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Obama cuts ties to Wright at press conference in North Carolina. Says Wright comments "divisive and destructive."


WASHINGTON--Sen. Barack Obama finally cut the cord on Tuesday with his minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after Wright conducted a press conference Monday at the National Press Club here Obama called a "spectacle" and "appalling” that was a show of “disrespect” to him.

In an exercise of extreme damage control, Obama appeared at a hastily scheduled press conference in North Carolina to denounce the man who married him and baptized his daughters to say Wright’s comments were “divisive and destructive.”

“What became clear to me was that he was presenting a world view that -- that's -- that contradicts who I am and what I stand for and what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion, somehow, that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing,” Obama said.

Obama noted that when Wright, the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side, first surfaced as an issue, “I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia, explaining that he has done enormous good in the church, he's built a wonderful congregation, the people of Trinity are wonderful people, and what attracted me has always been their ministry's reach beyond the church walls.

“But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the United States' wartime efforts with terrorism, then there are no excuses. They offend me, they rightly offend all Americans, and they should be denounced. And that's what I’m doing very clearly and unequivocally here today. “

On Monday, Wright delivered a speech from a written text about the black church experience but then turned combative during the question and answer session at the National Press Club. Wright praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century” (though he said “Louis and I don’t agree on everything”) and seemed to reinforce some past comments, such as "God damn America.”

A PBS interview with Wright was broadcast on Friday, followed by a speech Sunday night at the Detroit NAACP televised live on cable outlets and the final straw, appearing, at all places, the National Press Club, where Wright was guaranteed massive coverage and tough questioning.

“And the fact that Reverend Wright would think that somehow it was appropriate to command the stage for three or four consecutive days in the midst of this major debate is something that not only makes me angry, but also saddens me,” Obama said.

Obama said that while he gave Wright the benefit of the doubt, the favor was not returned.
“All it was, was a bunch of rants that aren't grounded in truth. And you know, I can construct something positive out of that. I can understand it. I, you know, the -- you know, the people do all sorts of things and, as I said before, I continue to believe that Reverend Wright has been a leader in the South Side.

“I think that the church he built is outstanding. I think that he has preached in the past some wonderful sermons. He provided, you know, valuable contributions to my family. But at a certain point, if what somebody says contradicts what you believe so fundamentally, and then he questions whether or not you believe it in front of the National Press Club, then that's enough.

“That's a show of disrespect to me. It's -- it is also, I think, an insult to what we've been trying to do in this campaign.”


Why does this man have to keep doing this. Why is no other candidate pastor being disected like this man. He should not have to keep apologizing for what another man has said. He has said what he thinks about now it is enough already. I will tell you this I am just sick of this whole election cycle. It is showing just how ugly America is and I am just deeply saddened by it.

It's too late now. He belonged to that church and supported this racist Wright for twenty years. This move now is just the move of a desperate politician.

Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is and will face very critical "Challenges" in coming
years and decades.

The Problems will be tough and solutions would not

The key will the cool, calm, and collectedness of our
next President[ What I call Presidential Temperament'
The one remaining candidate who has consistently that
Presidential Temperament is Senator Obama.

His message of change makes sense. We have to stop
doing business in Washington old ways. The new ways of
lifting each other up and stopping tearing each other
down will not held our Great grand Nation. The
Terrorists around the world[real] and inadvertently
assisted by some shortsighted media [Who are party to
this perpetuation of psychological terrorism of
mis-information, dis-information, and duplicity], that
is what we do not need.

In order to send the message around the world that
America is get Senator Obama our next president. At
least on thing he has shown consistently is the
presidential Temperament. The Temperament of our next
president is very critical address internal and
internal challenges. Let us defeat real external
terrorists snd internal psychological terrorists once
for all.

God Bless out Great grand Nation, its diverse people,
and Senator Obama. He is the ans her to our future
stability, security, safety, and regain our status in
the world.

PS: Angry Wright wrong and by electing Senator Obama President of this Greatgrand Nation. Paster Wright will be set on right course.

Yours truly,

COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall
Disables American Veteran.
Las Vegas Nevada.

Obama cuts ties to Wright .....Yes, but what about his ties to the Trinity United Church of Christ and its' Black Liberation Theology? The new pastor, Rev.Otis Moss 3rd. s just as divisive and dirisive . So, the questions are: DOES OBAMA STILL ATTEND THE TUCC AND DOES HE BELIEVE IN AND PRACTICE THE BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY?

Obama should not have cut ties. He cannot dance to everyones music. I wouldnt leave my church for anything other than my family's own personal choice.

So let me get this straight. Obama spends 20+ years aligned with the hateful Wright and Black Liberation Theology. Obama spends weeks dancing around the issue of his affiliation with Wright, even initially pretending he didn’t even know Wright’s views. And now today Obama says he doesn’t agree with him.

