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. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    Americans dont care whether it's about envy or not, we would like to know: Why isn't there a debate about the ethics of the Fox (FALSE) News decision to release the off-mic conversation of Jesse Jackson?

    What about McCain joking about killing Iranian civilians through cigarettes?
    CNN, which is more newsworthy?
    What if it was Obama who joked about killing Iranians?

    Shame on you guys for ignoring this story !

    July 10, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Scott Hughes in Atlanta

    last lap??? Jessie, please just be quiet right now...

    July 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Tammy - KCMO

    Rev. Jackson has always been an idiot. If he'd work for the greater good of all people and not just black people he would get a lot more respect from the rest of us. He and Al Sharpton are the reason that reverse racism is alive and well.
    Why does everything have to be done based on a persons color? Why can't we all just be people and not worry about what color someone is? Until that happens, racism against all people will continue to happen.
    I hope Obama stays as far away from Jackson and Sharpton as possible. As for him saying it out of envy – maybe. He and Sharpton love the limelight. For once it would be nice if they truly want Obama to win, if they'd just shutup and stay in the background.

    July 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Newsdiva

    Yeah right, Jesse isn't jealous. Please do everyone a huge favor and just go away Jesse.

    July 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    II think it is funny that one thing is said on camera/recorder and the truth is said when they think the audio is off.

    What a liar!

    It amazes me still that the black school of thought is to not talk about the reality of the race. JJ thinks Obama is talking down to blacks? Huh? Since when is it wrong to lead and tell the truth?

    THAT is the problem. Just don't talk about it and it can't be true!!!! Maybe they should have been talking about this long before now? The problem is they were too busy blaming everyone else for their problems. What is their excuse going to be when BHO is in the White House? No more of the white man keeping them down crap!!!!!!

    Go back in your hole JJ.

    July 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Donna

    Jesse Jackson has too much clout with the media..more than he has with AAs...he is not an "elected" leader of the race so for his ignorant, ENVIOUS remarks to give him 2 days of publicity is ridiculous...

    Any REVEREND who makes the statement about cutting someones n*ts off (regardless of who that person is) makes me wonder how close to GOD he really is( but then again, he did have an affair and child out of wedlock).....

    July 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. H-ROD

    Come on Jesse Jackson was paid to do that . Who wispers if they tink the mike is off, everybody who has ever been caught when the mike was on was talking in a normal voice not wispering !! Jesse want 10,000 grand for every rally he attends every protest march he's in thats why the unions don't use him any more as a matter of fact when was the las time you saw Jesse Jackson at any thing nobody going keep paying him 10,000 grand to show up!!

    July 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    So Jesse, what is it about? I have sometimes admired your willingness to take strong stances for justice on the right side of controversial issues, but you really looked more than small during those awful, unforgiving comments.

    July 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Bob

    As a black person, I can say that Jesse Jackson is jealous of the intelligence, and ability of Barack Obama to transcend the racial divide. Barack has also been a successful United States Senator, and is making an unprecedented run for president. All of which Jesse Jackson was never able to do. Al he ever was was an attention, notoriety seeking opportunist, that used black issues for his own personal gain. Barack Obama is the "real deal" and Jesse's nose is out of joint. It's envy plain and simple.

    July 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Jane-Des Moines

    "Reverend" Jesse Jackson has not made an apology for his use vulgarity, and I have not heard anybody question this language by a man of the cloth. Something is seriously wrong here, if this is the common language being used by a "reverend" and also at the intents of his heart to devalue and condemn Obama. The Bible says that what comes out of a man's mouth originates in his heart. I think Jesse Jackson needs to go on a retreat somewhere to examine his heart and to clean up his potty mouth. In the meantime, he doesn't deserve to be called "Reverend."

    July 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Leslie

    What a loser.

    July 10, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Lorna, NY

    Shut up Jesse, I have lost all respect for you...By the way, how is your illegitimate daughter???

    July 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. JIM...TX

    Guess Obama's not black enough for the Reverend...what a loser!

    July 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Erick FL

    I don't se what the big issue is other than losing black votes & THAT ain't gonna happen.

    July 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. D.Kimbro OHIO

    This man is absolutely ridiculous. This does stem from ENVY..Mr. Jackson is trying to stay in the spotlight. Here sits a man who has a child out of wedlock. Please go away!!!! Could it be that the comments hit home???

    July 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Jos/TN

    All humans are subject to blunder, as of today ones opinion is worthless according to what i see, we shouldn't put so much stock into any individual, Obama only spoke truths, the fatherhood issue crosses racial lines the media and certain forces would have you thinking different. I'm sick of the expert opinions and analysis.

    July 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Jeff

    Oh, it’s not about envy. Obama made statements that apply to Jackson and he didn’t like it. Jesse needs to keep his zipper up, and then remarks like the ones made by Obama wouldn’t bother him so much!

    July 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    Jesse Jackson ,the republicans and the older democrats just does not get what Senator Obama is trying to do.

    He is trying to free us from that old stuck-in-the-50s,60..mindset. Sen Obama truly would like the US to move past the wounds of the past.

    Jesse has fought a good fight for oppressed people but he still has the old mind set mentality. People are tired of the way things are. we need a change of fresh outlooks and new ideas. that what I believe Sen Obama will bring to the whitehouse as President. I don't know if we have a chance of a future if we elect the same old tired ways again.

    July 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. jamaal kansas

    never will we let you speak for the african american community again!

    July 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Chuck

    Reality Check.

    Obama has taken the black vote for granted since Super Tuesday.

    When's the last time you saw him a AA gathering for anything other than his own campaign?

    Funny how Obama is black when he's in states with a large AA population, but, "white" when it suits his need.

    Wake up and stop drinking the kool aide.

    July 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. H-ROD

    10,000 grand for a couple of Keep hope alive's I don't like so hommie and anyway brother Al will show for free !

    July 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. marie/michigan

    I am surprised Obama has not thrown Jesse under the bus as he has others who criticized him–guess he needs him for the campaign. I don't blame some of the black leaders for being put out. They have been working for AA for years and have been rejected for a mixed race man (you can't call Obama black) who has promised the world to minorities and compares himself with MLK. He is their Messiah–the preacher leaders are not.

    July 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Thanks for all the Fish

    Bleh. Can this crap stop being news worthy? Of course he's envious and it's a little hard to believe in his support for Obama at this point.

    I'm sure he'll do fine with the Republicans who don't care anything about people anymore as long as their doing alright!

    July 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Riddla

    Jesse and other House "sellouts" = Crabs in a barrel

    July 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. David

    Obama needs to just shut this guy up. He fosters racist imagry and will do nothing to help Obama.

    July 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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