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?

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  1. Lamont austin

    Jesse Jack. is just jealous, obviously.
    Although the rev. was some what uplifting in the 70's and 80's his knowledge is weathered and one sided. After fathering a child by another woman and married to another killed my positive outlook on him. For those who talk bad about Obama, who would you talk good about regarding our country not any of our past pres. All they have done is made this planet worse and someone (Obama) who people have compare to Martin Luther King and JFK is the best man for the job, I hear some peoples comments about Obama and they sound racist even anti american, it makes me want to yell in one ear, LOOK AT OUR COUNTRY IS IT GOOD, EVERY PERSON THAT HAS BEEN PRESIDENT KILLED, EXPERIMENTED AND USED OUR (THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) HARD EARNED MONEY TO CREATE WEAPONS AND ALLOWED POVERTY TO GET TO THE POINT IT IS NOW. Hoe can you not like Obama?

    July 10, 2008 at 12:27 am |
  2. kenn

    Unfortunately,....once again... Jesse Jackson chosed the wrong part . as an African American , I felt ashamed of Jackson;s recent comments on Obama and for any fair-minded person to dismiss such comment as much-ado-about-nothing; equivocates to double standard which have no place in todays emergent political discuss in the United States .
    and , in fairness, we can very well predict what would have been the reaction of same Jesse Jackson and his diciples if in reverse...a white or other non black had made such comment. so, fair is fair. the man couldnt hold his oldself anymore and he [ jackson] deserve our help and prayers.
    finally, we should see him as part of the old way of devide and conquer...which lends credibility an thus; justifies Obama;s election message...CHANGE.

    July 10, 2008 at 12:22 am |
  3. Jimmie Lee Brown

    Jackson needs to be quiet

    July 10, 2008 at 12:16 am |
  4. Tavish Johnson

    Jesse Jackson is a civil rights activist and Baptist minister. Jackson was also a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. As so I am shocked that something like that would come out of his month. I'm very disappointed. 🙁

    July 10, 2008 at 12:13 am |
  5. keilla stradford

    Any man can make a baby, but it takes a real man to be a father.No matter what race, should take responsibility for their own. What happen to the commitment to family? No wonder kids are turning to crime, drugs,and gangs.The family is the foundation of a civilized society. Obama is only saying what is being said among communities around the world. We need this calling out to take place at this time. We need someone with Obama's conviction, and insight to speak with boldness. He demostrates quilities that a world leader needs. Thank you Mr. Obama

    July 10, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  6. Brandon

    Wow how deep is that?? It took another Black man to say that Obama should have his balls cut off!! Well done Sir Mr. Jackson! Now if a white person said that would be War. Its about time the black people in this Country start to find out that Obama is not a good leader and really should have not been the winner for our party. Obama is a weak person and seriouly dont have the leadership skill need to run this Nation. Mrs. Clinton was the best person for the job and the black people trash her name, now that another black person is trashing Obama name maybe you will Wake-up. Were voting for McCain!

    July 10, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  7. Jennifer (Canada)

    This is really about a Presidential Candidate wanting to appeal to all of America......not a Black Activitist focusing on Black issues. I think it's commendable that Sen Obama addressed a problem that is inportant to family values not just in the Black community in America but in many families all around the world.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  8. Carl Beekman, Ph.D.

    Jackson and Sharpton keep the "N" word alive.

    O'bama and Colin Powell and the CNN staff reflect educated new Black America.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  9. cheryl

    The remarks that Rev. Jackson made was certanily uncalled for and yes he should have apolozied for the remarks.

    The remarks that Sen. Obama said is abousotely true, for those that are taking care of their responsibilities it does not apply to them, but for the father's and mother's who are not it is time to step up.

    If you really want to know how true Sen. Obama's comments just asked the many AA grandparents who have had to step up to the plate to raise their son's or daughter's children because they have not stepped up to the plate and taken responsibility, I am one of them.

    Sen. Obama's comments was made in the right place and those that were there understood exactly where he was coming from.

    Rev. Jackson it would be very good if you would keep your thoughts of that sort to yourself. He should remember that his son is in this political world also, we don't need that kind of talk from him he is a father.

