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U.S. Rep Apologizes For Calling President Obama "Tar Baby"

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Lamborn Apology

For some reason we don't think that if President Obama DOES decide to forgive you that he'll be "happy" to do it.

Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) made some really offensive comments about the President while on the radio last week:

“Even if some people say, ‘Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,’ they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away."

It's actually shocking to hear that term used so freely.

Yet, in his apology letter he was "apologizing for using a term some find insensitive.”

Some? Try most. He was also just:

“attempting to tell a radio audience last week that the president's policies have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces. He regrets that he chose the phrase 'tar baby,' rather than the word 'quagmire.' The congressman is confident that the president will accept his heartfelt apology."

“I absolutely intended no offense, and if this is at all on his radar screen, I am sure that he will not take offense and he'll be happy to accept my apology because he is a man of character.”

We're not quite sure how you can go from "never wanting to be associated with him" to calling him a "man of character." Unless you did actually mean that you didn't want to be associated with him, and you only want to be associated with those men and women who don't have character instead.

Just sayin'.

Oh, and it's less about the apology and more the fact that we shouldn't have people in office that make those kinds of statements in the first place.

Nice try, though!

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60 comments to “U.S. Rep Apologizes For Calling President Obama "Tar Baby"”

  1. 1

    Within the context of what he was saying, I get it - not the wisest word, but no racist malintent. Now, Perez - how about Biden calling the Tea Party TERRORISTS yesterday??? Oh yeah, that's right…you're a hypocrite.

  2. 2

    Lamborn was using a METAPHOR (look it up). He was not calling the President a racial slur. Why is always the Liberals who preach tolerance who are the most vitriolic?

  3. 3

    He's actually a Democrat.

  4. 4

    God forbid anyone talk bad about our president, that would automatically make them racist. What a joke. Have to say though, not the best choice of words.

  5. 5

    This is one of the many reasons I country can not get ahead. Just the fact that this word rolled so smoothly off his tongue has to make you wonder. He can take his apology and shove it where the "sun don't shine" because its not genuine. I'm so sick of these closeted/not so closeted/tea bagger RACISTS pretending that they want to help this country. The only thing they want is to protect their own self interest. Oh, and they don't want a minority in office. They will do anything to get him out of office, and they don't care if they drag this country down with them! It makes me sick to my stomach, and ANY ONE who supports this type of behavior should look in the mirror.

  6. 6

    Fucking Repulicans man. This country is going to collapse and their precious money they didn't want to part with will be useless. Re: COL Kurtz – And no he's not a Democrat. Google is your friend.

  7. 7

    Wait that's a bad thing? Seriously how do one apologizes for that? My Bad…

  8. 8

    NEWS FLASH. THE WORD TAR-BABY IS A RACIST WORD. ARE YOU PEOPLE FUCKING KIDDING ME? You're really going to excuse this behavior. Are you fucking for real??????? They're no way you can talk yourself out of this one. So ignorant…

  9. 9

    Perez talking politics again….. nothing but bullshit … At least he's not promoting toddler and tiaras

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    From wiki, 'The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit in the second of the Uncle Remus stories. The more that Br'er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.' As much as he apologizes, I can't help but think that a republican saying this was no accident or instead just a really, really bad dinosaur moment.

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  12. 12

    So my choices in this are… the rep uses racist lingo intentionally or the rep doesn't know that Tar Baby has racist tone to it. Racist Idiot, or just plan Idiot… these politicians know what they are saying… and they are all idiots especially Biden, he must have athlete's food of the mouth after every stupid thing he has ever said.

    Know what is wrong with our politicians? Spin, hidden political agendas, and pay for performance news outlets. These two parties are riddled with idiots that know how to work the system, and then smile while they twist the knife in our back. I say make them take a lie detectors while campaigning and being interviewed.

  13. 13

    He looks like he has some dried fruit up his butt and can't get it out.

  14. 14

    Tar Baby is a character in the Bre'r Rabbit stories recorded at Laura Plantation in Louisiana. The stories were created by slaves. Tar Baby was made of tar and was a trap for the others to hit him and get stuck. It is in no way was a racial slur. Why do Democrats have to twist everything around? Rep. Lamborn had no reason to apologize. Geez!

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  16. 16

    So.. Biden did not call anyone a terrorist, someone else did and he publicly disagreed with said rhetoric. Lamborn is clearly an idiot to the highest power. I would think you have to be a hardcore biggot to let something like that "slip" out while referring to a black man. Really? It is my belief that politicians are in the business of selling themselves, picking each and every word and action very carefully. At least the ones they WANT people to know about…

  17. 17

    535 Congress men and women raped American taxpayers and voters yesterday.
    This is the Congress that governs our lives.
    They tell us how to pray, who to abort, what kind of toilets to shit in, what healthcare we must have and the type of energy we can use to generate electricity.
    These are your elected officials telling you how to live.
    3 have done time for assault; 71 repeat.
    71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.
    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
    8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
    21 currently are defendants in lawsuits.
    84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year.

  18. 18

    What else would you expect from white trash?

