The Reverend Jesse Jackson cut right to the chase when he spoke Saturday at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver. He didn’t wait to be asked about his gaffe of saying something crude about Senator Barack Obama earlier this week, but expressed contrition and moved on to discussing the context of the conversation. The Reverend expressed frustration with a focus on Faith-Based initiatives and personal responsibility when there are some services that only the larger entity of government can provide. Large scale disasters, economic and having to do with aging infrastructure, the Reverend stressed, can not be fixed by Church daycares and strong fathers. He particularly stressed the wide-spread impact of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, it’s disproportionate impact on people of color, and infrastructure failures on the Mississippi from the bridge collapse in Minneapolis to the levee failures in Louisiana.