April 28th, 2008
06:55 PM ET

GOP Strategist: What Obama needs to do about Rev. Wright

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/28/wright.transcript/art.wright2.ap.jpg caption="Jeremiah Wright speaks at an NAACP dinner on Sunday night."]

Ed Rollins
Fmr. Huckabee Nat'l Campaign Chairman

In any election, it is difficult for an unknown and undefined candidate. The first rule of any political campaign is always go out and define yourself before your opponent does it for you.

Even though the 2008 race for the Democratic nomination has been long and expensive, the front runner Senator Obama is still unknown by most voters.

He said he was going to be a different kind of leader, a healer. One who brought people together, not divide them up by groups or special interests. And many voters thought and hoped that was going to be true.

Unfortunately, on his way to the nomination, it's not his opponent Hillary Clinton who is defining him, it's his own friend and former spiritual leader, whose language and rhetoric has been hateful and unpatriotic.

The candidate brushed him aside and tried to move on after the first damage, but Rev. Wright likes the big audience and obviously likes the media attention and maybe even the controversy. He is defining Obama in a way that can only lead to devastating results.

If this race becomes one about the repression of Black America and/or the United States' perceived sins against other nations, according to the gospel of Rev Wright, then the junior senator from Illinois becomes an easy target.

Comments like this one from the Rev. Wright:
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands (killed on 9/11) in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye... We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."

And Rev. Wright's likening the Romans at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion to our brave US Marines and suggesting that the United States was acting like Al Qaeda under a different color flag. This is not a concept that Barack can defend, and now he needs to get himself as far away from the good reverend as possible.

Who is the real Obama? That's the first question I would raise if I were running a campaign against him. If the answer scares white voters or disturbs patriotic Americans, his march to victory is long and improbable.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Ed Rollins • Raw Politics • Rev. Jeremiah Wright
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Darlene from Florida

    Obama doesn't have what it takes to be President. He never did. Addressing racial issues in this country as a key strength is not going to bring the cost of gas down, lower the unemployment rate, make college more accessible to more Americans or end the war in Iraq! Obama can't do anything for America that we need to get done right away. We don't need a cheerleader, we need a leader....he just isn't it. He has shown over the course of his life that he has poor judgement and gravitates toward Anti-American sentiment. That disqualifies him to be our POTUS! Obama is so OVER!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  2. Richard

    This race really started off between Obama and Clinton. Both would make history and every American would be proud to call either one their president. As the month of May has come upon us the only thing the American people are thinking about is how they agree or disagree with the Rev. J. Wright. It's really sad that Obama had made such lengths to cross barriers to show he is a good leader for this country and now his former Pastor is overshadowing all of his accomplishments because of the sermons he preached in the past. The Rev. should know when to fight this battle and you have to wonder if he actually supports Obama for the nomination. If he really backed Obama why did he come out of silence? Why didn't he wait until Obama recieved the nomination and potentially secured the presidency? Mr. Obama I don't think there is anythin you can do about your image and association with the Rev. J. Wright. Rev. J. Wright provides only provides spiritual messages to a very small portion of the American People but his remarks have touched the soul of many. Are the comments correct, should they have been said, should it be public knowledge, will all the American People agree, will the words you say do anything good for the American People as a whole? That answer is unkown but if Barrack Obama does not recieve the nomination from the Democratic Party the blame will be on the Rev. J Wright and there will never be an opportunity like this again for a minority to reach so many people and have a great message to share. The Rev is doing a great disservice to his friend and to this country. For once Rev. remove yourself to defend your remarks at a later day. Don't keep the stero-type alive–when one minority is on a rise there is always another monority trying to bring him down!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:33 am |
  3. kevin lynch