Please. Even the looney Jeremiah Wright can see what is going on here. Obama is a politician in deep trouble who will say anything to try and get elected.

But the big questions remain unanswered that cut to the core of Obama's credibility, character and judgment:

Mr. Obama, if you truly believe in a united America and are "post racial," why for the last 25 years have you aligned yourself and your family with the hateful, anti-America, anti-white, anti-semitic rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright and the Black Nationalist movement?

Mr. Obama, if you are truly the great uniter, why have you donated tens of thousands of dollars, including $26,000 last year alone, to Jeremiah Wright to further his message of hate and diviseness?

Mr. Obama, why did it take the media and plummeting poll numbers to jolt you out of what can only be described as a racist stupor to address, however inadequately, your association with racism and hate?

Mr. Obama?

He is just saying this to protect his image. He is a bad as his minister???

Hopefully not too late but good idea to cut your ties with this trash...

now we'll see wright turn on the junior senator...a woodshed kind of thing...that, "boy, i was here when....". as i said, it's a drag...a real greek tragedy in sepia.

What a joke this guy is. He adores the man, and pays homage to him for 20 years, subjecting his young daughters to inflamtory, hatefilled sermons. Now, as soon as the reverend starts to negatively impact his poll numbers, he feigns indignation. Obama has shown himself to be a true blue Cook county political Hack.

Your headline and first paragraph are extremely misleading. I have read at least five accounts on other Web sites and, in no way, did Obama sever ties with WrightYou guys are in the tank for Obama. We all know it. But, at least don't jumble the facts for your own agenda. That insults our intelligence.

WHat a very useful man Rev. Wright is! All this new controversy over the Reverend's usual mix of radical racism, Black Liberation Theology, dubious biblical scholarship, and downright hatred of white America allows Senator Obama to avoid questions on the real meaty issues where Senator Obama's thin record and loose grasp show the Senator in a poorer light. Yet another opportunity for the Senator to avoid questions which would actually have some meaning by giving 'meaningful' impromptu press conferences on the Reverend's most recent bile spewing.

For the record, Reverend Wright came from a solidly middle class background and was never a member of 'the poor and down trodden' as he continuously portrays himself to have been.

well, it's probably time for the junior denator from illinois to tell us what his attraction to camp jeremiah was/is. social? many folk went/go there because of status. it's been that kind of middle/upper-middle class congregation, full of "players". oprah, the brookins', et al.

He just lost my vote. I'm voting for Ron Paul. Obama does not stand for anything. EVERY black church in America makes comments like this. I know that he's been in Trinity when Wright made these comments and now he wants to be "outraged" at the comments that the media shows... I can't stand shuffling negroes. So much for having a black president.

Wow, I'm willing to bet Obama is wishing he did this about a month or so ago. But Obama is right though, Rev. Wright became a caricature of himself by trying to hog the spotlight and promote his own personal beliefs for personal gain. How long until Rev. Wright runs for President? We have another Jackson and Sharpton in the making.

Too late for Obama! Mr. Wright has not cut his ties to Obama, apparently he said when Obama gets to the white house, he'll be coming for him. That's what we are afraid of. You can't accept favors from all those nefarious people and not expect to pay them back.

Toooooo LLLLLate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah right! He is only doing that because of all the controversy about how he has supported him for years!

The "Rev." Jeremiah Wright and the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. A comparison of night and day!

As a good Christian, Sen. Obama has turned the other cheek surrounding this issue. It had to be difficult for him to address, what should be a private issue, in a public statement. I am proud that he was able to make it clear that his values represent uniting people of all backgrounds and are NOT the hate based values, as Rev. Wright has been most recently perceived as preaching. Sen. Obama speaks truths that many aren't ready to hear. He has run an excellent campaign and I am ready, as many patriotic Americans, ready to move beyond the distractions and see a debate between Obama and McCain. It is my hope that we will all continue to educate ourselves on the issues and move this country forward in the right direction.

What will the mudslingers choose next, the color of the Senator's tie or that he is left handed? Maybe that he wears black shoes? All these tired topics are just smoke screens because no one can legitimately criticize his platform, his ethics, his honesty, his memory, his intelligence, or his ability to generate a powerful grassroots association that donates an incredible amount of money.

How dare Rev. Wright take any press time away from Barry Hussein Obama...only he's allowed to talk and spread "hope" (i.e. more taxes) to the idiots that believe him.

This situation is a testament to Barack Obama in demonstrating the Kind of Man that he is and I would love to see such a personality with quiet courage, forthrightness and loyalty in our next president no matter who it may be.

Of course Jerry thinks that Wright is racist. And once again he overlooks his own racist overtones. When will the madness end?

