July 9th, 2008
09:17 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Trash-Talking Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/09/jesse.jackson.comment/art.jackson.wls.jpg caption="The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized to Sen. Obama's campaign Wednesday over "hurtful" remarks."]
Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Reverend Jesse Jackson is in damage control mode tonight after apologizing for trash-talking Senator Barack Obama. On Sunday, at a Fox News station, he thought his microphone was off when he made some "crude and hurtful" comments. Here's what he said, "See Barack, been um, talking down to black people on his faith based... and I want to cut his __ off" (I wish I could fill in the blank, but I'm told I have to keep this PG for the kids. I bet you can figure it out). His own son, who's co-chair of the Obama campaign, is firing back. We'll have the fallout tonight on 360. Do you think Jackson's comments could hurt Obama?

Also tonight, is the prophet Warren Jeffs dying?

He's in a Las Vegas hospital. He was flown there by helicopter after suffering convulsions in his jail cell. What could this mean for his thousands of polygamist followers? 360's Gary Tuchman will have the latest.

And, in Crime & Punishment tonight, JonBenet Ramsey's family exonerated. New DNA tests show they didn't kill her. So, who did? Who have been the suspects? Do you think the murder will ever be solved?

All this and more tonight on 360°.
Join us at 10pm ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Suzie Hall

    This comment WOULD matter to Jesse Jackson if it were made by a white man!

    July 10, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  2. Saad from Ramsey, NJ

    I used to get real mad anytime Jackson opened his mouth. But then I realized, it's not him. He was/is still news because of people. There are people who still listen to him and there are news channels which still cover him. So I realized I cannot blame Jackson just like I cannot blame President Bush for doing any harm to our country during his second term because after seeing his abilities and potential, people still voted for him to give him a 2nd term.

    As for Jackson, I wish the guy had some intellect and class to positively capitalize on the faith that some naive people have in him instead of being trash almost 100% of the time he opens his mouth.

    July 10, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  3. GF, Los Angeles

    It's interesting when Dog the Bounty Hunter was caught saying the N word during a private phone call with his son – Sharpton and Jackson was all over his case. How ironic that now Jackson is in the same shoes and wants to be forgiven yet he would not forgive Dog.

    July 10, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  4. Andrea from Utah

    Obama is speaking the truth, he may not have said it the way Jackson wanted to hear it but it is the truth. This may be a touchy subject for Jackson, he put himself in that position. Jackson is not the one to talk about cutting Obama's nuts off, he should have cut off his own nuts off years ago and that would have kept him out of that category. This will not hurt Obama, people will only look down at Jackson. SHAME ON JACKSON!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 at 10:38 am |
  5. James

    Finally all of America is seeing what this idiot is really like. It's sad that it took this long. All he does is complain about how unfair it is to be black. Well wake up, the nominee for the Democrats is black. Wow. I am a 22 year old typical white person and I am so sick of being blamed for everything that might be wrong in their community. Everything he stands for is racist. He is the most hateful and most racist man in America and I hope he goes down in flames. The stupid thing is that Obama, if he wins, will probably put these donkeys in his cabinet. Well lets all pray that this communist does not win.

    July 10, 2008 at 10:17 am |
  6. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Dr. Jack ..............

    I guess letting all of us know you are a doctor is suppose to put more credibility into what you say huh? I don't think so...........

    Obama is moving to the center as McCain cannot get his people in order soon enough to even have a plan. Obama has an incredible following and we will show all the naysayers, such as yourself, what we are made of come November.

    Democrat huh Jack?...................I don't think so on that either..............

    July 10, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  7. Debbie, NJ

    Its about time that Jackson's feelings about Obama were exposed.
    If Jackson feels that the faith based programs for the inner city are not working then instead of criticizing why don't he get involved. No program is perfect. Having grown up in the inner city in the 70's I benefited from some of these programs like the summer work program. But I also know that their was a lot of manipulation of the funding too. We are all surprised about the lack of support from both Jackson and Sharpton. You would think that the so called Black activist who for years have been screaming about racial inequality be the first to go out campaigning for Obama. It is also about time that we as African Americans had someone else to represent us as a people. Like every race there are the less fortunate (poor), those who are striving to maintain(middle class) and those who are prosperous(rich). We do thank the Civil rights movement for what they have done to help Blacks acquire and maintain their freedom as citizens of this country and we should never forget where we have come from and we will always in this country continue to need a Jackson or Sharpton because as we have seen with Obama running for President, racism is still alive and well. But like Sharpton says, Obama is not a civil rights leader, he is running for President for the US and will represent all of the people, black, white, brown, yellow, poor, middle class, and rich.

    July 10, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  8. Cathy Roy

    I am extremely upset and disgusted at Jesse Jackson't recent comments about cutting off Obama's nuts! What a wake up call into how angry and bitter this man really is! I think he is just jealous that another black man has gained such astounding popularity with ALL races! Just because he doesn't alienate white people and tries to explain and include them in the black experience...does NOT mean he is talking down or diminishing blacks at all! I think perhaps the years of Jesse fighting for civil rights has turned him into only that – a fighter. A very bitter, angry and racist one!