    Paula Jones, You see things through one eye. Hillary is a great leader, she is as American as one can be. She fights hard for Americas interests. She is articulate as she would make a better president than Bill Clinton.
    Rev Wright made rev wright. Hillary didnt school rev wright Ghadafi did!!! Ghadafi was personally responsible for blowing an american airliner out of the sky , Both black and white americans died that day! 911 both Black and white died as our country went to Afghanistan Both brave Black and white to fight for those that lost their lives!
    Rev Wright is a separtist, anyone backing him is a separtist. Obama was extremely close to rev wright, this matters and will always matte!! Barrack Hussein Obama states "the typical white person believes". Michelle Obama states anti american sentiment. THIS IS WHY REV WRIGHT MATTERES. He has influenced both Barrack and Michelle Obama. This is alarming.
    White America has the RIGHT to TOTALLY condemm rev wright!!! He is a biggot!! President Bush needs to take away funding from this church as even the present preacher agrees with Wright statements. Either pull tax exemption of giver it to the KKK also as Rev. Wright in our eyes is OBVIOUSLY RACIST. We will not stand for this double standard; not now not ever!!! We condem the KKK as we condem rev.wright for his separtist stances!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  4. Janie

    Obama agrees with Wright. So, he meets with him downstairs, and then goes upstairs and does what politians do....He will never get elected now.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  5. Michelle

    i think it is fair to say we do not know how the Rev Wright
    controversy will play out. I am concerned that 360 only
    views this story as political. Looking at this through the
    political prism is narrow vision indeed. I wonder if the
    media is not a little angry at Rev Jeremiah Wright because
    he will not let them define him. Media coverage of this story
    should also be a part of the conversation . Also, the historical
    and theological aspects of this story can not be ignored.
    In the South there are many preachers who consider
    this type of preaching to be a kin to John The Baptist.
    I do not agree with his statements but he in not the
    first nor will he be the last. Other evangelical ministers
    made some very controversial statements about 911
    as well.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:27 am |
  6. carolyn reynolds

    You are the sum of the parts that are around you. Your family, your friends. They are all who YOU are. This man has been an ingredient in Obama's life, marrying him to his wife, baptizing his children, a constant for thirty years. Obama's a stew and Wright is a very main flavor. The scene yesterday where this selfish man parded his clever limmerics and condenscension at the press club, insulting Irish, praising himself, unrepentent for asking God, OUR God to damn this country during a war yet, with men and women dying for his right to sound off stupidly. I think he is no friend to the withering campaign of Barack Obama, who himself is out of touch not only with this election and the american people but with a reality which is cold and persisitant. He stepped too soon into the arena. A VERY intelligent man believed his best press and they are in love make no mistake.
    YOu cannot rightly believe you can run the free world, biggest nation world power, with two years experience. WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT Barack HUSSEIN Obama as Rev. Wright wrongly plays up. Out of power he railed against the war. Yet when he got his pwoer to make a difference he voted againstly with Clinton, exact record, and continued the war. he should have waited. His shining moment gone the way of all men too proud to see their limitiations. He isn't ready yet. and sadly, the best man for the job, is a WOMAN, and she is more than ready and tough.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  7. bobby

    If you havent lost a member of your family in Iraq , if you dont have a member of your family putting his life down for a country that used to see him/her a ssubhuman, if your grandfather wasnt one of the guinea pigs used by a US Govt funded Tuskegee syphilis research programme, if you havent had to live in the ghetto for the most parts of your life, then you just cant get what Rev Wright is trying to say and thats the real out of context issue. Interpret Rev Wrights words based on where he is coming from and what he sees everyday in his ministry, Rev Wright speaks the truth for us!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  8. kevin lynch

    Obama has flip flopped on everything. He has gone from agreeing with his pastor to rejecting him and then stating thqat people are picking on him!
    All 3 candidates are senators, Barrack talks change like he is an outsider! He claims to ethics as he purchased property from Rezko for below market price. Was this for political favors? Barrack constantly avoids answering directly to any question.
    He has the black community fooled! He promotes illegal immigration stating "they dont initially come over here to commit crimes they come to work here". These illegals are taking jobs and food out of the mouths of many hard working Americans.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  9. kevin lynch

    Rev. Wright shows and proves his true colors all the time. I would debate with this creep any day, but he is a coward as all RACIST are!!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  10. kevin lynch

    Barrack Hussein Obama is not owed the presidency just because of his skin color.
    Rev wright is being compared to Rosa Parks who stood up for what is right. I disagree with this comparison. Rev. Wright is a separtist! Rosa Park was fighting for equal rights. Rev. Wright wants Black only churches and wants to separate the races as people view thewmselves as the same!
    Martin Luther King stated we are all red on the inside! Rev. Wright wants to state that it is a different shades of red!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  11. Helen

    It is not a racism, religion, Rev Wright or Hillary Clinton... It is about Obama's lack of judgement. I take that back, poor judgement. He has shown that over and over. We cannot afford him in the White House. Ed Rollins has it right on. Obama is a political sociopath.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  12. Linda

    James Eavey said: "The sad thing is that the ignorant voters in this country can not see the distinction and that is sad. There is a race based voting that happens in this country and there are many white people that will not vote for Obama due to that fact."

