August 1st, 2011
07:34 PM ET

Congressman calls Obama a "tar baby"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the heat of the political debate over the debt ceiling last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) may have crossed the line when he said that being associated with President Obama would be similar to touching a “tar baby”.

“Even if some people say, well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that, they will hold the President responsible,” said Lamborn said Friday during an interview on a Denver radio station. “Now I don’t want to even have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get, you get it, you know… you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and you can’t get away.”

Now critics are questioning his use of that term and are calling it highly offensive to the president.

The term “tar baby” is a reference to 19th-century Uncle Remus stories about Br’er Rabbit but has taken on a negative connotation towards African-Americans.

Lamborn spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said the comments were a misunderstanding and he apologizes.

“Congressman Lamborn regrets any misunderstanding. He simply meant to refer to a sticky situation or quagmire,” she said.

The Republican congressman is not the first to run into trouble with the phrase. Mitt Romney referred to the Big Dig construction project in Boston as a "tar baby" in 2006 during a fundraiser on the campaign trail. And Sen. John McCain also used the term during his campaign for president. Both men apologized.  

The White House has not given any comment on Rep. Lamborn's  remarks.

soundoff (799 Responses)
  1. indie voter

    He's just showing his true redneck colors. The republican/tea party is fundamentally racist.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      He explained his comment right there in his sentence. It's nothing racist and you know it. You are a pathetic human for even suggesting it. Cnn, you should be ashamed to even let this topic be discussed.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • Vince

        We can discuss anything we'd like Bob. In America, thats how it works. You might not like our opinion, but we can comment on and talk about anything. If you are looking to squash opinion, perhaps you should try China or Iran.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • Robb

        Bob u are a complete idiot and a racist if you try to make others thion k that there was no racial intent with that statement made by the congressman.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Bob in Pa

        Thats right Vine, and thats my opinion. So whats the problem ?

        August 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • Truth Dealer

        I would say you are an idot, but you would not understand anyway.,8599,1221764,00.html

        August 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • mgc florida

        I have never heard this used EXCEPT in a racist comment, you are delusional if you think this was not racist, just like joe wilson etc. This president has been subjected to things no other president ever has and its because of people like you!

        August 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • lorne

        You are definitely entitled to your opinion even when you tell someone else they should not have expressed theirs on this subject.
        More importantly you are a racist.

        August 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
      • HooYoo2say

        Walk up to any black person on the street and use the term "tar baby" in any context you choose and see how many will tell you yes when you ask them if the term offends them. I suggest you keep a security detail close by for your safety depending on who you choose to stop on the street to engage in this trial.

        August 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Natasha Stewart

        Nig___ is a noun in the English language, most notable for its usage in a pejorative context to refer to black people. It is a common ethnic slur. The word originated as a term used in a neutral context to refer to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective nig__, meaning the color "black". But because it has been used as a derogatory way toward black people or any person (race) you should never use it. You act like slavery was billions of years ago.

        Regardless of what he meant, I blelieve he is intelligent enough to use a more appropriate word to describe what he meant. There is no excuse.

        August 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • Dee

        Bob please dig your head out of the your history and know this comment did not come from a good place ...we now know his heart, his true colors and it saddens so many of us

        August 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        The moment a person forms
        a theory his imagination
        sees in every objects only the
        traits that favor that theory
        please for the sake of Jesus and america lets tone it down
        race is the reason the united state is doing bad congress -man step down now
        for the sake of america and the sake of the Republican party
        we now CALL on the speaker of the house to act and ask this congress men to resign.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • bee nice

        How would he like someone to call his Mother,Father or Friends anything except there names on a radio station. Tar baby today, N word tomorrow.

        The hate must stop now!

        August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • Angel

        Let's say it wasn't meant to be racist – what you have then is someone so out of touch that they are not even aware of the negative connotation of the term? Any way you spin this, Lamborn loses. Enough of the hate. Laura and Bob, I guess it is safe to assume you are white? Seriously, unpack that invisible knapsack of privilege you've been toting your whole life and try to not be so awful.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        @HOOYOU2SAY....if Bob walks up to a black man, on the street, and asks that question...he just may not have any teeth left.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • Dana

        REALLY? They just said that other Republicans have used it and had to apologize. How many times is it a mistake? Who even uses that term in real conversation. They would have to burn a cross for you to see, but I doubt that would offend your sensibilities, since they would just claim to be lighting the way to Christ.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • steve buck

        bobbie boy redneck, it is racist and he should resign, it's positions like your on these issues that hold our country back from making any progress on social issues. crawl back in your cave.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • Vonn was the wrong thing to say. I would think a man of his intelligence could have picked another word. I am very sure if the president was white he would have. The racial tone is there and you can make all the excuses you want.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • C Hawkins

        If he meant "sticky situation" then he should have said that, and refrained from using that phrase of "tar baby"

        August 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • sun52shine

        Why is it when racist use insulting words to describe minorities; it is always the person whom the word has has been used against that is misunderstood. There is no misunderstanding of the use of this terminology. Lamborn knew full well what and how he was using the word. He needs to be held accountable for the use of discriminatory words and actions. Our news media need to do more to protect and bring this type of situation to the people.

        This man does not just represent his little voting district; but he is responsible for voting on issues and regulations that will have an effect on all the citizens of thei country. When Lamborn rised his hand took his Congressional oath; the oath did not read for white people only; he put his hand on the bible and swore to uphold the Constitution for all the people of the United States of America.

        When Lamborn get paid his salary and fringe benefits – it is paid by all the citizens of this country not just the tiny group of people in his district. Lamborn is a liar and on the top of the list of incompetents. He knew the usage of the word and his actions were intentional. When you practice hatred it becomes a part of you and that is what Lamborn displayed. Well with exceptions on his payday. He does not mine taking money from the tar-babies that pay his salary and fringe benefits. Since the minorities represent 60% of Americans; then why doesn't he return 60% of his salary to the treasury. An apology is not good enough. Lamborn should resign from office immediately.

        August 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • Panama

        So that you understand.. its racist... if he was speaking of a white man he would have never ever use the word Tar.. I also want you to know that people are forgetting where the trouble of this country started (BUSH him and his father)...Obama inherited this mess and he is trying,., maybe not everything he does is right but Congress, tea party,Palen and her racist self and the Republican are not helping... We wanted change how can we move forward if we fight change. It is time for WE THE PEOPLE TO STEP UP AND MAKE THE CHANGE... we pay their bills, taxes and feed their children with the hard work of the middle class and the government charging us for everything... Wake up their is racism in the WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS....

        August 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • Phyllis Jones

        Using the term 'tar baby' in any type of context is reprehensible. The usage of it is PATHETIC.

        August 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
      • steve owens

        Wow! You really bellieve what you are saying don't you? I feel sorry for you because you are an ignorant "human being" and you don't even know it. Get over it there are hundreds and thousands of President Obamas out there. We have grown to accept that many hate us simply because we are black. We are immune to your hatred and your racist ways. At least be man enough to just say it! Now it's CNN's fault? I pray one day your heart and mind will be healed from the disease of hatredsitis!

        August 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • MsM

        No, Bob in Pa. He did not explain it in his sentence. What he did, however, was try to clean it up in his sentence. You're not as naive as you think we are dumb. Loose lips sink ships. He forgot he was not in the privacy of his home.

        August 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • spp

        In this day and age we "all" know that we are responsible for thinking before we speak. No matter how it was intended, it's a "well known" Racial Slur. Boy it's so easy to say what you mean and then say, oops my bad I'm sorry. I guess they don't think it's disrespectful enough that for the first time in history they refer to the President of The United States of America as "Obama" vice "President Obama".

        August 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • og

        Explain his comment? A killer explain, a rapist explain, a child molester explain, he explain. Perfect fit. He's a racist sob and it no doubt about that. A college grad cant make a point without using that term. Then try to explain himself. Please, We aint stupid like the people who voted for him. His as s need to go. PERIOD

        August 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • m martin

        Well Bob, I would have to say if you didn't think that was A racist statement, then I wonder "what does that say about you"?

        August 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • SDH

        Just to be clear: It is racism. If you use that term when referring to a Black person, you are a racist! If you don't believe it's offensive, go ask a Black person.

        August 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
      • Teacher1

        Unless you are an idiot you know exactly what the term "tar baby" means! This is a 57 yr old man. The right to vote passed in 1966. Right to vote is 45 years old. So unless he lived in a cave for the first 12 years of his life he knows exactly what calling a person of color a "tar baby" means! I will personally contribute to the billboard, full page add,and commercials to make sure that ALL in Colorado know exactly what type of person they have representing them. Never heard any black congressmen call Bush a cracker or hick! Why is that?

        August 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
      • Mom in VA

        Bob in PA..You are ignorant. You need to research that phrase... "tar baby" has derogatory connotations and can be offensive to many african americans. So if you say his explanation justifies its use in a political debate..then he at the very least needed to apologize and spend some time increasing his vocabulary so he has other words he can use when trying to articulate his thoughts and opinions.

        August 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • felipanell

        Bob...calling a black man a tar baby is racist. It doesn't matter HOW you try to explain it. Either he's racist of he's pretty dumb not to know that.

        August 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
      • Blackman/cracker

        MLK said "one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." I guess that day hasn't gotten here yet. If Obama called him cracker is that "racist" or is that "saltine"?

        August 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
      • Oliver

        You are an asshole racist bastard!!1 There is NO explaning racist speak! One does not accidently let racsim slip out of one's mouth if one wasn't already a biggot! You white bastards think you can just apologise and its ok? well its not. let me tell you that if he or you or any white devil makes that type of remark to my face I will knock all your dam teeth out! So YOU and HE can stuff your apology up your ass as I'm sure he didn't mean it anyway. Ever since Obama has come to power more and more of you white devils are letting your racism show but not to worry we now are fed up to the hilt with this shit and are collectively determined to make sure this asshole is FIRED!!! You watch and see this clown WILL be voted OUT!!!

        August 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
      • Eve

        Please you have to be crazy if you think that statement was not racist. Republicans have been disrespecting the President...yes PRESIDENT OBAMA... from day one...most of them never thought a Black man would be President and sick about it since it happened.They've called him a liar..during his address to the Nation; Try to say he's not an American; Keep trying to make him fail after the robbing, stealing Bush dynasty and now...Boehner acting like HE'S the president...Please! It's unacceptable... he knew it! So had to apologize for that tar baby bull.
        You can keep that "Oh say it ain't so...he's not being racist, CNN should be ashamed crap"! APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!

        August 3, 2011 at 12:09 am |
      • Kathy in NC

        Bob, Bob, Bob.... You cannot believe that!!! But just in case you do, when I call you a peckerwood, it is not racial because I am explaining it in this sentence.

        August 3, 2011 at 12:21 am |
      • Tim Moore

        Are you for REAL? He can explain his ass off, EVERYBODY knows what the guy meant!!!
        If Obama called him a cracker and tried to explain it away, would you be so quick to pooh-pooh it?
        Methinks not!

        August 3, 2011 at 1:29 am |
      • Mildred Ingram

        The English language is broad and allows for a wide range of descriptive phrases to fit a single particular situation. Language however is tinged with feelings. Most often we say what we mean in ways that clearly share with others what we are feeling at the moment we are speaking. This congressman said what he was feeling in a way that clarified his feelings. He said what was on his mind. His handler is trying to put some sort of spin on the words that came out of his mouth. Like touching a "tar baby" means something very different than "it is a sticky situation". Why didn't the congressman just say that? How many times do you think this congressman used that description when referring to GW? Better question is how many African American legislatures were overheard to state they would prefer no crackers with their salads while working with GW? Don't get this twisted. The congressman spoke from his heart!

        August 3, 2011 at 1:36 am |
      • charlotte

        Bob, truly as a human being, you cannot be that naive to think that someone innocently refers to an african american as a tar baby. It's the same as innocently saying any other derogatory word. Name calling in that manner is a dispicable act. No racially charged names should come out of the mouths of congressmen PERIOD. They are supposed to represent ALL PEOPLE – and yes, african americans are PEOPLE.

        August 3, 2011 at 3:01 am |
      • delo

        yea right ! apparently your not black and never will understand the racism that is still alive in this country . I'm sure the Sentor knew that Tar Baby was assoiciated with a racism term !

        August 3, 2011 at 6:41 am |
      • Tony

        Your an idiot.

        August 3, 2011 at 8:37 am |
      • WEEZIE're a total A$$!!!!!!! Your remark only shows me and others what a stupid a$$ed BIGOT you are too!

        August 3, 2011 at 9:44 am |
      • SAMSON

        This is nothing but a racist comment and if you don't know that, well get your head out of your ass. This is 2011 and you still have these racist slurs being thrown at THE PRESIDENT!!! You had better check yourself before you speak...

        August 3, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • Mark in PA.

        That's exactly your problem Bob in PA. You thought process is completly in step with every racist and bigot in the world. It's not a problem. We don't need to talk about it. It should bother you. Bob, you are a colllosal moron, and that is the underlying reason why you think and act the way you do. I really hope you rectify that cranial rectal inversion problem you so obviously have. I also live in PA and I would love to meet you face to face.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • Rhonda

        Bob, I am truly appalled with the comment to our President. It was very disrespectful. If someone would have called Bush white Trash Congress would have removed that person. Let’s have morals and respect for one another. The color of someone’s skin should never be placed on the floor.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • American voter

        Bob I don't expect you to understand that using the term TAR BABY when referring to a black person is racist, by your comment I am sure you are white. What angers me is that our Representatives in stead of wanting to work with the President to help clean up the mess that has been in the making for more than (four) years they would rather pull away for their own political career. The leaders most Americans expect is the one who would want to stick with and (too) the President to help our Nation, contrary to what Tea Party Leader said. For the record I believe he did use it in a racist term and only apoligized when his comment went public.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:58 am |


        August 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |
      • Lola in PA

        What planet do you live on!!! Can't you read and if so, do you have the ability to comprehend what your reading? No I just think your an idot!

