April 29th, 2008
05:21 PM ET

How can Obama recapture his momentum?

Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign event in Reading. Pennsylvania. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Exactly one week from today and again the nomination will pretty much be sitting there for Barack Obama's taking. Win Indiana and win North Carolina by an even bigger margin and the remaining undecided superdelegates will likely start breaking his way in big enough numbers to mark an end to this marathon. But if he loses Indiana to Hillary Clinton, questions about Obama's electability will linger.

He's got to find a way to do better in Indiana than he did in Pennsylvania among blue collar voters. The superdelegates want to see that he is not out of touch with a big piece of the democratic base. Pennsylvania hurt Obama, Clinton painted him as an elitist. And his words about people being bitter stuck to him and pulled him down.

Some people inside Obama's campaign told the New York Times he is bored with these primaries and is anxious to move on to the general election campaign against John McCain. But Indiana looms large. He can't afford another Pennsylvania.

Here’s my question to you: With one week until Indiana and North Carolina, what does Barack Obama have to do to recapture his momentum?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Richmond, VA writes:
He hasn't lost it Jack. His delegate lead is virtually unchanged. He is still picking up superdelegates at a two-to-one- ratio over Clinton despite her 'big win'. One week from tomorrow, you will be asking us (rightfully) how can Clinton recover her momentum? I can answer that one now too – she can't recover something that she never had.

Kim from Palo Alto, California writes:
He now needs the help of the superdelegates who do support him to openly declare themselves. I don't know why they are waiting. This would give/restore confidence to others who are not sure about him. I think the support of Edwards and Gore would also go along way and they should come forward.

Jenny from Rome, Georgia writes:
Jack. I do not know if it will help Obama recapture his momentum but if some one could please give the good Rev. Wright a one way ticket to the deserted island of his choice for the duration of the election, I for one would be grateful. He has yet again managed to hijack the issues that matter to this country with his own agenda. We need information on the issues not smart remarks and sermons from the Reverend

W. from Oregon writes:
As deep as Hillary is in a hole, amazingly, she just keeps digging deeper. Sen. Obama will continue to stand on the dirt she throws out of the hole and she will help him rise above it.

Grif writes:
It's a two horse race and they both have momentum. Leading to another two horse race he would have to win. John McCain is far ahead! Going further ever stop he makes.

Kathy writes:
I don't think he ever lost it.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Marilyn

    That's entirely up to the media. He's doing everything right, but all you cover is Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  2. Miguel


    Its simple...

    1. Ignore Hillary Clinton and her desperate attempts to lower his standards to mud slinging. In all honesty, she is done stick a fork in her. If the Superdelegates overturn the vote, African Americans, Youth, and More Educated White People will never vote for her.

    2. Focus more on the issues during his stump speeches particularly economic messages.

    3. Have his surrogates began to shift the narrative of the media attention on John McCain and Hillary Clinton's associations with people like John H., Rod Parsley, and the fact that Bill Clinton sought support from the Nation of Isalm during his presidency.

    4. Lastly, begin to have the media ask Hillary why she can't capture the African American vote which propelled Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to the presidency. The democrats will fail miserably without the African Vote.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  3. Craig, Atlantic VA.

    He can regain momentum by being honest, and ALMOST as negative as Hillary. Let's remember her lies about Bosninan bullets; her lies about Northern Ireland peace process; lies about NAFTA support; lies about insurance claims; and lies about Chelsea on 911 day. What next...lies about elected delegates not counting?? No..she would never say that , would she?

    April 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  4. garrick

    hi jack
    Obama has to keep talking on his message and put together a speech that will make rev Wright look like the clown he is,this might make Wright speak out again but at least the voters will know he will not put up with someone trying to destroy him.treat him as a politician.thats attacking him.

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

    From Yuba City, CA

    He needs to show clearly the difference in style and manner from Clinton. While she goes about slashing and burning and creating mayhem in the political arena, he can be the polite, civil, poised, and articulate gentleman that shows respect to the public, respect to differing ideas and opinions, and mostly respect to the entire political process. I dislike the manipulation and sound bites she provides in this campaign.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  6. Matt Callaway

    Just win baby!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  7. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    He's tried basketball and bowling... How about hockey?

    April 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  8. Calvin - Fairfield, California

    1. Continue to address the issues (with added emphasis). 2. Do not give in to the pandering for a debate with Senator Clinton (unless there is clearly something to be gained for him). 3. In plain language and with certainty let the public know that while a large percentage of americans have a pastor or spiritual person they go to, all american may their OWN spiritual and social decisions. Pastors and parishioners do not walk in lock-step. It appears clear to me that Senator Obama makes his own decisions.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  9. Phil - Aubrey, TX

    After he wins North Carolina, even after the Governor came out for Hillary, and then squeezes by in the remaining states the only question that will need to be asked is when is she (Hillary) finally going to bow out of the race.....

    April 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  10. Redfoot, NJ

    Jack, it looks to me like he has to seperate himself completely from his former Pastor Wright ( What an EGO this man has).