    Well James can't you also say the same is true by the AA voters not voting for Hillary simply because she is white and a women.

    I have read bloggers say compare what Bill said with Rev. Wright. Bill is not Hillary's spiritual mentor he is her husband. So if you want to compare Bill make it with Michelle who has also said her share of things that make one wonder.

    Which campaign is really playing the race card? Looking back how is "fairy tale" racist? Yet the media who didn't know Obama then made Bill out to be this horrible person. What happened to the feelings AA had for him? That is racist!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:46 am |
  13. Paula Jones

    I being a business woman know that everyone is somebody. You can't mistreat or think you are above anyone. Senator Obama doesn't have to address this issue about Reverend Wright because everyones views isn't everyones views. Reverend Wright has nothing to do with this campaign so I wish you all would stop talking about it. Let's talk about the comments that Pat Buchanan made about the blacks that no one has addressed. Why is that hush hush. He is another representative of MSN and that needs to be the topic of discussion. Senator Obama has run a wonderful campaign so like always the Clintons had to play dirty. Let's stick to the campaign and what each will have to offer. I want the media to stop repeating this about Reverend Wright because the media are the ones that are making this a soap opera and some network needs to stand up for what is right not Wright and stop playing and discussing this topic. Let It Go!!!!!!!!! Let's get to the matter at hand. Who will serve this country better. I'm sure Hillary has some skeletons in her closet but that is not this issue and I care not to know what they are....

    April 29, 2008 at 10:37 am |
  14. michael newell

    america just isn't ready for deversity,everytime i hear the statement, the first black anything.it cuts like a knife, in the history of this country, which is that of the white race,a black man or woman has never had the same opportunities to excel, dr martin luther king jr. was assassinated because he wanted equal human rights for blacks.which is symbolic as to the power struggle we've had to indure.,just sixty years ago or so, jeremiah wright should speak his mind, and not tender your ears, to your delight, with silly notions that he or any other black person in this country. is pleased with our history. and the truth is, america is white,and there will never be a black president. but don't expect us to go away quietly, article one, section two, depicts us as three fifths human, but that's your opinion.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  15. Ms. Bell

    I am appauled at ALL of the media. I just left the gas station and could not "fill" my tank due to lack of funds on my behalf. We ate via scavenger hunt in the pantry this weekend AND I pace the floor at night praying that my son (who is a junior in college)will graduate since we are paying for most of the tuition. AS USUAL, the media is talking about Rev. Wright, I don't give a damn about what he said, will say or has said! I am concerned about most issues of fellow Americans...gas, college, healthcare and food. Media folks have limos to pick them up and don't stop at the gas pumps to fill up. Get real folks, represent us and show REAL news from the candidates. I wouldn't have a clue what John McCain is about if I had to rely on the nightly news, but I do know Rev. Wright's whereabouts. By the way, is the war still going on? If so, glad there has been a record of NO fatalities since Rev. Wright's debut. What a wonderful world!! The media is the real problem for us.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:32 am |
  16. Taj

    Rev. Wright has every right to his opinion & so does Obama. They may disagree on many things & still can be friends, do their things their own way. Politicians game is politics. Hillary saying that Obama should have divorced himself from Wright's church makes only as much sense as Hillary should have divorced Bill Clinton for all the things he committed with other women. Why is Hillary hanging on to Bill? So, leave Barrack to himself & move on. Ed Rollins advice is well taken & Barrack is not stupid or naive.

    April 29, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  17. Daniel van Heyningen

    Their Anderson Cooper,
    If the Rev. Wright comments effect Senator Obama chance to be elected president of the U.S.A.. This will send a strong message to the world, which will show that the U.S.A. has not become of age and is willing to accept her faillures in respect to the races and human rights.
    Instead of demonizing the very couragious and articulate Rev. Jeramia Wright by trying to put him in a corner and making him ridiculious.
    CNN and the American Public should take heat to his warnings about the way how the U.S.A. is seen by others.
    And stop doing like if the honourable Rev. Wright is out of touch, because he is right on the money. If the U.S want to be relevant in the world, it must demonstrate it respects others opinion

    April 29, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  18. Kathy, Texas

    If Obama had the smarts everyone says that he does....he should have distanced himself from this man LONG before seeking a nomination for presidency. Everyone in this country knows that when it comes to politics, your past and present "associates" WILL be equated with you.