        August 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
      • Pat

        Bob – If you believe the Congressman's remarks were not racist, then I must say you are certainly living under a rock. Racist, insensitive, crude...time for the gentleman (term used quite loosely) from Colorado to resign!

        August 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • Michelle

        Bob in PA, in case you didn't know, this term, like many others was used to demean African Amerians in our country. Using the term, regardless of how he claims he really meant it, is going to be seen as racist because he was referring to a situation involving an Afrian American when it was said. Unfortunately, this is not the first racialized statement or action against Obama since he took office. And just for the record, Uncle Remus' stories were stories composed by a non-african person and have somehow been adopted as accurate. Not so. Just stay away from that word

        August 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • max

        Ill give him the benefit of the doubt – hes not a racist pig hes just a total moron.

        He simply needs to go after something like this.

        August 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Bob–you're absolutely right. I'd tell you to "stick to your gu ns" in this argument, but then I'd be lambasted for inciting violence using an antiquated term "because everyone KNOWS what I meant" ha ha. Ignorant PC lefties.

        August 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Roddie

        What are you saying Bob? That his vocabulary is SO limited that he couldn't have used a phrase like, "a sticky bun," or "sticky as taffy" or "stuck like glue?" Are you really telling us he's THAT stupid where he just...ummm...I don't know...made a "mistake?" I'm ashamed to say we still own property in Colorado. After seeing it become so disgustingly saturated with tea party members (yes I'm talking to you 740 KVOR and your propaganda machine); we're ready to sell our property and never go back. I knew he was trouble when he was elected to our district. I've never been so ashamed and embarrassed to call Colorado our home. I am simply disgusted!

        August 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
      • Mocha in DC

        Perhaps you may not be aware, I assume you are not black...however, this is a very racist statement. African Americans remember when they were often referred to and other names, such as "boy" (which our president was also called) for the purpose of degrading black men...I know America does not want to make everything a racial issue and you may very well be the optimist, wanting to see the very best in people, however, when it quacks like a duck...You may get a better understanding if you read Tar Baby by Toni Morrison.

        August 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • DBFlorida

        We have to remember that it is important to respect the position no matter who is in it. Regardless of that fact he is still the President of the United States of America.

        August 4, 2011 at 12:50 am |
      • Mark

        If they don't want to be misinterpretted, then say 'sticky situation'!!!! From what I'm hearing this is their way of venting how they really feel about President Obama, but then they want to turn around and apologize for it. It's like aiming a weapon at someone, pulling the trigger and then saying it just accidentally went off. These folks must really think people can't read between the lines...give me a break!!!

        August 4, 2011 at 10:33 am |
      • Rafiki

        Its so pathetic that white Americans believe that using a racial term in reference to our president is an innocent gesture. Let us not forget our country's history. Tar Baby was a turn used to degrade black Americans. I am 60 years old and I have had that work hurled at me from a passing car of white men while walking down the street in the 60s. Saying you are sorry after the fact doesn't mean that the Congressman was truly sorry. That's his amend for getting caught! By the way he is an old time bigot! Wake-up America racism is still here.

        August 4, 2011 at 11:18 am |
      • Jay

        People are so blinded by their racial views and political alliances that the main point is overlooked it doesn't matter if hes racist or what his intentions where; it is disrespectful to the president and degrading to the people he represents; the lack of civility or decorum coming from politicians both democratic & republican whether racist or not is shocking. These are our leaders making decisions about our daily lives, and if one can't hold his tongue on his personal opinion do really think hes going to make responsible decision making policies geared toward the benefit of all people. As far the racial issue goes, that is up to viewers and his colleagues to decide whether you like it or not the U.S. is more diverse and these are people who hold a variety of opinions and politician especially should be careful in choosing language that is neutral regardless of their personal beliefs as what you say reflects what people think of you, if your white (racist or not, gay or not, etc...) and you use a term of a negative connotation to describe a minority of people then its natural to immediately think that person's against your group of people whether he is or not. Though his comment directed at Obama was in such a way that I wouldn't know his racial views and can't judge whether action should be taken it does certainly makes me question his skills as a politician and a representative of all people in his district and people of America when one of our own people speaks in such an uneducated and bitter tone that the whole world can see. The comments on here are so uneducated such as yours, CNN is a news service and reports on things to get peoples attention and I hope that the apathy to the comment was out of pure ignorance to race relations that prompted such a comment from you, it worries me that race is being pointed out in this comments instead of the act itself which was stupid, offensive, and reprehensible whether being used in the context of a black-man or situation. Speak like a congressman "like someone with an education", which you clearly lack in some areas.

        August 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • posterchld

        Here's what the term conjures up for sane people:×137.jpg

        August 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • Ed Norton

        Indeed. People have too much time on their hands. Rather than looking for jobs, people are looking for racism. Stop creating issues where there are none- there are actual cases of racism out there that lose credibility when this kind of stuff is incorrectly labeled. Boy (yeah, I typed it) who cried wolf. Tar baby originally meant stick situation before the racist connotation. Do I insult the Jews every time I step into a shower? Get real, people.

        August 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
      • Pete

        I think the congressman and your comments summarize the current state of the Teabagging/Republicons, a bunch of unsophisticated, unintelligent and racist idiots. Years of constant brainwashing and dim-witting from racist Right wing pundits like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have made you so racist you think you're mainstream.

        August 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
      • dilberth

        Sheesh! I thought the analogy was perfectly harmless. It was not racist in the least bit. I think it is safe to say that anyone who would associate or even agree with Obama's reckless policies should be cast into a tar pit.

        August 5, 2011 at 1:06 am |
      • Baldowl

        Oh, Bob, why bother trying to talk sense to these libtards? They will attempt to rewrite history and literature if it will serve their needs. You can't say a cheapskate is niggardly, because these people don't like that the word sounds like something that might offend their liberal constituency. Also, let's forget that the tar baby was merely a literary device, because they need it to mean something ugly now. They understand the power of words, just as they understand the power of spin.

        August 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • Lover Of Common Sense

        Hey Bob? I believe what just happened to you here today can be described as getting PWNED. Word!

        August 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • bmill02

        The comment could have been rascist and explaining later doesn't mean it wasn't intended that way. Having the discussion is not a bad thing and someone believing that is rascist doesn't make them a pathetic human being. I rarely agree with the politics of Republicans and I am very critical of right wing conservatism, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt on this one. It probably wasn't meant as a racisct comment. Because of the use of the phrase as a rascist statement I do think people need to realize that there are better terms for getting the point acrossed that don't get misconstrued as rascist.

        August 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • Joseph Fablio

        Your opinion stinks, you're just as racist as this backwoods country bumpkin of a politician along with the rest of the Republican'ts. Can't create jobs, Can't balance the budget, Can't do a damn thing right.

        August 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • youngjo

        Maybe the congressman didn't intend a racial slur. However, political correctness aside, we all know that some words and phrases are historically racist. If you and others were to be honest, the fact the President Obama is black has subjected him to many intentiionally mean spirited racist comments, jokes, posters, flyers, etc.... While some may see race as a motive in too many things there are some who refuse to admit that race does still have a negative hold on some in America, it's a reality. I for one believe that things have improved racially in our country and will continue to do so, but race and racism will forever be a part of the American fabric.

        August 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • Real South

        Bob you are

        August 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • Timothy Name*

        Bob in Pa, you know how he meant it. And if you say otherwise you know you are full of shit. When have you ever heard that word use in a non offensive context in the last 20 years. Be real!

        August 6, 2011 at 9:12 am |
      • Me

        I don't know why any of this suprise anyone. That's what racist people say. If you are racist before you go to congress; you are going to be racist in congress. Just because someone is elected to congress, doesn't mean they are no longer racist. And the people voted for these racist congressmen/congresswomen make excuses for them like Bob. Isn't that right Bob?
        I would much rather people just come out and say,"Look I don't like a black president, regardless of what he or she does." and keep it moving.

        August 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Mel

        Let's just look back in this man's public record and see if this man uses this term any other time in his public life when describing a "...sticky situation or quagmire..." If we lack that usage, in that context, its probably the case that this is the language he associates with a President who describes himself as African-American, and thus revealing with regard to this Congressman is in his heart. In any case, the voters whom he represents have, as always, a choice to make.

        August 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • Denise

        OK, Mr. Suggestion then why not use another quagmire. If this congressman is intelligent enough to be a congressman then he should be intelligent enough to choose intelligent words. Why use a term that goes back to something like that. Do you know of any other way that term has been used or for what? Don't be a martyr for nonsense.

        August 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
      • Manuel C Garcia Jr

        You are jokiny,right

        August 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
      • Andrew

        You are an idiot for even suggesting that this is not racist. Lanborn should resign. This is a lot worse than Weiner showing his body on Twitter.

        August 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
      • AFF KANG

        Hey bob, i am going to distance myself from all of the other black folks who are lambasting you and that "Kongressman" with there incendiary comments about YOURS and HIS comments. I mean it's like being on the subway with a bunch of bologna smelling, mutated, pasty skinned, cave-dwelling devils after it has rained! You DO NOT want to sit next to them!!!!

        August 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
      • joe

        if you say anything agaist obanma your a rasict
        these liberals love to pull the race card
        Race has nothing to do with it
        If we had a qualified expereienced President all of this would go away
        Loberals can't ownup to the ignorance obama has I have no respect for the man Obama so I'm called a racist
        Are you liberals racist for calling President George W Bush names what a double standard

        August 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • Michelle

        The definition of the word does not matter. White people took this word and changed the intent to be a derogatory term of a person of color. Many of us who live here in Colorado are embarrassed by the ultra-right wing crap that comes from that area of the state (Colorado Springs) and would love to see this man out of office as he does not represent this state, just a small portion of the state that we wish could be wiped away.

        August 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • Professor X


        You are missing the point! That was a terrible choice of words regardless of his intention. I am willing to bet that you have zero education beyond high school. Am I correct?

        August 13, 2011 at 10:31 am |
      • Cadiz

        Only people who are used to using racial epithets would understand this in a racial way. I have always heard and used the term 'tar baby' to mean stuck with a situation that won't go away. People who want to find racial epithets wherever they look are welcome to their opinions, but it says more about them than the person who made the comment.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • Bill

        Baloney Bob. It has been clear for generations that "tar baby" is a denograting term used in reference to African Americans. Stop trying to defend a racist by accepting weak explanations. Someone who isn't racist wouldn't even think of using the term tar baby in connection with an African American President. The Congressman is an adult who was elected into a position of high responsibility. He should know better.

        August 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
      • Martha

        Bob, were you dropped on your head as an infant?

        August 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Mark

        Yeah right, Bob. When was the last time YOU used the term "tar baby"? Actually, it was probably this morning wasn't it?

        August 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Woosh

        One final word bob- Idiot!

        August 26, 2011 at 4:48 am |
      • phonylies

        Hey Bob you are right you have an ignorant OPINION –that of a brain-dead tard.

        August 28, 2011 at 9:23 am |
      • Loretta Tuggle

        That's absolutely OFFENSIVE! He meant it to be ! Loser!

        August 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • Steve

        Certainly, one can say what they wish in this country. They will also be held accountable (and identified) for what they say. Tar Baby is a derogatory term used for decades to refer to African Americans, Bob. Check it out in Wikepedia.

        August 29, 2011 at 12:08 am |
      • nagrom

        You are a racist!!! You probably also think that KKK is a legitimate group that has the right of free speech. Even if that free speech results in violence and murder in a non-white or non-Christian, or non-heterosexual group. Typical republican and a true teabagger Red Neck.

        August 29, 2011 at 9:35 am |
      • Real American

        @ Bob in Pa, its funny how you racist pricks think such things to say to someone of color is not offensive. But I bet they or you wouldnt use such language around blacks.

        August 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • John in CT

        @Steve was totally racist, but did you call for VP Biden to resign after his racist remarks about middle-easterners and convenience stores? If not, perhaps you need to look at your own bias. There are racists on both sides, but liberals can say they are sorry or mis-spoke and all is forgiven because they wrap themselves in the idea that liberals are about love.

        September 4, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • I.M.H.

        That sticky stuff you were talking about, he inherited from your Mr. Bush...
        THANK Goodness I'm Canadian, because honestly people in the U.S.A. a lot of you (the Bob kind) have still lots to learn!

        June 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Michael Osama bin Laden

      Indie voter is a shmegeggy

      August 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • HPNIII

      I'm just glad it wasn't another South Carolina Redneck showing his ass again and embaressing the South yet again.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      Yes, and for @ Bob in Pa, the congressman saying the comments were a misunderstanding and he apologies...sorry congressman that just doesn't fly. If Rep. Lamborn is old enough to run for public office (and paid by taxpayers) then he should be old enough to refrain from using racial motivated language.

      Unfortunately, it seems the teapotty people lack good manners, self-disciple and respect for the they act like redneck trailer trash.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • Shannon

        I think that the Tea Party is the Ku Klux Klan.

        August 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • joe

        Again for fatass liberal direction is off the charts The tea party is not racist
        you liberals love to use that card
        Anybody that said OJ was guilty was a reacist (the guy admitted his guilt) but were all racist
        Obama lets the Black pathers get off But he's not a racist?
        Obama is the biggist racist out there and he is playing you Lazy Liberals like a fine tooth comb
        you all buy snake oil from Obama

        August 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      Intense feeling too often obscures the truth
      that is hurful but that is how some behave
      it is amazing how a united states congess
      member can stay in office after that remark
      this is the second congressmen of the same party
      may they both repent in Jesus name.

      August 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Russell Brown


        August 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • joe

        stay far away from that crack pipe Russell

        August 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • Martha

        Yes Russell, stay away from Joe's crack pipe. He wants to keep it all for himself!

        August 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        that is nice joe very nice
        thank you for your kind words
        may jesus bless and keep you '

        August 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Cynthia

      I have to say, that as a former Coloradan it is completely embarrassing that we still have reps this bad. It looks like we need more Californians to move to CO to Californicate it a bit more and get rid of the hard right.

