September 4th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Jesse Jackson hospitalized after complaining of stomach pains

Jesse Jackson.
Jesse Jackson.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been hospitalized after complaining of stomach pains, a spokeswoman for Northwestern Memorial Hospital said Thursday.

Hospital representative Latoya Porter said Jackson admitted himself around 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

She did not have an update on his condition but said he was having tests Thursday morning.

Jackson, 66, a long-time civil rights activist, had been in Atlanta, Georgia, working on behalf of the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Reverend? yeah, and I'm the Pope...

    September 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    I wish Jesse a speady recovery and God blessing. We need him to turn out the vote in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi

    GOD BLESS

    September 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. No Way - No How - No Palin

    I hope it is not very serious. My prayers go to Reverend Jackson and his whole family. May God help you recover quickly.

    September 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. America, USA

    Ok !
    Get well and go home....

    September 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Everybody in the USA

    He badly needed some attention !!

    September 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Sam

    At least Jesse has the courage to admit his stress that the revitalized GOP ticket has imposed on his plans. NObama and Biden have the same feeling, but they simply sent out their hatchet MEN to badmouth what any reasonable person would say was an admirable showing by Palin. If they really believed that McCain-Palin were weak opponents, they'd be back in Hawaii drinking tropical cocktails and having a good old laugh for themselves. Their reaction to Palin's surge defies their words. They are scared stiff and rightly so.

    September 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Democrat for McCain

    Maybe his stomach needs pumped after all the sucking up he has done to a man he did not like a month ago.

    September 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Victory

    Run Jessie run. Get well soon.

    September 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. shelton Allwood

    Stay well Jessee, we need you!
    Peace & Love

    September 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. marie - ohio

    Tom in Delaware........................... You got it right with you comment. I didn't think Obama wanted Jesse to help in his run for the president. Isn't that what Obama told all of us. Here we go....flip flip flip.....

    September 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. NoBama Mama

    So what! Maybe he looked in the mirror and got a stomach ache at his own reflection! Oh, is this mic on???

    September 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. jessetheman

    i hope he gets well soon....

    September 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. republican in kentucky

    get well!!!!

    September 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Maybe he should blame it on slavery. He blames everything else on that.

    September 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. L. Clark

    Who cares!

    September 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. E.C.Coleman

    Too bad Jackson is ailing.......but sure glad we don't have to listen to the guy!

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Linda from Prescott AZ

    for the folks who were so blatently nasty about this information...
    Jesse Jackson has been a huge part of our political lives, the movement for Civil Rights and much more for almost 50 years He is indeed a national figure. So yes it's great to let people know.

    September 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Whatever

    I hope Jesse's condition leaves him feeling happy and energetic, with a side of mute.

    September 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Pat Riot

    Barack must be giving him heart burn.

    September 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. MM

    I am not voting for John McCain because I don't like him. I think its a chemistry thing. There is something about him that I detest. I find Barack Obama more likeable and personable. He has mastered the english language with more dignity than McCain has. McCain is not a good communicator and because he is such a "kooky outsider like Palin" he is untrustworthy. Do you trust him taking us into the "forbidden third realm" of the "third party " which he politically flirts with. I am old fashioned and I like old fashioned politics.

    September 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Barack Obama Is Our 44th president

    Rev. Jesse Jackson,

    I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. – 3 John 1:2-4

    God bless

    September 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Felicia

    Ya know, this article has NOTHING to do with Barack Obama. Jesse Jackson is Jessie Jackson. I hope he gets well and all, but I hardly see how this is news. Plus didn't Jesse Jackson just say some distasteful things about Mr. Obama lately? CNN you need to get it together and stop trying to be cute. Just because they are both black and "politicians" doesn't mean that one has anything to do with the other. I gotta say this, CNN is a hell of a lot better than FOX!!!!

    September 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Lola

    Jesse Jackson, being a figurehead for the Black community should really watch himself, or duck out of the public eye. His slanderous comments are inappropriate and hurtful to his reputation. Yes, it is alarming that he was hospitalized, but maybe he should take it as an opportunity to re-evaluate his public image.

    September 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Turning the page

    Get well soon sir.
    You have done a lot more good even though you're human and stumble every once in a while, just like we all do.

    Quick recovery!

    September 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Not Obama

    Obama is not smart enough to distance himself from this man. Jesse Jackson is a racist plain and simple. This has nothing to do with the election except to try and steal the thunder from the RNC. Nice try Jesse.

    September 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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