Responding to his former pastor's recent controversial remarks, Barack Obama gave a press conference where he expressed dismay and specifically said, “I’m outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday...I find these comments appalling. It contradicts everything that I’m about and who I am....Whatever relationship I had with Rev Wright has changed as a result of this."

The presidential candidate, whose campaign appears to be suffering due to the attention on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, added, "The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia explaining that he's done enormous good. ... But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS. ... There are no excuses. They offended me. They rightly offend all Americans and they should be denounced."

Obama's speech is above.