      August 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
      • jean

        Have you ever noticed that the racist comments in this blog, ARE out numbered by 90%??? White and Black Americans will "Damn sure vote these Teaparty Racist, out of "OFFICE" No racist partys!!! Never!

        August 4, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Coffee Party

      The tea party aren't terrorist they are suit wearing KKK members who no longer answer to the name of Grand Wizard
      but now answer to Senator.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Zariua

      Rep. Doug Lamborn should be ashamed of himself. This is yet another example of the lack of respect that so many individuals have for OUR PRESIDENT. I hope that many of these individual understand that they are just teaching others how to disrepect them in their role of leadership.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm |


      August 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • JB

        Where's your logic Kevin? You're comparing a true event to an event you've conjured up out of your head. It's not even apples and oranges. You need a lesson in logic and critical thinking. To try and defend this official's comments is pure, unadulterated backwards thinking and has no place in the 21st century.

        August 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Jane

      Tar Baby, that even sounds racist to me, why would anyone call someone tar baby. nutty. Jane

      August 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Tammy

      Truth is, discussion race makes white people uncomfortable. Most, well NO white people have ever experienced the racism from the black perspective to be qualified to adequately identify what is and isn't racially motivated. many of you can only speak on how it should be, not how it is.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
      • wtf?

        don't make bold statements about how white people do not know what it is to have felt racism from a blacks perspective. I will say most haven't but you do not know every situation that every white person has been through. Its comments like yours that reinforce negative sterotypes.

        August 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm |

      This man needs to be held accountable for his disgusting verbage. He is nothing more than 'white trash' in my eyes. Hold HIM accountable, NOW!!!!!!

      August 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • missindependent

      IAs a congressman of the United States of America, he nows better than to be so disrespectful to the leader of our nation. THis country is so pathetic and racist about having our "bi-racial" president, that I'd like to see Obama tell this country to jump in a lake, not run again and watch these pathetic red knecks run our already declining country into the ground where it is headed. Let's see how they like it if black, hispanics and other races begin calling the new "white or tea party president" all kinds of disrespectful names. By the way...if I remember correctly, if you would read the current census reports...aren't the whites in the minority???? Hmmmmm something to think about. And one last all of yo disrespectful racists, if you don't like our President, go to another country and see how long you will last calling the lleader of that country names.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Denise

      I think he should apologize to the president and all African Americans publicly

      August 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • jean

        A Resignation would be at hand here! Ethics Committee, "Where are you???

        August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am |
      • Tracie

        i think he should reply to all of America.

        August 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Jermaine N

      They say it, then they apologize. My grandmother always taught me that people dont say things they dont mean. The only thing that is going to come out this is a Civil War White vs Black. THE REVOLUTION!

      August 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
      • Donna

        I hope a civil war doesn't come out of this. I, like many caucasian americans believe it was absolutely a racist remark and I too am appalled. We cannot assume the actions of a few to be the beliefs of the many, it's simply not fair. I believe our President is a great man and he has had to face more obstacles than any other president in history. This has gone far beyond political realms. Maybe one day we can see beyond color...

        August 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • grma

      Let me guess...This man belongs to the tea party. They all sound racist to me.

      August 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • me

      if the president call him a redneck cracker like he is then you will here mess slinging.President Obama has more class than all of them put together,they want him to act ghetto but he has Biden for that.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
      • chris

        Best comment on the thread!

        August 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Trell

      It's a shame that people can not stop making racist comments when they are upset or disagree with President Obama... This really displays the true feeling of some Caucasian people about race... Race will always be a down fall of this country as long there is ignorant people who can't accept people of different race... other races can make important decisions for our country... You do not hear any African American Senators calling President Bush a "dumb ass, a liar, cracker, honky, or killer for sending both race of troops overseas.... and the only reason Bush won the election the second time because of corruption in our election system.... All the African American people in Denver need to contact there elected official to make a formal complain and vote is SENATOR LAMBORN "RACIST ASS" out of office!!!!!!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • Mr Tree

        Mr Bush WAS a Lying dumbass honky killer, but there are still a lot of dumbass honkys left

        August 17, 2011 at 7:49 am |
      • Sad Day

        Ignorance should be unacceptable in our congress, but can only be a reflection of the tally of votes. Last election I held hope, but was taught that it can't be fixed by even a great man in the highest office.

        August 17, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Georgetta Peterson

      Give me a break! EVERYBODY knows that tarbaby is an offensive term for African Americans.
      It just shows how DEEP racism is!! President Obama is nobody's FOOL!! he is not surprised by these comments, it's expected.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Vicki

      It is one of the most racist names and hateful things republicans have said about the president. They have done nothing but reward the wealthy and harm the middle class and the working poor. But republicans have racist politicians among them and that is the truth whether people want to believe it or not. President Obama has to deal with completely ridiculous fools who would cause the country to default. Who would believe that it would not harm America seriously. They are not going to believe the truth. These are the people that Fox News was so complicent in getting into the government. They are idiots and are dangerous to the country when they are not going to listen to the facts and will never believe the facts. It is very sad for America and for our future.

      August 5, 2011 at 12:46 am |
      • iris

        they are all Bob's Hillbilly cousins ! LOLRL !...

        August 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Sadly, the Repugnicans have said so many disgusting and horrific things about our President that I doubt that this even comes close to being the worst...remember they called his DAUGHTERS "Nappy-headed ho-s" under the guise of "art" in NY? Remember Gingrich's "Barack the Magic Ne-g-r0" song? or Republicans circulatingof the President as a littel mon-key or him and the 1st Lady as a pi-mp and a pr-0sti-tute? Or remember the Republicans sending photoshopped pictures of watermelons on the White House lawn? or circulating "Welfare Bucks" complete with a picture of our President with fried chicken & Kool-aid on it? And everytime its this same lame a$$ed "apology" or weak excuse of "Well, that's not what I meant.Why does everything have to be about race?" Well, I say to them, SAVE IT!!! We're not buying it anymore. You have exhausted all credit on your "benefit of the doubt card" with me. Racists know exactly what they mean when they say it and screaming "political correctness" or "reverse discrimination" doesn't make it NOT racist.

        August 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • I. Wiggins

      Who wrote this article? The first sentence is profound, "In the heat of the political debate over the debt ceiling last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) MAY HAVE CROSSED THE LINE when he said that being associated with President Obama would be similar to touching a “tar baby”". The congressman DID CROSS THE LINE. I see your attempt to be objective but his comment is clearly a racist remark. The article reads like the author giving Rep. Lamborn a free pass.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • chris

      This comment will gain him points with the many ignorant and bigoted Republicans. Amazing how dummies get elected to office. Just wish someone would come along who could help with the economy...

      August 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • John

      You are all filled with so much hatred towards one another that you miss the point completely.Now days when you don't like someone because they have different views or say something you don't like just call 'RACIST' what a crock of crap.

      August 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • Mr Flush

        Dear John who speaks of Crap, I have listened to many many racist rednecks and there hateful remarks claim that that them being prejudice was just a johnful in "mixed" company. I hope that your just that ignorant that you believe what your stated, but I think probably the other kind.

        August 17, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • BriFly

      The intent of the Uncle Remus stories was as mean spirited as the stories themselves were the products of bigotry. These stories were meant to be an "instruction guide" to the behavior of N-words, for good, law abiding white people.
      It wasn't possible for N-words to have written these stories and even less possible that they were known immediately by the slave population. It was illegal for N-words to learn to read and write until the 13th amendment was passed. Before that time, slaves found in possession of reading or writing implements were tortured to death so, it's certain that those stories didn't come from the mind of any slave at all. Unfortunately, there is no historical context today for the traditions, sentiments and, beliefs of some Americans. It is impossible for anyone using the "tar baby" as an example of anything, to not be aware of the origin or the intent of that story to do the harm it was meant to do by spreading a message and an ideology of bigotry and hatred. It is inexcusable that presently (unlike 4 years ago), in this country it's okay for people to openly say that they want a standing POTUS to fail, and so soon after so many Americans suddenly became pseudo-patriots.These people are nothing more than the mindless, flag waving masses who never consider that anything that they learned from their parents or in their schools or from their political leaders could ever be wrong.

      August 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Tom in Austin

      Just another racist comment from a predominately racist party. The Republicans and their "pledges" are like a bunch of women who have to hold hands to go to the bathroom together. Not a free thinker in the bunch. Dumb.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Gary

      ..And you are a Liberal and responsible for electing the WORST president in history!

      August 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Name*Byuq

      This has been a racist remark from the firs time it was very said. He knows what it means in it shouldn't been said. He true colors came out in now he is running like a coward. He should be a man and stand behind what he said!

      August 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • M

      Honestly, how many ignorant people are you? It's sickening to see so many people pointing and booing when a person says something that far to many ignorant plebians take the wrong way because it seemingly approaches the thin white line of the taboo when those same people are dancing ignorantly on both sides of it. Catch up on some american lit., folks and go powder your noses. In today's ultra- "sensitive" times : sigh : , what the senator SHOULD have done is, like many experienced talking heads do these days, pull his jokes and tested witty phrases out of his own hat instead of letting smart jokes fly out to a dumb audience. The man needs to remember just who he's really speaking to. Think about all his witty remarks before using them and make appropriate citations to literature where applicible. thanks that's all i wanted to say.

      August 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • XWngLady

        BULL$#!T (male bovine excrement)...You may be able to pull that crap on someone who isn't educated or who doesn't know any better, but it doesn't fly with me...You know good and well what he meant! This new racist paradigm is a rather cowardly one. I much prefer the bigots of old that wouild call you a tar-baby to your face and let you know that that was exactly what they meant. Now, they insult you and then say, "Well you can't prove that I meant it in a racist way". Just sick. I go out of my way not to use the word "cracker" in any context involving a white person for the OBVIOUS reason. So if this Congressman doesn't have enough sense not to use the word tar-baby in this context, then in fact HE is the ignorant (or racist or both) one....and by the way, if you're going to call someone ignorant at least do so in a sentence that is grammatically correct.

        August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Lannea Rae

      This was indeed a racist statement. Not only that it shows the lack of respect for others and that is a shame. It also affirms the attitude that being a bully is acceptable.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Randy

      Every day for 8 years we heard insults about Bush. Obama's regime says I'm a terrorist because I'm a Veteran. So you tolerant libs can kiss my a**. How do you like that?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • siriusG

      This is beyond "highly offensive"; it is down right racist. Since the very beginning of Obama's presidential candidacy (even before he became President), I have heard, read, watched the GOP, the Tea Party and numerous Obama detractors hurl every kind of insult! However, this is the most blatantly racist insult yet. It will be only a matter of time before members of the GOP will be publicly calling the President the N-word!! This cannot be dismissed by a simple "apology" and if one is given it should not be accepted.

      August 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • beezer

      well I guess you pre-judging all of them isn't prejudice then?

      August 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Randall Spradley

      The Congressman used "tar baby" in a manner that has long been considered inappropriate, i.e. using the tar baby analogy in reference to an African American person. In fact John Kerry used it similarly, but not as directly. The quote: Senator John Kerry used the term to characterize Senator John McCain's attack on Obama, in an interview aired on MSNBC on 2008-07-22. "I think John [McCain] is trying to throw that big tar baby out there. You want to lose, you don't want to win. Of course Barack Obama wants America to be successful." (MSNBC video since removed, but internet searchable.)

      August 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Calimouse

      Baw haw haw.... name calling. Like you bleeding heart, beard scratching, hand wringing, elbow patch wearing losers NEVER did anything like that.

      Bring back the Chia Bama. Jeez louise – cry babies.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Aaron

      Now hold on one second! I'm as liberal as they come, and I can't STAND the GOP. But he DID NOT call Obama a tar baby. He was using a metaphor, which is not the same as calling someone a tar baby. Christ, these news people aren't even educated.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • AnnB

      This very ignorant politician is only in a long line of red-neck, trailer trash crackers who think they can say anything they want about the President of the United States – they are just jealous bitches who wish they even had a mustard seed chance of being President or beating the President. Poor white trash like him needs to just go die – the country has changed and this greasy head animal n others like him can't stand it.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  2. Anneliese Moghul

    The voters elected a black man as their president, but no president has ever been treated with so much disrespect as Obama.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      Can you smell what you are shoveling ?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
      • mgc florida

        People like you are the reason that racism lives...I sincerely hope other intelligent people don't buy the bridge racists like you are selling!!!!

        August 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • iris

        its booboo bob!!!! lolrl !!! hahahhaaa.... bob i can tell u dont like ur president ! hahhahhaaaa

        August 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • Lannea Rae

        Yes, I am shoveling bob

        August 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Michael Osama bin Laden

      Not true - witness Bill Clinton - oh, sorry, wait a minute, he was impeached, albeit unsuccessfully and for the wrong reason. Oh, on second thought, Dick Nixon, because Nixon was going to be impeached but resigned during his second term, on third though Hoobert Heever, er, Herb Hoover, er, Prince, er, ...

      August 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • Jbarber

        When has it ever been fine to disrespect our leaders on such a personal and grand scale? The only problem with Congress is that they can't stand for a Black man to be their boss! Face it, it's racism all over it and NO ONE has ever been under a microscope like him. When did we start tracking how much a President aged while he was in office? Think about it people. It's not rocket science, and those who are defending this man are perpetuating ignorance to it's greatest level. Besides, the only reason he apologized is because he got caught. He sent a letter and thought it would go away...not so. I hate to tell you all, but Black people are becoming more informed than you want us to be!

        August 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • inathens

      No president ever? Too bad you weren't here during the last president, George W. Bush. You would have been amazed by all the hate in public, in art, in pop-culture, internationally, and in politics. And if you were older you might remember the hate dumped on Clinton before that. And the list goes on. But history remembers presidents more kindly than they were treated in office. And so far Obama hasn't been treated with as much disrespect as Bush and Clinton were in their second terms.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
      • mgc florida

        You are rright alot of hate was thrown at these presidents, but guess what, I don't remember a singel racist comment..Hmmmmm go figure, i wonder why that was??

        August 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • BigCJ77

        When W was insulted or disrespected it was mainly for being or at least appearing to be an idiot.

