequences. He is a breathe of fresh air in a arena where politicians will say anything to get elected.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  99. DJ

    No it has not changed my opinion of Barack Obama, I never thought much of him to begin with.

    To see so much support remain in light of this kind of thing is very disturbing to me and has definitely made me take a look and re-evaluate my opinion of America as a whole. I thought we [America] were better than this, to excuse these relationships so easily makes me wonder where America is truly headed as a whole. GOD help us!

    March 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  100. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Certainly not. I am just imploring the rest of us to try to listen to those comments with our thinking caps on, and may be we will see them for what they are- an unwarranted attack on the government and Hillary, simple. I still cannot hear one word of race hate in them except if we assume that the government and Hillary are synonymous with the white race. If anything the speech has led me to conclude that Wright is a very angry American but fails to tell me anything about Obama. I am still forced to assess Obama based on his plans for America and still cannot for him on the it. Let's talk issues and not personalities because America is greater than any personality.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  101. Ed Murkovich, Virginia City, NV

    Jack;
    Not at all. Where was the media asking George W Bush to repudiate Pat Robertson and Jerry Fallwell when they said the U.S. deserved 9/11, because of immorality? Those comments were far worse than this Wright guy's comments.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  102. haiticuba

    N-O Jack! hillary and the company she keeps around her are cunning, but I'm to smart for this kind of manipulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Haiticuba
    God bless Obama

    March 20, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  103. independent

    No, I didn't like him before and I now know why...He is a liar, and a racist. How dare he justify his affiliation with a hate monger. You media people are so easily fooled. He lied about being present when Wright was spewing hateful words about America. He has put his two girls in the middle of all this hateful rhetoric. Are you media so blind to what this is all about? Give me a break! "I am a uniter not a divider," where have I heard that nonsense before?

    The last time a politician stood by his man (Bush, Rumsfeld) remember them? It cost Bush the house and the senate in 2006. What do you think loyalty will cost Obama?

    March 20, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  104. Ted Beaverton, OR

    No, it has not changed. My opinion about Wolf Blitzer would not change if you Jack, constantly raled against CNN and mentioned Wolf's name either. And you spend a helluva lot more time with Wolf daily, than Obama did with Wright on a weekly basis. It's the shallow minds of the non-thinkers who will change. Now if MSM will quit pouring gas on the fire by interminable playing of the damning clip, maybe we can get back to normal. And Wolf, you do wear a white hat.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  105. Jillian

    Yes it has for several reasons.
    Rev Wright has played an enormous role in Obama's life. The house of worship you attend is where you get in touch with your spiritual side.
    Now we find out that Obama's spiritual leader is full of hatred and racism and anger.

    Second – all of this time I have been wondering why the "unity" candidate is running as an African-American, and not a child of a 'mixed' marriage, He never mentioned his white mother – until it was politically necessary.

    Third – I feel like he threw his grandmother under the bus. It was interesting to me how he used her to make a point on racism, and then went on to say how much she loved him....but neglected to say that he loved her and how thankful he was to have her raise him.

    Obama is a phony.
    No wonder why he always sounds like a preacher when he talks.

    March 20, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  106. John ,Naples FL

    Drivers licenses for illegal’s Amnesty more welfare unsecured borders and no plan to secure them ending NAFTA (wink wink) and the list goes on and on the Rev Racist Wright was just the Cherry on the cake There is no way in Hell I would ever vote for Obama

    March 20, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  107. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    No jack it has not. We all have acquaintences who embarress us from time to time. It has convinced me that I would never vote for the wrong Reverand Wright and I am really looking forward to Senator McCain's upcoming guilt by association trials. I wonder if those over fed over paid right wing republican talking radio heads will go into the same feeding frenzy they're enjoying now when McCain's feet are to the fire for his association with the cheney/bush war mongering administration?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  108. Calvin Raleigh, NC

    No, it has not changed my mind. Poverty is root of the weed of so many problems within this society. We can solve homelessness, poor education, unemployement, interclass conflict, drugs, ignorance, and hate if we solve the poverty problems. We can not build a brigher more opportunity filled america with subgrade material. We need to air out our dirty issues to move forward and make true progress. Black men still make less than their white man, white female, and black female counterparts. Women are still subject to sexiest acts, comments, and abuse.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  109. Donna-Mobile, AL

    Yes. Before I thought he was a good candidate for president; but after seeing him make that speech in an attempt to explain his relationship to Rev. Wright, I now think that Barack Obama is the GREATEST CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE IN MY LIFE!!!

    Obama '08

    March 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  110. Patricia

    Let's see.... Barack made this about race??? I don't think so, it was Bill Clinton who made the 1st comment about Sen. Obama's win in North Carolina.
    As far as whether Rev. Wright's comments have affected the way I think about Sen. Obama, I don't remember anybody saying anything about some of the reallllllllllly stupid things that the late Jerry Fallwell let slip out of his fat mouth. Nor do I remember anybody slamming Pat Robertson for some of the reallllllllly hateful crap that came out of his trap either. So if you all don't mind, let the "Cup" pass from Sen. Obama & do not make him drink it.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  111. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    The challenging situation showed us what Obama is made of. I'm proud he's a Christian, a Democrat, an American. After the past 7 years the nation is crying out for a hero. "Ask and it shall be given."

    March 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  112. Mary Sender

    If anything, I am rating my opinion of him higher than before. If the situation were reversed, Hillary would throw her mother under the bus if she could gain more votes. I am a white female and I have the utmost respect for the fact the Barack repudiated his pastor's comments but not the pastor himself. It takes a man of integrity to stand there knowing full well he could lose votes if he didn't disavow his relationship with the pastor but at the same time letting us know that he absolutely does not agree with the comments.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  113. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    The Reverand was, in his own way, pointing out the failures of our government and it's foreign policy. The super patriots who criticised him can not admit that this country is in fact the biggest exporter of death in the world. It was us that dropped the bombs that killed hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians. It was us that carried on the mistake in Viet Nam that resulted in 3 million deaths. And now we are occupying another nation to acquire their resources, again. This country needs more of the kind of critical self evaluation Reverend Williams was offering. His statements contained the truth delivered provocatively and it stings.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  114. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    Not in the slightist. If Obama had said these thing's I would surely think twice but the fact is what was said were the views of another man. How can one person be held accountable for the views of everyone they know? I wouldn't dream of passing up the best chance for a new beginning in this country based on the surly comments of a tired old man, who is not the person running. No sir, I'm too mature to allow a 30 second video clip of another man dissuade me form the Honest Change that is Barack Obama.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  115. Ronald

    I am more impressed with Obama and his response to the unfair attacks on his pastor's sermons than I was before. Even Mike Huckabee calls these attacks unfair. Shamefully, many in the main stream media are trying to use this to keep people interested in a race which is already over – Obama is ahead on every count . . . and after this episode, there is no doubt that he has out-classed his opponents too.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  116. Kathleen Ritch

    The Wright episode has only reinforced my opinion of Obama. He is a political animal masquerading as a force for change because it is expedient. Where was his judgment in associating with such a controversial figure as Wright? He would excoriate a white candidate for backing a similarly negative personality with a racist bent. However, it is obvious that Obama cannot disassociate himself entirely with Wright without losing some African American support. He needs the Black vote in North Carolina and Pennsylvania in order to stay competitive. Obama used Wright much like he used his association with Rezko in his quest for political power in Illinois. Why does CNN fail to question his "judgment" on both issues in it's 24/7 Obamathon?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  117. Joe in DE

