Haley Barbour Sort Of Apologizes After Calling Obama’s Policies ‘Tar Babies’
The term “Tar baby” can mean two very different things, and it’s best to avoid using the term especially when referring to a black person because it’s a racial slur. Mitt Romney learned that lesson, as did John McCain.
[su_center_ad]And now Haley Barbour is learning that lesson and has issued a really crappy apology.
The former Mississippi governor made the remark as he was taking questions from 100 or more clients of the BGR Group during an hourlong call on Thursday morning. According to a person on the call, Barbour was noting how rare it is for Americans to elect a president from the same party as a commander-in-chief leaving office after two terms.
“And then he said there is no one who will run for president who will endorse Obama’s issues, because Obama’s issues are ‘tar babies.’”
Barbour acknowledged using the term.
“If someone takes offense, I regret it. But, again, neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend,” Barbour wrote in an email to Politico.
Barbour’s past is riddled with dubious comments and views.
When Barbour was considering his own potential 2012 presidential campaign, he came under scrutiny for kind words about the Citizens Councils in his home town of Yazoo during the civil rights era.
“Up north they think it was like the KKK,” he told the Weekly Standard in a profile of him. “Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you’d lose it. If you had a store, they’d see nobody shopped there. We didn’t have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City.”
Barbour also said he didn’t “remember it as being that bad” and recalled going to see Martin Luther King Jr. speak in 1962.
I’m sure some of this best friends are black, too.
In 2011, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said in reference to Obama, “Now, I don’t even want to be associated with him. It’s like touching a, a tar baby and you get it.”
He later apologized and clarified as to what he really meant by his remark. [su_csky_ad]