If his poll numbers hadn't gone down, he wouldn't have said a thing. Too little to late! As the Obama supporters are always saying about Hillary to get out of the race, Obama should get out. 20 years and he never said a thing. He is still saying he never heard any remarks from this man. Is that a lie or not?

It is a sad day in America when we still judge a man by the color of his skin let me pose a qiestions to everyone. If Obama looked more like his mother and married a person of his mothers race and went to a catholic church would this discussion even happen??? the answer is no.. you cannot judge a man because of his pastor I think that everyone has sat in a church and did not agree with what there pastor said or did.. the bible say let us not judge for the day will come that we shall be judged becare ful of what you speak or think it may come back to hurt you. No one has done more destroction than th cathloic church and the pedifiles that it has also don't forget that Bill/Hillary had the same pastor over for prayer breakfast when Bill was cheating on Hillary.,... oooppps are we supposed to over look that...


And that is why his pastor is not trying. Because they KNOW you can never measure up.

All you have to do is check Mr. Wright's bank account, and the story will be told. If you don't understand that he's being paid for his services to create a cirus, then we'll have to start at the beginning.
A,B,C,D,E,F.....Just practice, you'll eventually understand it.

Obama finally denounced his ranting-bigot pastor. But 20 years in his church will not mollify annoyed white swing voters, and the GOP attack ad people are salivating. Latest poll: Hillary beats McCain by nearly 10 points, but Obama only runs even with McCain. Will superdelegates WIN WITH HILLARY or POSSIBLY LOSE WITH OBAMA? Stay tuned.

The reason why Obama continuously has to answer for Rev Wright is because of Rev Wright's rhetoric. Let's not be fooled. Rhetoric is a powerful force in our world, particularly in the age of the 10 second sound bite. If one can discern anything from Rev Wright, it is that he is an exceptionally intelligent man (his intellect is misplaced unfortunately). He knows that sound bites win the day. When he mocks JFK for "asking not what this country can do for you, but what you can do for this country" he KNOWS how inflammatory a statement this is. Of course, one could argue THAT is the problem with black America's leaders today - they're still waiting for their handout; their payback - and, to wit, not their "reconciliation" as Rev Wright stated yesterday morning. Perhaps that's why they are so scared of Obama. Obama will have an honest dialogue with both white AND black. He will demand better from ALL of us, and not just the white folks. God knows that Wright's message has not improved the lives of those in the 'hood in the last 30 years. Where is Rev Wright when all these kids are being killed by the gang bangers? Is he blaming the white establishment? Is he healing the wounds of parents? Is he ensuring that parents are demanding culpability from their children? There is no question Rev Wright's motives are to be questioned. No question and no argument. The sad thing is this: Obama is done for.

Rev. Wright has mobilized the church he serves to accomplish great things in the community.

I don't agree with some of his assertions however I do commend him for his courage to be a voice for change.

He is absolutely correct when he states that most Americans are not familiar with the black church and how it was formed in this country.

What is so appalling to me is the notion that others can determine and dictate what Rev. Wright should say and when. America does have an ugly past as it relates to race relations and what is sad is how the media is responding. The attitudes that are surfacing just further reinforce that we have so far to go.

What I am excited about is that at least we are beginning to discuss these issues and opinions that people hold in their heart, so that we can move to real reconciliation among all races.

With the demographics of our country changing on a daily basis we had better get serious about working together across all lines.

I think Senator Obama gives us the best chance as a leader to bring real harmony in the U.S. and even outside our borders.

I really pray that he stops trying to run from the issue about Rev. Wright and use it as a platform to illustrate what can happen to a good man like Rev. Wright when they have felt the continual sting of injustice and oppression. Rev. Wright speaks from the scars he has received in this country and even though we may not be personally responsible at least we can be sensitive enough to pray for the why of his feelings.

May God help us all to heal while we begin to reach out to help one another not with more rhetoric but by taking practical steps like getting to know someone from another ethnic group in our neighborhood.

You are not about to start telling this man where he can and cannot worship. And if you have not been to that church then just shut-up. Now some of you are going too far. This is America you can't tell someone where they can and cannot go to church. If that is turning you off from voting for this man then you were never going to vote for him in the first place.

The biggest problem is that politics and religion are not suppose to be mixed but it is. How can you say you serve God and send women and men to war. How can you say you serve God and judge people on a daily basis. In case you didn't know politicians are criminals. They lie, cheat, steal, and kill to get their way. Everyone that runs for president promises a better tomorrow and we haven't seen one yet.

While I would have always questioned the 20 year association, this response would have rung more true if given after the "snippets" were released. Agreeing now with all of the people who saw Wright for what he was before, is disingenuous. Clearly an issue he thought he could skirt, and now only motivated because of political pressure and personal pride. A shame really.