    A very little but it seems to have had a stronger affect on the general public. Maybe heshould start thinking abiout the second spot to give time for this ton wear off and for him to season.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  118. john w. killeen, tx

    yes, i will fully support him!!! we (the american people) should have had a national dialogue on race in this country 100 years ago! Peerhaps we could have avoided jim crowe laws and the horrific affect it had on the black community! Perhaps we would not need to enact welfare or affirmative action laws to off set the large advantage given to a particular group of people while inflicting hardship on another group! and perhaps we could look at the character of a person rather than color of skin of a person to decide if they are good or bad!

    john, killeen, tex

    March 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  119. kimberley Vancouver, Canada

    Yes it has. He is even a better person that I thought he was before. His speach as an explination of his feelings was inspiring and revealing. It shows he will be far and thoughtful in all his decissions. If he does not get elected I will be very sad.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  120. Holly, Milwaukee, WI

    My opinion of Barack Obama has not changed. My disgust with the non-stop spectacle that passes for serious news has deepened. It's a never-ending merry-go-round of uninformed, hypocritical, decontextualized garbage aimed not at truly educating, truly informing, truly raising the level of discourse in this country but at keeping us entertained and ignorant. If instead journalists, pundits, and citizens spent their time and energy actually working to solve this nation's problems– ending this pointless, bloody war; fixing our floundering economy; providing Americans with affordable health care and education; and tackling global warming to start with–we could make profound, necessary, lasting changes that are crucial to not only improving but ensuring the security, health, and greatness of our nation.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  121. Judi from Dallas, TX

    Not in the least. I wish instead of constantly replaying and discussing Reverend Wright's snippets, the media would play Barack's entire incredible speech in Prime Time instead of 10 AM on a Tuesday. Hopefully the common sense of America will see the visions of great leadership vs. old school politics. Barack couldn't have been any more eloquent in his words or his delivery, and his ability to address such sensitive topics in such an honest and brilliant manner proves he is not one to run from any issue that is on the table. So, Hillary, where are your tax documents that you promised we'd get right after the March 4th Super Tuesday after which you said you would have time. And is anyone more scared of John McCain's lack of memory in Iraq than they are of Barack's association with a Reverend? I AM!!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  122. Mary

    NO, and I don't think Sen Obama should be held on the wall for something his Pastor has said. I think the media sould be asking the Rev. Wright himself what he meant regarding his statements. and let Sen. Obama go on with this election. Unless by attacking Sen. Obama is away for the Clinton machine to gain avantage over hin in the election, go figure.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  123. Phyllis Hancock

    It confirmed my reason for wanting Hillary to be our president. Obama gave an interesting speech. However, he was cleaver and made his focus on race. In doing this, Obama was able to down play Rev.Wright’s anti-American statements. (I am sure veterans, people who lost love ones on 9/11, people who have a family member in the military and other proud Americans found Rev. Wright’s anti-American sermons upsetting. These people have trouble understanding how Obama, candidate for president of United State, could have sat and listened to even one anti-American sermon. and how many others over a twenty year period. Another major reason for concern is that in addition to being Obama’s pastor, Rev. Wright was also his Mentor! What did Obama learn from his teacher?

    Phyllis Media PA

    March 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  124. John

    Rev Wright puts the blame of 911 on the United States. The fact that it has taken Sen Obama almost 7 years to denounce these statements says much about the man. Would Sen Obama have denounced the Rev Wright if he were not running for President? I think not, if Sen Obama were truly offended by this and other statements by Rev Wright, he would have denounced them a long time ago.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  125. AnnaMarie

    Jack, no, absolutely not one i-o-da..

    For years my own father said things I did not agree with and at times was so against "free thinking" that I had to leave the room. My own father has called me a "g-d" liberal when I did not even open my mouth...my father- bless his heart-is a staunch republican and he can choose that for his life... it is not for me..

    But what I am saying is just because somebody says "jump off the cliff" doesn't mean I am going too.....because Rev. Wright has said some disingenuise statements and has expressed views very strongly I don't agree with.. does not necessarily mean Barack is caring the same views.

    I believe Barack Obama is a respectful person that is obvious in his demeanor.. I appreciate his tactfullness to address concerns some may have and I respect him for who he is..

    In all honesty I cannot say these words with such conviction about the other two candidates.

    I will vote for Barack for the next president of this great free-thinking nation..

    March 20, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  126. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    While the media tries to make such a big deal about this preacher, I would suggest they look into the the pastors that have supported McCain and what they have said. He stood on stage with one that made derrogoratory comments about Catholics and the one who supported him in Texas has made alot of outlandish comments. I believe it is time for the media to listen to Baracks speech about race and look in the mirror and examine its selective persecution. Where's the outrage about them?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  127. Paulette Dallas,PA

    It made me want to know more about Obama. Rumor has it that he has another radical minister friend. I want more to be revealed. We already know pretty much everything about the Clintons -no anti-Americanism there. John McCain and the Republicans will keep digging to find out more bad news about Obama. He's an unknown quotient that America can't afford to bet on right now. We need a leader that can perform and get these difficult jobs done. What exactly was so bad about the 90's Jack, Peace or Prosperity?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  128. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    No! What Rev. Wright has said is not the responsibility of Obama or anyone else. The man is a minister who each Sunday gives a sermon based on the teachings of the bible and his own opinions. Only the Reverend is responsible for what comes out of his mouth. My own ministers have said things that I don't agree with,but I defend to the death their right to say it. What a boring place this world would be if everyone only said or did things that I agree with. Vive le difference!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  129. Tina Ft Worth

    Most of what the Reverend spoke about is true. We as white people are uncomfortable talking about race relations. We are afraid that the blacks will turn on us. I would love to attend one of his sermons for myself and then I will make up my mind but I still like Obama. He wants change where Hillary and McCain still want to hang onto the present and past. Enough is enough. Let's change for the better.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  130. Dan in Goodyear, Arizona

    Not really considering I don't like Barrack Obama in the first place but it does make me lose even more respect for him. Obama can not lead me to believe that he was never there for any of the ceremonies that Wright was making racial comments and saying "God damn America". Barrack Obama knew those things were being said then why did he stay with the church? This is not the first time that Obama has been considered unpatriotic. Also Obama fans are so naive they are pretending that all of the bad things about Obama are not even true. I want a President that is proud of our country. Someone like McCain that served our country or like Clinton that has been caught on the mic singing the national anthem. How are we supposed to trust a President that has not shown patriotism? Come on Obama fans answer that. Oh no its something bad about Obama let me plug my ears and pretend that its not happening.