    Obama is Too Much the Gentleman. He has to start getting tougher with People that try to make him a Bad Person and a Liar like Hillary and the (right) like Fox Network.

    Obama MUST start to be MORE assertive (aggresive) in his most Articulate way.

    Redfoot, Hazlet, NJ

    April 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  11. pat moore

    I have been with Obama since he became a state senator and feel he and his family arre average people like you and me. Theother two were born with a silve spoon in their mouths so how do they know how we average people live or what is important to us. I will take an unknown anytime aft what I now know about the knowns which makes me very sick.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  12. marie, sc

    Obama needs to be very visable very quick. A mega-rally in Indiana would've been great, but since he's short on time, air-time is probably his best friend. Choose tv shows with older demographics – maybe Wheel of Fortune has an open night...

    April 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  13. Nancy

    Jack, If anyone within hearing distance simply takes the time to listen to Senator Obama they would understand so much more about him. This man speaks from the heart. He knows what it's like to work your way up and has a much better understanding of the working class than his opposition wants everyone to believe. I started out with this campaign rooting for Hillary but the more I listened the more my respect has grown for Obama. People just need to LISTEN.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Mark - Asheville, NC

    There is nothing he can do. Rev Wright and his other baggage is now in the public domain and will be used against him, no matter what he does, no matter what he says. What he would need to do, would be to somehow convince the super delegates and remaining primary voters that he is still the better candidate to face McCain; how could he say that now?

    April 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  15. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    The perils of Barak: Obama's message of hope and unity is stuck in the deep mud. Hillary has dug a hole for both of them and he is now in the hole with her still digging and with Jeremiah Wright as an anchor. Can Barak get out of this one? He needs help from Indiana Jones.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  16. Exavier

    Barack Obama getting his momentum back would be based on a complex set of factors. It is time for the media's coverage of him to become balanced. Because the news media's ratings have been through the roof, they would rather a long campaign full of mudslinging, so they gladly slant the coverage toward Hillary. Even Hillary hating Fox is jumping on the Hillary bandwagon just so they can help keep the election going for ratings. Ever since Hillary Clinton complained in the MSNBC debate that the coverage of her was biased in the media, the media's coverage has been not only harder on Obama, it has been downright disrespectful. Not only that, the media stop playing his speeches on the air, which resulted in less of the American public hearing him, which helped his momentum and and hurts the public's chance to connect with him. Instead of the actual candidate, the American public is connecting to Reverend Wright, Hillary assaults, and Hillary/Republican pundits dominating the airwaves. No one even truly is covering any substantive issues he is presenting. Everyone wants the mudslinging garbage on page 1. It's pathetic. The media and the tabloid media starved public is to blame. The top 2 headlines yesterday? Rev. Wright takes on the media and Hannah Montana's racy photos.

    Okay the media isn't totally to blame. Rev. Wright could also go hide somewhere. However, I will say this: many are talking about how words and speeches mean nothing. If that is the case, then a person's association to another person's speeches should mean zilch as well.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  17. Yve Fort Washington, MD

    Who said he lost the momentum?

    The last time I checked Obama was still in pledged delegates, in the popular vote, and the number of states won.

    When Hillary passes him in any of the aforementioned, please let us know. (SMILE)

    April 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  18. Brandon from Bloomington Indiana

    Obama will have to further display his strong leadership skills. He will have to win Indiana and North Carolina, and pound it into Hillary's head that it is time to give up. The people have already spoken and they obviously support Obama. The idea that Hillary will wants to go to the convention and let the superdelegates decide tells the American people that their vote doesn't matter. She needs to get out of the race after May 6th and start supporting Obama as the democratic nominee. She's needs to let go of her selfishness and depart from the race so that everyone can rally around Obama. She's is reeking of desperation and now is the time give in to the will of people.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  19. Helena Fee

    Clearwater, FL I think Obama should stop answering Hillary's digs, ignore them and brush it off like he did after the last debate. It would give everyone a chance to see that she cannot get by with her derogatory remarks and will make him a bigger person if he quits the squabbling and stays on a positive course. I'm glad he refused her request for another debate. That was truly showing how desperate she really is.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  20. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Barack should make another major speech (about religion) like he did a month or so ago but this time he should break from Reverend Wright completely. I can't believe that a person who claims to be a friend and fellow Christian such as Rev. Wright, could cause so much trouble for Obama. It is really sad and I think it is Wright's motivation to get some publicity and probably write a book and make lots of money! Obama is such a kind person who will find breaking from Wright difficult–he seems to have a hard time being negative and overly tough, unlike Hillary Clinton who thrives on this stuff. What thrills me about Obama is his AUDACITY OF HOPE theme, that we all can be better and be delivered from the negativity that is America today ; he is not mean like Clinton and McCain. Mrs. Obama is a very lucky woman!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  21. Cathy from Baltimore, MD

