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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  1. James

    Please Mr Jackson,

    Obama is a an amazing person, capable of great things. You on the other hand, I don't think you've accomplished much, other then helping Terrell Owens and promoting yourself. You do more damage to Obama by endorsing him! You and Al Sharpton need to stop your endless self promotion and let the real leaders like Obama do his thing. Obama can be a new Dr. King. Do you realize how much you and Sharpton actually hurt the cause you purportedly endorse? You are irrelevant. If you care about progressive politics, then disappear.

    Thank you!

    Jesse: Keep Hope Alive: Disappear!

    July 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. an ohio voter

    Sorry Jesse, Jr., but I agree with Rev. Jackson, Michael Eric Dyson and Ralph Nader.

    As a 61 year old black female, mother of 5 adult children (2 sons and 3 daughters) who I raised in urban Ohio, I truely believe that Senator Obama does not properly address a lot of urban problems. A lot of African Americans do feel that our votes are being taken for granted. Please don't throw us under the bus and ignore our concerns. There are two sides to every story. We really want to vote for Senator Obama but he must also address urban problems. He must share his "urban" dreams, goals and vision with African Americans. We are hell bent on voting for you, Senator Obama, but don't forget that we are also looking, listening and praying for you.

    July 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Gary Chandler in Canada

    If not Envy! what?
    Perhaps the only real reason for the comments is that Jackson is mean spirited mental midget who has been riding the 'race' train for decades.
    If he was 'smart', he would have admitted to 'jealousy'. Isn't that better than the alternative, 'idiocy'?

    July 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. J

    Of course he isn't jealous. What an awful question. I'm sure he's extremely proud of Obama. He was just aggravated by some of the things that Obama said. No two people will ever agree on every concept or issue.

    July 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. not important

    Who cares what Jesse Jackson says? Everybody knows that Jackson only wants publicity.

    July 10, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Gertrude

    "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,"

    So basically he'll get to finish the race and get all the glory and you'll be sitting on the sidelines huffing and buffing. Jesse Jackson's only concern is himself. He tries to make everything about him. Jesse is making Obama out to only have completed one lap of a 54 year race. He makes it out like Obama didn't have to deal with racial issues his whole life. I'm not going to vote for Obama but Jesse Jackson is acting like a spoiled brat and seems to be pissed that he isn't in the spot light or the idle of the african american youth.

    July 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Clinton Fringer

    No, Jesse...........they are about racism...............your blatant racism. After this, I think you owe a lot of people whose lives you have ruined an apology. I would start with Imus. Also, you might look on this as a new day and a new tomorrow where people are fed up with your self serving crap.

    July 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Concerned

    It is definitely about envy. Imagine other things he must have said about Obama and to think he is a Reverend? Doesn't the Bible speak against Back Biting?

    Well such is life; never trust anyone except your self and your God. There are so many other people that are publicly praising Obama and secretly denouncing him. This should be an eye opener for Obama.

    This is very annoying.

    No true man of God will utter such words. God will judge all on that day....

    July 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Mike in NYC

    "Jackson said Obama's message to black voters must be broader and serve as more than a "moral challenge." "

    Meaning Obama's not blaming whites enough.

    I'm astonished. I thought black public figures never apologized, just expressed "profound regret" or some such. Typically it's whites who fall over themselves to apologize, and multiple times at that.

    "We also need government-based [initiatives].”

    Meaning more money from whites.

    July 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. that would solve ...

    Jesse's proposed solution would curtail absentee fathers. You abandon your child once, you get the "Jesse treatment" to ensure you don't do it again.

    July 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. sky

    Mr. Jackson needs to take some time to re-evaluate his purpose and reconnect to his basic core beliefs. In the 60's and 70's I was proud of this man and admired him greatly as a person committed to working for the betterment of humanity. But the last decade has found him living on past accomplishments without growing and becoming more and re-dedicating himself. He is like the person who writes the one true novel and lives off of that success forever rather than writing another. It is not good enough to be excellent once. to deserve that gratitude and the accolades you have to strive to be excellent over and over again. I see him as a man who is facing personal hurdles and has fallen into the pit of anger and jealousy. I have faith that if he steps back and really looks again to his core he will find that noble and honorable crusader again. Just to have once known the light....doesnt mean you will always walk in it.

    July 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Lake Michigan

    He can deny the allegations if he wants, but he is still envious about Senator Obama's candicacy. Jackson deeply hurt his own credibility by making his remarks, and he may not recover from this "faux pas" for a long time.

    July 10, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Bob Schmalz

    Comments are about a man who's as black as Tim Conway. If Obama wants to represent a certain people, that's fine, but the whole notion of him being "black" is as about as effective as Soledad O'Briens documentary on "Being Black in America". If you want to know what it's like to be Black in America, interview some true Black Americans – Soledad is Black? Who knew?........my friends and I thought she was a "nicely-tanned white girl", Caribbean, maybe......she sure isn't "Black" by the common street measures..............................

    July 10, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. fairandstraight

    To say Jackson is envious of Obama is far from ridiculous. There is no other explanation for his behavior. Obama said no more than Bill Crosby and other ministers have been saying for years. It is not talking down to black people, it's telling the truth. The only people who would be offended over the things Obama said are people who fit in that catagory. The problem in this election is that people can't stand to hear the truth. People are only looking things to tickle the ear. In reality, the truth is not always soothing to the natural ear, but it will sooth the soul if accepted. As a part of the black race, I was thrilled to hear a candidate for president stand up and speak to a congregation on issues that troubles our communities as well as others.

    I am offended by the remarks of Jessie Jackson because first of all, he knows well that Obama was telling the truth. He also knows that Fox News have been campaigning hard against Obama and any mold hill they find becomes a mountian. Therefore, he had no business flapping his lips with them if he can't control his jealousy. With all the public mishaps he had in his life, he should shut up anyway.

    Continue speaking the truth Obama, we love you.

    July 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. F. Preyear

    Jesse Jackson is an idiot and does not speak for or represent the sentiment of the African-American community.

    July 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. KD for 08AMA

    Why is he still on the scene. I can't believe he would let words like that come out of his mouth; I don't care how "private" his conversation was. There is a level of respect that you show someone who has accomplished what Obama has in 18 months that, Jesse hasn't been able to accomplish in either of his bids for the presidency.

    Jealousy is a beast... I wonder how many times he made comments like this about King in "private" conversations. Conspiracies are initiated by whispers in "private" conversations too.

    Glad Obama has more grace than this never-was-has-been.

    July 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Republicans are out of touch

    Sorry Jesse, I have always admired you however Obama is right, black men need to take responsibility for their children. Period. Why you slammed him for telling the truth is beyond me.

    July 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. porter

    This is why Jesse Jackson and those tired "civil rights" era guys are irrelevant.....

    July 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Susan

    Why is he taking credit for Obama's success? He should be ashamed of what he said. Obama only spoke the truth, and that goes for all races!

    July 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Ariana

    what a loser

    July 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats/Obama

    Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should focus on the community rather then point fingers or make comments like this to us. I think they have a greater impact on the community. They should continue their work there, but STOP the craziness of wanting to be seen and hearing over nothing.

    July 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Billy Gibbons

    Clarify all he wants (Like Don Imus) but Jesse still made the statement.
    He needs to quit.

    July 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. P. Morrison

    He comes on CNN to explain his comments made on FOX News-makes sense. He should be explaining why he was on Fox News in the first place!

    Go OBAMA

    July 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. urbantexan

    Mr. Jackson Please keep your comments to yourself and visit your own iligitimate daughter you had on your family then tell me about being talked down to.
    Did he strike a nerve ?
    I hopes he jumps up and down on every nerve and encourages all fathers and parents to do a better job raising their children instead of the justice system.
    I'm an african american mother of (2)young men who raised them by myself. If their sorry fathers had put forth an effort to just pick up the phone and tell his boy he was thinking about him. or ask him how he is doing in school, or if he needs anything or anyone to talk to instead of going to the streets the young black male might feel better about themselves and strive to be and do better. It goes a long way whether these fathers wanna believe it or not. I have a 20 year old son who stepped up to the plate when his girlfriend got pregnant and told her he'd raise the baby when they separated, so she could go to school. He didn't want his baby girl to grown up like he did, without father. Get your head out your behind Jessie and stop being a HATER, you got skeletons in your own closet !!!

    July 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. McCain 08

    2 peas in a pod

    July 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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