    Dan
    Goodyear, Arizona

    March 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  131. Renee Las Vegas

    When Obama denounced his statements but did'nt throw him under the bus for political gain. I knew he truly was the New politician.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  132. Michael NY, NY

    Jack,

    The only thing that this supposed fiasco has taught me is that the media has successfully duped America. As Americans, we have become so accustomed to 15 second video clips as our source of news that we have lost the ability to truly make any rational judgements for ourselves. If I tied together small clips of your opinions Jack, I am sure I could make you look unfavorable to the American public as well. The fact that you have not once at least offererd a two minute segment on Reverand Wright and his lifetime accomplishments to the Chicago community not only proves me right, it proves what Barack stated on Tuesday as right on target as well.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  133. Linda

    The thing that changed my opinion of Sen Obama is his poor judgement, giving out miss information about Sisko, Rev. Wright and his lack of willingness to have a re vote in Michigan.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  134. A.F. Cook, www.redzonepolitics.com, Arlington, VA

    What's wrong with you people? Three comments, no profanity used or anything else, and you haven't posted ANY of them. I'll be contacting Jack directly about this. Everything I said is valid. Is there some kind of bias in your moderating? Somebody not want to hear some honesty about the situation?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  135. Anthony Cox-Minneapolis,MN

    Absolutely NOT! I still support and will vote for Barack Obama. I think white america is still having a hard time with the multi-faceted aspects of the black community because traditionally they were taught all black people are the same, look the same, act the same, have the same views. This galactic ignorance and stupidity will permeate society as usual. If white america believes what Obama did or did not do with Pastor Wright was wrong then they never supported him and never would have voted for him. As African-Americans we know that in order to seem progressive and not racist white people will say they will support and vote for an African-American candidate but when it comes to doing so in the privacy of the voting booth we know what they actually do.

    Saying Obama should leave his church right now is another example of galactic stupidity because Pastor Wright retired and no longer leads the church which is why Obama decided that leaving the church when the Pastor was retiring would not solve or prove anything. Remember that white america fancies themselves as good christian folk, well guess what you had you chance to prove it but because you buy into the media spin on the words of another person you don't seem christian at all.

    I will say this about white america with regards to the next primaries, as JESUS told his apostle, "You will deny me 3 times", so shall white america with Obama. The first time is now with all of this Pastor Wright stuff, the 2nd time will be in Pennslyvania, the final time will be in August at the Democrat convention where they will nominate Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama

    March 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  136. mary

    Never, instead it proove that this man will be on the side of his compatriots, at any cost. He will talk an think for the american people no matter what.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  137. John from Tennessee

    No I always knew he was a racist, and he has proved it to us. GO HILLARY CLINTON 08.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  138. Denise (Brooklyn, New York)

    Absolutely not. It only confirms that which I felt about Barack Obama in the first place. Let's see, we have Jeremiah Wright affiliation which lasted over 20 years; Tony Rezko affiliation which has gone on about as long, the black panther party associates' affiliation, Rezko's ties to the London banker who worked for Sadaam Hussein for decades and the list just keeps getting longer. Not too mention, Michelle Obama and slippery tongue Obama himself. Obama is like the greasy haired car dealer salesman trying to sell you that lemon of a car while at the same time trying to convince you it is in fact the car of your dreams. My mother warned me about slippery tongue characters and Barack Obama fits the bill. I'll take Hillary Clinton anytime; and as time goes on so with so many others. Wake up people and face facts, where there is smoke, there is fire!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  139. Lynn from Illinois

    No way Jack, my opinion remains very positive for Sen. Obama. Why don't Wolf Blitzer and some CNN reporters fact check ALL the blistering and derogatory remarks made about Blacks by talk-show hosts and others – Pat Buchanan in particular seem to be stirring the pot and speaking for Blue Collar workers and poor White in Pennsylvania, why doesn't Pat Buchanan come out and speak for himself about his own vote, why is he pushing so hard against Obama, is he an advocate for Hillary or McCain. Think about it. Lynn from Illinois – secured Obama vote.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  140. Griffin, San Antonio, TX

    Dear Jack,

    The Rev. Wright "episode" hasn't changed my mind about Sen. Obama, but it has changed my mind about the media. The man went out and made a 45 minute speech on the matter of his relationship with his pastor, his congregation, his country, and racial relationships in America in the 21st century, basically every question that had come up. He spoke for 92 minutes to over three dozen reporters from the Chicago Tribune about Tony Rezko after Rezko's indictment. He has addressed everything thrown at him, the media has just run out of rocks, so they have to pick up the same rocks to throw at him again.

    When will the media start talking about the Paul v. Clinton case, where Hillary had allegedly taken more than a million dollars from felonious donors? At least Sen. Obama donated the money he received from Rezko to charity. There is clear evidence that there was, at the very least, clear, intentional campaign finance fraud on the part of HRC's campaign. The recent release of her schedule only helps to confirm the allegations.

    The Paul v. Clinton case is almost 8 years old now. Is it just too old for the media to report on? Is old news, no news?

    Where are you Jack when we need you?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  141. Gary B

    It strikes me that this election (Democratic) is becoming more along the lines of race, rather then what a person can do to bring us back from becoming an 3rd rate country. I am white and 71 years old but Mr. Obama is the only one making any since. Clinton is just more of the same old style government and Mccain is just another Bush.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  142. Mark - Gilbert, AZ

    No.

    I listen and judge Obama on HIS actions, not someone who supports him. When I listen to Obama I hear an eloquent person who is always calm, cool, and collected and inspires me to be better than what I am.

    When I hear his former pastor speak in 2 video clips I see a person who is the exact opposite of Barack. Of course, that isn't everything the pastor is but it's the ONLY thing the news wants to show! I know better than that; I'm not ignorant enough to believe rev. Wright is a hater and fear mongerer. He's probably just a person who had a couple of dillusional episodes and I see no reason to blame Barrack for it.

    Now if Barack comes out and says "I hate America" or "I think 9/11 was America's fault" then I WILL look at him different.

    PS. Please get back to the Hillary bashing questions. They make me feel better. I hate Hypocritical Hillary 🙁

    March 20, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  143. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Barack Obama just gave one of the most remarkable speeches in the history of American politics... stop reading the polls and start listening to the people.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  144. Cynthia

    Of course not, it has not changed my opinion. Obama is not Reverend Wright. I think as long as the news media continues to play the negative things that Wright has said – the so called polls will show his numbers as being down. Enough already – I'm tired of seeing the clips! I would hate the think that the only reason they keep showing them is to scare and inflame others against him or could it be to help Senator Clinton?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  145. Jen from New York

    Yes. There is no better way to tell the character of a person than seeing how he behaves when people turn their backs against him. Obama handled the Reverend Wright episode and the obsession of the media with such dignity, calm, and integrity. He has made me realize what an outstanding human being he is. Previously, I supported him because I thought he was a better candidate with a better vision for the country. Now, I have gained a new level of respect for him–his dignity, his humility and his broadmindedness. Win or lose, he has gained my utmost respect.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  146. obamamama

    Isn't it ironic that the campaign that brand anyone that question them racist, is the one that appears to be have sat through 20 years of racist and anti american sermons with his 2 young children?perhaps he just wanted the children to be exposed to these"black liberation theology".Excellent judgment as parents huh?.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  147. Kevin from Sacramento

    My opinion of Senator Obama has never faultered in the slightest.
    My opinion of Senator Clinton, on the other hand, who has recently added the term "unAmerican" to her vocabulary, is in disrepair.