  19. 19

    Re: Brains of the Operation
    “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win.”
    -Mahatma Gandhi
    Reagan defeated Soviet Communism by causing them to spend money they didn't have.
    Obama Regime and RINO's are doing exactly the same thing to the U.S.A.

  20. 20

    From the ENTIRE article on Wikipedia…. "The expression tar baby is also used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people (in the U.S. it refers to African-Americans; in New Zealand it refers to Maori), or among blacks as a term for a particularly dark-skinned person." So yeah it has a racist connotation. It disgusts me when anyone says something like that. The world and America is never going to move forward if people like this idiot keep getting voted into office.

  21. 21

    talk about a half assed apology…"yah the president will accept my apology cuz he's a stand up guy"…where is the sincerity and humility in that??? Those republican chicken hawks!!!!

  22. 22

    I seriously doubt if this idiot knows who Br'er Rabbit is. tar baby has been a racist remark well recognized among the general public for about a century. you can wikipedia it all you want but it IS a racist remark. highly unacceptable behavior for a political figure. I also doubt that he knows what quagmire means. obviously the words of a political spin doctor trying to save face for him. damned fool.

  23. 23

    Somebody kick this *sshole back to the dark ages where he belongs.

  24. 24

    Re: COL Kurtz – No he isn't. He's a Republican.

  25. 25

    Re: luvs2tango – . Your stats are crap. Show a link to support if you want cred.

    Only a Republican could imagine all this only existed the minute Obama took office. Obama INHERITED a distaster — does no one remember the elections? Obama is cleaning a Republican mess. Bush inherited a BOOMING economy from a Democrat who the Repubs worked day and night to bring down. Clinton had this country working. Bush made fake wars, which his closest 'advisers' profited from hugely, all while he bankrupted the country and created smoke screens to hide his mess.

  26. 26

    Biden's office said he did not use the word 'terrorists' towards the Tea Party, but everyone seems to have heard him call them that…. alot of liberals were calling Tea Party members Terrorists this past week or two… HAD TO BLAME someone for this Debt Ceiling thing and hey, not many of them, so pick on them and be the big bad bullies. As for 'tar baby' DID ANYONE LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAID? DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND ENGLISH?

  27. 27

    Re: JayBot – 100% agree with this statement. And to all those WIKI addicts, or Brer Rabbit fans - regardless of if it has a literal interpretation, or literary reference what foolish dumb ass politician would randomly let it slip out in a conversation about a black president. Oops honest mistake sir, I was just reading Brer Rabbit to my child and I had NO idea people would take it racial. Yeah right. JayBot is correct, nothing is done by mistake - but some statements have mistaken consequences. And Biden still needs a filter. I stand by my choices plain idiot, or racist idiot … either way he is a f'n idiot.

  28. 28

    Racist fat pink pig.

  29. 29

    again, MARIO/PEREZ, I doubt you EVER listened to it.. no, maybe you did, you just JUMP ON THE LIBERAL OR GAY OR LIBERAL GAY BANDWAGON NO MATTER WHAT THOSE INCHARGE SAY….. He had NOTHING TO APOLOGIZE FOR!!! Look up the meaning of TAR BABY..

  30. 30

    People on here defending his comments make me sick.

  31. 31

    Ha ha ha! Perfect analogy.

  32. 32

    The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit in the second of the Uncle Remus stories. The more that Br'er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes. In modern usage according to Random House, "tar baby" refers to any "sticky situation" that is only aggravated by additional contact. The expression tar baby is also used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people… OCCAISIONALLY, but of course, the HUFFINGTON POST, 9000 other papers jump on this NON STORY … but, liberals call the TEA PARTY BAGGERS, racists… Rep. are racists who do not want to pay their fair share of taxes, hate different races, etc. -But that is not racist….

  33. 33

    Re: justtfax – Any term that's OCCASIONALLY used as a racist term has no use being used by a politician in a country that prides itself on freedom and equal rights, especially when speaking about a black president. How can anyone defend this???

  34. 34

    A racist slur is a racist slur. Hardly the first time he has been sullied with racist comments. They are always quick to deny race is a factor. Bullshit. I thought bush bashing was bad but what they have done to Obama is beyond anything I have seen. AND, I did not vote for him.

    You can damn well bet he gets my vote next time.

  35. 35

    Lamborn is a racist, obviously. Who uses terms from way back in slavery time? Racists. He planned his statement and showed the world his ignorance. This is disrespectful, unacceptable, and his sarcastic apology should not be accepted. He should be removed from office, immediately. Whoever believes that his statement is not racists, I dare you to walk up to any African-American and call them a tar baby.

  36. 36

    another ultra concervative christian republican tea party caucus member, who is anti gay, and now apparently a racist too. surprise, surprise. here's some of his voting history.
    Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
    Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
    Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
    Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
    Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
    Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
    Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
    Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
    Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
    Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
    Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
    Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
    Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
    Redefine "birthright citizenship" to exclude illegal aliens. (Jan 2011)
    Voted NO on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
    Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
    Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)

  37. 37

    You, are protecting your own interest. your a blind non literate individual. Try reading before opening your pie hole. Oh wait, you are trying to prove your not racist i get it. Just keep rolling over and closing your eye and when OBONGO finishes his main plan to destroy us I don't want to hear people like you crying. DUHHHHHHHHHH we are on our own in this.
    Deal with .