        August 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • Mel B

        You are correct that in the era of television all Presidents have been called names other than the one God gave them. Even the great one "Mr. Reagan". But correct me if I'm wrong, none have been called a liar in a State of the Union address, by members of Congress. None have had regular people openly carry firearms in the area when they spoke. Now a Congressman calling him a Tar Baby, what's next? If you don't respect the MAN, respect the Office, and a member of Congress should be better than what we have seen in the last 15 years.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
      • Jane

        WELL THEY let Bush's debt ceiling pass 7 TIMES with none of this nonsense. Jane

        August 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        And your president voted NO on that issue with President Bush. Did that make him a racist?

        August 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
      • Oliver

        I am old enough to remember so let me set the record straight. Bush was NEVER called a LIAR by a democrat on T.V or in print. Bush was never heckled and called a liar while he was making a state of the union speech in congress. Bush was never called a cracker or red neck by a democratic politician. History shows us that Bush WAS a liar. He lied and thousands of Americans lost their lives because of his lies. As for Clinton he was the previous democratic president that the right wing could not stand. they tried everything to get him with a special investigator who fouind nothing after years of investigating and millions of tax payers mioney only to find he had an extra marital affair. Nixon WAS a CRIMINAL. He should have been charged but being a right wing weasel he evaded justice. Just like BUsh and Cheny. The fact is that president Obama has been disrespected ever since he was elected and the white racist everywhere have been itching to insult him racially, hence this asshole, Joe Wilson, and the other tea party idiot Joe Walch

        August 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
      • Tony

        Have you not noticed the mess that Bush has created and left for good sake the man was about to sell our open ports to the same folks that he shoveld down our throat where creating nuclear weapons and had WMDs

        August 3, 2011 at 8:44 am |
      • Mom in PA

        to athens, yes, but G W Bush deserved our derision, and Cheney deserves to be put up on Trial for Crimes against Humanity.

        August 3, 2011 at 11:11 am |
      • kay

        @Jay in NC – you mean "our" President! He is your president too – whether you like him or not, it's a fact you can't deny (but so many uniquely attempt to do with this president). Are you so unamerican that you can't even acknowledge that?

        August 4, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • HPNIII

      Have you noticed how few people well including yourself never refer to him as President Obama ?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • b.m.s.

        Rep. Doug Lamborn please explain your decision to use the term " tar baby". what color is a tar baby? why does the president have to be a tar baby?why use that term ? tar baby's cant talk..I THINK THAT YOU ARE BACK IN TIME .STOP THE MADNESS PLEASE

        August 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • vicsiphone

        I agree far to many folk don't put the title where it should be and thats a lot of folk in front of the media...its President Barak Obama....

        August 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Khalil

      so true

      August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Me

      It's a shame the amount of disrespect in this day and age our President gets. He's far more educated than Bachmann, and Palin, and got his education via his own merits not on the back of his father's name like W. But because of his name, and his skin color he deals with ignorance of elected officials who are supposed to "represent" us. I am a veteran, and the way these people act make me embarrassed to be American at times.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • gfaigen

      Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) should be expelled or better still shot in his brainless head. All the republicans and tea party members are racist and that is why they are fighting against Obama. This is not the first incidence of ignorant hate but it better be the last because white people like me are becoming closer and closer to consider violence against these WASP's that carry their grudges because they cannot stand that a black man is way above them in intelligence and fairness. Shame on you, I wish you a miserable life and the kind of karma you will deserve. Rep. Lambon is an example of the tea party and gutless name calling that an apology cannot fix. Also, welcome to the world of economics that you never understood the simple basics.
      Cut programs, add to the unemployed, take away their unemployeement and be prepared for blood in the streets from poor, sick people that you don't give a damn about wheter or not they are suffering. I only wish the suffering bommerangs in your direction. You are the lowest of the low and I would like to step on you like the insect that you are.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • m martin

      I so agree with you, How old and ugly it is to show how these so called smart people that is in congress for way too long,and to make such A hatred remark need to be dismissed.If this President was other than black, they would love him. How sad in this day and time, this still exist !!

      August 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • No Judgement

      This is the honest God truth! Bush messed up a lot of things for the American people and they have never disrespected him. This is really sad. SMH

      August 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • John

      And no president has disrespected the country the way he has either.

      August 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Pete

      President George Bush was torn apart by you liberal lowlifes now obama can't take the heat Don't run again and do america a favor

      August 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  3. Mike

    Everything old is new again:,8599,1221764,00.html

    August 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  4. Jeff in Illinois

    He did NOT call the president a tar baby and actually used the term correctly. Grow the hell up, America.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Ness

      He meant what he said. you people that say he didn't mean it that way don't have a clue. Read Some Damn American History for Gods sake!

      August 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • Bob in Pa

        You're correct, he MEANT WHAT HE SAID. "It’s like touching a tar baby and you get, you get it, you know… you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and you can’t get away.”
        Now, word by word, show me the racism and show me where he called Obama anything !

        August 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • HooYoo2say

        I would think if he was looking for an appropriate metaphor, one that everyone understands he would have used somehting more in the line of quiksand , stuck on a ledge, tethered. You know, a more contemporary analogy and one that two high ranking members of the GOP have not had to issue public and private apologies for using the term. Both instances drawing much media attention and criticism in the very recent past. Or I guess Rep. Lambro had no knowlege of either of these two instances where tar baby was used and therefore had no knowledge of it's racial connotation. bers have had to apologize to President Obama afterward

        August 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • Darren Jackson

        Tar baby metaphor was always used has a racist to say it wasnt is just another racist excuse sad I didnt like Bush but when speaking about him I always referred to him has President Bush Im new to Politics Almost dumbfounded how these congressmen got into office with their views

        August 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Jeff in Reno

      Should have said "crazy glue baby," save "Tar Baby" of a white man. To many people cry racist when someone makes an analogy (even though it was definitionally correct) about something that is close to the color of anothers skin when that person is not white. That rule does not apply when it is against white people.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • jean

      Look in the mirror,Jeff? Your one of them!

      August 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Ricky speed

      Statements made out of socially acceptable context are offensive even if made in what can be termed coded language, Stop making lame excuses for your kind of accommodation for race speak.

      August 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • marilyn

      That just goes to show you how racist you are he meant actually what he said. President Obama is a man of God and no matter what you try to do to him. He is Favored by GOd. If I was the president I would leave United States hanging. No one should have to endure the pain he and his family does. Just pray that God is not black. If he is all of you are through

      August 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
      • jean

        St,Peter is waiting for these White Racist to come to the gates!!! Sorry, No Admittance? We have a real hot place for you! They might have a "Hard Time getting "Down There"????

        August 4, 2011 at 9:11 am |
      • Jay in NC

        White Racist? How do you know what color these people are? Typical Liberal hypocrite.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Moses

      It disturbs me that some people in this country do not see the negativeness of this statement and that while it is offensive to many people this man made reference to our president, the leader of our country. To not feel offended by this statement sends a message to the world and our children about respect and the meaning of of the presidency. Whether you voted for him or not he is our leader and until someone else is elected we have to send a message that our leader is off limits to the racist statements and offbeat comments. I love this country and we have got to be better thatn this. In times like the ones we are facing now we need to be untied and not divided. Statements like these sticks a knife directly in our democracy and our respect as a nation.

      August 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Panama

      Please read AMERICA.... 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 Maoris), 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. SO WHOEVER YOU R believe he knew exactly what he was saying and used it because he knew people like you would believe he meant sticky situation... again he would have never ever used it if the president or person was white. PRESIDENT OBAMA...I give you all the praise for I know you want to say something but as president, a man and as a black Man.. you have to show the world a different face... well hell let me do it for you... them good old boys in the house, congress and tea party have never ever treated a President like they are with you.. part because of your color and that the country all over love you..but because they dont want the world to see that Black people can make a change. This is why God placed in office a man of color (he has white and black blood) in office so that we as black people white people would come together... not seperate because of skin or looks but because we are for the people for our neighbors for our family and friends... please get pass the color of my skin, his skin I bleed, he hurts when we say bad things and he bleeds the same color as you RED and when the light shines on blood their is no difference... love one another, be kind to one another, help one another..

      August 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Sara in NC

      Jeff, He used the term as a double meaning. He knew he what he could get away with. I don't believe in mistakes at this level.. he knew exactly what he was doing and he knew that there would be folks like you to take up for him. He could have expressed himself in a different way, but he chose to disrespect the President by using a good ole boy racial slur. Shame on your for defending him.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Bahati

      I understand why some of us don't understand. Maybe its because you are not an African American in this country. If you have never experienced racism, then you shouldn't comment on how a comment like "tar baby" is perceived from the viewpoint of an African American. (By the way I am an African-American female in my 30's who has experienced racism as early as age 14.) The comment was very racist. Most politicians, if not all, have a "gift of gab", and as a publicly appointed official he should have known that making a comment like that was crossing the line. PERIOD!!!!

      August 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • No Judgement

      You need to grow up and learn that some language will always be sensitive to some Americans. Grow up and learn that Jeff.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
      • jean

        He,s to Uneducated for that! GED is far from his "Capability"

        August 4, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Oliver

      Are u serious???? Everyone knows that that term is a racist term. he had no intention of using it in any orther way. I hate that people like yiou always try to deny blatent racism with your bullshit explantations. WE DON'T CARE TO HEAR YOUR WEAK A**
      EXCUSES FOR RACISM. We know when you bastards are using racist slurs and we don't need or accept your excuses or apologies

      August 3, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Tony

      There is no correct way to use a racial slur you idiot. so I suppose if i walked around using the term trailer park trash, cracker kebler elfs, white devils, that it would be just okay and alright.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • tim in cali

      Why is he apologizing for the use the the term if he did not mean anything by it. Racism is alive and well. I never heard anyone call bush a racial apathet. Have you?

      August 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • JB in TX

      There is NO correct way to use tar baby. That's the point, dummy.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  5. Dianne93101

    He said it meant a sticky situation, which is the definition of the term–and a very fitting usage too. Calm down.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Ness

      Any smart person knows you can't use that word in America. This country is doomed because it hasn't learned it's lesson.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        DOES anybody know jesus he is in a forgiving mood
        come to jesus why you still have time
        i came to him he forgave me of my sins
        come to jesus he will forgive you
        It might be hard to belive but let me tell you jesus
        is real he loves american he loves everyone of you

        just look at Jesus power in this room .

        August 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Sara in NC

      Dianne, you say calm down? I say WAKE UP! Tell you what, my hopes is that this becomes a great big fat, smelly, hairy deal.. My hopes is that folks get really angry and that it's talked about over and over again on every news channel (except Fox, I'm sure). My hopes is that you get so sick of hearing about this incident that you will be forced to actually listen and understand this issue but, I'm sure you won't because a closed mind does not listen. Sieg heil, Dianne but, I refuse to let history repeat itself.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
      • Kevin

        Sara- I'm with you- sick of these people.... will not let them hi jack my country

        August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Namaste

      Really? When did our country become so obtuse to blatant racism? A tar baby? You really don't get how offensive that is? My country scares me.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Oliver

      I am 54 years old and have NEVER heard that term used in any other way than a racist slur. This bastard can claim his use of the term was explanatory but then WHY would he apologise if that were the case

      August 3, 2011 at 12:34 am |

    BIGOTED RACIST. No misunderstanding here,.. Lamborn knows exactly what he meant. Nice folks these Tea Partiers.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • maikl

      You are idiot to say like that. Why he racist?

      August 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
      • MoBetter

        He's A racist for what he said and what they are doing to him,if he were a white man none of these things would be happening,Bush never went through anything,just started two wars,crashed and the all the markets,and not a word.No that was the doing of a WHITE MAN,so he get a pass,and just as they were passing the jack we all are paying the price.

        August 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
      • Ambrogino

        From Wikipedia: Lamborn was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1978 and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1986.

        Lamborn practiced law before entering politics.

        So, assuming journalists know their way around the english language and should have a grasp fo the vernacular, and has practised law before becoming a member of congress, how is this cluelessness? How can you even assume that?

        August 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
      • Uncle Jerry

        Before you start throwing the idiot word around (I know it's a big one for you) you should maybe learn to not sound like one. I guess it explains your question of "Why he racist". Becasuse he use racist word, simple enough for you?

        August 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
      • endeavor43

        Why you no can write?

        August 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
      • ejalves

        Ummm the racist part with "tar baby" tends to go hand-in-hand, no? Or do you buy that it was meant as calling the President a rabbit (which by the way it is a minstrel show put to books for kids... but I digress). He tongue-in-cheek called him Jim Crow or the countless other horrific insults. I mean maybe Congressman Lamborn and Speaker Boehner can skip down the halls of Capitol Hill singing songs from "Song of the South" together... nothing wrong with that, right... because there was no racist undertones to that at all right?

        August 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
      • Antif1313

        Of course it's racist. Are you the idiot or just one of the clueless tea baggers?

        August 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • Jason

        Are you even awake?

        August 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
      • A Real Patriot

        Hey...Maikl...crack a book would ya? Look up Uncle Remus. Jeez....

        August 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
      • TiAmo

        Every hear of the Disney movie "Song of the South"? It was so full of racism and stereotypical denegration of black society that it has foreven been banned to the vaults, never to be released again in the United States.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:25 am |
      • katy heys

        It is exactly like calling the President the "N" word. These unsophisticated, ignorant, terrorist tea partiers will ruin our country. We need to vote them out of office next election or face banana republic status. The idea that a nobody congressman who has no chance whatsoever of every being elected POTUS would speak so insultingly of our President is an insult to all Americans.

        August 2, 2011 at 6:33 am |
      • ISWEAR

        Dude or dudet are you seriously that unread? This is why the repubs are ruining the country b/c dumb butts like you are their

        August 2, 2011 at 6:41 am |
      • 4merRepubCT

        You need an education. Are you literate? If so, read. If not, I'm sure you can find a tutor.

        August 2, 2011 at 6:53 am |
      • jean

        Maybe you might know(I highly doubt it) "Why the Teaparty does,nt wear the American Flag on their Suit Coats???? What is the White circle pen Stand for??? Kind of reminds me of 1935, Germany???