    My opinion of CNN is fast becoming uncertain.
    When Fox "News" dares you to loop a divisive, blunder reel of the Rev.Wright (Hannity and O'Reilly both declared that mainsteam media would never show this), we can guess the reason: it gives the republican candidate a free attack ad.

    Even the experts there are advising how to edit attack ads on Senator Obama. At what point do they advise Senator Clinton and Senator McCain to save their money, and let the media carry their water?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  148. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Not at all, how can anyone take what this guy has said and apply it to Obamas campaign this is ridiculous.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  149. A.F. Cook, www.redzonepolitics.com, Arlington, VA

    I've been an Obama supporter and this incident really disturbed me because of the strategic blunder it reprensented for his campaign. I thought he understood the dynamics of racial perceptions in America better: I also thought he was unafraid to hold the black community accountable for some of its counterproductive attitudes.

    He hurt his credibilty as someone "above race" because while he noted that the Sunday church hour is the "most segregated hour of the week" in America, he participated in that segregation. That he didn't have the wherewithall to make a change before he began his run for the presidency is a strategic mistake of profound proportions.

    The cultural mindset of black separatism is a political liability for the Democratic Party. But Dems and their supporters don't have the courage to get honest about that and address it, either inside and outside of the party structure. (I've tried to get them to, but they only listen to their "usual suspects" from the political elite.) So Democrats constantly have an uphill battle, especially with working-class whites, who they've been losing over the past few election cycles.

    Everyone who wants a more progressive America must behave progressively, no matter what race they are.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  150. Debby

    Nope since I never supported Obama in the first place and never will.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  151. Carmen

    Are we to say that everything that the Reverends (that means ALL religions) is correct. These people are humans, and I for one have seen and heard many a priests say and do things that are not perfect. That does not make me a bad person. Are Only perfect people to speak ? I sure have not heard Bush say perfect things, we have been told many a lies. We need to get back to the issues, we do not want this election given to McCain. I have lost respect for the Clintons, they will do and say whatever to get back to the white house.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  152. Angela

    No it hasn't CHANGED my mind – it just reinforces my original conclusion that he is not the right person to be president. I have a lot of respect for the Senator, but I don't think he was vetted enough by the media. All of these things are starting to come out now – better now than in the general, when there is not another option.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  153. Elise

    This "episode" will never change my opinion of Senator Obama.When these clips appeared on tv,my first thoughts along with everyone around me was and continues to be that Rev. Wright didn't say anything that wasn't true.I think the statement that pundits have had the most problem with was his saying,"damn the United States".Well Jack,this country has done many damnable things.Maybe that's another discussion we should be having.Now that it has come out that a McCain aide has been let go for circulating the Wright tapes,isn't it interesting a bunch of white guys want to continue to fan the flames.Seems to me Rev. Wright has had it "right all along".
    I have attended an Obama rally.I had the honor to speak to him ever so quickly and shake his hand.I trust this man.Every so often this country is giving a brief moment to chart a new course.I beleive this is such a time.Oh, and Jack,just for the record.I am a middle aged white woman.You know,one of those woman the media and pollsters will tell you is suppose to be a Clinton supporter.Once again,the media gets it wrong.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  154. Mark - Gilbert, AZ

    To Carl White-

    Obama removed Wright from his campaign in case you weren't aware. He also remove his now former policy advisor. So what were you trying to say again?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  155. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    I'm an Obama supporter and Rev. Wright's comments change nothing for me. I'm curious about how many people who say yes actually listened to the entire speech Obama gave on Tuesday. Forgive me Jack, that's totally outside the boundries of reasonable.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  156. Sharon, Indiana

    Hearing Obama's Pastor really made me question how he could have gone to that church every Sunday. I was already leaning towards not voting for him if he were to become the nominee, but the videos of the Pastor made me realize that I can absolutely under no circumstances vote for him. And, for me his speech did more harm than good. I didn't appreciate that he compared his grandma to Pastor Wright, and tried to rationalize Wright's hateful sermons.

    To make matters worse, he didn't help himself by mentioning that his grandma is a "typical white person" in a recent radio interview. That one should get a lot of play tonight.

    And, when you combine some of Michelle's statements, with Pastor Wright's, add in Senator Obama's "typical white person" comment, and throw in a dash of his Resko/Iraqi billionaire connections, you just may find he has alienated too many main stream voters to be electable.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  157. tim from Ravenna, OH

    Did not change my opinion, it solidified my opinion. I was originally unsure about Obama so I started to research and more importantly started to watch and listen to him. As the media love-frenzy grew I started to see the cracks in the facade. The biggest blow to his legitimacy in my opinion is not the issues of race or his preacher, it's his continuous flipping of answers and the fact that every time something disparaging comes out his campaign does the "yeah, but look at what Hillary did or didn't do dance' and when someone has a negative comment, regardless of wether it is true that person is labeled a racist. It is sad that the sheep in this country will be once again led to the losers corner when they should have been celebrating in the winner's circle.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  158. Lee

    NO. The media's focus on Rev. Wright's out of context statements has confirmed my fear that America does not want equality, and many are willing to create an atmosphere where equality will never exists. It is obvious that the clips played by the media appear to be anti-American and are as anti- American as comments made by Rev.Hagee(sp), Rev. Pat Robertson (on 9/11) and other evangelical ministers on "Katrina" and "9/11". Why is all this attention being directed at Rev. Wright? The argument that these comments are racist are unfounded; they are anti-American policy/government. Sen. Obama is being put in a position that is unfair and is under a scrutiny never seen before. It is this behavior that breeds comments that are anti-American.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  159. David - Las Colinas,Texas

    It made me question myself, my vote, with Obama possibly being the next President when I saw his preacher on television. I read the speech – all of it. Then, I listened to the talkshows and spin on several television networks (CNN, FOX and MSNBC) with an open mind. To me, his speech was correct concerning race in America today, and it is Obama's response to the situation that convinces me that he should be the next President.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  160. Bill Krause

    As human beings we all make mistakes, particularly politicians. Obama's relationship with the Reverend Wright demonstrates a lack of good judgment on his part. Perhaps his lack of an American flag pin on his lapel looks like another bad judgment. So what! The cummulative effect of all his bad judgments had no impact on United States or its citizens.

    Now, take a look at the decisions of Bush, McCain, and Hilary Clinton to authorize the war in Iraq, while ignoring the intelligence assessments. Clearly this was a monumental lack of judgment, as evidenced by the cost to America - nearly 4,000 young Americans killed, another 29,000 wounded or mutilated, 500 billion to 1 trillion dollars wasted. No doubt about it, as an American, my vote will be going to Barach Obama if the democrats have the good judgment to nominate him.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  161. Ann Marie

    This whole Rev. Wright episode has changed my mind about Obama for the BETTER. My unending support for Obama has now been solidified. I am so impressed with Obama's dedication to Jesus and the Church. I am a Christian Conservative who moved over to the Democratic Party because I felt a sense of truth and destiny in Obama for America. Now that I know he attends and is faithfully committed to a strong local church, this is icing on the cake. I'll be praying with even more fervency that he is the next President of the United States.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  162. Barbara from Ohio

    No, for Barack Obama is not Reverend Jeremiah Wright
    I have been in many dominations of churches & have heard many things which I thought should never be said in church by a preacher. But if a preacher does more good than wrong & brings a person closer to God- he has done good. For a preacher is only a man & fall's short Of God's Glory.
    And Barack Obama is running for president not Pope.
    And following one of God words. Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged ENOUGH ALREADY ABOUT .Reverend Jeremiah Wright

    March 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  163. Jeff Coe

    As a Canadian looking south I must tell you, this 'thing' going on with the democratic candidates causes me to ask,' Can Hillary or Barak' possibly lead the free world when they can't even come to some reconciliation between themselves as members of the same political party over Michigan and Florida? America, normally I would mind my own business, I can't, America is to important to me, choose John McCain or as Mr. Hagel suggests, an Independent if a credible one emerges.