    He's not as brilliant as some would try to make us believe.

    "Rev." Wright needs to practice silence outside the pulpit. (at least until the elections are over if he wants Obama to have a decent shot. Or does he???)

    April 29, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  19. Debbie, NJ

    I just want to say that Rev. Wright doesn't represent black churches. There is no such thing as a black church especially if you call yourself a Christian. There may be predominately or even all blacks at a particular church, the same for other nationalities, but this is due to the demographics of people or races in the community. I don't know all of what Rev. Wright preaches in his church but what he is speaking now and in the sermon after 9/11 is not the Gospel, nor is it about the love of God. It is true that God can also be angry and that the Bible speaks of destruction in the end times. But there is a way to convey this without judging a group of people or a nation. When a preacher speaks of end times or prophecy it should be for a call to repentance for all of us not damnation.

    April 29, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  20. george

    I have made this great country my adopted homeland and I am very much in tune with the politics. Frankly, Bill and Chelsea Clinton and the Rev. Wright has gotten too much press coverage. What ballot are they on? I do believe the Rev. Wright issue is race driven by all the campaigns to score political points. America has made great progress in race relations but it has not fully come to grasp with that issue. When I look around, when I listen to the hatred espoused by both left and right of the political spectrum, I am not too hopeful. Ironically, I do believe the candidacy of Barack Obama offers the best hope to bridge the divide.

    If you are eating a pecan pie and you bite on a piece of the shell, you do not throw away the entire pie; you get rid of that shell and move on. I say this to say that I can therefore understand the relationship Obama has with his former pastor. Rev. Wright showed him the path to salvation, the greatest thing to have happened to his life. Obama does not have to accept everything Rev. Wright says vice versa. So the theory of guilt by association espoused by all who wants to derail the candidaccy of Obama is riduculous; and ro race should be fooled.

    By the way these are the same folks that swift boated a wothy American hero in Senator Kerry and they are getting an assist from the Clinton campaign. The end result is that Sen.Mccain will succeed where Sen. Kerry failed perhaps by being a more decorated war hero and Republican. Sen. Clinton and Mccain is surely set to contest the 2012 election if only we let them cloud us on Rev. Wright.

    April 29, 2008 at 9:34 am |
  21. cindy

    Reverend Wright had mentioned two books and asked someone if they had read those books. I have not read those books, so i don't know what they contain. We all know about the syphillis experiments on black men and we know that happened and he speaks about that. And i have often heard the rumor about the government introducing aids into the black community. Even though i don't believe that to be true. but i can understand why some would think it is true because of the syphillis experiment. Aids is considered a sexually transmitted disease and so is syphillis so i can understand why some would make this leap. But I think it's time the media done it's job and take on this debate. If there is a book out there that claims this is fact, then if that author is still alive the news people should bring him on air and disspell this myth once and for all. Or at least aks Reverend Wright or this author where that got this information. Lets have an aids debate lets put this issue to rest for good. To not take on this issue and just dismiss it is outrageous is taking the easy way out. If it's a myth prove it's a myth just don't let him say it and get away with it. Where are all the folks in the medical field why aren't they challenging this claim.

    April 29, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  22. Tim/Michigan

    Anderson, as an independant voter in the state of Michigan, I am over whelmed by all the air time given to such nonsense as the Rev. Wright issue.Take him off CNN airtime and send him back to his church where he belongs.Why is so much time being wasted on CNN to cover such nonsense? Is it to bring down the creditability of a presidential hopeful, I dont think so. I think CNN can see more in to the picture than that. Everyone has the right to their own religious beliefs, but lets keep it out of the focal point of the media and from throwing it in to the hands of competative politicians. I think each and every one of them should look at cleaning up their own back yard before passing judgement on another. Bet there are many skeletons hidden in many of their closets that they wouldnt want to be brought out. I want to hear what our canidates are going to do for us as a nation to bring us out of such dispair with the falling ecomomy, the high cost of food and gas, poor health coverage, ect. Most important, how they plan on getting our brave troops home from a bloody war. Anderson, I never have seen you as an over bias person, in fact I look at you as a fair and compassionate human being. It is good to be able to listen to a person who cares for his fellow man and reports fair and unbias opinions in the news. Keep up the good work. It is a pleasure to listen to you and your coverage every evening. PS: I think there are other news comentators out in the field that could stand to take a few lessons from you, then maybe their repore could come across better with their view audience. Thank You...