    Obama 08

    July 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  10. JC- Los Angeles

    The Republicans should just stick to issues and let the Obama's and the Democrats swiftboat themselves. It's as if Obama is trying to let McCain back in the race. First Rev. Wright, then Rev. Pfleger, then Tony Rezko, then Michelle Obama, then the kids on TV, then sweetheart loans and finally a football stadium so the masses can fawn over him. You can't make this stuff up.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  11. stanley( fl.)

    O by the way it look like we are going to have a new war here in the USA. Beause of Obama & rev. jackson..

    July 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  12. Stone

    Once again the great Jesse Jackson has managed to shoot himself in the foot. (I'm sure his foot has more holes than the inside of a donut factory) Have we all not learned that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made a lucrative business out of racism? I think they may even have stock in it. They are THE most racist people on the face of this planet, and I seriously believe these guys are in a state of denial that racism is no longer the same issue as it was in the 50's. America has come a long way, and I seriously think Jesse and Al are down to the bottom of the barrel and are worried sick. I would like to be an advocate for character, personality, and attitude which we all know are true factors that play a role in determining whether or not we like, dislike, hate, or love a person. COLOR or one's RACE has nothing to do with it.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  13. stanley( fl.)

    (Rev.?) Jesse Jackson Remark Was Sick About Odama . look like rev. jesse Jackson Have to look for a new job. and new freinds. good luck looking jesse for that new job. (Obama ) WIN AGAIN.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  14. Rev. Stanley Sims

    I'm a black minister in Florida, and I must admit I'm very disappointed in Rev. Jackson's remarks whether the mic was "HOT" or "COLD" his thoughts was really ulgy. Rev. Jackson remove your focus from Obama's private parts to the longtime issues such as gaps in salaries, healthcare, homeownerships, and education in the black communities. Rev. Jackson with or without you..... America is ready to move forward. Yes we can....

    Tallahassee, Florida

    July 9, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  15. Arlan Dean

    ...Jackson's ill-considered remarks within earshot of a hot mike aren't the first from public figures, nor will they be the last. It's happened to those as accomplished as Presidents as well as a host of others who live their lives in the glare of the spotlight .

    It proves nothing more than that those under intense media scrutiny don't always engage their brains before speaking–just like the rest of us! Alas, they are human...

    The fact that Jesse Jackson is an ardent Obama supporter matters little. At unguarded (albeit unfortunate) moments many if not most of us have said hurtful things about relatives, spouses, friends, etc., whom we actually dearly love! Let's be honest and fair!

    Jackson's apologized–neither an additional pound of flesh nor public lashing is necessary. Let the record show that yet another sideshow has been processed and deconstructed ad nauseam so we can re-focus on the real issues and political battles ahead.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  16. Jacqueline Center

    The Reverend Jessie Jackson took the comments from Senator Barrack
    O'Bama very, very, personal and to a whole entire different level. Let us NOT forget he (after some years ago) was found to have had an "extramarital affair" on his current wife and "impregnated" this woman and never owned up about this child and him being the father until this truth was actually "uncovered". He NEVER accepted FULL responsibility as the father for many years and never took the responsibility of comming clean about it with his current wife of many, many, years. 'Truth be told he was a DEAD BEAT DAD and if one be castrated (for the lack of a better term) it should be him for not owning up to his own truth.!!! OH, and by the way did the attorney generals' office make him pay back child support payments to this woman???


    July 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  17. chris

    Reverand Jackson needs to go away. He continues to represent himself as an angry racist and the media continues to turn their heads the other way. His comments today are unforgivable and this is not the first time he has said something stupid. He criticizes Obama as "acting White". Well wake up Reverand! Obama is half white and half african-american. He and others like you represent him as black, because that is advantageous for him politically. If he is to represent all america, then he needs to embrace his multi-racial background. I like his up-lifting message on most issues, but I am tired of his campaign continuing to play the race card. It has no place in this election.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  18. Nick Smith

    I feel that Obama is confident in himself and his goals and what Jesse said will not affect, he did the right thing by accepting Jesse's apology which shows how he is able to deal with negative feedback. Jesse needs to realize no one is going to come to your door & give any hand outs. You have to work really hard for it and alot of us don't have that drive. Obama is not downing anyone but educating for example us a people need to understand getting priorities in order.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  19. jt

    I think Rev. Jackson is frustrated of hearing Obama making statements that beginning to upset a lot of people.