        August 2, 2011 at 9:23 am |
      • Juan

        You are a fool. You need to take a history class

        August 2, 2011 at 9:50 am |
      • jean2009

        Because he one has to explain that which is obvious, and anyone who says he didn't mean what he said should enroll in a diversity training course.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • Ricky speed

        Go back to grade school. There is no excuse for your kind of illiteracy today.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • og

        Are u serious? We have commercials that say dont joke about retard,and all other names. NBA basket ball players are fine for using inappropriate terms from the bench. A person in a high office, surpose to be working for the people. Please you dont believe that bs you talking yourself. He straight racist, no doubt about it. People keep treating this president like s ht and it will be remebered. But I dont blame the idiots talking this dumb stuff, I blame the people who voted them in or didnt vote.

        August 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Aaron

      Actualy,'re an idiot for being old enough to use a computer and not know that comparing Obama to a tar baby is not far from calling him the N word. You must work at an all-white place if you don't know how racist the term is and manage to hold onto a job....assuming you actually have a job and all.

      August 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • HPNIII

        To me you would have to be one of the following or possibly even both : a racist or a dumb ass to use that phrase in a public setting.

        August 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Please, on Gods green earth tell me were this story is racist.

      Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

      Well now, that rascal Brer Fox hated Brer Rabbit on account of he was always cutting capers and bossing everyone around. So Brer Fox decided to capture and kill Brer Rabbit if it was the last thing he ever did! He thought and he thought until he came up with a plan. He would make a tar baby! Brer Fox went and got some tar and he mixed it with some turpentine and he sculpted it into the figure of a cute little baby. Then he stuck a hat on the Tar Baby and sat her in the middle of the road.

      Brer Fox hid himself in the bushes near the road and he waited and waited for Brer Rabbit to come along. At long last, he heard someone whistling and chuckling to himself, and he knew that Brer Rabbit was coming up over the hill. As he reached the top, Brer Rabbit spotted the cute little Tar Baby. Brer Rabbit was surprised. He stopped and stared at this strange creature. He had never seen anything like it before!

      "Good Morning," said Brer Rabbit, doffing his hat. "Nice weather we're having."

      The Tar Baby said nothing. Brer Fox laid low and grinned an evil grin.

      Brer Rabbit tried again. "And how are you feeling this fine day?"

      The Tar Baby, she said nothing. Brer Fox grinned an evil grin and lay low in the bushes.

      Brer Rabbit frowned. This strange creature was not very polite. It was beginning to make him mad.

      "Ahem!" said Brer Rabbit loudly, wondering if the Tar Baby were deaf. "I said 'HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING?"

      The Tar Baby said nothing. Brer Fox curled up into a ball to hide his laugher. His plan was working perfectly!

      "Are you deaf or just rude?" demanded Brer Rabbit, losing his temper. "I can't stand folks that are stuck up! You take off that hat and say 'Howdy-do' or I'm going to give you such a lickin'!"

      The Tar Baby just sat in the middle of the road looking as cute as a button and saying nothing at all. Brer Fox rolled over and over under the bushes, fit to bust because he didn't dare laugh out loud.

      "I'll learn ya!" Brer Rabbit yelled. He took a swing at the cute little Tar Baby and his paw got stuck in the tar.

      "Lemme go or I'll hit you again," shouted Brer Rabbit. The Tar Baby, she said nothing.

      "Fine! Be that way," said Brer Rabbit, swinging at the Tar Baby with his free paw. Now both his paws were stuck in the tar, and Brer Fox danced with glee behind the bushes.

      "I'm gonna kick the stuffin' out of you," Brer Rabbit said and pounced on the Tar Baby with both feet. They sank deep into the Tar Baby. Brer Rabbit was so furious he head-butted the cute little creature until he was completely covered with tar and unable to move.

      Brer Fox leapt out of the bushes and strolled over to Brer Rabbit. "Well, well, what have we here?" he asked, grinning an evil grin.

      Brer Rabbit gulped. He was stuck fast. He did some fast thinking while Brer Fox rolled about on the road, laughing himself sick over Brer Rabbit's dilemma.

      "I've got you this time, Brer Rabbit," said Brer Fox, jumping up and shaking off the dust. "You've sassed me for the very last time. Now I wonder what I should do with you?"

      Brer Rabbit's eyes got very large. "Oh please Brer Fox, whatever you do, please don't throw me into the briar patch."

      "Maybe I should roast you over a fire and eat you," mused Brer Fox. "No, that's too much trouble. Maybe I'll hang you instead."

      "Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."

      "If I'm going to hang you, I'll need some string," said Brer Fox. "And I don't have any string handy. But the stream's not far away, so maybe I'll drown you instead."

      "Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."

      "The briar patch, eh?" said Brer Fox. "What a wonderful idea! You'll be torn into little pieces!"

      Grabbing up the tar-covered rabbit, Brer Fox swung him around and around and then flung him head over heels into the briar patch. Brer Rabbit let out such a scream as he fell that all of Brer Fox's fur stood straight up. Brer Rabbit fell into the briar bushes with a crash and a mighty thump. Then there was silence.

      Brer Fox cocked one ear toward the briar patch, listening for whimpers of pain. But he heard nothing. Brer Fox cocked the other ear toward the briar patch, listening for Brer Rabbit's death rattle. He heard nothing.

      Then Brer Fox heard someone calling his name. He turned around and looked up the hill. Brer Rabbit was sitting on a log combing the tar out of his fur with a wood chip and looking smug.

      "I was bred and born in the briar patch, Brer Fox," he called. "Born and bred in the briar patch."

      And Brer Rabbit skipped away as merry as a cricket while Brer Fox ground his teeth in rage and went home.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:31 am |
      • Phil

        Ignorant one, the term comes from the story, but took on a negative racial slur after the story. Thanks for spending the time researching your well-documented missing of the point.

        August 2, 2011 at 1:08 am |
      • J in NYC

        Yes, the origins of the tar baby story have roots in the stories of Uncle Remus and go back further to African folk tales. However the term is also used in a derogatory manner not to describe something as sticky that you will get increasingly entangled in but to describe African Americans because they are as dark black as a tar baby. Many other contemporary politicians have put their foot in their mouth for using a term that has possible racist connotations even when not directly referring to an African American. That an educated sitting Congressional member would use the term when directly describing a black elected leader is inexcusable and worthy of censure.

        August 2, 2011 at 1:09 am |
      • esconnie

        I will not give him a pass on his knowingly racist remark. He should be censured and hopefully his constituents will vote him out for the next term. Racism is alive and well in this country.

        August 2, 2011 at 1:43 am |
      • frequent_traveler

        Oh for heaven's sake–any high school kid can tell you tar baby is a racial slur. There is no excuse that an elected representative can give that makes this remark acceptable.

        August 2, 2011 at 2:43 am |
      • Peter

        Yeah... well... knowing the story is just a part of it. Knowing the history around the story is a bigger part.

        August 2, 2011 at 2:46 am |
      • rene

        Jay has sunk to a new low. (Listen to Glen Beck much Jay?) We should have been tipped off when he called this "God's Green Earth", that he is a religious idiot as well. News Flash Jay: The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit. The term has been used by bigots to describe people of color for decades and is considered a racial slur, but... you already knew that and decided to play the innocent anyway. You are a disgusting fool! You teabaggers would defend Jeffrey Dahmer if it suited your politics and I can't wait till you are all voted out of office forever!

        August 2, 2011 at 3:44 am |
      • rene

        Jay has sunk to a new low. (Listen to Glen Beck much Jay?) We should have been tipped off when he called this "God's Green Earth", that he is a religious bigot as well. News Flash Jay: The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit. The term has been used by racists to describe people of color for decades and is considered a racial slur, but... you already knew that and decided to play the innocent anyway. You are a disgusting fool!

        August 2, 2011 at 3:45 am |
      • rene

        Jay has sunk to a new low. We should have been tipped off when he called this "God's Green Earth", that he is a religious bigot as well. News Flash Jay: The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit. The term has been used by racists to describe people of color for decades and is considered a racial slur, but... you already knew that and decided to play the innocent anyway. You are a disgusting fool!

        August 2, 2011 at 3:46 am |
      • Yes, I Said IT!

        Really?!! Believe it or not. all Blacks are not illiterate & do understand the concept of literature style – however most of us Black americans don't find tales of Uncle Remus & Brer Rabbit literature amusing. ANY reference to a Tar Baby, boogeyman, hanging, uppity- I could go on- is an INSULT TO ALL BLACKS. This guy Lamborn is a loser & was fully aware of his reference to the POTUS.

        August 2, 2011 at 6:18 am |
      • katy heys

        Full of yourself much?

        August 2, 2011 at 6:35 am |
      • ISWEAR

        I'll tell you WHY IT IS RACIST Mr. Not know. Down in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, there was a time Blacks were called
        "Ngr a$$ tar babies" with dripping malice. Jay, do me a favor...understand before you attempt to justify. You are from North Carolina probably educated in one of those single culture Academies which is why you lacks the understanding of race.

        August 2, 2011 at 6:48 am |
      • WIMPY38

        To Jay in NC. Being from the "Old South" I'm sure you don't get it! Now if I were to call you a peckerwood, honkey, cracker, white bread etc..., you would scream bloody racism. You need to walk a mile in the day of any minority or ethnic group to see the meaning the good congressman was saying.

        August 2, 2011 at 7:13 am |

        great job of copy and paste. obviously you spent some time researchin the same excuse as that idiot congressman did.

        August 2, 2011 at 7:29 am |
      • Deb

        Although the term's provenance arose in African folklore (e.g., the gum doll Anansi created to trap Mmoatia, the dwarf), some Americans now consider "tar baby" to have negative connotations revolving around negative images of African-Americans.

        The Oxford English Dictionary (but not the print version of its American counterpart) lists "tar baby" as a derogatory term for a black or a Maori.

        In recent years, several politicians who have used the term publicly (such as Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney) have drawn complaints from African-American civil rights leaders, members of the popular daily media, and other politicians.

        In August 2011 Congressman Doug Lamborn (Republican,Colorado) again raised concerns about the term's inappropriate use and racial overtones when during a radio talk show about the U.S. debt-ceiling debate he said about President Obama "I don't want to be associated with him, it's like touching a tar baby."

        August 2, 2011 at 7:34 am |
      • KatR

        The author of this Brer Rabbit story did not exhibit bigotry as you point out. However, many who read the story connected the tar baby with black people...solely because it was black. To them the tar baby not responding to Brer Rabbit's questions was akin to the silent black man who was not human. Interpretations of literature are the problem here. As such, it was definitely in poor taste to compare our president to a tar baby. To me, their apologies indicate that. It also exposed a deeply hidden bigotry within themselves that they thought they had quashed long ago.

        August 2, 2011 at 8:24 am |
      • I tea-bag/teabaggers

        The story itself is not racist you moron! It's the imagery of the "tar baby" that was used on black folk. Racist people took that image and applied it to describe what african american babies looked like. A racist would call an african american baby a "tar baby" due to their skin color. I can't believe you would try to convince others that this term, when used to describe black folk, is not racist. What is wrong with you!!?? This is what the teabaggers represent america, wake up!

        August 2, 2011 at 8:30 am |
      • DJ in TX

        Like it has already been said, the story itself is not racist, but what people started using the term for after the book, the term became a racist statement. Belive me when I tell you it is offensive as I've seen many incidents when the term was used. It has been used towards me and yes, I responded very angrily.............I was able to stop myself before anything happened, but....................Anyway, it is very offensive and should not be used towards ANYONE, definitely not the President.

        August 2, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • Rsprings

        There are people who see racism in everything that is written or said. I think that these folks are themselves racists.

        August 2, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • Benita

        The term is derrogatory just as the terms hunky, mulatto are derrogatory! There is no misunderstanding!! There is no lack of understanding of this country's history either!! you cannot spew hate and say oh I was misunderstood!! This is unacceptable. Plain and simple!!! And honestly, African Americans do not have a lack of understanding of this country's history! We lived it remember!!!

        August 2, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        As I am willing to bet that none of you who responded to Jay's retelling of the Tar Baby story (Thanks, Jay, just the way I tell it when at story conventions) are familiar with roots of folklore. Among the African Americans of the 19th Century (and earlier), the Rabbit was usually used as a symbol of Black People, the Fox was used to symbolize Urban Whites and the Bear was used for Rural Whites. In all of the stories collected by Joel Chandler Harris, you will note that Br'er Rabbit always comes out on top over Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear.

        The Tar Baby, in particular, was indicative of the roadblocks placed in the way of Black advancement. But the Rabbit was even able to find a way to circumvent that trap. In that, the Tar Baby represented the impediments against Blacks, rather than Blacks themselves, despite the "skin color" of the Tar Baby. Unfortunately, because too many people unfamiliar with the folklore have managed to corrupt the story and its intent, some individuals have equated the Tar Baby with Black people.

        August 2, 2011 at 11:11 am |
      • I tea-bag/teabaggers

        Joe, no one is debating the folk lore here. The fact of the matter is that when the term "tar baby" is used to describe a black person, it is racist. Not because it was intended to be racist but because they(racists) thought they were being clever. 1 of 4 people in the U.S. don't even know that is where the term came from anyways. Please try to remember that a quarter of the U.S. is retarded and not as educated as you.

        August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am |
      • Ms. White

        Most poeple do not interact with others or they would know that the term "tar baby" is a racial slur as "white trash" or "cracker" or "slant eyes" or "brown rice" are racial slurs to others.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
      • inathens

        To everyone who is so sure that this comment had racist intentions, look up the word! It has two definitions and the first one listed is "the sticky situation" definition. So is it conceivable to you that other people might perceive it a little differently than you do? It wasn't smart to use the word, but you've got to slow down. When you shout "that's racist" at everything, you only make others less likely to talk about race at all.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • Bob in Pa

        Maybe he meant to refer to him as "cute as a button", thats it. Grow up people. WHy can't you just come striaght out with an argument that isn't racist, corporate welfare, or greed ? It is getting old, very very old.