    I believe that Barack Obama’s momentum is alive and well among his supporters. None of the recent events have changed my opinion of Obama, nor have they shaken my belief that he is the one candidate who speaks the truth and has no hidden agenda. Unfortunately, there are people who would rather be told lies by someone who looks and acts just like them than be told the truth by someone who looks and acts differently. This is the difficult, but not impossible, challenge for Obama. Hillary Clinton continues to convincingly transform herself in order to appeal to those in a segment of the population who have difficulty embracing the real truth about themselves and the world around them. They prefer instead the comfort and safety of the familiar, regardless of the cost. Obama should continue to be himself and speak out louder than ever about the issues that really matter.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  22. joyce

    obama is holding a big news conference today to address the issue. with help from you guys
    lets put this to rest
    we have a country who is being laughted at around the world for our
    performance in this soap opera. this is serious jack. this is our country we need to get to what matters.
    obama needs to get back to what is important. he can't keep defending himself ever time the news comes on. he has no time to campaigh for having to defend himself. hillaries pastor went to prisom in jan.2008 for malesting a 7 year old girl. guess that was not news. cnn never covered it so give our great us of a =a break

    i know this want be posted but i do want jack to read this if in silent,

    April 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  23. Peggy, St. Louis

    Obama would have to start winning primaries again. Buyers' remorse is rampant and the voters are seeing through his empty words. The bottom line is that he just doesn't have the experience and knowledge to be President and we know it! If he does hold on to win the nomination, he will lose to McCain in November.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  24. Ed TX


    Stay on his message of hope AND deal with the pocket book issues. Link the war the economic problems. Link the oil companies excess profits to the pain that average folks are feeling. "It's the economy and the war, stupid!"

    April 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  25. Joe in DE

    Anyone who knows the answer can make a fortune. The primary season was a little to long for Obama. However, better now than after the nomination. Dems should check the weather before naming him the canidate.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  26. Veronica in Virginia

    Hi Jack, all Senator Obama has to do is stay on message, dont let these Rove-types get to him, he has shown that he's better than that. If people want more of the same, then McCain will be president in 09. Senator Obama can't change the weak minded, the hater's. I trust him to help us fix the mess the Bush Regime has caused, I trust him to show us a new direction. I trust him period! So too Senator Obama, keep your head up & be you, the crabs are trying to pull you down to the bottom with them, don't give up, we believe in you. Obama 08!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  27. Anne/Seattle

    He has to speak out with the energy and confidence that he did during the first half of his campaign. And he needs new strategies to engage the voters. The strategist he's hired must get off their rear's and get creative. Barack addressing voters in a gas station is decidedly uninteresting. Barack please virorously address the specifics you've developed that will bring the hope and change that created such excitement about your campaign in the beginning.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  28. Dick B

    He needs revotes in all the red states he won and a few caucus states where people without jobs vote their walking around money.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  29. Joy Marcus - San Mateo, CA

    Hi Jack – I think Obama needs to continue staying on the ground, listening to the people he meets, answering their questions in his usual thoughtful way, letting him know he _will_ fight for them, telling them how he will _fight_ for them. Perhaps he should tweak is slogan a bit:

    Yes we can – and we will!

    Also, he should continue his daily basketball workouts – whether on camera or off. I want him to stay lean and healthy.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  30. Derek Sr. from Charlotte NC

    Jack C.

    He needs to continue to talk about the issues concerning Americans. Everything else is typical politics that will distract people from the issues and concerns and focus on all this other crap that is not lowering the gas prices or helping people find a job with a livable wages.
    Obama is not going to please everyone, people who have a problem with what Pastor Wright is talking were not going to vote for him anyway.

    People please, we cannot afford another 4 to 8 years of these kind of Politics. We will not survive as a nation.

    thanks Jack

    Love you passion and straight forward opinion, keep it coming.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  31. Erin in Kalamazoo

    Stay on message and off Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  32. tonyh

    By isolating himself from Wright. Once he denounces Wright at full strength, he will rise from the ashes. In my country you say, once you cut the tree from its roots, it will stop growing again. And also when you kill a dog with rabbies, you say, dog dead, rabbies gone. Wright is the dog and the rabbies, and also the tree!
    Go Obama!

    April 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  33. Jeri

    He's got to get angry. Show us that when the going gets tough,the tough get going. Unfortunately, the President doesn't have the luxury of only inspiring people – the President has to make difficult decisions which often require confrontation,condemnation and controversy. Pacifism is not for Presidents.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  34. M.P.

    Hi momentum was based on his relative anonymity and motivational words of hope and togetherness...now he's saying "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain", he's revealed himself as just the "Wizard of Words".

