The Rev. Jesse Jackson was was caught by a live or hot mike disparaging Sen. Barack Obama and was forced to apologize today.
From ABC News’ Jake Tapper.
Apparently unaware of a hot microphone, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, made a crude and disparaging remark (apparently involving genitals) about how Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, might be alienating African-Americans with various moral instructions.
Jackson has issued this apology, saying: “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.”
Concluded Jackson: “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.”
The Obama campaign has no plans to respond as of now.
Nice try Jesse but it won’t fly.