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article imageTwo Republicans call Pres. Obama 'tar baby' and 'boy'

By Joan Firstenberg     Aug 3, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Two national Republican figures have now apologized for calling President Obama first a "tar baby" and then "boy", raising the ire of some Obama supporters.
The first incident happened last week. The Christian Science Monitor reports that's when Representative Doug Lamborn (R) of Colorado, appeared on a Denver talk radio show, where he said,
“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.”
There have been other incidents in recent years where republicans, including Sen. John McCain and Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, apologized after they used the words, "tar baby,". But their usage at the time referred to various government policies and projects, not a black President.
The next verbal assault came Tuesday night when former GOP presidential candidate and MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan, during an interview with the Reverend Al Sharpton, himself a black man, referred to President Obama as "your boy." Sharpton shot back with,
“My what? My president, Barack Obama? What did you say? He's nobody's boy. He's your president, he's my president, and that's what you have to get through your head."
Mr. Buchanan then tried to squirm out of it by saying that he was using a boxing analogy, and that the president was "your boy in the ring."
The LATimes reports that both men have apologized to President Obama. Lamborn, issued a statement from his office, saying he was just trying to tell a radio audience that Obama's "policies have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces."
The Lamborn letter indicated that he regretted choosing the phrase "tar baby" when he could have used the word, quagmire.
Buchanan, who was a GOP presidential candidate in 1992 and in 1996, was on his cable network's "Morning Joe" program on Wednesday to explain his remarks the night before when he referred to Obama as "your boy" during a discussion with the Reverend Al Sharpton. He had this to say during the discussion,
"Some folks took what I said as some kind of a slur," Buchanan said. "None was meant, none was intended, none was delivered."
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