July 10, 2008
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

REVEREND JESSE JACKSON SAYS COMMENTS ABOUT OBAMA
WERE “PEJORATIVE AND EMBARRASSING PERSONALLY,”
ARGUES “BROADER MESSAGE” NEEDED FOR BLACK COMMUNITY
ON NPR’S NEWS & NOTES, TODAY, THURSDAY, JULY 10


EXCERPTS BELOW; FULL TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE AT 1:00PM (ET)
AUDIO TO BE POSTED AT 4:00PM (ET) AT NPR.ORG




July 10, 2008; Washington, D.C. – In an interview airing today with host Farai Chideya on NPR’s News & Notes, Reverend Jesse Jackson addresses the negative comments he made about emasculating Senator Barack Obama, telling NPR: “I said something pejorative and embarrassing personally. But the message remains the same: That we need a broader message to include the crisis of jobs out; guns and drugs in. And we need a broader message to restructure our economy to put them back to work. That’s my passion, and my passion for this campaign remains undaunted, and I look forward to his success. And I’ll work for him continuously this fall in the campaign.”

In the interview, Rev. Jackson also argues that a broader message, extending beyond morals, needs to be communicated to the African-American community by leaders including Sen. Obama, saying: “When I said that some of the messages aimed at the black church could be considered talking down to the blacks, my appeal really was the moral content of the message, in order to deal with personal and moral responsibility of black males but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy. The private public – the private public dialogue. So I want to get out in front of this because I do not want any diversion from…his record-setting campaign.”

When asked about his relationship with Sen. Obama, Rev. Jackson says: “I’ve spoken with his staff. Our friendship remains intact, and I do not want anything that was said in any guise to distract from his message, and I support this campaign.”

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