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. MurphyMorseJohnson

    The Rev. Jackson should be ashamed of himself.

    July 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. mitchell martin

    religious people make me sick with their hypocrasy.what are you so mad about,then,jesse?obama not black enough for you?so sorry,but,obama is not running a race-based campaign,so stop trying to make it one.you are gonna have enough problems with us 'whiteys', as it is.by the way,i support obama ,but,it's because of his stand for ALL americans,not just you and yours.thank god your prodigy has some common sense! at least you are not a total waste of a human being.did you pick up this kind of talk in zimbabwe?

    July 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. MD in GA

    This IS about jealousy but it's also because Senator Obama touched a nerve... No one has mentioned the 800 lb gorilla in the room, Rev. Jackson's 12 year old daughter born outside of his marriage.

    He is certainly NOT the pillar of morality in the Black Community and that may have something to do with why his son responded the way he did as well. Undoubtedly his MISTRESS and their illegitimate child sent shock waves through the Jackson family just as it did the Black Community back in 1995/96.

    Trust me, know one has been listening to Rev. Jackson or taken him seriously since then. This just makes those of us supporting Senator Obama more determined than ever to see him succeed.

    As the divorced mother of two daughters who got no child support, I think the Senator's remarks to "Black Fathers" about taking more responsbility was "DEAD ON".

    Jackson needs to go sit down. His time and relevance have long past.

    July 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Ugo

    Then what is it?

    July 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. No substance

    As usual Jesse Jackson is running his mouth when he should have been listening. Then he tries to deny what he said. Typical of the reverend. Then he tries to do a one eighty and starts talking about Jena, Louisian. Poor Jesse just can not leave well enough alone. One day when people wake up and stop listening to him, he will starve to death. Until then consider the source.

    July 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Linda Esen


    July 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. aware

    The arrogant, elitist Obama talks down to everyone.

    He has the audacity to believe he is above reproach. Jeremiah Wright taught him well. If you dare to say anything against him, you are wrong, and he is the victim of your stupidity! 😦

    Watch out for this guy with no moral center. Progressive is just another word for hard core Liberal.

    July 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Marc

    He doesn't have any to cut off.

    July 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. KOS

    I love how people say "No one listens to Jesse Jackson". Clearly they do or we wouldn't be having this discussion. While some in the media try to mute this as "nothing", I just wonder what would have happened if a supporter or McCain had said this.

    July 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. saga4obama

    why does CNN only post 20 or so comments about McCain stories?

    July 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. SIMP

    What does he mean by saying "if any hurt or harm has come from his comments" you darn right it has. How can Jesse say the things he said and give a sorry apology like that. He meant what he said, that's why he said he was having a private conversation, DUH and you got caught. Obama has enough on his plate dealing with those idiots on FOX new and you show you lack of support for him on that show. I appreciate his fight for civil rights, but it's obvious you are jealous and I lost just about all respect for jesse. but the good news is jesse hurt his self, not Obama.

    July 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Scott L

    O'Jackson...Ooooooo'Jackson. This is a conspiracy, I can smell it. C-O-N spiracy.

    That is me pretending to be a Liberal.

    July 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Matt, Canoga Park

    What a surprise that CNN the Cowardly News Network will not let you comment or say what Jesse Jackson said.

    I wonder if anyone else said they wanted to perform bodily harm on a Black presidential canidate in a historically racist way would not Jesse himself lead the march to condemn them, get them fired and publicly humiliated.

    Why the double standard? Why try and sweep under the rug and be dismissive about wanting to do physical harm to Barack when if a White person said that the Obomabots would be screaming bloody murder.

    July 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Randy P

    No surprises, JJ just finally got caught pushing his racial position. He's always been one of the biggest racists and idiots in the world. Maybe someday everyone will recognize him for what he his, an eloquent bag of hot air.

    July 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Mrs.L

    If Barack accepts his apologies who are the rest of us to judge that. Maybe he is jealous, so what!!!!!,
    We all will reap what we sow.
    Be very careful people. Dont be a a part of the divide and conquer team.
    None of us can cast the first stone.

    July 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. vick

    one secon fame for this guy too. hahahahahah ho home!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Sonya, DC

    There is room in this world for the Jesse Jacksons and the Barack Obamas. I am voting for Barack, and I hope Jesse will keep up his work for Civil Rights. I don't think Jesse should speak off the record about Barack. It made no sense at all.

    Barack is right, but he needs to include all men, not just black men.


    July 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. shannon

    I think both black and white people need to show a little more respect to Rev. Jackson. Unlike Obama, the Rev. has a long and important history. The Rev. is part of a MLK legacy that this country should be very proud of.

    give him a break....lets not throw him under the bus for the greater glory of Obama.

    July 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Kiah

    This story is ridiculous...I'm sick of hearing and reading about it.

    July 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Olivia

    The things said by a lot of the Obama supporters are MUCH WORSE....CRUDE AND WITHOUT MERIT.....their personal opinions on the incident just to get back at Jesse Jackson.

    We all saw what we wanted to see in Obama when he started his run for the presidency.That hasn't changed. Some of us admire him and some just can't stand the man.

    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinon of Obama. Leave Rev Jackson alone.....he may be just one of many who have a beef with Obama.

    July 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. flavoter

    Lets not forget Whites see Obama as only another black man. Some blacks see him as a TOM, who can never be as black as they are. I really feel for mixed race individuals in this country, because we in this country are some very cruel beings.

    Both of these views miss the mark. Rev. Jackson spoke as and idiot, he should have been wise enough to know in that environment cowans and ease droppers were there, caution demanded he hold his tongue. Because Sen. Obama / the Dems. taking back the white house is the greater issue. Because my kids and I cannot take another round of blows from the GOP. We are almost out for the count.. JWD

    Obama / Powell 08

    July 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. JB


    Don Imus apoligized. Why was that not enough? He was fired. What should happen to Jackson?

    July 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Thank goodness, poor Jesse is explaining his remarks, I really didn't understand what cutting someone's n_ts off meant. The other good thing about this story is Jesse is BLACK, so that means sharpton, and the other troublemakers won't call for boycotts, burning down cities, or firing IMUS IN THE MORNING.

    July 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. GABE Sayre pa.

    reverend of what? Crudeness and ignorance?

    July 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |

    What else is it going to take for the Obama cult members to see what their candidate is all about? Wake up people, Obamby is the ultimate divider. Just look at all the uproar he is causing and he is not even president yet and will never be thanks to those of us determined to put country first and party second.

    July 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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