Obama has proven that he has the ability to handle pressure. He has proven to be a good leader. Previously he condemned Wright's words without condemning the man. Yet Wright chose to attack Obama. Today Obama defended himself today very eloquently and seems to have severed all ties with Wright. Obama can surmount this and will get through it.

Silly Dems....McCain will win if you put up either Clinton or Obama and here is why:

McCain vs. Clinton - McCain wins because all of the pissed off African-Americans and young people will STAY HOME!!!! The majority of African-Americans don't like her because of how she throws around Obama. I bit anything she will not get the full support of african-americans compared to previous dems. Young people will stay home because Hillary=Polarizer and young people already see that as the status quo in the government so why bother? She will not have enough support to get her the White House, and it is funny because wasn't her husband (among other things) called the "First Black President"? Hey Clinton Supporters you also need to checkout your candidate's New York State like or dislike numbers since you guys are quoting polls..she is starting to piss off some of her own people HA HA HA As much as you Hillary supporters point to polls today, those polls can EASILY change in a heartbeat come November.Plus she has so much baggage that Americans would go into the mindset of "I would rather go with the Devil I know (Repubs) vs the Devils I don't want to think about again (The Clintons).

McCain vs. Obama - McCain wins because the pissed off Hillary supporters (mostly WHITE WOMAN) will vote for McCain because they view Obama as a stupid man with no experience and is not ready to be president (O like being a First Lady gets you AP access to be nominated for President?...hey Laura or Barbara Bush or Nancy Regan or Roslyn Carter you all should run for President in 2016!!!! she would be shoe in by the dems standards). Obama has some religious baggage that the Repubs are just getting started pounding him on. And he so weak on all of this HOPE and CHANGE crap...Hey Obama why don't you spend sometime in Clinton's HOPE, AK and see how he changes his women under the eyes of Hillary!!!. Obama is giving us plain garbage, and you Dems think he or even Hillary can win? HA HA HA

Keep fighting Dems it keeps us gun owning, patriotic, religious, military loving, NO TAXES!!! conservatives HAPPY!!! The more you guys piss off each other the more MCCAIN IS PRESIDENT!!!!!!

We missed a great opportunity ! There is only ONE black man
in America who is QUALIFIED to be our leader, who has no political debts ,
garbage associations,or warped religious views !
Ah, what COULD have been.
A white conservative voter.


If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary’s than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. And I could go on, and on...




It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."


Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Thanks, Rev. Wright !

Only people that believe in grocery store Christianity would say leave the churce. I was molested by a priest in the early 60's I am still a member of the church. I stayed and made a differance instead of leaving and saying somebody else's problem now.

Obama handled the Wright problem as well as anyone could. McCain is ignoring the problem with Hagee. Mr. McCain, Catholics aren't going to forget that you're embracing a preacher who thinks that 25% of American follow "the great whore."


Unfortunately Senator Obama waited until Jeremiah Wright backed him to the wall before condemning his rhetoric. Wright is well educated and very smart but he should recall second and third John and not critize other human beings.

Senator Obama waited too long to disavow this man's evil words and self-centered ways. I hope Indiana and N. Carolina vote for Senator Clinton although I never thought I'd say that. This thing has gotten to serious in Cook County.

In Obama first publication " Dreams from My Father", in 1995, there were two pictures on the cover,him and his sister. Obama republished " Dreams from My Father in 2004. On the cover of the second publication is three different picture. One with a military picture... In the second publication "Dreams from My Father" he deleted approximately 50 pages to build his case for presidency ,to MISSLEAD THE READER that he was a military veteran, and to reduce his exposure so no one would know about his background.....

In 2006 he published " The Audacity of Hope", building his candidacy for president even more, and building his case as a military veteran even more. His Presidential Candidacy is based around WRITTEN LIES, and his military background is to misslead the readers... In 2008 he, also ,indicated that in one of his debate , he first began to run for presidency 1.5 years back. His candidacy began long before 1.5 years back. From the second publication of "Dreams from My Father, you can see that his candidacy for president began as early as 2004, which is more than 3 years.

Certain things in Obama book " Dreams from My Father" were fabricated and some things were used to protect his African Father and White Mother , by his Mother. His mother didnot want some things published in Obama Book ( Dreams from My Father). Obama did it for the money. Nor had he tithe (10% ),of his books earning, to his Church( Trinity Church of Christ) . He made over 4.2 million dollars in 2007, and only gave 5.7%($240,000) to Charity. Only a percentage of that $240,000 was given to his Church.

I believe if he would have Tithe ($420,000) to his Church (Trinity Church of Christ), then Reverend Wright wouldnot have call him "Just a Politician".

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