According to CBS, Jesse's response to being caught with a live mike was the following.
"For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation may have caused, I apologize," Jackson said in a statement. "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.''
When it comes to ministers, Obama has the same luck that God gave cabbages. Look Jesse you don't represent all black people. Here is my thought, perhaps its time that you accept the fact that your star has waned. I am not seduced by your commentary that this is about political issues, it is more than obvious to many that this is about power. I understand the desire to hold on to power because it is seductive, but there comes a time when the older generation needs to make room for the younger generation. This does not mean that you have to stop contributing the struggle, it does however mean that perhaps it is time that you acknowledge that there are different ways of doing things.
Do you remember a time when you believed in the struggle? Do you remember when the injustice of racial inequality stuck in your throat? This is what we need to be focusing on as a people, and not this ridiculous infighting. I understand that we do not have a black monolith, or a single voice, but when we approach issues of division we need to so with respect. Threatening to cut someone's balls off is not respectful. Obama has enough issues to deal with in this race without having to put up with commentary like this, from a man that claims to be representative of the black race. As a member of the black community I am asking you Rev. Jackson if you would do us all a favour, and depress the mute button, at least until the election is over.