    April 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  35. Marie

    Here's an ad he could use: all the former Clinton supporters who have joined with Obama can supply testimonials as to why they left the Clinton campaign. Then give 30 seconds of testimonials from Obama supporters who defected to Clinton... which would be thirty seconds of silence.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  36. mitchell martin ark.

    he only needs to stick to his guns. everyone knows he's just taking hits,from the politics of the past.if he stays on the' high road',he'll keep doing well.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  37. DAD in Hollis, NH

    He should not have to do anything. He has enough votes and delegates to win. When November comes, every single Clinton supporter will vote for Obama rather than risk a Bush third term. If the nomination is stolen by Hillary Clinton I cannot see the same happening. Supporters of both know where the negative campaign comes from, they know who to trust, and they know who can bring about change. The party may not recover from this fiasco but it will certainly fail with a stolen nomination.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  38. Fredo, Las Vegas, NV

    I think he recapture his momentum by winning Indiana "narrowly" and North Carolina by a wide "margin". After all a win is a win and momentums comes from winning.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  39. Colleen- Charlotte, NC

    Jack: I am a Married, White, American Woman from NC and I am voting for Hillary May 6th. I just believe she is the best man for the job. Experience driving my decision with Her healthcare experience leading the way. I like Barrack as well and my husband and sons are voting for him. In November we will be united and voting for the next President of the US who will NOT be the 'Super Flawed' Candidate-John MC Cain.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  40. Eric of Indianola, IA

    I think his momentum has slowed down but not reversed. Clinton has won the states she was supposed to win. Obama came strong and came within 10 points in Pennsylvania from an over 20 point deficit. I think that if he would win NC and IN, his momentum will be back, but not like he had it when he was on his 11 state winning streak. I am still confident Obama will win the nomination in the end.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  41. L.A. Gastonia, NC


    Momentum has been gone for quite a while now and I don't see it coming back in the future. Why?

    Wright is a gift that keeps on giving and now that Obama has denounced him (or thrown him under the bus) he is going to be even more vocal.

    Obama has shown the American people a very different side of him. His "bitter" comment will remind the white working class that maybe some of the 20 years he and Michelle sat in that church really did make them feel that they were better than anyone else.

    I am a 27 year old AA woman who wants a strong leader not a whiner in to handle the problems American will certainly face. Hillary is that strong person. I hope other persons in Gastonia and Charlotte show that they are not racist by not voting for a "white" person and a "woman"!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  42. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Jack, Barack Obama still has the momentum despite the press propping-up his opponent and trying to knock him off his message. The jackals want a convention fight, but we Democrats just want conventional wisdom to prevail.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  43. Will K. San Jose, CA

    He needs to get in front of the campaign narrative instead of responding to it. Why are Indiana and Pennsylvania more important then the 30 states he has already won? Because Hillary has positioned them as key.

    Her campaign failed to anticipate his appeal in the early states, but since then she has done a fantastic job recently of belittling his accomplishments and dictating the terms of the debate.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  44. Taj

    1) keep his focus on the economy, creation of jobs, medical, SS, social programs 2) Attack Hillary in a very dignified way (not a dirty negetive campaign) 3)Bring back our troops.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  45. Peter in Alberta,Canada

    He did what he had to do today and he did it in a very believable fashion. Obama came accross as honest, hurt and outraged at Wright.
    It will take until Saturday for the "talking heads" to get through with the burial of Obama's campaign, but by Monday he will be forgiven by the generosity of America and he will finally put an end to the drama by Wednesday!
    ps..To the pundits: make sure the tombstone says RIP _ I wouldn't fill in the blank till Wednesday!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  46. Nora. South Texas

    The world is focusing on Rev. Wright, He needs to continue to focus on the real issues, you know that stuff no one cares about anymore. The economy, healthcare, IRAQ, Stay on issue Obama, you will be ok. We trust you and will continue to support you!!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  47. Chuck in Eugene Oregon


    Obama needs to distance himself from Rev Wright, and start putting out a message that includes his actual plans for building the future.
    Stay with some of his stump message but move on to the meat of his platform

    April 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  48. A Kraft

    concentrate on the issues that concern you and me...give us some of his proposed solutions to our pressing problems and IGNORE HILLARY

    April 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  49. DaN H Panama

    He doesnt need the big MO, he is ahead, and Hillary needs a miracle not MO.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  50. Ian B. Milledgeville, GA

    He must get out and touch the people. I think he did a fantastic job in Pennsylvania when he was doing the tour with Bob Casey. He needs to keep doing that. Instead of the same rallies, get in the streets and show people how he understands everything that they are going through. Rallies just aren't cutting it. If he scoops up North Carolina AND Indiana, it will be a snowball effect just like his 11 state winning streak back in February.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  51. Jennette

    Hi Jack:

    I agree with L.A. from Gastonia. I feel the momentum is gone! I am a white 52 year old woman.

    Hillary is showing she can beat McCain and Howard Dean said that the superdelegates need to vote for the person most likely to win in November. That is Hillary.

    I already voted in Massachusetts for Obama and I wish I had the opportunity that the voters in N.C. and Indiana have. Kind of what Hillary said about Iraq. "If I knew now what I knew then, I would have voted differently". I too feel that if I knew then what I know now, about Wright, Ayers, Michelle, I would have voted for Hillary.

