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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Rainbow Coalition Meets Audacity of Hope And, No, They Can't All Just Get Along

Jesse may not want to run nothing but his mouth, but at least he does do that spectacularly. From the New York Post:
WASHINGTON - In a vulgar tirade caught on tape by Fox News, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he wanted to "cut his [Barack Obama's] nuts out" and he accused the fellow Chicagoan of "talking down to black folks" by giving moral lectures to African-Americans, source said.

Jackson's shocking quotes were picked up by a hot mic before an interview on health care in Fox's Chicago studio last Sunday.

Fox planned to air the recording on Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor" show.

In an effort to blunt the controversy, Jackson issued an apology.
Of course now that he has Jackson's nuts in his hands, Obama was gracious in accepting the apology. From the AP:
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.
It gets better still. Now Jackson's kid -- the one who isn't a bastard -- is talking smack about his old man:
Jackson's comments sparked something of a family feud. His son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., said he was disappointed by 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," the younger Jackson said.
And while we're at it, why not replay a golden oldie?:
The comments are not the first the elder Jackson has had to explain after believing he was off the record.

In 1984, he called New York City "Hymietown," referring to the city's large Jewish population. He later acknowledged it was wrong to use the term, but said he did so in private to a reporter.

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