(CNN) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson issued an apology to Barack Obama Wednesday for making what he called a "crude and hurtful" remark about the Illinois senator's recent comments directed toward some members of the black community.
According to Jackson, a Fox News microphone picked up comments he meant to deliver privately that seemed to disparage the presumptive Democratic nominee for appearing to lecture the black community on morality.
Jackson, who has endorsed Obama, didn't elaborate on the context of his remarks, except to say he was trying to explain that Obama was hurting his relationship with black voters by recently conducting "moral" lectures at African-American churches.
Watch: Jackson apologizes to Obama
Jackson's apology came a few hours before Fox News planned to air the remarks.
Speaking to CNN Wednesday, Jackson said he feels "very distressed" over the comments.
"This is a sound bite in a broader conversation about urban policy and racial disparities. I feel very distressed because I'm supportive of this campaign and with the senator, what he has done and is doing," he said. "I said he comes down as speaking down to black people. The moral message must be a much broader message. What we need really is racial justice and urban policy and jobs and health care. That's a range of issues on the menu.
"Then I said something I regret was crude. It was very private. And very much a sound bite," he also said.
In a statement issued earlier Wednesday to CNN, Jackson said, "For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation may have caused, I apologize. My support for Senator Obama’s campaign is wide, deep and unequivocal. I cherish this redemptive and historical moment."
Over the course of the campaign season, Obama has at times directed criticism directly to the black community, most sharply in a Chicago speech on Father's Day that criticized some men for failing in their duties as parents.
"They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it," Obama said then.
"You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics: that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison," he also said.
The Obama campaign had no immediate comment.
Another reverend helps out Barak! Deja vu all over again...
Doesn't seem like a big issue to me.
FOX is the lowest of the low. Nothing professional on that news station...
Wow.. has anyone ever heard this man apologize for anything before? Barack.. I'm impressed :)
Even Jesse Jackson don't like Obama.
YIKES....now we are apologizing for criticizing???
Jesse Jackson has NOTHING to apologize for. Obama is just a man, he is not a God.
or should i just say, "Fox Noise"
Jesse Jackson was a closet Hillary supporter.
This only helps Obama.... thank you Rev. Jackson for opening that big mouth of yours.
Can't wait ti see how the Obama loving media will try to not cover this or cover it up. The truth is out!
Soryy Mr. Jackson, but you can't unring a bell. You may not have wanted us to hear your comments, but you still made them.
Comments made in private are usually a better reflection of your real opinions than your public pandering.
Obama has known his daughters since birth. Jackson didn't know of his illegitimate daughter for a long while. I don't want to hear about morals from Jackson or McCain, both who cheated on their wives.
As a black man I'd rather hear from Obama than Jesse.
Jackson should be holding up this Columbia/ Harvard grad, with a beautiful wife, two adorable daughters, and an unselfish, serve the public attitude as THE EXAMPLE for African American Men in the Chicago area.
No crabs in the barrel ... or the rest of us will stomp on the pulling crab!
Well...Jesse....mmmm...dude I understand your point but Obama is right. Black folks, including the one writing this, can't blame everything on "the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility" because to do so is a cop out.
It would be best if Jesse kept his comments and observations, private or otherwise, to himself at this point. It is a new day. And it will be a better day for everyone.
So a ticker for this, but not one for McCain's "killing Iranians" joke yestarday. The media is becoming disgusting.
So liberals, where are all your 'he's a racist' comments?
a very good statement issued by Jessie jackson!
Jesse Jackson: What on earth is wrong with him?
Cue the racist comments..... IN..... 3...2....1.....
Is anyone really surprised with anything that comes out of the mouths of those circus clowns, Jackson or Sharpton.
Neither wants Obama to become president for one reason and that reason is:
They could NO LONGER blame the white man for keeping the black man down. The "so-called" careers of the Rev.'s Sharpton, Jackson, Wright, etc.etc. hvae been made blamiing the white man for everything that is wrong in the black community.
If Obama, even though he is BI-RACIAL, is elected to the highest office in America, their weak, ridiculous, whiny excuses goe right out the window and that will be the end of them.
Jesse Jackson has been in the spotlight for way too long, and seems like he has nothing to offer except be in the news by creating controversy, and then apologizing. The news should ignore him as he continues to become insignificant in the national spotlight as each day goes by.
I firmly believe Jesse Jackson is the root of all race problems in the US!
Haha...even the Reverend Jesse Jackson is against him.
Just get the vote out where you have influence Jesse.
How about a real apology ?
Not this ""For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation MAY have caused, I apologize,"