        August 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        I see you learned how to copy/paste. For someone from NC you sure are dense. I've lived both north and south of the Mason/Dixon, and I know the term Rep.Lamborn used is not acceptable anyplace or time.
        My southern father would have blistered my backside had I said anything resembling that. Evidently that orphanage you grew up in didn't teach manners, either.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Jay in NC but your copy/paste doesn't fly...nor is it up to date.

        This from 2006 shows people consider the term racist...and it is, there is no redemption or clause that excuses its use. Since it seems this is not the first time the term has been used and since the person in hot water the last time was none other than Mitt Romney...I am sure Rep. Lamborn knew better.

        [Eugene Volokh, July 31, 2006 at 6:06pm-Trackbacks
        Tar Baby:

        Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has gotten into trouble for referring to the Big Dig as a "tar baby": "'The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can," he told a crowd of about 100 supporters in Ames, Iowa."

        Black leaders were outraged at his use of the term, which dates to the 19th century Uncle Remus stories by journalist Joel Chandler Harris. The term refers to a doll made of tar that traps Br'er Rabbit, the main characters in the series of stories. It has come to be known as a way of describing a sticky mess — and has been used as a derogatory term for a black person.

        "Tar baby is a totally inappropriate phrase in the 21st century," said Larry Jones, a black Republican and civil rights activist."

        Just like Romney to pull out the good ole boy racial epithets when speaking to the teapubliklans.

        [Eugene Volokh, July 31, 2006 at 6:06pm] Trackbacks

        August 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay the copy/paste king?

        August 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Pauline V., IL

        You do know that this story is often read as a metaphor for relations between blacks and whites in these United States of America. You can't keep a person at the bottom of the barrel without getting in the barrel yourself. Often your best efforts to bring another person down backfire and leave the target sitting on a hill while you're lying befuddled at the bottom of the hill.

        On another note, tar and feather justice was a fact of life in 19th century America.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
      • Cynthia

        It is racist because for many years after this original story came out "tar baby" was slang for african-americans. Therefore, most intelligent people (especially those in the public eye) would gouge their own eyes out before being caught using this phrase.

        August 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
      • BJJ

        If you took the time to look up this story then maybe you should have taken as much time to study history and the way the word was used in later years. It's not so much this story (Uncle Remus and the Tar Baby) but the story that follows.

        August 3, 2011 at 8:03 am |
      • Mocha in DC

        Jay, Phil put it best....i was wondering why it is that you, a staunched reader no doubt, did not include Toni Morrison's more modern work, Tar Baby? Now there's a lesson...

        August 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • sonic10158

      Not liking Obama does NOT make someone a racist.

      If that WERE true, then all the people hating on Herman Cain would all be racist too

      August 2, 2011 at 1:22 am |
      • DEE

        no it doesn't but listening to all these comments and every other story that seems to make it to the news these day it wont be long untill you cannot even sneeze with out it being offencive or racist!

        August 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • HooYoo2say

        Not everyone who dislikes Obama is racist but every racist dislikes Obama. And in the past when people really really despised a President, the white ones, the level of disapproval "ahem" has never been as deeply rooted and served up with such primal hatred. You'd have to go back to Abe Lincoln to compare the levels of "policy disliking "ahem". JFK's disapproval rating "ahem" would run a not so distance third. Although with both Lincoln and JFK the haters did eventually come around. I think history would tell us those who highly disagreed "ahem" with these two great President's policies would admit they were better off at the end of these two Presidents time in the oval office than they were when they were sworn into office. Not exactly the kind of high approval ratings a President hopes for at the end of their Presidencey however. Let's hope we've at least evolved a little in the last couple of centuries and the last 50 years.

        August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Search google images for 'kill bush' you will find 1000s of images of people caring signs, some at the white house, with those words on them. Liberals invented hate speech.

        August 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        I like the dreams of the future better than
        the history of the past
        may jesus forgive the congress-man

        August 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Lynn

        For all of you on here who thinks what this man said was ok....I truly feel sorry for you..ARE YOU F*(KING kidding me. Busbh ran this country off a cliff and the country looked at him as if her was a hero. You finally have a man in here that is truly to get us out of the shit that was piled hjigh on his plate and all he gets is disrepect – abuse – name calling – BIGOTS – RACIST – county bamma a** losers who feel the need to stop – drop and roll at the tea parties every beck and call. We live in a very sick world to think this is ok and i pray to GOD this man is thrown head first out of congress.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Wes Miller

      Dems posting at CNN are not very well informed, and need to do a better job of keeping up with their own slime. Republicans as "racists" is "out" right now. This week, it is "in" to call them terrorists, suicide bombers, taliban, bomb-strappers, and extortionists. When it was Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Republicans were fascists, Nazis, and Hitler.

      When Dems start policing themselves regarding their offensive rhetoric, maybe I'll think they're serious about civility. So far, I ain't feelin' the love.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:53 am |
      • Bob in Pa

        lol, sure your name isn't Dennis, Mr. Miller ?

        August 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
      • HooYoo2say

        But you see the difference in this case and the case of the Tea Party and Scott Walker etc. is that President Obama isn't an actual "tar baby". In fact a "tar baby" is a ficticious character unlike Neo-Cons, terrorists and other clear and present dangers to our society. Rep Lamborn's choice of words just stemmed from his own personal bigoted ideology. A "tar baby" poses no real threat to our way of life or our security as a nation. Do you see the difference now between an insult and a lack of respect versus a real threat?

        August 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • Liz Bieler

        The comment is disgusting. Don't fall back on politics and parties to excuse it. It's not about Democrats and Republicans. It's about an individual behaving badly. The comment is racist and it is tasteless, and we must demand more from our elected officials. Complacency is acceptance. I applaud CNN for brining it to light. If you are not a part of the solution, to loosely quote George W, you become part of the problem.

        August 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • John

      I never heard this term.
      But I have heard the term "terrorist". CNN, where is the story on that one? It should be a big story, especially when you call people who fought for our country "terrorists". Especially when these same people can't call real terrorists terrorists.

      August 2, 2011 at 6:51 am |
      • cindy

        Oh, you must be talking about Americas new Tailiban, "The Teapoty" John? Well, how did that happen? They just did more Damage to the country??? Almost, led America to a "Third World Staus" thats all????? They are the new American Terror??? Your buddy Rep. Joe Walsh, does,nt even pay his Child Support????? Jail Bird???

        August 2, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • John

        95 dems voted against the budget deal. How do you feel about them?

        August 2, 2011 at 8:35 am |
      • Larry L

        The use of the term "tar baby" was deliberate. This slimy politician knows his base and knows a plethora of slang words to refer to African Americans – some in a sort of bigot's code. One I've heard at Texas guns shows is "black snakes". This term is used to describe a good weapon for home defense... for when the "black snakes" come. I've heard many black children referred to as "tar babies" by ignorant, white trash relatives up in East Texas. At church they used terms like "colored" – of course none of the black people were allowed in the "white" churches. At home these good Christians had a long list of descriptive terms including "black buck", "coon", jig-a-boo", "spook", "spade", and of course... "tar baby". You seem to have been spared association with people like my relatives. If you choose to expand you knowledge of racists terms I suggest you join the local Tea Party. I know my relatives consider themselves Tea Baggers.

        Regarding the association of the term "terrorists" to the Tea Party one might easily make that relationship. Terrorists openly want to destroy America, don't mind harming the innocent, follow a very rigid ideology, and normally organize from a very racially and religiously homogenous population. They tend to hold hostages rather than negotiate – because democracy does not allow them total control of the government. You can see how people might make this mistake...

        August 2, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • John

        Many, many Tea Party people fought to defend this country. Think what you will, but the disrespect you people are showing is the lowest. You people can't call a real terrorist a terrorist, but then you throw that word around like it is nothing, but you use the name to describe Americans who fought for your right to say what you will.
        You are on the side of Wrangle, Frank Dodd and others who actually created policy that began this country on a massave downturn, but you think people who fought for this country are the worst.

        August 2, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • bj

        Well John, what is a terrorist? Anyone your folk deem as a terrorist. Who do I consider a terrorist? (1) Teabaggers (recall the racial slurs they levied on Democrats during the Health Care Vote?) and of course those good Christian folk who use to have church and then go outside with their children and lynch African Americans at a picnic (that is why many African Americans do not use that term picnic today) or bomb their churches on Sunday morning with people in them. I see terrorists in the House of Representatives. When Mr. Lamborn made that statement he knew what he was saying and he spoke his truth. There is no need for an apology, in fact I welcome the opportunity to learn who people really are and who they represent. Lamborn is one of many, he just spoke up publicly. I applaud his honest. I am grateful that I had an opportunity to know who he is and who he represents.

        August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
      • Bob in Pa

        Bj – The only racial slurs were those imagined by slimy media trying to create a story.
        On the other hand " Tea Baggers" is such a nice term of endearment

        August 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • John

        bj – I'm wondering – did anyone ever collect the 95,000 dollars that was offered for solid proof that a congressman was spit on? I didn't think so The media is so bias now we have Al Sharpton to watch and provide us with his "non-bias view" to go along with Matthews, maddow, and the other guy on that channel – then we have all of the folks on ABC, NBC and CBS. A couple of the people on CNN are ok, but most of them are also bias. It makes you wonder why Fox kills them all in the ratings game.
        The headline of this article is a prime example. Compare that to what was actually said. Then go through these note and count how many times libs and Repubs called people names. This will help you identify the true party of hate.

        August 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • arduck

      Freudian slip.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:22 am |
      • John

        I guesss CNN did what they set out to do. We are not talking about how these congess people will be spending 8% more next year even with all this crap they just put us through.

        August 2, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Rob

      you are an idiot. The tea partiers are a lot smarter than people lilke you are. As far as his comment. It probably wasn't a wise thing to say in these politically correct, oh so sensitive, times. But, it was an accurate use of the term. And that isn't racist.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:40 am |
      • mgc florida

        accurate use of the term??? oh really please enlighten me to when you have heard anyone use that term in any way except to dinigrate black people? Examples please. I am a 60 year old white woman and the only time I have heard that term it has been used to denigrate blacks. Are you really that stupid??

        August 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        let all bitterness and wrath and anger
        and clamour and evil speaking be put
        away from you with all malice
        and be ye kind one to another tenderhearted
        forgiving one another even as G-D for
        christ sake hath forgiven you

        August 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Mikkalotious

      These adults know exactly what they are saying when they say it... these demons are making the climate here in America so volatile. Everyday it is the same thing over and over. Now when a certain group of people run out of patience and start acting out... then what... It is almost like that is what they want to happen...These are supposed to be well educated folks and they know what offensive means... I feel like this, if you don't like it here in America... LEAVE!!! There are so many people brought here against their will and now the elite are mad... To the elite,entitled and all the rest GET OUT!!!

      August 2, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • anthonyzweiner

      t was a METAPHOR about a sticky situation ... not a racial epithet about Obama. Just read the quote.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • jean2009

        We read it and we don't buy it.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
      • Jane

        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.[ Online dictionary

        August 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • John

      Has anyone noticed that the headline and the quote don't resemble each other?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • anthonyzweiner

        Absolutely!! But that's common practice for agenda-driven CNN. Anything to stir up a controversy, especially where race or gender are concerned. CNN has really become a joke in serious journalism. Where is Ted Turner when we need him?

        August 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      phewww, getting steaming in here, better ya'll open the barn doors and let some of the odor out.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      To all racist it means you have hate in you
      I had hate in me I ask Jesus to take it out
      ask Jesus to take it out of you
      my mother told me never hate she said it can eat you up
      for my hateful ways many people hate me as does my family
      and some in the family of faith when the hate is turn on you hope
      you can take it,, it is lonly when all remember the hate you have .

      August 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Candi

      I had to look up this term online to find out what it meant. I've never heard it before, I'm of the younger generation and completely agree with the ones who said it was a racist remark that he made. He could have used different words altogether, instead he choice a very bad choice of words.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  7. B. Arnold

    Stop insulting the patriots of revolutionary Boston. Instead of calling these people the tea party, let's call them what they really are, the Klan.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Ms. White


      August 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Slobert

      you have got to be kidding me, really, the klna ?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • mc

      You are 100% correct!

      August 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • HooYoo2say

      How about Al KKKduh

      August 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • TL


        August 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • jean2009

      Or, Rethugliklans.

      August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  8. Glen

    It's obvious that many of our so-called lawmakers are little more than closet racists at heart. Never have I seen a president treated in such a reprehensible manner. Granted, Bush was routinely lambasted during his presidency but the insults didn't reek of utter contempt and disrespect. It's a sad commentary on American politics when an elected official can say shit like this and then, after feigning ignorance, offer a tepid apology. Absolutely pathetic!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Glen, do a simple google image search for 'kill bush' you will find 1000s of pictures of your Liberal friends holding signs asking for President Bush to be assassinated.

      August 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        And you will find just as many for President Obama....neither situation is good, so don't imply that if it was done against President Bush it is right....which seems to be your usual way.

        August 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, I was replying to their comment "Never have I seen a president treated in such a reprehensible manner. Granted, Bush was routinely lambasted during his presidency but the insults didn't reek of utter contempt and disrespect."

        I think saying you want someone killed is the lowest form of contempt and disrespect.

        August 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Glen

        Do the same for Obama and I'm sure you'll find members of the Conservative clan guilty of the same. Therefore you're point is moot.

        August 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  9. Jeff in Illinois

    He did NOT call the president a tar baby and actually used the term correctly. Grow up, America.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • anthonyzweiner

      Quite so! Just read the quote. He used the tar-baby reference as a METAPHOR only ... and surely not as a racial epithet about Obama. I suspect that even Obama would agree. Come on people! CNN intentionally throws you the bait so they can profit from their contrived social injustices. Pay attention ... they do this sort of thing all the time! Such dishonorable conduct for so-called journalists. Just shameful! .