    Maybe The Rev really wants to cut Obama's nuts off, he is tired of Obama's blowing smoke.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  20. Anna

    Jesse comments will not hurt Obama's path to the WHITE house.

    Ok, White America - give us a break! As an African American, I am outraged at Jesse Jackson's comments. "IF" he were a "white" making the comment, it would be just as disgusting. Give us some credit - Mr. Jackson's ethicinity doesn't give him a "FREE-GET-OUT-JAIL" card among blacks.

    Now, as for his comments – Jesse Jackson needs to sit down, shut up, and focus on not being MIA to his out-of-wedlock children.

    Jesse wants Obama to be more vocal about "black issues" -
    Q: How can a man, whose African father left him as a child; who was raised by a white mother and white grandparents truly be able to be vocal and have a plight about true black issues?
    A: Obama, like many people of color has been subjected to racial injustice; however, he will never be to claim or truly understand the struggles of growing up in a black household or being raised in a black community. So, we can't and shouldn't expect Obama to be vocal about black issues he's never been faced with.........

    ..when you know better, you do better!

    July 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  21. Rev. Stanley Sims

    I'm a black Minister, and I must admit I'm very disappointed in Rev. Jackson's remarks. He needs to allow his wife Michelle continue to be concern with Obama's private parts.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  22. shirlie

    This man (JJ) is a loser, not a thinker and has allowed his personal guilt to rule what little he has to contribute in the society, as in the past.
    His words should have become reality in his case of adultery. He is not a leader now and never was, he is just a reactionary of little substance. He's a sneak , filled with jealousy and envy because he could never be a real man of integrity.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  23. Jim

    I think what Sen. Obama needs to realise is that fathers Black and white are not walking away from their children. The current system is discriminating against men in general. Men are the ones catching a raw deal in divorce 99% of the time. The ones who walk away already know that the system is against them. States and the court system deny fathers equal time with their children simply to collect a good 25% of their income for child support. (what they don't tell you is that the federal gov. kicks in dollars for child support enforcement for every dollar collected. Child support is big business. To anyone who wants to listen: If you want Men to stand up and take responsibility for their children then allow them to be a father...... NOT JUST A PAYCHECK!!!

    If you think I am lying... Do some research,

    July 9, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  24. Verselle Byrd

    Jackson has no credibility in the Black community. What he is doing is as he always does... trying to position himself in the spotlight. He is not a leader in the Black community and does not represent us in any way. Jackson's comments are steeped in a failed run for presidency and jealousy. Please... don't put him on TV anymore. Don't give his ego that boost; keep him off TV because no one wants to hear what Jackson thinks or has to say. Let him talk to his-self.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  25. Mitch Douglasville, Ga.

    I agree with Mr. Jackson. Obama is finally showing his true colors. White!
    The white man has always talked down to the black man and it's a shame because I don't see a change coming anytime soon.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  26. Steve Krauss

    Is anyone surprised about Jackson’s remarks? I do not have a black friend under 40 who this man represents. He is a self serving hypocrite whose anger at Obama is based on Jackson’s inability to get all of the pie. Obama is not an “articulate balck man”. He is THE MAN and Jackson is afraid he’ll get shut out because he should. Too bad Sharpton wasn’t there so both of those clowns could be seen for what they are. If anyone is inhibiting the black community it is those two “Amos N Andys” of trash. C’man – I am a white man but the color barriers are gone thanks to Obama and Jackson and Sharpton did NOTHING in all these years except grab the gold. I just saw Sharpton on 360 attemtoing to look serious and pontifical as if he thinks anyone will forget Twana Brawley. Jackson, Sharpton, stop ripping off your own community. You have nothing to contribute so disappear and let Obama do his job.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  27. Aaron Perez

    Ok, what is the big deal Jesse Jackson just excercised his 1st Amendment thats it. Was it right to say what he did, probably not, but that is his right to make that comment. Also, why is it that everybody is backing Barack Obama on his comments, was it not to long ago that Bill Cosby made the same remarks and he got beat up over it.

    I also agree with the other bloggers, if this was someone other then a black person, be it white, mexican, whatever, the media would be asking for their head. Just another example of double standards.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  28. Ron

    Jesse Jackson's problem? Jealousy, pure and simple. Jackson's time as a candidate has come and gone. He needs to see himself as an 'elder statesman,' and stop trying to compete with Obama. He's making a joke of himself.

