Obama Tries To Put The Minister Controversy To Rest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Barack Obama and his wife say the public is tired of hearing about controversial comments by their former pastor.

The two tell NBC's "Today" show they also hope to put the issue behind them.

Obama says he had tried to give "the benefit of the doubt" to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who's been his pastor for more than 20 years, when he first saw clips of Wright's haranguing statements and conspiracy theories. He says if he wanted to be "politically expedient," he would have "denounced him right away."

This week, he condemned Wright's comments as "giving comfort to those who prey on hate."

For her part, Michelle Obama says she's proud of how her husband has handled the controversy. She tells CNN that denouncing Wright's comments was a "tough thing for him to do."

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