      August 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • HooYoo2say

        How many other Presidents in the last 200 years have been referred to as "tar babies" on at least 3 occasions that we know of and each time on a very public stage by such high ranking elected officials in our government. Have the Republicans just taken a liking to this phrase from such a long time ago that just so happens to be known, by most living breathing adults, for it's ties to racist ideology. It's just a coincidence that the term's popularity happened to spring new life among the GOP when America's first black President was sworn into office? Actually even before he was sworn in and only a candidate for the office. It's just a coincidence and pig's fly.

        August 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    EXACTLY...most Tea Baggers are, as well as most Reb. They certainly do not live in the real world now do they????

    August 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  11. dognpony show

    Typical racist ..he knew what he was saying ..Don't buy that bullshit!!!!!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  12. David LeMay

    Perfect example of how racist and class war minded most republicans are. Most are only concerned with protecting the super rich and powerful and maintaining the staus quo of that group. I used to vote republican. By the way Ronald Reagan would be a rhino today.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      Stop with they evil corpoartions already, they sign my paycheck and it's small enough already.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • Mom in PA

        Bob you write of your small corporate paycheck. Why do you keep voting for the candidates who endeavor to keep corporate profits high an dthe massive gap between haves/have nots huge. The wider the gap, the more unstable our country. What do you think gave rise to the communist takeover in Russia of 1917? It was the disparity and the resultant chasm between rich and poor that led to revolution.

        August 3, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  13. tialou07

    That what this has been about all along only most people will not admit to it. The GOP hates the idea of a black man being President and living in the White House. They're always using racial slurs and their apologizes don' t amount to
    sh...t nor are heart-felt.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  14. k4midd

    these republican congressmen are just plain and simple racist. it's a known fact. some things you have to leave to the Lord. when you truely believe and you're faithful; the these problems are corrected and are displayed for the world to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Slobert

      hmm, another SEIU member or just on their payroll ?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  15. Ambrogino

    He knew what he said, the funny thing is Fox News will spin this to downplay what he said. So who's worse.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  16. independent voter

    Great headline, CNN... So, this guy refers to the situation that President Obama has contributed to (and, realistically, the Republicans, too), as a "tar baby" and all of a sudden, since it was used within 30 feet of a mention of our first African-American (Why will you automatically call me racist for reminding everyone he's actually our first Half African-American president?) president, and all of a sudden he's a racist. Tar baby, as it was used in the congressman's comments, was not a racial dig. He could have more appropriately referred to it as Fly-paper, or a Roach Motel, and I'd bet that the headline would not have stated, "Congressman Calls President Obama a Fly/Roach."

    August 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Ms. White

      Would you be offended if someone referred you to as anything BUT your given name?....think about that...does not matter what is is not a pleasant gesture.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  17. MrManhattan

    I'm going to assume cluelessness more than racism. Republicans aren't known for their grasp of history.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • LNB

      True, they are often not historically correct: Bachmann and Palin.

      August 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • PHinMiami

      The GOP apparently doesn't even have a grasp on the 21st century.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Elphaba

      Cluelessness? How about idiot. Or Moron. But cluelessness? Nah. This man just said out loud what he thinks. Yes, ladies and gentleman; racism is alive and well in the Republican Party, the self named "Party of Inclusion."

      August 2, 2011 at 12:21 am |
      • cindy

        Well Said!

        August 2, 2011 at 7:58 am |
      • jean

        Where is the NAACP on this one? Demand this guys Resignation! Slinging Racial remarks at "OUR PRESIDENT???? He needs to BE GONE!

        August 2, 2011 at 9:29 am |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        Of course the Republican Party is the party of inclusion. As long as you are white, evangelical protestant and earn an income of at least 6 figures, after taxes. If you do not fall into any of those categories, you need not apply.

        August 2, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • inathens

        You're acting like you're unaware that this term has a first meaning which has nothing to do with racism. Look it up. Educate yourself before you cry for resignations and make assumptions that aren't as obvious as you believe they are.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Annatala Wolf

      Probably more clue than he appears. Using language this way is often "code": like when the elder Bush called for a "New World Order". It can be used to goad people who already aren't going to vote for you into strong negative public reaction, which helps shore up your core voters who fear the opposition gaining control. GOP and DEM have both used this strategy since before I was born. (Though I may just be cynical not to trust that politicians make so many honest mistakes.)

      August 2, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Peter

      ... and racism.

      August 2, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • Rob

      well, it probably wasn't a wise thing to say in these politically correct times. But, it was an accurate use of the term. And that isn't racist.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:38 am |
      • Russell Brown

        the word racist is a smoke sreen
        china has our jobs china is living the
        good life
        lets all tone it down american familes are
        having a hard time putting food on the table
        paying there bills white/black american familes
        lord Jesus we all know you white and black and red ,,blue ,,pink,
        help us now if you will please forgive us all we need you and want you to forgive us all we are sorry
        for the sins that we have commtted against your name forgive us all
        white and blue red black we are sorry .

        August 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  18. Sterling Rex Jaguar

    The term "Tar Baby" is not racist. It merely illustrates a "sticky situation". Just because some have allowed the term to evolve into negative connotations, that doesn't make it so. People who truly believe the term is racist, simply don't know any better.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Ms. White

      i guess i can call you white trash

      August 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • jean

      Oh Sterling, Stand up to a Black American and say that! You just can,t take the loss of the Civil War yet??? Racist to the core,man!!

      August 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  19. Dolores

    There are just some things one shouldn't say, and someone in this man's position knows better. If he is no smarter than that, or if those are his true colors, then he doesn't deserve to be in Congress.The same goes for the others who said the same thing.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  20. inathens

    This does NOT mean he's racist – it means he's not good at thinking when he's talking. But a tar-baby, in the original story, is a great way to describe a problem that gets worse and worse the more you try deal with it. Before you fly off the handle with accusations of racism, check the origin of term. It's a good story and it makes a tar-baby a good metaphor to use. The congressman used it at the worst possible time though.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Lamborn completely understand the meaning of "tar baby", a child wouldn't, and he also understands using the "N" word which sure he also uses under the radar. If Republicans stand for all people, IMPEACH THIS GUY, HE'S UNFIT TO SERVE BECAUSE HIS PROBLEM IS BELOW HIS WAISTLINE AND NOT WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  22. sail1999

    It's shocking the undercurrent of racism that exists in the USA. Every once in awhile it rises to the surface.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  23. soloscat

    Dictionaries don't list any racist connotation with the term "tar baby." People have probably used it as demeaning epithet, but that's just out of ignorance. Lamborn doesn't appear to have used it that way, but because he's a white Republican, he won't get away with it. He will now be branded a racist. This is similar to the BS story that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig. That was much a much more direct comparison, but you had to be an idiot to think that he was really calling her a pig. He used an unfortunate metaphor. Same thing here, except not nearly as direct. Sorry Lamborn, you lose. You should have looked in the mirror and realized you were white.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  24. sail1999

    There seems to be undercurrent of racism that flows beneath the surface. Every once in awhile it rises to the surface.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  25. DrJStrangepork

    If it is a quagmire... call it a quagmire. How drastically dumb do you have to be to call Obama a tar-baby. I think Obama should legally get a free shot to pop this guy right in his mouth for this one.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  26. fedUpWithOurGov

    “Even if some people say, well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that, they will hold the President responsible,” this is the real story. Hasn't this been the message all along? Remember Mitch saying, "My number ONE goal as a Legislator is to MAKE SURE Obama is a ONE TERM President." These people plan to leverage their refusal to compromise as a failure of the president to take quicker action (on an issue none of them pointed out as the debt grew 20% under the last administration).

    Is the number of people who are fooled by this plus the number of people who are in on this, bigger than the rest of us?

    August 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  27. SameOld

    Yeah, like Republican Lynn Jenkins who said that the GOP needs "a great white hope" to challenge the Democratic agenda.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Legal American

    No need to apologize, Lamborn. Obama feels no need to "apologize" when making references to white people or blatantly pandering to illegal Latinos.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Ms. White

      who took your job LOL

      August 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  29. Nj

    I'm sorry, but it seems as though this president is not accorded the respect the office alone deserves, and no one can convince me it's not racist in origin. Previous prersidents have had their fair share of disrespectful comments, but not like Obama has, and not as often from members of congress. It's yet another embarrassment about our congress.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  30. Phil in Mill Creek, Wa

    "May have crossed the line?" Are you kidding me?!!! Make no mistake about it – this is a full-blown racist comment if ever there was one; might as well have called him a N--!!! This fool has no place in American politics (well, okay, probably the TEA PARTY)

    August 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  31. Amazed2

    Kick out the racist and the homophobes and you'd have to visit a zoo to see a republican......

    August 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  32. New Age Independent


    It would seem that you are the one that does not understand the meaning of "tar baby". It's a huge stretch to take that in context of a racial insult at the very least. It's an obvious reference to a sticky situation and he even explained himself as such. It seems like those who are racist themselves, will search for anything which might be construed as racist regardless of the truth.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      In 1981, author Toni Morrison published a novel titled "Tar Baby," and she has compared the expression to other racial epithets. She says it's a term that white people used to refer to black children, especially black girls.

      Reached at her home near Princeton University, where she teaches, Morrison called the expression "antiquated" and one that's "attractive to some people, when they begin to search for hints of racism."

      August 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Don't get me stared about Toni Morrison. She wrote the most racial, hate filled, dirty mouth book of our time, Song of Solomon. Here supporters point to the fact that she won a Pulitzer Prize for the book. Yet ignore her use of the N word and her contempt and hate for whites. One character lies in bed dreaming of ways to kill little white girls. Women are called words that I would be band for saying here on CNN.

        The presidents wife said it was "Her favorite first book." that is the first book she read that she liked. She told this to a group of 8 year olds, that would be like Bill Clinton telling school kids what he like to do in the Oval Office.

        Liberals get upset about someone using an analogy for a sticky situation but fail to reel in their own for far worse. Just watch Jon Stewart to see many times the things about women and conservatives. Does not make it all right, just proves that Liberals are hypocrites.

        August 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  33. Patricia

    I am very much offended but not surprised that this type of rhetoric is allowed. This is the reason why we're learning more about history than ever before becasue some Amercians still feel this way but GOD is going to turn this around and every tongue that comes against him and anyone else who stands for righoutsness in jugment they shall be condemed.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Linda

    You will notice that his spokeswomen apologized not the congressman. And the republicans just keep saying "I'm not a bigot. And I'm tired of having other peoples beliefs shoved down my throat. By the way Obama didn't cause this mess, if you read what's happened over the last 20+ years you'll see it's our elected officials..

    August 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Kevin

    And that's what lies underneathe a lot of the criticism of Obama. Obviously not all critics are racists, but all racists ARE going to be critics.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  36. f jones

    if he meant a sticky situation then he should have said a darn sticky situation =( i am so tired of these politicians trying to make the president look bad because of him bringing to light what has been going on for century into the light & now the rich want to complain no one was complaining about the crap Bush did while he held office for 8yrs. heck Obama is cleaning up the former presidents mess! we need to come together as a unit & stop trying to be separated because segregation was over a long time ago

    August 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  37. cindy

    This "Clown" needs to be investigated by the IRS,NAACP,JUSTICE DEPT,everybody???? Klan type "Insult" to our President! You need to Resign, your an Embarrassment to Colorado!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Steve Lyons

      Are you saying the NAACP is a government entity? Well under Obama I guess ACORN would be one too.

      August 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Peter

      Investigated for exercising his freedom of speech rights? No, but I agree that he should resign or be voted out of office.

      August 2, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • Rob

      you are a moron.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  38. StevenB

    May have crossed the line??? MAY HAVE??? This isn't 1950's Mississippi.

    Coloradans - start your recall petitions or whatever other procedure you have for removing someone from office. If you don't it is the same as shouting that he really does represent your views.

    I've got $100 that says neither the RNC or House Republicans punish him in anyway unless the PR gets really bad.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Jake

    Actually, not all REPUBLICANS are RACIST, but pretty much ALL RACISTS are REPUBLICANS.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Al

    Once again the rude, bigoted, hatred against this President continues. This is no misunderstanding.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  41. Angela

    These white people refuse to work with the President and disrespect him at every turn. He should stop trying to be their damn friend and just run the country as he sees fit. He is the President. The world knows that it is killing all of the whites in congress that he is President.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • iris

      hahahahhaaaa ! " you nailed him !!!"

      August 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  42. John

    Can we let it go already? Enough with people having to apologize for everything they say!!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you must have tires tracks all over your body

      August 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  43. ej

    This is an has also been a problem for ever (RACISM).come on act with some type of professionalism. God is watching .. Every soul has it day

    August 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  44. shon

    I think most of the disagreements with the president stems from hidden racism. They may elected a black man in but most refuse to allow him to make any decisions. I'm disgusted at the lack of unity in the U.S. It should be what's best for the people not what's the best for Congress!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Br'er Rabbit

    You people are morons. And by 'you people' I mean those of you who apparently can't read, yet some how found a way to post a comment. The context with which he used the phrase is anything but racist. We'll call the congressman a moron too though, since he hasn't the sense to avoid phrases that inflame those with George W's IQ level.

    People, stop looking for reasons to hate!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  46. Positive

    Quote: "Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) may have crossed the line . . ."

    MAY have crossed a line? Are you kidding me?!? He crossed the line at about 100 mph. What an incredibly ugly, racist thing to say! Censure at a minimum. Can House members be impeached?

    August 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  47. Kwaayesnama

    I’m sorry I’m a republican and I’m appalled his remark reflects on all of us. The sad thing is that this man is the father of 5 children; he might think this remark is acceptable but his children will have to answer for it when they go to school. Whatever he accomplished in the past and what he hopes to do in the future he will be known as the man that called America’s first black president a Tar Baby.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  48. bkgrandma

    Is anyone really surprised that a Republican is a racist? For years they have only taken care of the rich white people in this country who keep giving them money to get elected. Some things never change. Oh yes, he apologizes, or so his spokeswomen says. He should be thrown out of office!!!