    April 29, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  23. Annie, Bloomington, IN

    I support Barack Obama and am curious why so much news coverage has gone to Wright at this time. He can speak, as we all can, but why is this the top headline on every major news network? The campaigns aren't evening dogging Obama as relentlessly as the press.

    I feel that this is the first election I've ever seen that has been so steered by the media.

    I personally am grateful that in my lifetime we've been given another bright hope for change. Barack Obama stands out among his competitiors because he's compassionate, genuine and motivated by true change. Changes in foreign policy, race relations, poverty and the economy are so desperately needed. I feel as though he is the best candidate to begin the renewal of America back to her best days.

    He's being hounded by the media, politicians and more. He's been the target of the Clinton's campaign of personal destruction. People say he's got to get into the political gamesmanship, but the first reason I liked him so much is that he's not a part of the current political mess.

    I know that he will stand above the others. I'm very proud to support Barack Obama and I think he did a great service to America in inspiring so many millions to support, take part in and truly believe in change.

    April 29, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  24. Kevin Gibbs

    Come on people!!! Stop being ignorant. How in the world is Jeremiah Wright being a detriment to Senator Obama's campaign? You all are making more of an issue out of this then what needs to be. The real truth of the matter is that you all are threatened by both of these black men. They are your worst fears because they're EDUCATED black men. There is a real possibility – for the first time in this country – that an African American could actually become President of the United States and it simply sickens you to think about it. As for Jeremiah Wright he's speaking out on things that much of White America would rather keep hidden. You don't like this exposure so you're stooping to low down tactics to offset this exposure. You're attempting to kill two birds with one stone. 1) Smear Jeremiah Wright's name and crucify him in the media 2) Connect Obama with Jeremiah and have the nation turn against him as well. Any TRUE African American (read between the lines) can see what you're doing. You may not post this but at least someone will read it!!

    April 29, 2008 at 8:57 am |
  25. Bella

    The title of the article is misleading. This Strategist said nothing new or helpful.
    The fact of the matter is Rev Wright as a minister of the gospel needed to explain himself and his comments because the MSM was not accurately reporting the full story on his comments. Now, MSM is cowed into a corner because some of them realize they did him a disservice the first time around. The journalistic laziness in the handling of this issue has been disappointing.
    For those who disagree with the recent coverage of Wright, I think balance is important. We heard almost nothing yesterday about what the actual candidates were doing. We only heard about Rev Wright. He is not running for office and at some point the news producers should have some balance/equal time counter going for other issues. No, we dont want just souund bites either, but there has to be a fair amount of time dedicated to Rev Wright as he attempts to not just clear his name, but literally fight for the Christian church - this is not just the black church, it's really about the real Christian church.
    For those who are so worried about Barack, pray. Much good has come out already out of Rev Wright's emergence but at the same time, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
    If he is answering to God and is being directed by God, he will know when to recede into the background. To some extent, he is being used by God to show white America what some traditional churches look like. Americans have a lot to learn and like it or not, good or bad, Rev Wright is playing a part in re-educating many Americans.
    While it seems like this has gone on for a long time, I am sure that by Thursday, Friday at the latest, the fascination will die down and people will get bored and move on to other things.
    Barack can only emphasize that I love this man, but we are two different people. At the end of the day, this man is running for Jesus and his agenda and allegience is to Jesus first, not me.

    April 29, 2008 at 8:40 am |
  26. Kansas M. Bailey

    Barack Obama did not grow up on the mainland of the United States and being of biracial parents, he, like many of this mix often seek a personal identity. When he came to Chicago, he was not aware of the extremely slick, smart operators. i.e. politicians, preachers and fast talkers. Hence Reverend Wright. However, that is no excuse. A strong minded, honest, intelligent person could not and would not attend such a Church more than a few weeks. A couple of months at most. People are in love with an image. Barack Obama is not good at judging people and that is a major flaw when one wants to run a state. Much less a country and the USA at that!.