    Here's hoping I get the chance in November. Sorry Hillary!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  52. Brian, In Philly

    He can start talking about policy. He can start by renouncing the "racist" labels his supporters and campaign have thrown at Mrs. Clinton and her husband. He can put away the race card and outline his ideas of how to improve the economy, foreign relations, how he'll get the US out of Iraq in a way were we gain as much as possible, yet not continue in a war. He can demonstrate that he really has ideas and a grasp of the complexities that will overcome a lack of experience.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  53. Anthony

    If someone supports you says something wrong then just do not denounce them it worked in the past.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  54. Deanna

    No, Barack dosn't need to go negative, he just needs to go strong. Strong in his language and tone, much like he did when he said he was 'outraged' about Wright! Yeah, some emotion! When I heard him get tough I just got the tingles! Show me some emotion! Show me the passion!!!!!

    Valparaisio, IN

    April 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  55. Andrew

    It remains to be seen whether we can overcome this. He really needs to overcome the announcement by Sen. Schumer that the plan in congress to reduce gas prices that Bush is currently opposed to is more similar to Sen. Clinton's plan. Sadly, I think that this is more damaging than Rev. Wright. The benefit of the whole Rev. Wright mess is that the endorsement of Sen. Clinton by Maya Angelou and, to a lesser degree, the endorsement of Senator Clinton by the governor of North Carolina has taken a back seat. It is hard to find fault from the endorsement of such a unifying figure as Maya Angelou, and the political machine resulting from Gov. Easley's endorsement could bring the margin of the NC race to low single digits.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  56. Scott G.

    I think this may be the beginning of the end of Senator Obama concerning Rev. Wright’s publicity. Senator Clinton gets an endorsement today from the Govenor of NC today and says Hillary will surprise you by how well she will do in the election and she also is running neck and neck with Obama in Indiana.

    After these next few states vote, I believe it will put more doubt in the minds of the superdelegates before the candidates head to the convention in Denver.


    April 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  57. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Be himself. Those who have come to know him see a calm, statesmanlike politician who knows his business and has a genuine wish to make things good for the people and the country. If he can stick to the issues that genuinely concern people in general, he can regain his momentum. The negativity of the Clinton campaign will help him too. Hillary is a great campaigner but she doesn't always look so good under pressure, despite what her ads say.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  58. Christa. Lee County, Fl

    Jack, Barack Obama needs to give us the complete story of his relationship with Reverend Wright sofar I hurt several from the Senator. In addition, I do not believe the Senator has a very good grasp of the '"Position Papers" displayed on his web site, he has difficulty to give concise answers when questioning.about them.
    He also should debate Senator Clinton before the next primary.
    Cape Coral,FL

    April 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  59. Karl in CA

    Whatever momentum the media thinks he last yesterday, he has gained back today and then some. He just needs to get out among the people and talk about the issues, ignore Ms. Clinton's schoolyard bullying and let Revered Wright fade into the sunset. If he can do it, the media can too. Start giving us facts and not gossip.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  60. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)


    America loves a winner. Once Barack wins NC (and hopefully Indiana as well), a lot of the issues surrounding his campaign will lessen. Barack's momentum mayhave slowed down some but he is still well ahead of the the Clinton machine and getting closer with each primary to securing the nomination.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  61. Canadiaqn pundit

    Do what he started with and ignore the crap that everyone is trying to make into issues.

    Media its time to cover the real problems out there. Why are you not covering Hillary's paster who was sent to jail for child molesting? You covered the Wright thing to death so why not hers, which is worst.

    Ray Mb.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  62. L.A. Gastonia, NC

    Momentum has been gone for quite a while now and I don't see it coming back in the future. Why?

    Wright is a gift that keeps on giving and now that Obama has denounced him (or thrown him under the bus) he is going to be even more vocal.

    Obama has shown the American people a very different side of him. His "bitter" comment will remind the white working class that maybe some of the 20 years he and Michelle sat in that church really did make them feel that they were better than anyone else.

    I am a 27 year old AA woman who wants a strong leader not a whiner in to handle the problems American will certainly face. Hillary is that strong person. I hope other persons in Gastonia and Charlotte show that they are not racist by not voting for a "white" person and a "woman"!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  63. Anita from TN

    I think that Obama has the momentum he needs and he continues to do well whenever he speaks to the voters. The media could help by covering his good speeches instead of covering every little thing Hillary and McCain say and do, while at the same time putting a negative spin on anything they can that Barack says or does. The media's bias toward Hillary and McCain is quite disgusting, and even tho' the bias is so obvious, Barack seems to be doing quite well–in spite of it all!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  64. Bridgette

    If you read your own blogs it looks like it has not gone anywhere. This man can't be held responsible for someone else's comments nor actions for forty years ago. I think it is time for you and your other partners in crime in the media to just stop it. This man has done nothing wrong but tried to be a decent American, husband, father, and just a responsible citizens. He has spent the last twenty plus years trying to help people and the only thing he has gotten from it recently was being called a muslim, a liberal which I don't think is a bad thing, and now an elitist by a bunch of elitist. What's next. Atleast one good thing has come out of the Rev Wright mess you won't be calling him a muslim anymore.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  65. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    He needs to stay on message more than ever now. If he can resist the temptation to respond to every little snippet and distracting arrow fired his way, rise above the obvious politics-as-usual behavior and demonstrate that he is indeed different, then he can regain his momentum and restore the excitement to his campaign.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  66. Mary- Louisville, KY