  38. 38

    Re: MRSMOMOA – Black much are we

  39. 39

    Re: bellaa – Look in the mirror. Stop trying to sound so fucking righteous.
    TAR-BABY TAR-BABY TAR-BABY. Read the fucking story ass wipe.

  40. 40

    This was absolutely racist. A Tar Baby has always and will for ever be a racist slur for "African American". "Terrorist" is someone who holds something hostage…whatever their ethnic origin may be - black. white, Muslim or Republican. Apples and Oranges.
    And since when do Republicans care about Social Security??? I've also had it with these "career politicians" (from both parties) who need to honor the true intent of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution. They never meant for people serve in office for EVER!! There were supposed to be statesmen, serve and few years and go back to their day jobs after serving a few years. Get off the government teat if if you really want smaller government and relinquish your LIFELONG paycheck and health care….give it to the true Americans who deserve it - the soldiers. Hypocrits!!

  41. 41

    F*ck Banana Republicans and Tea Bagger Terrorist!!!!!!!!!

  42. 42

    Total gay face. Wonder if he has met Michele Bachman's gay faced husband? They would be cute together.

  43. 43

    I've never seen such blatant disrespect of a sitting President ever before in life. To say he doesn't want to be associated with him as a member of Congress is just as offensive a comment to me. He would never say this to George Bush or even Bill Clinton for that matter. He's that seething mad that a black man is in office that he can't fix his mouth to say this crap? WTF does he think he is? Whether he likes it or not, he will have to associate with the President if they are to get anything done. Its the same with any job in life. You may not like your boss, but you have to work with him or her. He could have kept his racist piece of trash mouth shut!

  44. 44

    Re: bellaa – Of course they're going to excuse it. They're the assholes who will do anything, lie and cheat to make it look like they're right. Take a look at what they did when Palin got her history wrong. They went to Wikipedia and CHANGED it so it would mesh with what she said. They only care about being right - they don't care about anything else. And they will justify until they're blue in the face. Trust me, this is the American Taliban. We will be back to 1960 before you know it.

  45. 45

    John Kerry referred the tar baby when speaking about John McCain in 2008. No one jumped on him for doing so. The Bre'r Rabbit stories are beautiful pieces of literary art that African American slaves created with wonderful characters and meaningful morals. I don't know anything about Lamborn, but to me, his comment meant that he didn't want to be part of a sticky situation. Also, many Democrats, not just Biden are calling The Tea Party the Tea Party Terrorists, and no one cares that the Democrats are calling these people the worst name possible.

  46. 46

    I just searched tar baby on the web and found out that it did have a bad connotation bc of a type of soap by the same name in the early 1900s. I did not know that, though, and maybe Lamborn didn't know either. I just think we all need to relax and not make everything such a big political deal.

  47. 47

    Re: lacey1 – That was well written. Well done.

  48. 48

    I could have, and would have said alot worse things about Obama… He should consider himself lucky.

  49. 49

    Wasn't being racist. Meant it in a non racial term..It just happened he was black. Now I know why this country is in the god awful shape its in. People are getting offended and talking about this rather than the idiots that put us in a massive debt and the media/bloggers focusing on this…You get the person that you vote for..retards voting in retards.

  50. 50

    all you people trying to rationalize the comment — please! perez being an ass or not==using that term is OFFENSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. 51

    its funny only white people think the racial slurs they created by the way arent racist……fail!

  52. 52

    I live in his district and he is an ignorant ass!

  53. 53

    Re: bellaa – The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit in the second of the Uncle Remus stories. The more that Br'er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes. In modern usage according to Random House, "tar baby" refers to any "sticky situation" that is only aggravated by additional contact. The expression tar baby is also used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people (in the U.S. it refers to African-Americans; in New Zealand it refers to Maori), or among blacks as a term for a particularly dark-skinned person. As a result, some people suggest avoiding the use of the term in any context

  54. 54

    Re: pdrocksmysocksRe: AttFinchRe: venus_oriental – agreed im so sick of the lack of respect that president obama had endured whether or not you agree with him at least show him some respect he is trying to do what is right but these republicans will never let him.

  55. 55

    tar baby does sound racist to me.. so he deserves backlash… fuck everyone

  56. 56

    @ - Redd_one - - For your information no I'm not….I just hate any kind of racism…so deal with it….

  57. 57

    Re: COL Kurtz – No he's not, when I wrote to him and addressed how ignorant he sounds he was listed as Republican from colorado…

  58. 58

    a little history…the series of books about "Tar Baby" were removed from the bookshelves and banned in the 60's because they were racists and used to demean you African American Children….I was one of those children…the comment was incredibly stupid and racist and the man is a moron and a bigot….AND a republicrook.

  59. 59

    everyone is so sensitive!! i wish someone would call ME a tar babee!! lolz

  60. 60

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – we have other things we call you, none of them nice