    Jeff Coe
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Please feel free to post

    March 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  164. Bill in New London, CT

    Despite what may have come out of the Reverend's mouth, I think we all know Senator Obama is far more at risk of being corrupted by sitting in the Capital building with "those people" than sitting in his church. We need to be open to new ideas in this country. Can we really say America has not done all the evils the Rev. says? No way. Don't be so defensive. The right to question this country is what makes it great.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  165. Richard Sternagel

    No it hasn't changed my mind about Senator Obama! Its the Media and the Right Wing Republicans that are festering racism and fear among the electorate! After all, Rev.Wright is not running for President Senator Obama is and should be judged on his own merits!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  166. Kevin From Peoria

    It has! I use to the Clintons were scummy politicians now I think they are the best choice for scummy politicians

    March 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  167. Ray Kinserlow

    It has not really bothered me. When I was young, the Baptist minister at my church railed against the dangers of electing the Catholic John Kennedy to the Presidency. I was offended but I did not quit the church or even speak out against the minister's comments. Just because you listen to someone's tirade does not mean you agree with it.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  168. Susan

    The Rev. Wright episode has not changed my mind at all since I never intended to vote for him anyway. Sen. Obama should be ashamed of himself for continuing his association with that church. Now I know where he and his wife got their views on lack of pride about being an American. Exposing their two young children to such hate speech doesn't say much about him as a parent either. That man can simply not be trusted to know the difference between right and wrong.

    Susan
    Lexington Kentucky

    March 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  169. Tom, Y-town, OH

    NO!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  170. M. Powell - France

    Jack,
    According to my approximative calculations, the die-hard Hillary supporters and/or Republicans who answered "Yes" to the question represent less than a meager 20% of the respondents. Go Obama!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  171. Terry in Hanover, VA

    I was disappointed in how Obama handled the matter. First, he lied about not being in church when Rev. Wright made controversial, if not racist, statements. Then he admitted he was there but he didn't agree with them. The Rezko incident was a mistake. The Rev. Wright incident was a mistake. Obama slams his opponents for their poor judgment yet here are two examples of where he has used poor judgment. It's easy for him to say he didn't support the war in Iraq when he didn't have a vote, but after getting into the Senate why didn't he put forth a bill to get us out of Iraq? Why did he vote for further funding of the war? The Wright incident just proved to me that Obama is not a new breed of politician. He's just the typical politician, espousing hope but delivering the same old result. But, as to Obama the man, I do not sit in judgment of him because I, too, have feet of clay. I still admire his accomplishments and his mellifluous oratory. Obama the politician - disappointing. I was so looking forward to children playing in the Oval Office again and honor being restored to the Presidency.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  172. Tom, Y-town, OH

    NO! Infact after listening to his speech, I put a DOUBLE stamp of approval on him.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  173. alexa, Lovettsville, Va

    No, but I have always believed that Obama was not who he appears to be. Obama himself says that "words matter" so let's take him at his word. My mother always told me that you are who you associate with and the older I get the more I realize that my mother was an extremely smart and wise woman.

    March 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  174. Sarah, Central, VA.

    When I was young, my Mother taught me that you would be judged by the people you went around with. I think that axiom holds true today, When people make excuses for Obama's lack of judgement, is it because they are afraid they will be seen having the same lack of judgement. Instead of exalting him because of his speech, let's be honest and admit he made a very big mistake for an individual who wants to be president. By the way, didn't he first say he never heard any negative speeches by Rev. Wright and then, in his speech, he said he had. What do you call that?

    March 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  175. mary sullivan

    It has always been there! And the Media ignored it! Obama wouldn't go to the Tavis Smiley event in New orleans(Cinton did)!
    Obama says he is different; not corrupted by Washington D.C.!

    Because Obama was already corrupted by the Good Old Chicago Machine!
    Rev. Wright–and his love for Farrakhan; Kadafi; joy over the 9-11 attack--should have come out earlier!
    If Obama's Judgement is the basis of his Candidacy–because of his lack of experience– and Obama chose to stay ; listen; accept; and have his children in that Church---then Obama's Judgement sucks!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  176. Paul

    Look at how calm and collected Senator Obama has been in the face of this very ugly attack. There is a reason they call him NoDrama-Obama! He has the qualities to make a great leader and stand on his own values rather than falling to those who are now being so hateful. I am personally very proud of Senator Obama and beleive is could possibly be the greatest US President ever.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  177. concerned american

    Reverend Wright is a radical racist.
    Reverend Wright is scary.
    Obama is best friends with Reverend Wright
    That makes Obama scary.
    The answer to this question is yes, I am scared to death of Obama.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  178. Cliff Downing

    You can judge a person by the company they keep. I saw an interview with Obama. He confessed that Rev. Wright had a history of making outrageous comments from the pulpit. Did Obama stop attending this church or discontinue his friendship with this man. He did not! Why! obviously because until Obama was running for president he agreed with those comments. Rev. Wright said G** Dam the United States. I say G** Dam Barack Obama!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  179. Judith Juselius

    No, Jack, My opinion has not changed... if anything, I am more impressed with his handling of the situation and his speech. He is being punished for another man's words ... and who doesn't know someone... family or friend who has said some horrible thing about another person and not done anything about. I don't think that the media (including CNN) is helping any ... The situation is spinning and spinning and it is taking away from the real issues. I think that Americans need to step back... take a deep breath and calm down ... Obama is the best thing that has happened to the American political front in a long time and it would be an absolute shame if we all have regrets after the fact ...If only I had ..... you fill in the blanks.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  180. Carrie

    Not at all. It is very clear to me that Obama doesn't share his pastor's over-the-top views. I believe the people who now say they won't vote for him never would have anyway - now they just think they have a good excuse not to, and that makes them feel better about themselves.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  181. concerned american

    Are you kidding?
    I would be scared if Hillary supported the KKK. Wouldn't you?

