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. Anita from Arizona

    Non issue again.

    July 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Daniel Mayinja

    All these Revs. are "baracking the barjesus" out of me.
    Shut up for now, Oh 'men of God', just for a bit bite your tongues and just leave this thing lone.
    Go back to your sheep (yes SHEEP) and stay there ... so there!

    July 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. JR

    Rev. Jesse Jackson is sorry because he got caught. It was a mistake alright....a mistake leaving a hot mic on. He's not sorry one bit. Your legacy has gone down the drain Rev. Jesse Jackson within the last 10 years.

    July 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Love Huckabee

    CNN you suck big time. You report on nonsense like this, a wanna be has-been like Jesse Jackson. Yet, you didn't list the fact that:

    McCain flip flops on Social Security. She was for privatizing it in 2004, not against it in 2008.

    No of mention of the Iraqi time table!

    Also, what about McCain's advisor saying the nation's whining about the economy!!

    Get out of McCain's pocket, and report the NEWS!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    It may or may not be about envy, but it's definitely about Rev. Jesse being a complete fool. Any public persona should have the brains NOT to make those types of comments, much less when a microphone is within range. So much for being a 'man of peace' or a 'man of God'.... I don't think that God would appreciate Rev. Jesse wanting to castrate anyone.

    July 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. just wondering

    hmm...what would the Rev. Al Sharpton have to say about this, and with whom would he side? Obama and Jackson are both black and he doesn't have any white people (Euro Americans as we like to be called) to blame for this one

    July 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. NC Man

    well Obama does talk down to all people...but JJ "being a man of God" (yeah that even makes me laugh) should have known better.

    July 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Don

    I agree with Jesse they are not about envy. I'm a black American an i'm still waiting for Obama to outline plans for all Americans not just black Americans.

    July 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Brian, Pittsburgh

    Jesse Jackson should know better. But most people I know (including black people) don't really care what he says anyway.

    July 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. WallyWutMD

    This will show people who are outside of the AA Community that there is a very distinct difference between Barack Obama and self appointed AA leaders like, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charlie Rangle, Andrew Young, and Bob Johnson. These clowns have been poisoning the Black Community from the inside out for decades, pushing everybody to the back so that they can remain out in front. They are hand selected puppets for people like Bill and Hillary Clinton, who are used to appease Black people with one hand while stealing their dignity with the other. Barack is cut straight out of a different cloth.

    Obama/Cosby '08
    Now's The Time!

    July 10, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Irene

    i don't blame Jessie for being angry at Obama. He is a phony. He voted for FISA. Everything Obama has done is to win the Presidency. He does not have ideals. If he did he would not be flip flopping back and forth on issues just to get elected. He is a very smooth customer and the American people have been had. Jessie has never been a fake person and he was saying what he felt. Leave him alone.

    July 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Lim

    Rev. Jackson simply expressed the feeling of many Americans
    who are more annoyed by Sen. Obama and his campaign's hot
    air than envied of his empty suit.

    July 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yo Jesse! You knowingly went on Faux News, the propaganda wing of the Reptilican Party...What did you expect?

    July 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Dave in IL

    Jessie "Operation Push" Jackson could never utter a negative thought about black Americans. His speeches for years have been based on a positive only "I am somebody" message. Maybe if he had been more evenly balanced in his rhetoric, greater strides would have been made in acheiving equality and eliminating racisim in this country.

    July 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Jonnie rae, Boston

    Jesse is so right that Barack is running the last leg of a 54 year marathon. Jesse did a lot of the heavy lifting – he was the Jackie Robinson of African Americans seeking high political office and he took the slings and arrows. He registered more democrats than any other person in history. He built the political infrastructure in the south that Obama is using right now to get black votes. He was the one who started the idea of a "rainbow coaltion", a quilt of many colors, he fought "The Poor People's Campaign," went to Appalachia, had the support of the unions, marched on picket lines, got hostages released, I am not even going into his work with King during that era. He is a giant in the Civil Rights Movement, and he deserves respect. He was ridiculed, marginalized and scapegoated but he fought on. I think that news organizations should cut him the slack they cut other politicians who have very salty vocabularies, but we never hear them. I regret what he said, but it is nothing in comparison to his great work for this country. I would expect that Senator Obama, more than accepting his apology, would honor him specifically. Because if he had not run, twice, Obama would not be where he is today. Period.

    July 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. xddy4u

    Jackson and Sharpton are acting like Obama is a villian. Yes Jackson and Sharpton are jealous. Neither has come out openly and endorced Obama. Now it really doesn't matter. Obama will be the President of the USA, not the Rainbow Coalition, or Harlem, but the USA.

    July 10, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. John Dolan

    It's time for JACKSON and SHARPTON to ride into the sunset. Obama is the true leader of the Afr-American community. He has the wisdom to stand up and say to the Afro-American community it is time to step up and take responsibility for your lives. JACKSON and SHARPTON time to say GOOD BYE to the SPOTLIGHT

    July 10, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Up to now Barack Obama has kept Jesse Jackson and Reverend Sharpton off the radar screen.

    So why is Jesse surfacing now?!

    July 10, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. PS from Tennessee

    Jesse is like a lot of white politicians who think that they are more deserving than Barack. Barack will be the next President and he doesn't need Jesse Jackson to get there. In fact, Jesse did him a favor. This will hopefully make more white Americans look at Barack. Barack is a truly brilliant, caring man.

    July 10, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Abe Froman - Chicago

    Jesse – You are done. You were done a long time ago. You just don't see it.

    You have no "moral" authority left, especially after your other child.

    By the way, can you explain how you make your money? How do your sons get a Beer Distributorship after you said we should boycott the beer company?

    July 10, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. charles

    close this as quickly as you have closed the McCain economic recession story. cnn you are real supporting granpa. close this no one is interested in a non issue.

    July 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    The Reverend apologized for it and I think we all just need to move on.

    July 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Peter E

    Jackson has nothing to apologize for. The Reverend was part of the Civik Rights movement and went through all the hardships real descendants of American slaves had to face.
    Obama? His father was from Africa. His ancestry doesn't actually include American slaves. He was never part of the Civil Rights movement. He's just exploiting race for his own purposes. He calls everyone disagreeing with him a 'racist.' He is bullying people and playing on their guilt. It's disgusting!
    Jackson need not apologize to this pretentious exploiter!

    July 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. David in Illinois

    Please exit the stage Rev. Jackson. Just what Obama DIDN'T need is another "reverend" problem. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    July 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Peter E

    Let the hatefest from the Obama camp begin...

    July 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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