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. al


    OH COME ON JESSE..................WHAT ELSE COULD IT BE?


    July 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. T GUY


    July 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. California Gold

    Jesse Jackson is a perennial problem.

    July 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. mendoza

    he made a mistake and clearly was wrong in what he said! lets move on and get back on McBush where the real problem is! Obama has moved on and so should we!

    July 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Mike

    Jesse, this is why Obama sent you and Sharpton to Africa during the primary season because you speak your mind. Now Obama's pastor Wright is speaking his mind agains Obama.

    Funny how the people that know Obama well are speaking against him and those of us who are intelligent to not be fooled by his hype.

    July 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Jeff Radun

    this whole thing has become all about race.

    blacks want to know is Obama black enough.

    whites want to know is he white enough.

    everyone wants to know is he biracial enough.

    he gets 99% of black vote because he is black NOT because he deserve it. Because he is black and for the first time blacks have a real shot at the white house.

    whites are scared of him because he is black and he might have a black agenda if he gets elected

    jesse says what he said becuase he finds like many people Obama does talk down or lecture in his speaches. It aint a black thing. It is how many people see Obama

    July 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    jessie just be glad you arent white, because then you would have to deal with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton calling for your job, for being racist and wanting to do harm to Barack "the messiah" Hussein Obama. Wonder when Al is going to start boycotting the rainbow coalition.

    July 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Alice - NYC

    To the Obama campaign – lets be real honest here.

    You folks need to explain to America and (I guess someone from Obama's campaign needs to remind the Rev. Jesse Jackson), that any negative comments that Obama makes about blacks, are really meant for white voters ears. Over 90% of blacks will vote for Obama regardless of anything he says, so the only way to add some latino and whites voters is for Obama to blast blacks.

    July 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Tony, Miami

    No doubt in my mind this is exactly what it is. He envy and even hate Barack for accomplishing what he could not. Thanks God his son is way different than this clown.

    July 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Gene

    It took them some time, but CNN did put up the Jessie Jackson story. Might have missed it, but I still have seen nothing of the FISA vote. The FISA vote tells us a lot about OBama as he has been preaching for sometime about how we should all get along and that he was going to reach across the aisle and make "happy" with the Republicans and love and harmony was going to be established for ever and ever. He forgot to tell us how we were going to accomplish this great event. That is easy, just like with FISA, give the Repulicans what they want and that will make them happy. Then he can as the Republican's to submit the plans for H&W, the war, trade, imigration, etc

    July 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. randy

    I dont care what you say jessy it is pure jelousy.you and al sharpton dont like this young guy who is trying to undo the bad things black people have gone through.

    July 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. carolflowery

    ouch, lololololol. dang

    July 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Carmon, Minneapolis

    CNN why do you keep trying to push this weak theory of how Jackson's comments may in some way hurt Obama. WHAT? Are you serious? How can you in your right mind put this on Obama. He didnt say it. Nobody's dumb CNN. Everyone knows Jackson is not the voice of the black community including you so stop trying to act as if he might hold some weight with the black community. Jesse Jackson is a cheap Con Man that's helping to keep the race wars alive in this country. He can say what he wants about Obama, but we all know who has the real morals and values. Jesse, Hows that daughter you fathered out of wedlock and tried to claim she wasn't yours?

    July 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. JB

    The truth hurts but,

    For his entire career, Jesse has blamed others for the plight of the african american. In most cases, it has been the fault of others, however, he has fought to avoid accepting blame. With Obama in the position he is in (win or lose) and the comments of Bill Cosby and Obama, while accurate, they minimize the "blame others" game that Jesse has been playing.

    In order for things to change even more than they have (again, Obama's current position) the community has to have a sort of mea culpa. Obama and Bill Cosby are right. Raising a child without a father increases the chances of child not graduating, getting arrested or perpetuating the economic crisis african americans find themselves in. This is true no matter what race you are. Unfortunaely, the single parent family is much greater of a problem in the african american community.

    July 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Bama for Obama

    Jesse, if you have been in this thing for 54 plus years, then you know the saying "Divide and conquer” don’t let your envy stop the prize; …so sit down and be very quite until Obama has complete ALL of his presidential achievements.

    You have become a disgrace to African Americans! What would Dr. King think about your comments?

    July 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. mitchell hussein martin

    Obama is full of it and we need to let him know it. In the primary, Obama supported pulling out of Iraq within 16 months, called the D.C. gun ban constitutional, backed the subjection of telecom companies to expensive lawsuits for cooperating in the terror surveillance program, opposed welfare reform, pledged to renegotiate Nafta, disavowed free trade and was strongly against the death penalty in all cases. But in the past few weeks, Obama has reversed course on all of these, discarding fringe liberal views for relentlessly centrist positions. He also flip-flopped on accepting public financing and condemning negative ads from third party groups, like unions.

    July 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. randy

    As on on black person i have seen when somebody is trying to say the truth.jessy jackson and alsharpton try to shred the person bill cosby was saying the truth when both this two men went crazy on him now the are trying to do the same.we understand the problem our fore fathers went through but it is time to move on jews forgive the germans why cant we just move on.

    July 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Kim

    Jesse Jackson was NEVER on the democratic ticket. He may have tried for the democratic nomination but he never made it onto the ticket.

    July 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Molly

    What a Joke!!! – IF a white woman had made these comments –
    Sharpton, Obama & Jackson would call them a racist – and want them fired – Imus, Bill Clinton's innocent remarks, Geraldine Farro, – all racist – how dare they make a comment about their guy.
    This group is a Disgrace – STOP all the race stuff – this is an election for President of the USA – Not Civil Rights Leader.

    July 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Loretta from California

    yes...you have already made your historical mark. Allow others within the Black community to do the same. If they make mistakes along the way, so be it. You made your share of mistakes.


    July 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. jk

    He's jealous. So what... quite giving this attention

    July 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. mg

    I am sad that not only is Rev Jackson a black man but he is also a Reverend!!!

    How can you use those words???

    What are you teaching and preaching???

    What then do you expect some "so called unbelievers" to do.

    I am totally and abjectly disappointed.

    July 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Shame ON YOU REV!!!!!

    CNN) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday denied allegations that his disparaging remarks about Sen. Barack Obama stemmed from envy..........JEALOUSY ........REV you should Know JEALOUSY is A DANGEROUS SIN !!!!........WHITE AMERICA MAY OR MAY not BE AWARE..... whenever a brother out shines another brother......he will always try to pull him down.....even if they are blood related......THE
    Basket Star( his own blood brother killed him why JEALOUSY)I don't think REV JACKSON would take it that FAR.........BUT I am not surprised ....DISAPPOINTED YES........SHAME ON YOU.......what really pissed me off .....his excuse HOT MIC .......he has no regret for what he said ......he regret getting CAUGHT!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. sarah


    July 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. J Miller

    Referencing the recent comment made, it's a relief Don Imus was not the one overheard making such a crude, vulgar and offensive remark with respect to Barack Obama.
    Quite sure however, this will shorten the overkill discussions by press, politicians, analysts etc. to a few days versus ongoing dialogue week after continuous week.
    MR. Jackson's name prefaced by "Rev." is totally outrageous touching on comically absurd as often showing he lacks the valued common principles expected with ministry.

    July 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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