    March 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  182. Laura - Charlotte NC

    The incident with Reverend Wright did not change my mind regarding Senator Obama. I read about this relationship and other questionable associations quite awhile ago and made the decision that I could never support Obama as a presidential candidate. If other voters had the information when I did (and it was waiting to be found) Obama would be out of the race by now.
    Now Obama is trying to make us feel sorry for him. He should realize that his own personal judgement and decisions are what are causing his problems, not Senator Clinton.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  183. Flo

    My opinion of Obama has elevated since he condemned the sin and not the sinner, a practice is taught by my Christian belief.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  184. rj--nassau county- ny.

    the media circus has not changed my mind abt obama. it made my appreciation for him stronger. how dare america act so perfect as if no one speaks ill of bush – cheney policies-

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  185. Arnold,WV

    Good question Jack.It's refreshing to see that probably 97% of the comments on this question answered no.I think a couple of them might be schizophrenic.Some people admitted that the red phone add and other mudslinging in Ohio and Texas changed their minds 3 days before the primaries.Thank goodness there is plenty of time to recoop.But I'm sure the Clinton will throw the dishwasher along with the kitchen sink now.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  186. James Rivard

    We already have the new party. It's called the Obama party. I am a Democrat and have talked with many of my Republican friends who sincerely support Obama. They, like me, are through with the status quo. We need something new – not the same old, same old. Obama will give us that. We need someone who is not afraid to talk with people, like the Iranians, who are really the most supportive people that America has in the Mideast. They have vast oil reserves, but need American dollars and know-how to develop them. When are Americans going to wake up?

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  187. Mark

    I would have to say that it has created some doubt now. I wonder why Obama would associate with anyone that has that much hate in his heart... and a so-called man of god at that!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  188. robert

    Jeremiah Wright is NOT running for President of The United States.

    And if your argument is "guilt by association" just remember Hillary associates with a guy who sticks cigars in (you know where).

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  189. Brandon

    Rev. White's statements have not changed my opinion about Barack Obama. It is a common misconception that Rev. White made comments like the those being replayed by our media on a daily basis. If we really wanted to heal from this situation why are we blaming Barack Obama for the words of another? Why are we victimizing a preacher for what his experience as an African-American in America has showed him? The truth is we all have a part in those comments. Those who have actively or passively participated in discrimination or prejudice, and those who have turned a blind eye to it. Barack Obama confronted all us to our roles in the racism in America and that makes him a better candidate than before.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  190. JJ Georgia

    Although I'm pretty sure this will never get posted on a Cafferty blog, the answer is no. I didn't trust him in the first place.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  191. Ken

    Can someone please play the entire sermon of Rev Wright's God Damm America?

    March 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  192. David

    Is this a trick question? The answer is YES. This pastor is Obama's spirtual leader for the last twenty years. Go Hillary! ..or get ready for McCain in 08.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  193. Pat Straub

    No, I still am an Obama supporter. I think he did an excellent job, explaining his relationship with the reverend Wright. He is a sincere and dedicated person who motivated us so well, we contributed more towards his campaign. He is truly a breath of fresh air. Pat from Michigan.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  194. Georgia

    Reading this board reminds me of the scene in "30 Rock" where Liz Lemmon says she'll tell all her friends she's voting for Obama but she'll really vote for McCain.....

    March 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  195. Herman

    Absolutely not,

    Barack not only has my vote he has every dime I got to support him.

    I judge a man or women for whom he/she is and what they stands for and how they can solve America’s issues.

    Jack, our president and congress has dealings and is expected to have dialog with communist countries and dictators that we no have damned us in one way or another yet we don’t walk away.

    Stick to the real issues and get on with getting our house in order.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  196. Ali

    Absolutely! Obama has shown his true face. He is fake, bigot, empty and a liar.
    Unfortunately Hillary has been right that he has no substance and not capable to lead the greatest nation on this planet. If Obama cannot speak up to his racist pastor for 20 years how on earth is he supposed to be the PRESIDENT of USA and LEAD the WORLD?
    America, please wake up and stop this threat and nonsense!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  197. roncraw

    yes. Most of his speech was defending and making excuses for pastor Wrights.He finally admitted he was present when made inflammatory remarks

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  198. Sam of Miami, Florida

    not at all.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  199. Sherre

    Rev Wright's comments did not change my mind or my vote for Obama, because Sen. Obama can not be held responsible for what someone says. What happened to "freedom of speech" anyway.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  200. Tom in Maryland

    I worry that this tempest in a teapot will have a greater impact than it should. I have switched my affiliation frmo Republican to Democrat this year after being a Repubilcan for 41 years because I finally see a candidate in Obama that I truly want to vote FOR. For the past 24 years I have voted against someone.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  201. abdulrahman

    who ever adviced obama, that, race is an issue one man can take on? he was overriding his luck with that speech.
    from lagos,nigeria.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  202. tim ohio

    Obama has committed the sin of omission. He failed the democrats
    by letting his mentor Rev. Wright be exposed now. He lied to everyone who voted for him in the primaries. Either he withdraws now, or we should demand a re-vote in every primary so far held, not only Florida and Michigan!

    OBAMA is Toast !

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  203. Mike, Iowa

    Absolutely not infact im sickend by the ruthless and ignorant comments over this situation. I am one of the very few people left who dont judge candidates by what other people say. It also bothers me that 2 minutes of this mans sermons can be cause to jude his charecture and the 30 years of his church services. If I disowned everyone around me who said things i didnt agree with id be a lonely man. Reverend Wright is an old righteous black man who has a right to speak his mind. Its not like the things he has said hasnt been said by people of all races. Its just another pathetic attempt to divert the voters away from the real issues and to slow Obama down. Which it obviously hasnt so why bother? Rev. Wright isnt the one running for president. You will have to dig up something alot more serious for me to even think of changing my mind about supporting Barack Obama.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  204. concerned american

    Obama has misled America by not addressing this issue at the start of his campaign when Pastor Wright was by his side.

    He has mislead the American people.
    He has also lied about his involvement with Rezko from Chicago.

    Obama is fooling himself and trying to fool Americans.
    I just pray he doesn't get away with it.

    The Democrats will NEVER be able to win the White House.
    Too many lies, too much deception, too unAmerican....Obama should step down so the Democrats can win.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  205. Laura - Charlotte NC

    This relationship and other questionable associations of Sen. Obama helped in my decision that I could never support him as a presidential candidate. Too bad so many other voters did not take the time to educate themselves about this newcomer. If they had, he would have been out of the running long ago. Now we are to feel sorry for him because of the poor judgement he used and his own personal decisions. It's unfortunate he will try to blame this on Senator Clinton.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  206. Gail Nugent

    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright episode has made me think twice about Senator Barack Obama. Rev. Wright's church reminds me of the comedian, Flip Wilson, The Church of What's Happening Now. The only difference is Rev. Wright is quite serious and angry with America. I find it hard to imagine that a eloquette speaker like Obama would want his family exposed to the likes of a minister filled with such hatred and disqust toward his own country. I can still remember those agonizing moments just after 9-11 and I sure could never stand listening to such hate filled remarks. How could such a ignorate Minister like Wright been Obama's inspiration to write "The Audacity of Hope' Sincerely, Gail

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  207. DAVE BROWN, ROCKVILLE MD

    Take the sheep skin off Obama and show us who you really are....

    March 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  208. john

    Everyone stop nit picking at what Obama said. He said that he never heard the sound bites that were being played on the news. Never did he say he never heard him say anything negative which he did admit in his speech. So that shows that people saying that was looking for a reason not to vote for him in the first place. So try doing something we never do and listen and pay attention to the facts.

