‘I wanna cut (Obama’s) nuts off!’

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Chicago civil rights leader known for speaking without thinking, may support presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama in public but apparently has second thoughts about him in private.

An open mike has caught Jackson upset with Obama and saying "I wanna cut his nuts off."

Jackson had just finished an interview on Fox News and was speaking privately after he thought the microphone was off. It wasn’t and Fox, being Fox, decided to go public with what he said.

Jackson went into immediate cover his ass mode, calling the Obama campaign to apologize and issuing a public apology as well.

But the damage is done and even his son, a Congressman from Chicago, is upset by his father’s remarks.

Reports The Associated Press:

Barack Obama’s campaign tried yet again to contain a political storm kicked up by a vocal Chicago supporter as the Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized for crude comments picked up by a live microphone about the Democratic presidential candidate.

Jackson said the "hurtful and wrong" comments came in response to a question from a fellow guest during a break from taping "Fox & Friends" on Sunday. The guest asked about speeches on morality Obama has given at black churches.

Jackson said at a news conference Wednesday that he had said Obama’s speeches can come off as speaking down to black people and that there were other important issues to be addressed in the community, such as unemployment, the mortgage crisis and the number of blacks in prison.

He said he was not aware the microphone was still on.

Jackson declined to repeat the comments, but said he decided to apologize publicly after hearing from Fox News that it would air them.

In an interview with The Associated Press earlier Wednesday, Jackson said he didn’t remember his exact words, but said he was "very sorry."

The Fox News program "The O’Reilly Factor" aired Jackson’s comment Wednesday night, including a slang reference to his wanting to cut off Obama’s testicles. The report bleeped out the slang but made clear what Jackson said with subtitles.

"It was not a public speech or a declaration," Jackson said, adding the comments "will not be helpful."

"For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation may have caused, I apologize," he said in a written apology released earlier in the day. "My support for Senator Obama’s campaign is wide, deep and unequivocal."

Jackson said he called Obama’s campaign to apologize.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton noted that the Illinois senator grew up without his father and has spoken and written at length about the issues of parental responsibility and fathers participating in their children’s lives, and of society’s obligation to provide "jobs, justice and opportunity for all.

"He will continue to speak out about our responsibilities to ourselves and each other, and he of course accepts Reverend Jackson’s apology," Burton said.

Though Jackson supports Obama, the two are not close.


  1. Flapsaddle

    Another truly popcorn moment! Jesse Jackson with a look on his face like someone had just slapped him up the side of the head with a spoiled hog liver.

    The race-baiting, poverty-pimp, con-artist, philandering blackmailer and begatter of children out of wedlock posing as a “Reverend”, the guy given absolution for his vile, antisemitic “Hymie-town” remarks, has cut off his own raisins by having dissed the single most prominent black man in the world.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  2. BlackAsCoal

    I agree with Jackson, but it comes from more than talking about fatherless children. Everyone wants to talk about black fatherless children but no one wants to talk about how a proven racist criminal system impacts many of those children.

    Obama and Cosby aren’t the only black people talking about the problem. Louis Farrakhan did a far better job of not only talking about it to black people, but he and the Nation of Islam have a LONG track record of producing families that stay together and foster well-mannered, educated, and violence free children .. and he and the Nation have a LONG track record of rehabilitating men who have been seperated from their families by prison.

    Farrakhan not only talked about the problems of black fatherhood, but he also got about two million of us to travel across country to talk about it with him. It was the most spititual event I have ever attended.

    But white people don’t want to talk about Farrakhan nor the Nation unless they can be painted in a negative light.

    Obama had the perfect opportunity to speak to the PROVEN racism of the criminal system and how it affects black children within the context of his “fatherless” comments .. but he didn’t do that .. because his comments were meant for white people, not black people.

    Obama is never going to mention the name Farrakhan in a positive light because his comments are meant for white people, not black people.

    Often I find many well-meaning non-racist whites who maintain a paternalistic, sort of condescending view of black people they don’t seem to be aware they have.