    July 10, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  9. Jim Millard

    Not one of the interviews with Jesse Jackson has mentioned that this man is a Reverend. I would love for just one interviewer to ask him if this is appropriate behavior for a "man of God"? I was raised to believe a christian has love in his/her heart for all of God's creatures. This man is no christian and he is certainly no preacher.

    July 10, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  10. annu

    Thank God it was a Black man commenting on a Black man. So it is alrighte for Al Sharpton. If it was a White man making the same comment Lord knows what would have happened. Surely Sharton would have been on Statue of Liberty screaming his head off " racism!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

    July 10, 2008 at 9:08 am |
  11. Doug

    I have no problem with the underlying cause of Jesse Jackson's frustration. I have no problem even with the way he expressed it. For all those quick to dismiss Jackson, you must have very short memories. Who was the most adamant in calling for an end for U.S. support of apartheid in South Africa? Does the name Robert Goodman ring a bell? I challenge anyone to look at the 1988 Jackson presidential platform available on Wikipedia. How prescient was Jesse? Rebuilding America's infrastructure. Single-payer. Reaganomics overhaul (see also: Bushonomics, see also: our failing economy). Obama is not a saint, and when he takes Father's Day as an opportunity to smash black males (don't the women who had sex with these men count? Are they non-entities? Why not just disparage both genders with one stroke, while you're at it), that's pretty classless. Besides, absentee fatherism is not the exclusive domain of African Americans; it's a hallmark of poverty in ALL racial groups.

    July 10, 2008 at 9:04 am |
  12. Rahni, Connecticut

    If you directed a negative comment to a person who is in the same race as you, you probably get away with it. But if you’re from another race and if you say the same exact thing you will be perceive has racist. White people can say the same thing as Jessie Jackson’s remarks without being perceive as racist. If you can’t understand that, I feel sorry for you.

    Obama 2008!

    Rahni, Connecticut

    July 10, 2008 at 8:00 am |
  13. Ruth

    Ego isn't it? Barack being the possibility of the first US president ? Ridiculous.. Some of these people need to get over themselves, who was the last one? Geez...

    July 10, 2008 at 7:02 am |
  14. Dave - Not a US citizen

    Jackson was just stating an opinion. Isn't that what free speech is all about. He obviously was disappointed that Obama was not being the usual charismatic candidate that he is , and instead of wowing the crowd was spending a lot of his time telling the audiance about the need to ...and the virtues of living up to... your responsibilities for family living. I mean who likes a lecture anyway? So here we go again , taken a snipit of Jacksons opinion at a point in time, and saying that this is Jackson's opinion of Obama.

    Could you maybe ask Jackson what he thought of the whole speech from Obama not just from that one comment at maybe a point in time when Jessie was upset with him.

    July 10, 2008 at 6:08 am |
  15. Cleveland c Pitts III

    I believe as an African American just pointing the blame at absent fathers and laziness undermines the societal factors that have the created the situations in African American community. Sen. Obama is Running for President not just for African Americans but for all Americans.
    Their is still a need for an African American Advocate because every problems a champion for that cause and African American is not exception

    July 10, 2008 at 2:58 am |
  16. plb

    Coming from a black female perspective and a social worker....All I can say is "Crab barrell syndrome." It is the down fall of the black community. Many of our own people are so jealous hearted; it brakes my heart. When you throw a bunch of crabs in a barrell, the is always one that will work hard to crawl to the top, as soon as that one thinks he/she is going to make it out, another one will reach up and drag him/her back down into the messiness. Hence, Rev Jacksons comments today. Rev. Jackson in his day did some good work, until Rev. King was murder, in my opinion that is the day that many of them (civil rights leader?) dropped the ball and have live their lives off of his legacy since. Today, there is a man running for the highest office of the land, a man that my two teenage sons (voting age) can relate to. I would appreciate it if all "Haters" would back the heck up. Stop doing their biddding for them Rev. Wright, Rev Jackson, Rev. Sharpton etc... It hard enough for our people (blacks) to believe in " Hope and Change" after not having any hope or change for the past couple hundred years. You must remember those who pick cotton, got whipped and hung ALL CAME BEFORE YOU, AND THEY TOO PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THE FREEDOMS WE HAVE TO DAY.

    July 10, 2008 at 2:51 am |
  17. Jim (Orange County)

    I thought after all of the affairs and kids out of wedlock recently exposed by Jackson that he was out of the limelight. By the way, how does this guy support himself. How does Jackson make money to live? C'mon black community-wake up! Do you really want Jackson and Sharpton speaking on your behalf? Time to try someone who is more mainstream America.


    July 10, 2008 at 2:34 am |
  18. Mary

    Jesse Jackson must have taken a page out of the Bush, Rove, Play Book. Remember when Rove said McCain Fathered Child With Black Prostitute... .. Claiming McCain had a “black child.” But no one Apologized. Where were Mr. Bush? Where were the outraged!!!