    Obama has got to come down hard on the kind of free trade that exists today. He's got to give specific remedies that will allow for more "fair" trade, reduction in outsourcing and more security for the safety for the items we do import. He needs to further emphasize his abhorrence for the actions of big business, insane CEO salaries etc.
    People need to hear this!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  67. Chuck B Coastal NC

    just stay the course with the issue's

    April 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  68. Paula in Albuquerque

    I could make some suggestions, but watching him today on TV, I don't think that he has the cajones to take them! He's a lovely young man, and I wish him well, but Obama may very well be what many have said since the beginning of this unbearably long journey...He may have bitten-off more than he can chew! H's not demonstrating WILL and the capacity to make difficult decisions. Without these skills, he's "dead meat", and I don't care how "refreshing" his message is! I'm thoroughly turned-off, and just flat exhausted by the whole damned thing! Hillary: If you make it, I will move to Germany, and that is a promise!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  69. Burt

    BY telling the truth. He needs to admit that he was patronizing Pastor Wright's church to get into public life.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  70. Rose From CT

    It's unlikely he can. There are mounting negatives against Obama and even in the short term he might get a little traction, the GOP will not let go of it. Someone as we speak is probably going through the transcripts of Obama's PA speech and find inaccuracies. Obama waited too long and as a result it will haunt him. His PA speech was incomplete. What he said today he should have said in his first speech. It's hard to believe he never heard these sermons in twenty years.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  71. Gayle Jacksonville, Illinois

    Obama needs to TKO Hillary where she can"t get up before the ten count. Expose all her lies and discrepancies..........well, he won't have enough time to expose them all, but just get started with the worst of them.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  72. Janet, PA>

    Senator Obama started a fresh and new kind of political agenda and the people are hearing and listening to him, therefore he should
    stay on course, meet the people, talk and help resolve the real issues, economy, health care, gas, Iraq, and most of all giving the White House back to the People!
    Those Super Delegates, seasoned and new, are with him and hear the voices of America crying out for a real change.

    People to People, let them all see and hear him and turn off the negative distractions, we are sick & tired of!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  73. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Two choices: (1) Lay low, do nothing, and keep making the rounds like a good little candidate; which he'll probably do. (2) Poke and prod Hillary into another set of lies; which he knows he could risk looking for if he had the drive to do so.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  74. mario

    Obama will get stronger watch him..

    April 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  75. chryssa

    It all about the volunteers, Jack. We've been working hard for over a year and we keep plugging away – calling undecided voters, organizing voter registration, traveling to other states to facilitate caucuses and primaries, etc. We're not stopping, we're not slowing down, and neither is he.

    I doubt any candidate's campaign in my lifetime will top what Obama's experienced in February and March, but all it's going to take to secure this nomination is a mini-wave, and we're working on it.

    Boise, Idaho

    April 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  76. sandy in Ohio

    Today Obama was forced again to speak about Wright and this time he has denounced him and has said his feelings for him have changed. Now it is up to the polilical pundits and the media to stop letting Wright dominate the air waves and let Obama talk about his message. He needs to hit the economy hard, the price of gas, food. utilites, housing and health care to name a few. He understands working people because he is one.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  77. L.M.,Arizona

    In this election you can be sure,but I would demand second position on the ticket.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  78. Fred T. Black

    Sen. Obama has not lost momentum the so-called news broadcasts have simply distracted undecided voters from the issues that would matter to them. Rev. Wright has gotten more air time than either or both Rep. Kucinich, and Ron Paul combined.

    To continue his journey to the White House, he simply has to stay on the issues that matters to Americans about America, and their combined future.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  79. Jim T - Alaska

    debate with hillary and expose all the wrongdoings that she done to herself

    1. the bosnia and ohio story

    2. she voted for the iraq war which costed thousands upon thousands of american lives

    the only thing obama has done was that bitter comment and he can exclude himself from pastor wright, these are stuff that are minor compared to what hillary has done to herself

    April 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  80. Jerry

    The only way to get the "MO JO" going again is if the media
    takes a long holiday and you know thats not about to happen.
    Since the advent of 24/7 cable "News" you have to fill the airtime
    with nonsense instead of news. But without your sponsors
    you all wouldn't be in the upper middle class of saleries.

    Roselle, Illinois

    April 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  81. Val


    I predict it will work much less than last winters flu shots.

    Val from
    North Dakota

    April 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  82. Andy from Canada

    Jack, Barack Obama has to hope that not too many people continue to watch CNN and listen to the pro Hillary Clinton bias of its reporters(yourself not included). Wolf & co. seem hell bent to anoint the Hill/Bill team its sickening.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  83. Harry

    Ignore the "24 hour" media and focus on the local media, in all the upcoming states. People tend to get most of their news from local sources as they do talk about the news that is relevant to their areas.