    Obama ONLY gets elected if he has an energized and vigorous black electorate .. and if yuou think Jesse Jackson is the only one who thinks Obama talks down to blacks and takes them for granted, you would be wrong.

    He becoming a major disappointment and it appewars that he’s just another politician.

  3. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    When Danger Reared Its Ugly Head, Sir Obama Tucked his Tail And Fled…Bravely Taking To His Feat, Obama Beat A Very Brave Retreat, Brave, Brave, Brave, Brave…Sir Obama (Of Crap A Lot!).

  4. barak

    The two of them–Jackson and Obama–deserve one another. Both are two-faced exploiters of their race for strictly personal profit. McCain offers little different in his quest to become as wealthy as his wife. He too will rob our depleted treasury and sink our descendants deeper into debt. The lot of them are worthless.

    Bring back Joe Biden. Now there is a man cut of the same cloth as Robert F. Kennedy!

  5. churlpat

    Really? I didn’t know Biden was a thug.

    Churlpat — a plutarch by any name is still a plutarch

  6. pollchecker

    Though Jackson supports Obama, the two are not close.

    Good! Another example that Obama is not the “typical” Dem. Jackson is an adultering has-been. Who cares what he thinks.

    Fox only uses it as a propaganda tool. That’s what Fox is ….the American equivalent to Nazi or Soviet propaganda….no more, no less.

  7. woody188

    Amazing what folks say when they think no one is listening. We have to wonder who he was talking to and what exactly that person asked Jesse. Maybe Karl Rove? :) Who else was a guest on the show? I don’t watch Fox so I have no clue.

  8. adamrussell

    Jackson were you high? How could you not know that Fox News would be taping you off the record and then replay it? Thats how they are. Aligned with the party of dirty tricks.

  9. Charlie Couser

    The way the media hyped this trash story yesterday was unbelieveable! I doubt the second coming of Christ would have received as much media fanfare as did this piece-of-crap story.

    My question is this: Where was the media when G.W. ‘The Dumya’ Bush, Dick ‘Dead Eye’ Cheney & their pathetic pack of henchmen were lying through the teeth to invade Iraq for its natural resources. Oh, but wait… I just remembered… They were making plans to be ‘imbedded’ in the invading forces so they could ‘package’ the war in order to parrot the misinformation being spewed by ‘Big Brother’ and at the same time, sell more commercials.

    Our Fore Fathers recognized the need for a ‘free and independent press’ — essentially a fourth branch of government — to reign in the other three branches of government. Instead what we have today, with few exceptions, is a press that is bought and sold by big government and big business. Today’s press is a farce….

    Charlie Couser

  10. km0591

    Actually, I wanted to cut Obama’s balls off too, but then I realized that he did not have any after his craven, weasely FISA vote. Oh, well…

  11. Janet

    This is typical Jesse Jackson. I used to live in Chicago and the people there don’t like him. He has a tradition of threatening CEO’s behind closed doors that if they don’t hire X amount of black people and donate to his Rainbow Coalition, he will paint them as racist. In other words, extortion is his MO.

    He’s having a hard time now, knowing that his power is gone and Barack Obama is the future.

    As for FISA, there is still criminal accountability for both telecom execs and Bush administration. That would be a bigger prize. And with Democratic prez and Dem congress, they can repeal this FISA law and fix it. I saw Feingold last night talking about just that – as soon as new prez takes office.

  12. sherry

    Janet, they just keep dangling that carrot, don’t they? The fact of the matter is, the dems that were there didn’t support the constitution. Why give them more power?
    I will be a resident of WV in November, and I will be voting for Jay Wolfe, to replace the traitor Jay Rockefeller.
    I don’t vote party. Look at your representative. If they don’t do their job, fire their ass. If everyone took that approach, congress would look decidedly different.
    If we took our jobs as citizens seriously, the ENTIRE government would look different.
    If they really had a fear of public backlash, they would vote the public interest instead of special interest.