    July 9, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  29. Domera-Dallas,TX

    I really think Rev. Jackson–ooops I mean Mr. Jackson, took those comments about men needing to be a part of thier children lives–not just paying child support personal, because he feels guilty about not being a part of his kids life. Come on Mr. Jackson you are not a Saint.

    Obama '08

    July 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  30. Jack from California

    The Rev. Jackson is the best thing the Republicans have going for them.

    The Rev. got TV time to offer an apology but, instead he ran at the mouth about the injustices of the past decades and implied that Barack Obama should be focused on that issue as his top priority!

    Well, for a small percentage of the voting population that may be true but, unless the Rev. Jackson wants the candidacy of Senator Obama to go by the way side, he better wise up and realize that a majority of electoral votes will win, not some self aggrandizing rhetoric by the Rev. Jackson.

    Barack Obama needs to address all the ills of all Americans and we have plenty that need fixing!

    Rev. Jackson – go sit in a corner an be quiet – this is not about "YOU"!

    July 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm |

    Absolutely disgusting.At a time when the whole of America is uniting behind Obama ,a self styled leader called Jesse comes out with a "crab in a barrell mentality" to pull Obama down,what a shame.
    Jesse Jackson with this suicide bomber mission has just voided his invitation to the high table during Obama's inauguration.
    Not only has he hurt his sons political career,his reckless utterance calls to question the quality of representation African-Americans have been getting from their leaders.He really made David Duke look pristine.
    If this was Wall Street no one will even accept Jesse's stocks for free.Time for him and the old brigade to fade out gracefully.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Jermaine

    Jessie was definitely in the wrong. Barack was not talking down to Black people. Obama was speaking the truth. It is a truth that crosses racial lines. But in the setting of the Black church I think it was the appropriate place to address the problems of Black people in America. Some of which are self inflicted. I think Jessie is a person who is past his prime. He is seeing his lofty perch being snatched out from under him. By the same people who gave it to him. The media. The media declared Jessie a leader in the Black community. I have met very few people who consider Jessie to be their leader. In fact there are no leaders in our community. We, Black people are too diverse.
    The only reason there would be more outrage if a white person had said what Jessie is because of the history. Black people are outraged more by statements from white people because of the racism that they have faced from white people. Kinda makes you sensitive. But I have a solution. Black people should acknowledge that they are maybe too sensitive and play the race card too much. And white people should acknowledge that maybe there is some discrimination when it come to black people. This way we give each other the benefit of the doubt. Deal?

    July 9, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Denis W Drew

    If every politician and famous person had their open mic moment, Jesse's comment would pale in comparison, so let us not act self rightous. This is my perspective from a conservative white male.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  34. vern from philly

    These so called black leaders need to cut the bull crap because they are the ones who fuel the fire of racism and keep the hatred going even amongst the black communities. I am a muslim african american who lives in proverty in philadelphia come check our city out, especially the black communities philly really looks like Iraq....bring up real questions like why are these secret societies and big corporations running this country and driving it to damned nation. Ask the biggest question of all and investigate the truth of 9/11/01 was it a false flag operation to go to war? who was really involved in the attacks? In order to find out why gas is high, why is proverty wide spread, and all the other hard problems we face in 2008 investigate the root problem and cause and find a solution.....ask why Bush isnt investigated for war crimes and genocide, because this war is built on a lie so everything that goes with it is a lie wake up to the truth.........

    July 9, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Dr Jack Arnold

    Obama is a transparent person. He will say anything, do anything, act like anyone in order to convince people that he is legimate. He is a phony of the first order. He is clever but full of flaws as an intellectual. He seems to think that he can fool the voting public with a lot of meaningless rhetoric.
    The Reverend Sharpton, a vapid person at best, supports this man for one reason – Obama might have a chance of winning, and this win might lend credibility to Sharpton's tirades. The fact of the matter is that Sharpton is an idiot with limited intelligence and could not recognize a winning philosophy if his life depended on it.
    The American public will recognize this transparency at the polls and McCain will win in a landslide. By the way I am a democrat.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Larry

    Bill Cosby said the same things as Obama, yet he got ostracized by the black community; he has Jackson & sharpton to thank for that.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Maryann NY

