Jesse Jackson in hot-mike nut-flap:
WASHINGTON – In a shocking blast at Barack Obama that was caught on tape, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “I wanna cut his nuts out.” He made the astonishingly vulgar remark as he accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of giving moral lectures to African-Americans.
“See, Barack [has] been talking down to black people . . . I wanna cut his nuts out,” Jackson said.
His whispered comments – accompanied by his hand-miming a cutting motion – were picked up by a live mike before an interview on health care in Fox News Channel’s Chicago studio Sunday. In an effort to blunt the controversy, Jackson apologized publicly at a news conference before the tape aired last night on Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor” show on Fox News Channel.
“It was not a public speech or a declaration,” Jackson said at the news conference, although he admitted his language was “regretfully crude” and “hurtful. “For any harm or hurt that this hot-mike conversation may have caused, I apologize,” Jackson said earlier in a statement.
I’m very glad that Jesse Jackson of “HymieTown” fame clarified that he was not DECLARING that he wants Obama’s nuts cut out, but rather this was a hot-mike incident not intended to be heard and, hence, not to offend. By the way, I thought the expression was “nuts off,” rather than “nuts out.”
The Reverend is a class act.