What a blunder!
That's not very Reverendly of him.
Apart from the stupidity of what was said, for a seasoned pol to assume a mic is off is a dumb rookie mistake.
As far as what Jackson said: he was criticizing Obama - a family man - for stating how important the role of father is. Falls flat from a man who bore an illegitimate child, especially when the child's mom states that...
Maybe Obama's comments hit a bit too close to home!
I've heard Jesse Jr. just blasted Sr. for being totally nuts.
I always expect stupid things from a idiot, I'm not a bit surprised.
Here is the clip
I apologize. I apologize for getting caught.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson
I don't see Obama talking down to black people at all. I do see him admonishing absentee fathers, which is appropriate.
I think this helps Obama. Jackson has always been too extreme for most voters, and providing some distance between him and Obama helps to make Obama look more mainstream. The only person damaged was Jackson. Obama isn't going to lose the black vote.
It is a stretch, but I could believe that Jackson knew that he was being recorded, and that this was intentional. Given his long history, Jackson is very media savvy. That bothered me a bit when I saw the clip.
Yes like Jackson for instance.
Jackson DID do a lot of good in his time. I have not forgiven him for slur against the Jews that one time, but I think he said he was sorry for it. So that's okish... I guess. All in all though he's done more good than harm-- and I think he gets too much flack.
He's an old man now and he needs to step back a little and let new people take over. The 60s are over and so are the 70s.
If a man is not willing to support his children, then he ought to keep to himself, i.e. not get a woman pregnant. Conversely, if a man contributes to child, the he must support that child.
IMO, 'good' people don't use racial slurs or epithets, not even in jest, and not in private.
With someone like Jackson, I often am left to wonder do they do good for the purpose of doing good or doing the right thing, or do they do it for the fame/prestige and fortune that accompanies a leading role. The more people put themselves in the public eye, the more I am suspicious that they are seeking prestige, power and fortune. I greatly respect people who work quietly behind the scenes, and do what is right without public adulation.
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