Thursday, July 10, 2008

Barack Obama Too Condescending for Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson, the black minister and civil rights leader, got a little racy in speaking this past Sunday in a pre-interview conversation on Fox News, saying about Barack Obama, "I want to cut his nuts off."

He also said that Barack is "talking down to black people." Here's a news flash, Jesse. Barack talks down to white people too. He needs to get over that if he wants to be President, but your prescription is a bit extreme.

Jackson was apparently reacting to Barack's Father's Day message, in which Barack encouraged black males to be better fathers, and to Barack's recent offer to increase funding for faith-based initiatives. Jackson later explained:

"For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation may have caused, I apologize. My support for Senator Obama's campaign is wide, deep and unequivocal. I cherish this redemptive and historical moment.

"My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility.

"That was the context of my private conversation and it does not reflect any disparagement on my part for the historic event in which we are involved or my pride in Senator Barack Obama, who is leading it, whom I have supported by crisscrossing this nation in every level of media and audience from the beginning in absolute terms."

Meanwhile, Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., expressed his disappointment about his father's "reckless statements":

"His divisive and demeaning comments about the presumptive Democratic nominee — and I believe the next president of the United States — contradict his inspiring and courageous career."

Editor's note: some sources have the quote as "I want to cut his nuts out."

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