    Besides, local news only tends to sensationalize stuff during sweeps months. The 24 hour groups must do it on a minute by minute basis, for some reason. You can never really trust them to be telling the whole truth.


    April 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  84. Sue

    Your question should be, what is Hillary going to do air on TV this weekend? I have not seen one word this week about the fraud case in CA. Darn good thing it wasn't Mr. Ayers. Or Rev. Wright. How about showing the govenor of Pa with Mr. Farrekahn? If America believes what that woman says, they deserve what it gets. Trouble is, my children and grandchildren will suffer as well.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  85. Pam

    Jack, all Senator Obama has to do to win is to stay on point and tell us what his plans are if he is elected President. I want answers because whoever does get elected is going to have a hell of a mess to clean up after 8 incredibly long years of Bush. I feel the next Presidnt will have a bigger pile to wade through than Carter did when he was elected (after Nixon and Ford left office and the country was so divided).

    And for god's sake – quit showing so much of Wright (who is wrong, wrong, wrong). All he's up to is grabbing his 15 minutes of fame and making as much money as possible. What a pig (or should I say "cash cow").

    By the way Jack, reading your book and it's very refreshing to see a lot of my thoughts in print. Maybe there is hope – thanks for that.

    Best regards,

    Kansas City, MO

    April 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  86. Steve Idaho

    He needs to stop responding to the trivial race bait that Hillary's throwing at him. He needs to stay focused on McCain and ignore Hillary, keep on the issues, his message of change and he'll do just fine.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  87. chama

    By keep talking about the issues that matter the most to the American people. The Clintons will want to distruct him as they have done before. They will bring Rev Wright as if he is Obama's running mate. As a front runner, he should not pay much attention to the Clintons. If Hillary keeps nagging him to a debate, she should debate Rev Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  88. RanDe

    Obama needs to make a deal with Hillary to be her VP. The only momentum he has left is a bid to be Vice president.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  89. mercy


    April 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  90. Mary Johnson

    He needs to have a resurrection. sorry, Jack. but that's about it. He is dead dead dead... too bad too. He's a good man. I am mary of sarasota, fl

    April 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  91. Lynn

    Jack: Obama has received at six superdelegates in the past week. It is the media that is emphasizing Wright and his effect and cherry picking polls. It is sad in a democracy that the media has become less news orientated and more about the bias and egos of editorial izing pundits.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  92. Joshua P. from North Carolina

    He always seems to turn thing around with a great speech. He need a new one reintroducing him self to America that has a similar energy as his Yes We Can speech.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  93. tim from pa.

    he can not recapture it, rev. wright has taken that away from him.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  94. Barbara From Hazleton, Pa

    Obama needs to re- focus on the issues and Hillary and McCain, but turn off the radios and TV sets until after the convention.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  95. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, Obama can only regain his momentum, when Rev Wright shuts his damn mouth.

    April 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  96. michael

    he need to focus on the issue that matter to us, honest to tell the true that momentum alway ,Being a president of the us,look like you love your wife everything has to be honest so people will alway believe in president that they vote for, Is that make sense!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  97. cory.fl

    what he needs to do is say that he will be a good vice president

    April 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  98. Gigi in Alabama

    Clinton did not paint him as an elitist, he painted himself with his "bitter" remarks. He will not lose momentum with the black voters, but I think that his snobbish remarks about blue collar workers will stop them from voting for him. Also, I have listened to him for over 6 months now and I have yet to hear anything other than "change". Change for change sake is not what we need right now. We need someone with a plan and the knowledge to implement it.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  99. Carole W.Palm Beach, FL

    He can't. His mentor/pastor Wright has thrown him off his white horse into the dust. Obama can whine, defend and try to distance himself all he wants but he's out of this "derby." Now when will all his endorsers, switch their bets to the winner?

    April 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  100. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    The only way he can recapture momentum is to win all of the remaining states. If he puts Hillary out of her misery by winning enough electoral votes before the convention there will be no handing the nomination to Hillary by her cronies.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  101. juice-Canyon Lake

    Just keep doing what he's been doing; smart and intelligent people see that Obama is a different type of candidate who wants the best for America and a change to politics as usually in Washington if given a chance. Admittedly Rev Wright hasn't help matters but any intelligent person recognizes that this man is out for himself and no one else. Keep on keeping on Obama!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  102. cory.fl

    now that wright has called him out as being a typical politician he cant come back and say he is an outsider, time for him to step down

    April 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  103. Deb (New York)


    Obama needs to continue to focus on the issues, no more gaffes by either himself, his wife nor his campaign staff. Stay focused disregard Hillary's 3AM phone calls and address the public in his town hall meetings. The rest will continue to fall into place and the momentum will come. Who knows maybe John Edwards will support Obama and help him to win as many states as possible. He will be our next President of the United States.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  104. cory.fl

    he knew about him before and he called him his crazy uncle, so for him to say that he didnt knew in 20 yrs is a lie and he cant come back from that

    April 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  105. hellopolitico

    I wonder just how much money the Clinton machine is paying Rev.Wright. Obama needs to be careful of the narcoleptic Kerry syndrome. C'mon Barack, gimme some juice!