    I would like to know who nominated Jackson, Sharpton, and yes, Imus to be the voice of the people? What is it about them that makes what they say so important????We should all just stop listening and get on with our lives.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  38. Jan

    He meant what he said and he said what he meant. 100 %. Ask yourself , during this entire campaign how many times have you seen Jackson or Sharpton? Where have they been? Usually all over an issue, it's odd. I bet we wont hear from them AGAIN till its over. Yes I think it will hurt, the more coverage it gets the more it will hurt. If anybody else had said this there would be CONSEQUENCES AND REPROCUTIONS. Hang on to your delegates Hillary at this rate you MIGHT get to use them.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  39. keith barkley

    As an American, I am outraged!!! Had this been a white man saying this about Obama, the world as we know it would be under fire for months to come. Jesse Jackson is now able to apologise for what he said? Give me a hypocritical break Jesse, you just don't want Obama to face any more problems as he did with his priests.... you just might hurt his campaign Jesse, way to back off now. Obama is speaking the truth: "too many black fathers are MIA..... too many fathers in general are MIA. I am of color – I am white, and this is a discrace to Americans, not just Black Americans!!!

    Jesse should be dealt with the same way he dealth with Hillary and IMUS..... contrcts should be ended, endorsements should be cancelled..... come on let's be fair to all and take your medicine Jesse.

    Maryland Democrat

    July 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Kevin

    If Barack Obama were already president and Jesse Jackson made these comments, in effect threatening him with bodily harm, the secret service would be all over him. Do I think he really meant he would do it? No. It's just the rantings of a jealous has-been.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  41. LuisChile

    About Jackson's open mic gaffe....don´t worry. It's part of free expression of the people...wasn´t it??

    July 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  42. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Politics................it is good to distance himself somewhat in the eyes of blue collar white peoples eyes to gain their votes and so the GOP cannot blame Obama for whatever Jackson has done or said in his past. All Jackson's past will be brought up by the GOP this fall to scare white people. Hey...............I'm gonna tell it like it is.............like it or not.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Selina Koroma

    All I have to say is Jesse Jackson is just jelous of OBAMA'S Success because he did not get as far as obama is so you know what

    July 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Chris Young

    The response by Rev Sharpton and others to Jackson's comments demonstrate the real racial issue in this nation. Had a white person made the same statements about Obama, Sharpton and Jackson would be outraged. Whether or not Jackson was meant to be heard, he said what he said and now the media is trying to smooth it over and Sharpton is trying justify it.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Susan Dey Thomas

    Jesse Jackson should be arrested for threatening to castrate a fellow human being.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Jeff

    I am a mid 30's white man, the comments that Rev Jackson made are obsured; however, Rev. Sharpton – if this was a white Rev. that made these comments on air, Rev. Sharpton would challenge and have that person damned or even taken off the air. I am appalled by Rev. Sharptons (basically support) of Rev. Jackson's comments. Even his own son basically damned his comments.

    July 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  47. GF, Los Angeles

    I think Jackson's comment hurt himself more than it did Obama. It's pathetic that he and Sharpton choose to blame their problems on the white race or are so quick to use the race card. The fact that Obama speaks the truth undermines all the crazy rhetoric he's been spreading. Jackson needs to get over the fact that he will never be President and to get over it.

    July 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  48. Jim

    Why is that moron Jackson considered relevant? He is a buffoon who can't control either zipper, especially the one on his face. People should understand that babydaddies should not opine about morality.
    What he said about Obama should be welcomed in the democratic camp when you consider the source.

    July 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm |
  49. Larry

    Obama should not have accepted JJs apology; he needs to distance himself from the race-baiters who only see Obama as a 'redemptionist'.

    July 9, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  50. Annie Kate

    I doubt that Jesse Jackson's comments will even phase Obama much less hurt him politically. Obama seems to be the Teflon candidate – everything just rolls right off him. And why when anyone says something less than positive about Obama do they have to apologize? Have we taken political correctness to an extreme where we cannot legitimately criticize a candidate at all? I deplore the crude language but Rev Jackson should be able to state his opinion whether it is negative or positive on Obama.

    I'm looking forward to the Ramsey story – the Ramsey family were unjustly portrayed as the killer for too long and I only wish this had come sooner so Patsy could have seen it. I hope now they can find the killer but none of us may live long enough to see that happen.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 9, 2008 at 9:30 pm |
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