    July 10, 2008 at 2:25 am |
  19. Johanna

    What Barack said about black men and fatherhood is true. Yes there are a few black men that are role models but too many are careless about their responsibilities as parents. A few years ago Bill Cosby sent out the same sentiments to Black people. It is all true. Some of us cannot handle the truth. We hate when people point us in the right direction to pull ourselves up by our own bootstrap.
    What does Jesse mean that Barack speaks like a white man and talk down to blacks? Jesse, your star is fading don't hate that a younger black is rising. Back him! Support him! Be like other ethnic groups who lift up their own instead of pulling them down. More power to the younger Jessie Jackson.

    July 10, 2008 at 2:21 am |
  20. Wilbur

    Why aren’t black leaders railing against the negative stereotypes that many within the black community persist in perpetuating, just as they have against racism? Like the economy, its character that counts, stupid. Good character helps to diminish stigmas ascribed to people in the black community. Just look what The Cosby Show has helped to build for the black community; which blacks in the media, particularly in negative rap music and its videos, have helped to destroy or cause many to ignore. As president of my college philosophy club, I had a chance to hear and debate with many types of people during a discussing about the Imus scandal. A young black woman told me that she felt that her people couldn’t be controlled, when talking about changing the music that promotes drug use, gangs, violence, and female degradation, to music that doesn’t corrupt America’s youth. So if music execs, “artists”, and fans don’t know what’s good for society, then maybe new young black leaders should replace the old, like CNN’s Amy Holmes. Everyone, except for me and a youth counselor, agreed that the music should change.

    July 10, 2008 at 1:43 am |
  21. jb

    Jessie Jackson just got caught. It isn't going to hurt anyone. It is just an embarrassment for him. Obama is just waiting for his big show in Denver to make the greatest American Speech of all time.
    These young people just love a party!!! Poor Hillary, she didn't see the bus comming!

    July 10, 2008 at 1:32 am |
  22. michael

    what needs to happen is that govt asst. must be for familys and not single parents. it is because (women) have to deny the father to get assistance that we keep families apart. they men have no legal right to be in the home if the mother excepts the money and that give him no reason to feel tide to the family unit lets stop this bad policy of walfare reform and lets make it family reform. each one reach one each one teach one

    July 10, 2008 at 1:29 am |
  23. Patricia Dennis

    In the words of Harriet Tubman the Leader of the Underground railroad "Ain't I a woman to?" I do not believe that Senator Obama would have gone to any White congregation and advised them on their parenting skills. I believe if Senator Obama would have taken anytime to examine the welfare rolls he would have discovered there are more absentee father respresented by white woman on welfare than black woman.
    It is an insult to me that Senator bamo is playing the same Kool Aid and cookies games with lack people. We are citizens who are concerned with Health care, the environment, gas crisis and other American issues.

    I am Not a fame of Rev. Jackson but I do respect his legacy. Why do we have toonl have one Black leader, we can disagreed and yet stand together. God bless Rev. ackson's on he has proven to alll of us that title, status and power ruins mans respect and love for his parent

    July 10, 2008 at 1:21 am |
  24. Anon

    I think people lose sight of the fact, Mr. Obama is half-WHITE as well, and raised in a white household with his white grandparents, and white high school.

    Why is he considered black? Why must he be the voice of the black people?

    July 10, 2008 at 1:14 am |
  25. Darlyne Stewart

    I can't find who to write to about this........my eyes are not what they used to be when I was young and there must be many like me.
    The pale blue or light gray words are extremely difficult to read with a white background. The darker the words the better.
    Please pass this on to the one who can help.
    Thank you!
    Darlyne Stewart

    July 10, 2008 at 1:00 am |
  26. Judy

    Jesse "Hymie Town" Jackson showed us again why he lost his own bid for the Presidency in the late eighties. The reference above was made to NYC and its population of Jewish voters and we will never forgive him or forget. He is lude, crude and uneducated. Even his own son has denounced him. He is obviously jealous of Obama, because he lacks the relevancy that surrounds this progressive, educated, articulate candidate. Obama is everything he'd like to be and more. Yes, once again Jesse is front and center but for all the wrong reasons.

    July 10, 2008 at 12:57 am |
  27. James

    Steve, Obama is very articulate. Also, there are many black men over 40 that respects and agrees with Rev. Jesse Jackson. Maybe its just the a$$ kissing black people that associate with you.

    July 10, 2008 at 12:37 am |
  28. James

    it's quite depressing for a veteran civil rights leader, to make such a degrading and offensive comment about ones on brother who is seeking the highest office in the country. This is absurd and placing low expectations on black people, by suggesting Obama speaks down to black people. Its contentious enough to have to deal with institutional racism, and then have to deal with black racism, which are the effects of slavery and Jim Crow. Rev. Jesse Jackson should be the last person to embrace this kind of black on black crime. Learn to share the spotlight Jesse and stop being insecure.

    July 10, 2008 at 12:34 am |
1 2