28obamajackson533As one editor here noted: how could an unabashed Democratic liberal like Jesse Jackson think he was having anything resembling a private conversation at Fox News headquarters?

Jackson was caught on mic saying that Obama was "talking down" to black people, apparently via his faith based initiative. But that was just part of it. Variety’s William Triplett reports that the remarks (Jackson said he wanted "to cut his [Barack Obama’s] nuts out") were so crude that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer told viewers of "The Situation Room" that he couldn’t repeat them on air.

Also a mystery is why Jackson was so worked up now over Obama’s criticism of absentee fathers and broken families, given that the candidate has been using such rhetoric in speeches for quite some time. Obama also has long admonished parents for feeding their children junk food or plopping them down in front of video games and the TV set.

”There’s a reason why our families are in disrepair," Obama said in a Father’s Day speech at Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side. "And some of it has to do with a tragic history, but we can’t keep on using that as an excuse. Too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes. They’ve abandoned their responsibilities. They’re acting like boys instead of men."

Obama’s speeches in black churches, in fact, have echoes of Bill Cosby, who has come under criticism from some African-American leaders for attacking absentee fathers and not government or society as a whole.

Writes James Cobb, professor of history at the University of Georgia, "Although Obama is likely to be more vocal about issues of racial discrimination as president than he has been as a candidate, his speeches about the importance of strong families and the responsibilities of parenthood carry a decided echo of the gospel according to a certain Mr. Cosby. In this sense, instead of sparking a revolution in black political strategies and agendas, an Obama presidency might simply lend further weight to increasingly frequent suggestions that the old knee-jerk response of treating most difficulties facing black Americans as a product of white racism has long since grown stale and counterproductive." (Via Daily Dish).

Video of Jackson’s comments here.

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