REV. JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING HEALTH OF JESSE JACKSON JR. AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHILE IN CONGRESS AND REQUESTS PRAYERS FOR SON, DAUGHTER-IN LAW, GRANDCHILDREN AND FAMILY
Chicago, IL (August 14, 2013) – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. issued the following statement after the sentencing of his son, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Former Alderwoman Sandi Jackson:
“The last few months have been difficult and filled with dark days and many low moments for our family.
Today I speak as a father. I was proud of Jesse Jr. as he stood before the judge and accepted full responsibility for his actions. He was remorseful. He is recovering. He has highs and lows. I have a greater appreciation for it now.
He turned to us as a family and said that “I let you down” and for that I apologize. I think we let him down, I may have missed the signs and I was apologetic to him.
I never knew the impact of his bi-polar disorder and now have a greater appreciation for the destruction it has caused and can cause.
His success may have blurred the sickness. He has been very passionate about his work... his perfect voting record, voter registrations, the clean water tank in Ford Heights, fighting for the airport in Peotone and speaking in many schools.
Somewhere along the way the trauma of his sickness has impacted him. A year ago, he would have not had the strength to face the decision. He is not well but is gaining strength. There are days of service in front of him. I ask our friends and family to continue to pray for him, Sandi, my grandchildren and our family.
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