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I’m Sticking By Jesse Jackson

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, the senator from Chicago, has accepted the apology of the Rev. Jesse Jackson for crude comments he made about Obama when he thought a television station microphone was not on. Here, Jackson holds up an Obama campaign sign on Super Tuesday primary night at Obama's party on Feb. 5 in Chicago.

Jesse Jackson made some intemperate remarks about Barack Obama recently. Reverend Jackson made these comments in front of an open microphone.

Jesse Jackson has been out there for a lot of people over the years. He’s had his act on the road for 40 years now. I say that admiringly. Reverend Jackson has no real institutional base, yet he keeps going.

The great A. Phillip Randolph ran the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters for many years. He could pick his spots. He knew he had a gig waiting for him at the end of the day. Martin Luther King was dead at 39. But Jesse has had to be out there slugging it out.

Reverend Jackson may not be Mr. Randolph or Rev. King, but he presses ahead.

( Please click here for the best Martin Luther King reading list on the web.)

People forget how groundbreaking Rev. Jackson’s Presidential campaigns were in 1984 and 1988. He won a lot of votes and earned the right to go all the way to party convention in both years.

And the fact is there were elements of truth to what he was saying about Mr. Obama’s campaign. Senator Obama needs to focus on misdeeds by all people.

In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for Jesse Jackson in the Democratic primary. He’s part of the reason I’ll be voting for a black man in 2008 in the general election.

I’m sticking by Jesse Jackson.

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July 11, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , ,


  1. Texas — the entire situation was pure hype by O’Reilly. I saw the clip and it’s not a big deal. This was Jackson’s point of view and he’s entitled to it. No biggie. Jesse needs to be more astute about his surroundings. When you’re in the enemy’s house you can’t expose yourself.

    Jesse has not lost any credibility in the black community because of this he just needs to learn to discern.


    Comment by Paulette | July 11, 2008

  2. What Was Jesse thinking? Well, who was he talking to?



    Comment by Mike Licht | July 11, 2008

  3. Paulette—I think the song lyrics went “Don’t believe the hype”

    Mike—Thanks for your ongoing comments here.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 11, 2008

  4. jesse lost his credibility long ago. when you are more interested in your own reflection than those you are supposed to be representing you get jesse. he was once in tune and now he is just another politician. i have no respect for him at all and that was well before comments about obama

    Comment by bill brady | July 13, 2008

  5. He’s never held office. It’s hard to keep stuff going when you have no base. If he held office he could pick his spots. I bet Rev. Jackson has had many chances to sell out over the years, but did not take them. He may remake himself again at some point and be back in public esteem.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 13, 2008

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