    Sometime we forget that politicians are humans and they do make mistakes just like we all do. Just like Hillary and McCain vote for the war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  209. Judith from Maine

    Not at all. Barack is still my candidate. He certainly can't be responsible for every word said by anyone with whom he is associated. Isn't it a bit hypocritical that John McCain gets off scot free, even though he embraced Jerry Falwell/Pat Roberson – after their hate-filled diatribe about the gays-lesbians-feminists-ACLU, etc. who THEY said were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  210. Lori

    If we are waiting for a nominee that is perfect in every way we ought to throw in the towel now because there is not one of us who would fit that bill. Most of the presidents in our nations history would not have survived the vetting process that we have today which is more about news ratings and sensationalism.
    We do live in a country that values free speech, I thought. To express disagreement with our country's policies or be angry over injustice is not unpatriotic. We can only grow as a country if we are honest about the errors we sometimes make and learn from them.
    Senator Obama handled this situation with honesty and courage. He made us all look in the mirror and realize that in this issue none of us has earned the right to pick up the first stone. Perhaps the media should find some information about some of the great things Rev. Wright did in his long career to give us a more balanced portrait of the man. My opinion of Barack Obama has only been strengthened by his handling of this situation. I want a president that is this honest and wise.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  211. Lesley

    Nope - didn't change my mind. Just re-affirmed my opinion that he's inconsistent and not the best candidate for President. He'll definitely lose in the Fall because of this.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  212. Maxine

    It hasn't changed my mind, however I have an open mind.

    I am seeing more and more closed minded people who most likely wouldn't vote for an African American anyway. So those of us who like him for who he is, will continue to support him. The rest will go with the same liars from the past. Business as usual in Washington.

    When things don't happen after McCain or Clinton are elected don't go blaming Obama, blame the closed minded Americans.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  213. Jason

    The question still remains, why did he sit there for twenty years listening to this stuff? Why did he feel it was ok to endoctrinate his children with this kind of hate? I feel that after his big speach, if I don't give him a pass on this that I am going to be called a racist. He has an agenda, and that agenda includes the black liberation theology. I don't feel that this socialist theology is based in Christ, I feel like it is based on promoting an ethnic group above and at the expense of all others. This is what he listened to, and by not speaking out against it, he promoted for twenty years. We all have prejudices, but I would never blame america for the 911 attacks, or accuse my government of genocide. These comments come from people who hate america. I am not comfortable electing anyone who feels this way, or who associate with people who feel this way. So the answer to your question is yes, this issue has changed the way I view Barack Obama.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  214. Brian

    Yes, Obama has changed his answer on this three times instead of simply telling the truth as he demands about his own campaign. This was his mentor and we are not simply listening to "sound bites" about once or twice – such racial messages against so many have had to changed the views of Obama over the past 20 years – its sad that Obama or his wife don't even see it. Obama made the statment that Imus should be fired for his words and said that anyone in his campaign who made statements like his would be fired – Obama did not live up to his own statement. If you are going to demand others be held to a standard then you had better be able to achieve that standard. As for "Bill", show me the evidence that our country has created the AIDS virus and that the AIDS virus is only infecting minorities. If any "race" in America has the right to be the most upset, it is not the Asians, Germans, Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, or Whites, it is the American Indians who we murdered, had their land stolen and were forced to live in special camps while we moved West. Why I continue to hear about all other racism is something that I will never understand especially when there are so many opportunities for so many in this country if people would put their anger aside, stop hating everyone who is different and work with each other – I could imagine Colin Powell doing this, not Obama.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  215. Doug--Los Angeles, CA

    Yes, absolutely! He has demonstrated extremely poor judgement in choosing to associate himself with such an angry/racist/hateful individual for 20 years. No amount of eloquent/articulate/moving/passionate/well-written speeches can explain away this, which has given American the first true glimpse into the true character of Sen. Obama. He may or may not ultimately win the nomination, but there is no way that he can win the general election now.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  216. Leslie

    The Rev. Wright controversy has not changed my feelings regarding Obama. My support for him, as well as my desire for him to be the democratic nominee has not changed. However, I find it astonishing how this conuntry manages to judge individuals so heavily on what others say. If each one of us were to be brutally honest we would admit that we have had close friends and family who have committed acts far worse than Rev. Wright, but we still manage to associate ourselves with them. For those of us who don't care to admit this fact, I am glad I don't have you for a friend or family member. Let he who is without a harsh word cast the first stone.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  217. sylvia

    If Obama had been exposed sooner, people would have realized that he is just another politician talking out of both sides of his mouth. In his speech, he asked the American people to do something that he himself is unwilling to do. He wants everyone to rise above what Rev. Wright preaches, yet he will not disassociate himself from him. He called for Don Imus to be fired, but he thinks it's fine for Rev. Wright to continue spewing his racist views. Too bad it didn't happen sooner so all those people who voted for him could have their votes back.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  218. white woman democrat

    NO, I am watching the news and I was very impressed with how Obama handled this by staying positive, and keeping a very professional appearence and attitude.On the other hand I see Clinton revorting to low and dirty tactics when the going gets tough and I find this very unprofessional and it makes Clinton look desperate and willing to stoop to any level to win.(not cool) I wish the Democratic party would stop the low blows and mudslinging in the democratic party race .

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  219. Armando

    Hell No! We wont Go!
    Go Obama 08!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  220. sylvia

    Go Hillary!!!!! We need you now more than ever!!! We do not need hate preachers being advisors to our president!!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  221. Robert Speeter

    Certainly not!

    This issue has again demonstrated Barack Obama’s presidential mettle. With it he took the most divisive issue in our nation’s history, the issue that caused a civil war and can still fuel riots, and was able to begin a unifying national conversation with a historic speech. And remarkably, he did so without alienating anyone!

    Think about it Jack, people are griping about Reverend Wright, but no one is legitimately criticizing what Senator Obama’s said about this divisive issue. Can you imagine Hillary Clinton or John McCain with the vision to put this matter in a perspective that would win acclaim from all quarters? Barack Obama is a brilliant natural leader who, with the most divisive issue under the most difficult of personal circumstances, was able to make enough lemonade out of lemons to share it with all of us.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  222. Andre / Florida

    Let's see, community organizer, Illinois State Representative, U.S. Senator, candidate of unity and hope. I guess nobody wants to mention all of this has been accomplished during the time he has known the controversial minister.

    Barack Obama has dedicated his whole life to public service, helping workers, helping soilders...helping period! I sincerely hope that Americans have become wise enough not to ignore the facts about this fine man, and be decieved by a political smoke screen.

    Jack, we live at a time when shock value often over shadows actual value. This time America cannot afford to be distracted by this Reverend Wright non-sense. Obama is the kind of visionary leader this country needs right now, he has always supported America, maybe it's time for America to support him.

    Andre,
    Miami, Florida

    March 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  223. Gaz Jones

    This incident has changed my opinion – about my adopted country. I'm an Aussie, an American citizen, and a registered Republican who is married to a Black American woman, and crikey I am fed up with the American focus on race, religion, and partisanship. My friends in Oz think I'm nuts staying in a land where the economy stinks, unjust wars are justified as necessary, and the corporations rule while many American citizens lack healthcare and decent schools. And all the while Americans go round and round with this all this other rubbish!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  224. Shirley

    No, the next day he gave his speech about Iraq, the whole time that I listened to him, the Jeremiah Wright situation never entered my mind. I had full focus on what he was saying. That is the kind of person he is. He is so calm and collected that he makes you listen to the good and forget the bad.