    From his own mouth came the "Bittergate" fiasco. His wife displays membership to Wright's mad, toxic club. What more do you people need to find out before it is too late. I am a black American woman and I never heard my late parents constantly put whites down. They were hard working people and brought up eights children to have respect and be self sufficient. Wright along with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made a living far too long convincing Blacks that they can handle our issues of Race when one appears. That's gone far too long and and I do not understand "educated" people attending churches like Wright's. This is almost insane. That crazed lunatic, Wright, curses, gyrates, and performs like he is in a trance and lies, lies, lies. Yet, whites still love Obama and according to some of the comments, have understanding for Wright. There is nothing to understand about a hustler using the Church as his front. This man is disgusting and hysterical. Barack Obama is a weakling and has no substance. He has made very little stands on issues. He has no solid solutions or answers to the economy or Iraq. Hillary, while not being perfect is far stronger than he is. Blacks just want to see another Black in office. They don't care if he is a mass murderer. Please, reasonable people, take a stand. Do not vote for this looser.

    April 29, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  27. Lake Hart (a Native American Writer)

    Fearmongering ! Sen. Barak Obama is excellent as a Senator – do not try to get to the "Big House". The Hatemongers, scaremongers are out to get you. This is America, the entitled and chosen few will do and say anything to keep their control of the White House. The message is loud and clear "non-white, non-anglo saxon," will never be qualified for the Oval Office, not in America – the homeland of my forefathers for thousands of generation. The world is watching- does that matter- it is the "Thirld-World," the disadvantaged and poor who are watching, not the "First-World," the benefactors of exploitation of all resources (human, natural & environmental) on this planet. Some people are more equal than others – "The hell with The UN Declaration of Human Rights" – The Hell with the International Courts in the Hague." I am angry, yet I have chosen words to guns. Sincerely, The Savage, The great grand son of Geronimo, Lake Hart, a Native American Writer.

    April 29, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  28. CeeJay

    The simple minded are swayed by what other people say. The individual, strong minds listen, even to those with differing points of view and make their own decision. They do not run from opposition nor embrace it. Perhaps they even stay, for 20 years, in the face of it to attempt to understand it so that they can address it if given the opportunity.

    April 29, 2008 at 8:30 am |
  29. sal

    If you notice every time the going gets tough and rough Obama runs for the kitchen door. His kitchen door. Is this what the young people want one who cant stand up to the lion? His dreams seem to be blowing in the wind . Who is OBAMA!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 8:26 am |
  30. K. Lee

    Obama's movement for change is great! To truly define himself, Obama needs to run as an Independent Candidate, if Hillary becomes the nominee. The Clintons have lied to the American people. Bill lied to the American people. Hillary stated that she would had left the chuirch. Actually, she should had left her husband. Nobody is talking the real truth! A female president would be different, but she is not the one!

    Obama as an Independent Candidate!
    Obama as an Independent Candidate!
    Obama as an Independent Candidate!
    Obama as an Independent Candidate!
    Obama as an Independent Candidate!

    April 29, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  31. Arnie Barnes-Schwartz

    This controversy over race keeps sidestepping the issues that Rev Wright is very clear about. These issues are ones America has yet to really face. In order for we as a nation to truely embrace all it's citizens, it must pay attention to people like Rev. Wright. In Obama"s remarks concerning Rev. Wright"s comments last month last month, he said it is time we had a serious dialogue about race. This may be the time. Perhaps it is time for white folks to become more compassionate about the remarks of Rev. Wright instead of being so defensive, there is truth in his words.

    April 29, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  32. Wanda

    Wright is not Obama! Look at the candidates on their own merit. The media should stop creating distractions! Go Obama '08!

    April 29, 2008 at 8:16 am |
  33. Bernetta

    Calm down everyone, Rev Wright is only speaking the truth, and you know what they say about the truth, it HURTS. People would rather hear a lie than the truth. Some, especially the media would perfer that Rev Wright just go away; after they've ran his name in the ground and talked very negative about him, showing bits and pieces of his surmons which deceived the people. When you don't tell the whole truth about someone, you are considered a liar. Now that he is speaking out , everyone just want him to go away, but I perfer that he continue to speak the truth, because the truth will set you FREE.