    April 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  106. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    I do not believe Obama has lost his momentum. Everyone knew Clinton would win that last primary. It was predicted weeks in advance. Then there is this sudden surprise that she wins. What is up with that?

    He actually gained ground in that primary over previous ones. He has been getting a lot more super delegates than Clinton. She has all but lost this nomination, she just refuses to see what is right in front of her. I think Bill has a lot to do with that.

    I personally feel she is doing this so that, maybe she can steal it away. And if not maybe cause Obama to loose so she can run in 4 years. I think she is very selfish. At least Ron Paul is honest and clear about what he is doing. She's doing one thing but saying another. The Clinton's can't just be honest, there is a surprise for you...

    April 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  107. lin FL

    Hillary has the momentum, Governor of NC thinks so to. She really is the peoples candidate compared with Obama who is the medias candidate. In the end it should be the will of the people, that's why if Hillary doesn't get the nomination McCain will probabably become the president in Nov.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  108. dennis north carolina

    He needs to expand his ideas on the problems of this country and the world. he needs not to be distracted by the media , hillary or McCain so the public will know more about him and his ideas.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  109. Kathy Omaha

    JacK: Merely be himself. Confident & honest. You can only be held accountable for words that you speak and no one else's including a person of the faith. I've not lost faith in Barack! For whatever reason Reverend Wright apparently wants to derail Barack's campaign. I think he's jealous, it's Barack and not him!

    Omaha, NE

    April 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  110. Jim A in Vancouver, WA

    He has to kiss a lot of babies.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  111. Darren S.

    Get back to basics and stop trying to play the Clinton's "politics as usual" game, that they clearly excel at.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  112. Elena

    He should realize that he is wrong for the job. I'm not being a mean Clinton supporter but come on. Hillary is smart woman and right now, this country needs a person who can fix this mess and that's Hillary. Does personality really matter? The last time the country voted on who they wanted to have a beer with, Dubya became president. Obama, we know nothing about him except that he knows how to entertain a crowd. But all these knew stories about his past keep coming up and now who's looking like the shady one? Do we want a person who wants the title of president or a person who wants to do the job as president?

    April 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Anne of Medford, NJ

    I think he just found his footing again. By denouncing Rev. Wright and all his antics he just helped who defined who he is. In addition, he has got to keep going to the smaller towns. I can't believe Iowa is the only state where white Americans want him to be president. Stay above the negativity, stay away from unnecessary debates and just start talking to the people. Also, John Edwards needs to come out and endorse him- for a man who spoke of so much change his silence in the campaign speaks volume. You have to wonder how much Edwards was really into change or what the Clintons are offering him.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  114. don from canada

    Ignore Rev. wright and the media hype over him and ignore Hillary and get back to the message Americans want to hear – the truth and what he will do for them to help with their issues, like jobs, food and gas !

    April 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  115. Brian Demme

    By going on the Howard Stern show.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  116. Indianapolis for Obama

    The media needs to shut up. His momentum never has really died. He has been steady and strong and has been able to weather the political crap very well.

    You are supposed to report news, not your opinions.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  117. nancy

    Rev. Wright obviously is losing it - for Obama and for himself. I think the American People surely can figure out that he is trying to get Obama, for whatever reason. Obama needs to keep doing what he is doing best, which is to reach out to unite the American People. The reason Hillary was not quitting is for the opening of something like this - like a vulture waiting for something. Unfortunately, everyone needs to look at Obama's message, not this kook.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  118. lori mooney

    alot of obama's campaign was based on his good judgement, and also he has said that repeatedly that he better than hillary has always made the better judgements. well, what about all this rev. wright stuff going on, after all this time and years with being around the reverend, he's just figuring out all about him, i'd have to say it's ;not good judgement and is that the kind of judgement he's gonna have as our president who's supposed to run our country and make alot bigger judgements than a personally conflict.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  119. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is in his momentum, he's still capturing superdelegates.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  120. Chuck in Alabama

    Well, for one thing, he ought to stop telling his posse that he is "bored." The people in the states which have yet to vote are sure feeling good about having a say-so this time. He certainly doesn't want to push them away by inferring that their vote doesn't matter.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  121. Ronnie in South TX

    He just needs to look us in the eye and talk to us like you used to.

    April 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  122. Helen

    Jack...Wright hurt Obama big time weeks ago, when this story first broke. The silver lining is now: Obama is defining himself as a compassionate, generous understanding human being...when pushed against the wall he fights back hard. Great qualities for a President. We're all tired of Wright and know he's wrong. Who do you think is pulling Wright's strings?

    Helen, North Port, Florida

    April 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |