Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Open Mic Slight Against Obama

"This issue we have now with jobs and investment leaving and drugs and guns coming, murder rate up, taxes up, services down, first class jails, second-class schools," Jackson said, "faith-based would not touch the edges of that. We need a real and new government and private sector policy to turn our economy around," adding, "I think he's up to the task and I support him in those efforts."

"He's addressing it in some measure; I think he must address it in greater measure," Jackson said.

Obama Accepts Jackson's Apology

As news spread of Jackson's comments about Obama Wednesday, Jackson quickly apologized for his remarks Wednesday, calling them "hurtful and wrong."

Obama's campaign said the Illinois senator accepted Jackson's apology.

Despite the crude approach, Jackson did give voice to a frustration among some in the black community with Obama's tough love approach, reminiscent of comments made by comedian Bill Cosby.

Political watchers say that while Barack Obama doesn't want to be alienated from the black community, and Obama must also weigh the concerns of white, working class voters.

"Democrats have done a lot of research in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio, where Obama didn't do that well and the focus groups show a big concern among white working class voters that Obama is going to put the interests of the African-American community first, that he's going to be too beholden to people like Rev. Jackson," said ABC News' "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America."

Stephanopoulos said the sight of some friction between the two of them may even help Obama.

Notwithstanding Jackson's vulgar language, some Democrats argue he is not alone in thinking Obama needs to put the struggles of black America within a larger societal context.

"What he is trying to offer to Sen. Obama is, 'Hey, let's talk about all of the issues facing urban American, all of the issues facing the African-American community,'" said Donna Brazile, former vice president Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign manager and an ABC News consultant.

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