    April 29, 2008 at 8:09 am |
  34. Bosco franklin SWeden Eksjo

    Please live the man alone. are you americans concerne about how you people are going to live in the next 4 years or you still thing about short term problems. If you peolple want to have a better life in the next 4 years you better VOTE OBAMA

    April 29, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  35. robert ga

    Wright is a wounded Lion, with his back to the wall. For some reason he thinks he is the establishment and people should listen to him. He should try living in Africa or the middle east and get a taste for what is it like to not have freedom of speech and the like. These priviledges don't come for free. That is why people are flocking to this great country. He will not go quietly, he will keep going. In January if Obama is not the president guess what his sermons are going to title, "THE BLACKMAN failed because of the white man." Talk about being self serving, it is all about Wright right now. Obama only wishes Wright can take one for the team. I personally think that these old school preachers (black preachers) just want to wallow in self pitty and perpetual these ills from the past and completely ignore the stride we have made to go forward. What could be more inspiring to Latinos, Blacks and Asia and whites to see a black man lead this country. That would do more for all these groups than Wright will ever do. He should stick to preaching the Gospel and stay away from hateful preaching. These old school preachers live in a parallel universe of sorts , still thinking that we are the sixties. Let it go, this is your chance to give all these inner city kids and below the poverty line americans a ROLE MODEL.
    peace out.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:56 am |
  36. roberta

    with all the harporing about the years that obama was going to church with rev wright as his pastor. how about when this so-called pastor was the clintons spiritural advisor .they dont seem to be in any hurry to bring that up do they. or about any of the other nasty details that they have . such as lewisnsty gate or the fact that steal documents out of an office of an associate that hasnt even been buried yet.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:53 am |
  37. Sid

    Honestly who do you really believe has the more questionable associates in Washington? Obama? Please. The only thing negative they can find on this guy is his Pastor and that isn't really negative unless you take comments out of context with sound bites only. Truth is the way our govt has conducted itself over the past 50 years has been questionable at best. Special interests rule in America. Don't you people ever go to the source? Have you not really wondered why Bill Clinton's library donors are all anonymous? To protect the donors or to relieve Hillary of the burden of having to answer to her husband's associations and the nearly half billion dollars donated to his Presidential library. Wake up America!

    April 29, 2008 at 7:52 am |
  38. Jean Michel Goudou

    Sometimes I wonder what's wrong with some people,it's very ironic to see those who seem to be educated do things that the one who can't even write his name would never do. I understand politic and religion can't be mixed; if Wright is really smart he should know he is contaminating the Obama compagn and he needs to shut up for a while because in politic any little thing can become a giant with trremendous consequences.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:47 am |
  39. MC , Tampa

    As a black man I find it amusing to hear so many accuse Wright of racism. The fact is everything he has said is true. We as a country have bombed and killed millions of innocent people, we have had leaders assasinated, we have marginalized poor people and people of color in this country. He is right, 9/11 happened because of what we have done in the middle east. What is hateful about the truth.
    Its more important that we examine ourselves honestly, our goverment has deliberately withheld treatment from black men to see the effects of sypillis on them, (remember tuskegee?). All of these things have happend and are facts.....why shouldn't he be angry.
    the constitution gives him the right to express it so how about we quit acting holier than thou and work to right these wrongs!!

    April 29, 2008 at 7:40 am |
  40. virginia

    The media should not ask queations they dont want answers to. The blacks whom say they its the past why dont more whites vote for Obama it is because the things of the past is still issues of today. Lets stop all lies and face it white america will never let a black man inn the white house in my life time for he will need a food taster. The Rev is right about the aids thing and the our government just like the 911 President Bush was not like by many and scaring up support by killing some thousands of americans Bush sleep good and eating good off the pain of others. The gas price is high because of Bush.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:33 am |
  41. Edward

    The best Obama can do is to focus on real issues, such as the Economy, Health Care and Iraq war, which are hurting Americans. Wright is not a wise man, because he does not know what and when to communicate!