    Shirley, Ohio

    March 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  225. Lucie Silverman

    My opinion has not changed ....only solidified. Obama is not qualified to be President and to even contemplate Mrs. Obama as 'First Lady is more than a nightmare. For the first time in my life, I will vote Republican if Obama is the Democratic nominee, and believe me, it is extremely difficult for me to vote for John McCain, being a Democrat from Arizona!

    Lucie S
    Patagonia, AZ

    March 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  226. caron

    For all the talk show hosts who say that Senator Obama should have left Rev Wright's church...Where would their audience be if everyone who didn't agree with everything that they are saying. Do they just want people who agree with them to tune in to their show or do they want to speak to all so that their audience is challenged?

    Many times, I listen to Bill O'Reilly, although I might fundamentally disagree on something that he considers to be truth. But that doesn't stop me listening to him - I just try to take what I can, see if I agree, and leave the rest. I don't just never listen to his show again because I disagree over something that I think he doesn't have the same life experiences as myself to judge -

    Oh yeah, I live in CA now, but when I lived in Atlanta over 10 years ago, guess who was race baiting on the Atlanta AM radio - hmmm Sean Hannity. He's done it for years and will continue to do so. He is so self-righteous and thinks that he can't be touched. But normally when you are that high and mighty, you are trying to hide something. It would be interesting to know just what that is.

    God will bless you!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  227. Claire

    He delivered an eloquent address on the difficulties inherent in race relations. But, he did not even begin to explain his longstanding relationship with Minister Wright. And,as we all know you can't change your grandmother but you can change your minister.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  228. Leah Hill

    dear Jack,
    Obama's speech hasn't changed my mind about him one bit. I didn't like him beforeand I don't like him now!

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Pauline Schneider

    No.
    My opinion of Senator Obama does not hinge on the comments
    that other people make.
    I know many people that say stupid things but that doesn't change my
    opinion of the people that did not say those stupid things.

    My mother was the member of the Lutheran church her entire life.
    Just because the church was sexist and racist doesn't mean
    my opinion of my mother has to change. She was not sexist or
    racist.
    Obama is, perhaps, the smartest and wisest person in this country right
    now and we need to all sit up and listen.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  230. Melissa-Scranton, PA

    No. The comments made by Reverend Wright do not change my opinion of Senator Obama. They simply re-enforced what I've thought all along. We do not know Senator Obama well enough to trust him to lead this country. For someone who talks alot about good judgement.... supporting someone like Reverend Wright does not show good judgement to me.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  231. Corey Tapper

    No, my opinion hasn't changed in the least. I didn't particulary trust or like Obama's ideas before the Wright videos cam out. And that definitely hasn't changed now. It just proves to me that I was right all along. Obama is not a perso we can trust in the White House. HIllary Clinton, meanwhile, looks better and better everyday!

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Dale, Spring Valley Wi.

    No. This Country was formed from the Bill of Rights. Two of the most important being the freedom to voice an opinion and freedom to practice the religion of choice. The freedom to voice an opinion is what gives you a job. Those that would penalize Obama because Rev. Wright exercised his constitutional rights are themselves turning their backs on those rights that make this Country free and great..

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Nancy in Madison

    Jack,
    Not to me.
    Look, this man (Rev. Wright) brought Barack Obama to Christianity, and later he is forced, in the middle of a heated primary, to defend his loyalty to the man who helped him shape his life.

    Then he meets the problem head-on in one of the most eloquent, carefully thought out speeches I've ever heard.

    Barack Obama, because he can deal with these kinds of difficulties PERSONALLY, can readily handle the pressures of the Presidency.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Michael

    Not at all...and given Obama's response to this issue I have more respect for him. But I can say what little respect I had for the media and political pundits has diminished to nil...

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  235. Luis, Bklyn, NY

    This has not changed my opinion of Obama. His opponents are just having a field day with this. The only way he could change my mind if he couldn’t of overcome a situation like this. But he already did when he gave the speech the other day.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  236. Bev S Indiana

    After hearing Baracks' speech, I am more certain he is the man for the times. He wants to bring America together and I believe he is the one who can do it.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  237. Bill Erhardt

    Rev. Wright's comments on "Not God Bless America" but " God Dam America" were hurtful to me. I was going to vote for Mr. Oboma but now I have some doubts as I have to consider Mr. Wrights influence on Mr. Oboma over those years he was member of that church. I am a Democrat and a veteran and I am thinking of voting for Mr. Mcaine...

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  238. Shantell

    No, his pastor's comments have not changed my view of him. I think it's ridiculous to hold him accountable for what someone else says! Are we crucifying McCain because of some of his supporters' views against Catholics? Are we crucifying candidates of any office because they're Catholic and Catholic priests have abused children? This is nonsense! Let's stay focused on the issues. I think the media needs to refocus on issues that most Americans are concerned with- not what some angry preacher is saying.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  239. Jeff Massachusets

    Jack – while I don't believe that Barrack Obama's association with Wright instantly brands him as a racist I feel that as a potential candidate for President he needs to be clear about his position on race. I don't think he has done this. He hasn't addressed affirmative action and while I noticed that the New Black Panther reference has been removed from his website he has not addressed this endorsement either. Is it me or has anyone actually heard Obama brand these people as the racists they are?

    March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  240. Donna Jo Massie

    Yes....if you want to bring people together you show it by your actions, and this wasn't good judgment on his part...

    March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  241. Loretta

    No, my opinion hasn't changed. His rhetoric was naive before, and it is now. The Senator knew his Pastor's views long ago, and yet he still had a place on the Senator's election committee. The Reverend only stepped aside when his speeches against America, and Senator Clinton, became public.
    Senator Obama is running his whole campaign against Senator Clinton on one vote, which most members of Congress agreed with. He has very little else, except his mantra of change. I'm sure the insurance companies, the oil companies, etc., can't wait for Senator Obama to change the way they do business. Get real.

    Loretta
    Miller Place, NY

    March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  242. jim

    No, Sen Obama rightly supports first ammendment rights without punishing Rev Wright for his statements. I believe the senator remains focused on the issues at hand but also respects others to have the right to dissent.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  243. Curtis

    Everyone acts like Rev. Wrights words were Sen. Obama's opinions. Everyone has been in church at one point or another when your pastor may say something that differs from your views. No one storms out of the church and says i will never go back. Why is church being treated any different from any other avenue of discussion. Obama has been set up by the clinton machine. She has turned this race that was on a real issue based campaign to the none sense that we see now. Do i really care what Sen. Obama's pastor feels? NO!. Has it changed my opinion on him? NO, but it definitely has reinforced my view that Hillary will be the downfall of us all. She talks of change, but if her campaign is any indication of the change she will bring. I and most people i know will Pass.

    March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  244. Jeanne

    Jack I don't think any thinking person would take what Rev. Wright said as a direct reflection on what Obama is as a man.
    No more than McCains Rev. who by the way seeks to elimenate all Muslims, should reflect on him as a person.
    It's all just another Bush tactic that Clinton is so inclined to use.
    She's frantic right now, you know and Clintons don't like to loose.
    Jean
    Coloraod

    March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm |