July 10th, 2008
08:22 AM ET
6 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. Generation X

    Hey, where are all the McCain paid trolls....5...4...3...2...1 LOL

    July 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Bill in CT

    Thanks Jessie. Just what Obama and the Democrat party needed right now. Perhaps you should go away for awhile. Me thinks you just lost a chance to speak at the convention.

    July 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. alone in VT

    Jackson, who?

    July 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. dan

    spoken like a true democrate first politician

    July 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Poor ole' Jesse Jackson! He just cannot stand to be ignored!!! Even if he has to make a complete fool of himself, that would be better than not getting his name in the newspaper or his face on the television. Every time something comes up, you can bet your "bottom dollar" that Jesse Jackson will show up! He is disgusting!

    July 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. georgie

    One more tie with obama goes down the drain....I hope obama soon follows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Last Honest Man

    My list of the pathetic just got longer.

    Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Clinton, Kennedy, Sharpton, Jackson.........oh yeah
    Biden, Edwards.......think...think....throw Keith Obermann in as well

    July 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Right! It's about an old loser complaining about new blood in the party...

    July 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |


    July 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. John G

    It was never about envy. It's about undermining Obama's campaign efforts. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and a myriad of others have focused their lives on pointing out how the "evil white power structure" is "keeping the black man down" in America. They have done well for themselves in doing so gaining wealth and power as they went.

    If Obama wins the White House, they lose a good chunk of their credibility unless they start referencing the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe when talking about him. It would be good for "civil rights" if Obama wins but it would be bad for civil rights activists.

    I'm still voting for McCain.

    July 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Ian

    I bet it's envy.

    July 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Ms. Sims

    It's not as if Obama has/won't talk about the other issue that plague the AA community. But it was Father's Day! He was making a speech about Father's Day. Sure he has and will continue to address these other issue, but first rule of thumb is you have to start somewhere and this could be the step that leads to stronger families with better values who raise their children with respect and dignity. Who encourages education which in turn will improve the lives of those living in the AA community. Continuing to say the government (which was the case in JJ era) is responsible for all OUR woes has not and will not get us improvement. True improvements in the justice system need to be made, but having personal responsiblity will also make a difference. Cosby said now Obama is restating it.

    July 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Yay Obama

    Perhaps Jesse has a guilty conscience because of what he did back in '99 or did the media forget that he had a child out of wedlock and tried to cover it up by paying his daughter's mother off. Things that make you go... hmmmmmmm.

    July 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Griff

    No... It was about greed.... Wanting too much too fast.... Well you won't have to wait long now to find out.... The Black Nation of America is going be very disapointed come November....

    July 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Jesse Jackson is a nasty, nasty boy.
    Mr. Jackson if you are nasty!

    July 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Belle2

    Jackson was right the first time; Obama is pompous and arrogant.

    July 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Ron L

    This was a VERY STUPID statement. And shows that Jesse just doesn't get it. The criticism Barack has delivered in regards to the Black Family and absent Black Fathers is LONG OVERDUE. Bill Cosby has been speaking on this for years. The FIRST step to correcting this is to GET RID of all the LAME excuses. If you make a baby..You are OBLIGATED to raising the child. IF you don't want to take care of the child...DON'T HAVE SEX!!!

    July 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |

    Jesse is suffering from penile envy. Once you go Barack you don't go Back!

    July 10, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. dEMOBRAT

    Yeah, but Jackson doesn't get the gold at the end of the marathon. Maybe thats what it is. I would be interested to hear the rest of the tape. What else did he say that is "too crude" for the tube?

    Not sure we have the whole story here. Why did rev. Wright and now Rev. Jackson create bad publicity with regards to Obama

    July 10, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. shelly

    Jesse Jackson does a disservice to the Black community everytime he opens his mouth. White people tune him out because his devicive and incindiary words. Jesse Jackson listen to your son. Best you keep your comments to yourself. Whites and Black want to heal the racial rift

    July 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Whitley Gilbert

    Is it me, or are the pundits the only ones that are concerned about this?

    Who cares what Jesse Jackson says? Will his words lower these gas prices? Fix this economy? Bring our troops home?


    Then SO WHAT?!?

    July 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Mary

    I'm sure that his comments weren't so much about envy as they were about the fact that what he stated was absolutely true. We the people really need to wake up before he gets into office and the spell wears off the hard way.

    Signed, a former Democrat

    July 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. ChrisD

    No one likes Obama. He's a fake. I'm suprised he hasn't changed the color of his skin. He's changed everything else.

    July 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. saga4obama

    who cares...lets get back to the business of healing our nation...WE the people not just the Big Oil corps. and big Business that are funding McCain, but all Americans.

    July 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Heather

    Rev. Jackson is wanting to make this into a pissing contest. I can guarentee he dislikes Obama just like Sharpton does. And I will tell you exactly why.....What will they have to complain about then?? If Obama actually gets into the WH how can they say they are being held down? Jackson will be out of the job.....

    Also, Mr. Jackson-I don't recall you ever issuing an appology to the Duke players that were wrongly accused of raping that black girl. She made it all up, you condemned them before they had a chance to defend themselves. You are a phoney and don't deserve the media you get. You are a bigger bigot than Jesse Helms, at least you knew where he stood, you are no different-you try and hide it.

    July 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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