    April 29, 2008 at 7:24 am |
  42. Lisa G., PA

    Why the sudden barrage of advice from Republican strategists for Obama? It's their perverted way of controlling the message. Two days in a row we have seen top stories by former Bush adviser Karl Rove and now Ed Rollins, Huckabee's former national campaign chair, both masterfully getting their digs in while purporting to offer advice. The sad part is, the media is lapping it up. If you would like to know about Senator Obama's plans for the future of our country, they are readily available, as are transcripts from his speeches. Do not miss the best opportunity we've ever had to change politics as usual - vote for change we can believe in!

    April 29, 2008 at 7:23 am |
  43. Paul

    Seems to be propraganda , whatever Rev Wright says will be generated to Obama regardless .This is just another level of racism in this country to reminds minorities you are not equal.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:21 am |
  44. MAC

    If we as Americans let this 'issue' prevent us from voting for Senator Obama, we just prove what the rest of the world thinks: that we are a bunch of idiots and anyone who we vote into office is the Dum elected leader of a bunch of Dummers. Hence we have a 3rd term of John-George McBane-Bush or another cheating Clinton.

    If this is the stage that we are at we don't deserve Obama as president.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:19 am |
  45. virginia

    Teresa him without sin let him cast the first stone, so since you believe you know this man's heart better than God you go ahead and judge others.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:18 am |
  46. Amy

    I am a Clinton supporter, but I feel terrible that Barack's pastor is going this route. It really is unfair to Barack. I feel for him.

    I also think it is unfortunate that this man seems intent on keeping the racial divide deep and stark. It had felt like things were mellowing. Too bad.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:17 am |
  47. Barbara

    I'm tired of hearing about Wright like most people, however, there is a valid reason the media has covered him so heavily and scrutinizes Obama's relationship with him. When someone influences you and moves you to a point where you name a book after their sermon, can you deny the impact of one man on the other? I've heard Obama claim he wasn't in church when Wright preached the questionalbe sermons. But, give me a break. After 20 years you know what a person stands for, you know the person. What a cop out for Obama. This is not about black or white, it’s about a potential presidents association and relationship to a man who has offended many people, of which I am one of.

    April 29, 2008 at 7:12 am |
  48. Steve in Houston

    Last night I surfed the TV news and pundits channels and saw Rev. Wright or a discussion of him on at least 6 channels simultaneously. Once again, the "People Magazine" mentality of American Media is giving someone his 15 minutes at a time when we really need to be learning about the candidates views to fix America.

    Instead, we get Barack playing hoops, the debate fiasco, Rev. Wright and his antics. C'mon, where are the responsible jounalists?

    April 29, 2008 at 7:03 am |
  49. kai joe

    Isn’t it the bitter irony of the fate if we see that just a black man is going to be the biggest trouble to the black candidate? Does Mr. Wright know that he hurts Obama? Or he is just about to repair his damaged ego after Obama had distanced himself from his ideas? Or he is just about getting an appropriate tool in the hands of Republicans, Clintons and their supporters in the media?
    I don't think he is purposely doing these things? Core of the matter is that the African – American community and their institutions are in a very desolate situation. I think there are 3 main groups:
    1-The Inactive: African- Americans who gave up their hope for a very long time ago.
    2-"The hater": African-Americans who are deeply disappointed and have developed some serious reluctances and hates against the USA and the "white dominance ".
    3- The African -Americans who see themselves as equal citizens in the American society and play the role of "intigrater and healer".

    Rev. Wright Rev & Dr. Wright is an important character in the real American life. He has always been very provocative and loud and that doesn't match to some want-to-be patriots. A person like Rev & Dr. Wright can every time tell his opinion in the Europe without being announced as an unpatriot. He would be admired in many of European countries.
    But in the USA he unfortuenely belongs to the second group I mentioned above.

    April 29, 2008 at 6:59 am |
  50. jo


    Rev. Wright DID explain everything over the last 2 days in his speeches. It was the media that DELIBERATELY took a few words he said out of context. When you hear the full sermon of what he was saying you will understand it.

    It was purposely done to attack Barack. What kind of journalism is this?

    Aren't journalists that print lies BANNED from reporting every again?

    I am glad he defended himself because he has death threats and now guards are with him all the time.

    The said thing most of all is that so many Americans believe everything that the media puts out there without verifying its credibility.

    Why would you listen to a few seconds of someone's speech and get heated, hostile and angry over it without hearing the entire thing?


    April 29, 2008 at 6:50 am |
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