July 10th, 2008
08:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Jackson says Obama comments not about envy


Watch Jackson explain his comments on CNN.

(CNN) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday denied allegations that his disparaging remarks about Sen. Barack Obama stemmed from envy.

"That's kind of ridiculous. He's running the last lap of a 54-year marathon. He is running that race. I am a part of that race," Jackson said on CNN's "American Morning," referring to the modern civil rights struggle. Jackson ran for president on the Democratic ticket in 1984 and 1988.

On Wednesday, he apologized for the "crude and hurtful remarks" he made about Obama following an interview Sunday with a Fox News correspondent.

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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Jackson did NOT "run for President" in 84 or 88.... He ran for the nomination.

    July 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. simplyhuman, Ft. Myers

    Don't worry Jesse...many of us have had the similar thoughts when we think of what our nation stands to lose by strolling down a more socialist path which Obama is clearly in favor of and raising a large number of capitalist converts.

    Obama is so marxist–he's even too left wing for many left wingers--a la Jackson.

    July 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. McCrazy

    Are you all now going to portray Jackson to be a racist too? If he were white, he would be attacked non-stop for being racist.

    July 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mr. Jackson we all respect you for what you've done as a civil rights activist and more so please don't allow things of this nature to continue. You of all people know when the lights are on and the camera is rolling everything you say or do is news.

    July 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Linda31

    Jessie Jackson needs to step out of the stoplight for a good minute.

    July 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. JDC // Ohio

    Time for blacks to demand Jesse get a REAL job and EARN money like everyone else!

    July 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Paul

    I guess Barack is not black enough for Jesse.

    July 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Joe

    This was all staged just like the antics of Rev. Wright at the National Press Club. The Obama campaign and his surrogates will do anything and say anything to win over the white vote, period! Jesse Jackson is not stupid. He knew that mic was on and if he didn't don't you think he would be curious to see if that other guy would tell the media what was said to him? Come on people this Obama guy is cheap and arrogant. They think we are all too stupid to put two and two together.

    July 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Riiiiiight

    Both the Jackson and the Rev. Wright dissing of Obama has *everything* to do with envy. They both think they are the Great I Am and are infuriated that the young man is doing just fine without them.

    July 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. JoeMamma

    Jackson is upset because people like him will be out of a job if Obama becomes president.

    Time to stop the white-guilt train and end affirmative action.

    Jackson, your days are over.

    July 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Shut it, Jackson. You and Obama may be part of the same race, but you've run that race in a deplorable way.

    This is not to say that Obama is flawless, but you are in no position to make any sort of judgments. On anything.

    July 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Bill in San Jose

    Another big "oops", I guess Jesse may never learn to shut up..

    July 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. JJamison

    Let that be a lesson that do not grant interviews on FAUX news. They will leave the Microphone ON and sensationalize anything.

    Hannity does not have college education.
    What can you say about O Reilly controversies?

    It is a shame that Americans are willing to get their news from less educated individuals than make their own judgements.

    July 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    I'm sorry, Mr. Jackson put his foot in his mouth again. GO OBAMA

    July 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. tammy

    I kinda agree with Jesse that Obama should just focus on the politics. His feels about black men about the plight of the black family really isn't appropriate as a campaigne speech. I have never heard other presidential hopeful address such things about their race. (And yes...other cultures have experienced this also.) Therefore, unless Obama has plans to outlaw divorce and require marriage when a women becomes with child, this speech really had no relavence other than maybe to put members of the black community down.

    July 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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    July 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Virginia, PA

    This is much ado about NOTHING. Every so often someone comes out and talks about the black community. The media loves this because they can't talk about the black community. But the truth of the matter is there are dead beat dads in EVERY community.

    Move on CNN, there's not story here. The apology was extended and accepted.

    July 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Major Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jesse Jackson needs to clean his fingers before he points to Obama's spots. And if he is not familiar with the Bible, "why does one notice the spot in your brother's eye when there is a log in yours [Matthew 7:3].

    July 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Stacy Clarks

    he has done great work, but he is fighting a fight for the PAST!!!!


    its abotu tiem he and Sharpton step down, and let this generation take over!

    i mean, should Obama not have commented on the rate of simgle families in the Black community? Its a problem, and to say its always someone else, is not being truthful to blacks!!! its a lot fo different factors, and fathers leaving is one of them!

    LET'S GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Darius

    I do believe that there are some envy issues that Jesse Jackson has towards Senator Obama. He just has to understand that his time as the voice of African American politics has come and gone. What Jesse Jackson needs to understand is that Barack Obama does not just represent just black americans, he transcends his message and values to "all" americans.

    And that is something that I have never seen from a politician in my 26 years on this earth.

    July 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Weepy

    I am no fan of Jesse Jackson. Far from it. But making such a big deal out of that private comment is worse than the comment itself. If everyone had an open mike on them, every minute of every hour, eyes would be wide open--ALL OVER THE WORLD. The "human" side of each one of us is always present--that is if our minds are even working. What Jesse said is relatively tame compared to what we read on these "comment pages". This is some of the ugliest talk I've ever been subjected to-my choice, of course!

    July 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Mike Open

    I wish we had a hot mike on anyone that is involved in politics.
    We NEED TO KNOW what they really think and not just "what they want us to hear". I hate being continuously lied to by both the candidates and people in the news.

    July 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Antwinette

    While I have never quite gone along with his views of race in America and how to overcome racial barriers, I have respected him for his work and dedication to the Civil Rights movement. I'm ashamed of Jesse Jackson right now. I love how talking to black people about black issues constitutes Obama "talking down" to black people. Please. Cosby did it and he was ridiculed and ostracized. There is a serious problem in our culture and, yes, SOMEBODY should say something about it. Just because someone is black and successful doesn't mean that they see themselves as better than other black people. You can't help but see your people exposed to and feeding into stereotypes and want to do something about it. It's important to put a face on the other side of the culture, which is loving, devoted and successful, so that a complete picture of what it is to be African American is prominently displayed. Also, this whole thing about Obama "acting white" is completely idiotic and smacks soundly of reverse racism. Obama IS white, or at least half white. His mother is white. So, what, his mother's culture is less important than his father's? This man can please nobody, so I say stop trying. I can't even look at Jackson anymore.

    July 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. The Truth

    "Jealousy is a weak emotion"

    – Jay Z

    You'd be suprised how insightful and accurate rappers can be. Jesse suffers from the all too common crabs in the barrell syndrome. Barack Obama is everything Jesse Jackson wants to or wanted to be.

    July 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Jesse Jackson's claim to fame is he was on the balcony when MLK was killed. He said Obama was talking down, he was addressing an issue long ignored by so called black "leaders". Obama did speak about father's taking responsibility. Is the "holier than thou" Jesse Jackson supporting the child he fathered out of wedlock. And what about his year of seclusion he spoke of? it lasted 3 days. Get a job Jesse for the first time in your life and stop living off of handouts. Him and his monocrome coalition.... Jesse Jackson has been a joke for decades.

    July 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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