    August 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  49. A Real Patriot

    This clown, like his Tea Party Klan, knows exactly what he is doing when he uses this vocabulary. He is sending coded messages to the White Supremacists in Colorado that he's their guy. Now how American is that?

    August 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • diane

      and i really believe you are right' and to think that we have someone in our state like this to represent our country is awfull and [messy]

      August 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  50. carol durante

    Obama will be called a lot worst than that before the next election.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  51. Nicole

    Ever since PRESIDENT OBAMA has taken office, I have seen a side of our government that makes me ashamed to be an American. I have learned that we are far from a democracy and what you have to say doesn't mean a thing. If anyone had called Mr. Bush (either one) anything disrespectful or insinuated something derogatory they would have been tossed out of office before the story hit the Internet but our current president is not protected that way and it is disgraceful.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  52. Mertis

    Mr.Lamborn, personally I think you should have never been elected. You appeared to have the intelligent of a jackass. You know God does not like what's going own on .. I pray that God have mercy on you .Ditto, you are an embarrassment to Colorado and to this country, you are so anti-American

    August 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  53. Remain Calm

    "Your" and "you're" are two different words.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  54. Al

    yeah, it was jaw dropping when Romney did it – given the Mormon's history with blacks and the fact he was in Massachusetts. And it was stupid when McCain did it (to be fair, McCain probably read the original prints of Br'er Rabbit as a child so I could forgive him).

    let's be clear what we're talking about here:

    yeah, that's not racist at all. Anymore than this was.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  55. ThinkAgain

    Typical Republican, using code words to wink at his base, playing to people's prejudices and fears because God knows they don't have a record to run on or any policies that aren't PROVEN FAILURES.

    If these white-sheeted pointy heads had any cojones, they'd just come out and say what they really believe: President Obama is not only unfit to be president but also unclean in the basest sense of the word.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  56. nintex

    As a human being, President Obama is so far above these crazy racist tea baggers in terms of dignity, intelligence, grace, and humor that the comparison should be obvious to even those who use the derogatory words. Keep being a great man, President Obama, and don't let the knuckleheads get you down. A vast majority of the country is behind you.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Hear, hear!!!

      August 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
      • wonderwoman

        Well said! People are getting on my nerves really bad yall. I feel bad for him sometimes. I know I chose the right man for President because lord knows I couldn't do it. No siree buddy - couldn't do it.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:21 am |
      • Thought About it

        Yup, I'm down with the Pres.

        August 2, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Mercy4me

      Keep on dreaming....and drinking that kool-aid!!!

      A hungry person will eat anything!

      August 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • PHinMiami

      Yes, I 3rd the motion.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Jantex

      You're kidding, right? You made the statement that the "vast majority" support Obama. Where? Saudia Arabia? I hate to bust your bubble, but Obama has a 40% approval rating right now and it has been steadily going down over the last several months.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • Peter

      Hear, hear indeed!

      August 2, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • Rob

      hahahahahahah. A vast majority?!? Have you seen his polls? Hardy anybody is behind him. He's an idiot. He doesn't even have a 45% approval rating. Really?!

      August 2, 2011 at 7:42 am |
      • tim in cali

        These polls are stupid and they only poll about 2000 people so if they poll this many people that has to true resonance of the millions of people that were left out of the polls. Where you apart of any polls, probably not. Have any polls been sent to you,probably not. So we can actually see that there is a a fundamental discrepancy in polling. Like when they say Americans approve of him 40%, who are these Americans and why wasn't I asked to be apart of this poll. Polls tells us nothing, it all false information

        August 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • lvnlife

      Majority of the country? Might want to check the polls on that one!

      The Congressman used an analogy to make a point. While he might have made a better choice of literature to illustrate his point, I hardly think the headline of this story is true. "Congressman calls Obama "tar baby". That headline did exactly what the reporter wanted it to do, created another hateful race debate so we would not debate the real issues that are destroying our country. Don't be so gullible!

      August 2, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  57. Bernii

    Some people play the game of fools and some people are just plain O'l foolish! There's no need to explain the intent of what was said. It simply should have never happened!

    August 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  58. justsane

    as i recall, he just barely squeaked in in 2010; if he continues to make idiotic statements like this, he'll be a "one-term and out" representative.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  59. KYM

    They are the ones that thought to START calling us tar babies... He knew exactly what he was saying.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  60. Springs Guy

    He knew what he was doing. The republicans say these things to dish up racism to the right wingnuts. The area Lamborn is from in Colorado is full of the Racist right. Oh yeah, He knew. Why is it only the republicans that get misunderstood for saying racist remarks?????

    August 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  61. David

    This is worse that adultery! This is unaccpetible and he should resign immediately!

    August 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  62. Debbie

    It is common knowledge that this term is offensive to African-Americans. It does not say much about the GOP since it was Romney and McCain that used the term before. I can accept some ignorance from people that do not work in the public but a US Governor, A Senator and now Rep. Lamborn! Like Obama or not this is just not acceptable. The Rep should publically and privately apologize to the President of the United States.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Anonymous Coward

      For the sake of education, could you kindly explain WHY?

      August 2, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • cindy

      Resign,is a better word. Sorry does,nt GET-IT!!!!

      August 2, 2011 at 8:02 am |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        It would have been nice if Lamborn actually issued the apology himself, instead of having a spokesperson do it for him. But I guess that like most Tea Party types he is actually above personally apologizing for any wrongdoing or misspeaking on his part.

        August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  63. Observer

    And Republicans will claim that they don't include bigots and racists.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  64. Why didnt he?

    Why didnt you just call him the N word and be through with it? We know thats what you do when the tape isnt running..

    August 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  65. LarryMoniz

    In my opinion the "congressman" was pathetically out of line. In Congress, they routinely call each other "gentleman" and "gentle-lady." Rather than being a gentleman, he's showing himself to be an extremist, a radical willing to destroy the Republic, a bigot and a racist with a capitol R. Such behavior is worthy of a grade school bully, not a U.S. representative. He should either resign or be recalled by his constituents. Shame on Colorado for sending such a person to Congress.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  66. chris24

    have a nice retirement cracker.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • DEE

      who is the racist now

      August 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      chris you can be angry but sin not
      the words you use can change the tone
      very quickly that is still a united state
      congress men and the office the congress men
      holds has weight
      let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth
      but that which is good to edifying that it may minster grace unto
      the hearers

      August 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  67. David in Vancouver WA

    The majority of Teabaggers take issue with a black man in the white house – that's their biggest gripe about what's happened to America. If it were truly out of control spending, etc. etc. then we would have heard from them while Bush Jr. was in office.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  68. MikeH

    What? No Sarah Palin stories? Who at CNN let this Ticker story about an obvious RepubliKlux from Colorado get put up? So he's a not-so-secret racist, what's the big deal. The RepubliKlux party is whiolly focused on appeasing the KKK crowd (AKA Tea Party).

    They're saying " us white folks are gonna become minorities soon. Da RebupliKlux party is gonna protekt us'n white folks from dem (insert racial slur here) what gonna steal our'n daughters away". This pork-fed pea-brain Lamborn is just more up front about it.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  69. shannon g

    This is why this country has failed. Bigots like that are in public office spewing their hate and making sure nothing gets done in respect to helping the American people.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  70. Steve Lyons

    Bravo ! ! ! ! Call a Spade_A_Spade and let's shut that bugger down.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  71. imstitchin

    Was this on the national news? If the roles had been reversed they would have been hounding Obama to apologize and resign.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  72. purhoney

    Having an African American as President of the United States of America has shown how little bigotry, prejudice and racism in America has changed. A great number of elected officials in this country (and their constituents) have shown that racism is still alive and thriving, it's just been well hidden. Thankfully (and hopefully), they don't represent the majority, and all this ugliness is making more people realize how important it is to vote and to know who you are voting for.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • No Judgement

      Amen. SMH

      August 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  73. sagin ferro

    I am saddened and extremely distressed about such an ignorance coming from a representative of the US government. To call a president 'Tar-baby'; a president who by all accounts the smartest of all republicans goons put together, is beyond low. All this guy showed was disrespect to the American constitution. And I REST my case. You bone-headed Tea baggers wouldn't diminish this great president by ranting your racist words; all you did was expose yourselves to us, the outer world, who you really are. If I were President Obama, I wouldn't value this lunatic enough to accept his apologies. Just ignore him. Shame on you CNN for giving extended air-time to these wanna B 'politicians' under the guise of free speech. I am so disappointed!!
    The Canadian
    we shall see if you post this

    August 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  74. ottie

    I am a seventy-eigth yr old african-american male and one thing I have learned is we never get RESPECT in this country

    August 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

    @ Maiki,..calling me an idiot does not change the fact that Rep. Lamborn spoke in a vile hateful manner,.. i've been called worse in my 72 years by people a lot smarter than you,.. and if Rep. Lamborn and his ilk are your role models,.. then i feel sorry for you.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • cindy

      Well said, my friend!

      August 2, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  76. PHinMiami

    . . . and the 'Tea Party' giggles.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  77. james Miller, a Texan

    Hate is thy middle name. The Republican party has no class and has morphed into a good ole white boy ( some stepford gals) fraternity for rich folks.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Jess C

      You couldn't be more correct. My hope is that voters see the GOP for what it really is through all this and it isn't pretty. They've been hijacked by a bunch of self-serviing, bigoted turds for the most part. Shame on the GOP for bowing to the TP'ers who could care less about the average American or the standing of our country.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  78. SDN

    Look, the dolt is afraid of any ethnic group other than white, and he's very likely afraid of the majority of us. I'll throw in his shadow and the dark for good measure. Just don't tell him that there are far more Asians, for example, that there are us Anglo's. I'll repeat for the nth this the best we can find to represent us?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  79. carlos

    rotten piece of white flesh.............parasite...

    August 2, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • cindy

      Lamborn is a "Replica" of the South, "When Klan used to line the streets,and throw rocks and hurl the N word at "Little Black Children when "Walking to School". Resign!

      August 2, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  80. SDN

    I suppose his comment was something of a "misunderstanding". This racist misunderstands the concept of respect for fellow human beings. Embarrassing and demeaning, for most of us, for our country, and for our world.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  81. Haitiana4Obama

    He knew what he was saying, playing to his Tea Party base all cozy on their Right Wing radio show. He didn't reflect on the comment but a week later when the outrage started pouring in. Meanwhile I bet his campaign's sent out donation emails about this to his base before this even broke.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  82. robert

    and the point of this is? everyone quit being so sensative.......who is willing to bet $$ that dems won't campaign on this issue of's what thier good at!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  83. Susan

    I tried to email and call this racist and no response and a full mailbox. Just like the coward he is. Misunderstood? I apologize if I offended anyone? I didn't know what a tar baby was. Your white cone shaped hat says it all. Shame.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  84. Black Maddie

    In this day and age!? Yeah, racism still exists, but not so blatantly. This pig should be given the bum's rush out of Washinhton

    August 2, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  85. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.


    August 2, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Marry

      It is unbelievable how low the GOP/TP have sunk! Sure hope people notice that this parties philosophy is a disaster for so many and benefits only a few. The insults the President has to put up with are almost unbearable. I do admire him for how classy he deals with it. But for fellow Americans who represent this state of mind, I feel nothing but disgust!

      Kevin said it very well too: Obviously not all critics are racists, but all racists ARE going to be critics.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Jantex

      Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn, as an elected official, show never have made his unsavory remarks/references about Brer Rabbit/Tar Baby in talking about Obama. It was definitely poor judgment on Lamborn's part! As an independent, I am fed up hearing both parties spout their propaganda as if it was the truth. You begin to wonder just how low some people will stoop. For instance, just reading different folks comments on this blog makes me shake my head in utter disbelief. Rude comments, deragatory comments, name calling; how immature and shallow. Everything I've read here is an opinion with absolutely no evidence or support.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • anthonyzweiner

      It was a METAPHOR about a sticky situation ... not a racial epithet about Obama. Just read the quote.

      August 2, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  86. Brooklyn NY

    If he meant quagmire or sticky situation he should of said that instead of 'tar baby' . What a loser !!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  87. Carl

    That was a racist remark! Plain and simple!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  88. vanessa

    And one of my FB friends had the nerve to tell me this was not about race....

    August 2, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  89. j

    Okn first ther was the crappy rumor about citizenship. Now this butthead has the nerve to try to back pedal on this comment please. This is just another example of why the common man is forgotten in Washington. If a clown like this can say something like this to our president can you imagine what he must say and do in private?

    August 2, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  90. Mike D

    Do I get to use the "race card" now or does he have to actually use the "n" word for it to be racist? I just want to be sure the Caucasian folks are OK with it before I use it.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • wgf

      You can use it now - it's official.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Keisha for Louisiana

      Right! When we want to Say that something is a racial issue, we are told that we are overreacting and I guess it will take the "N" word or a good old modern day lynching before American can see that this racism is more alive today than it ever was, just a little more discreet

      August 2, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  91. Sniffit

    It's simple for the GOPers: Throw it out there like a talking point grenade and thereby dogwhistle the racist connotations to show your support for "us versus them". Then, simply apologize in a disingenuous manner and step back while the "news" media does the work of cleaning it up for you by entertaining the cries of "reverse racism" and "race card" as though they are even remotely legitimate. Poof. Points scored with the base and likely no lasting damage as the MSM helps you sweep it under the rug. Easy peasy.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • JFritz

      Lee Atwater playbook. The GOP has been using this catechism for decades now. Perfected by Rove; baptised with tea.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:35 am |
      • frequent_traveler

        Nicely said.

        August 2, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  92. NoieAll

    I am sure he knows where he can shove his appology

    August 2, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  93. reality2011

    How is it that a member of Congress has so little RESPECT for the OFFICE of the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES ...that he would make such an insensitive/racist comment like that. What message is this sending to the rest of the world?..I have never seen anything like this in my life!!..Absolutely ridiculous!!!....You may not like the man personally but RESPECT the OFFICE.!!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  94. edog

    I find it so funny that most people can't see the racist attitudes of the Tea Party and GOP!!! For anyone that keeps hiding their heads in the sand and say this is not about Obama's race please answer this....

    1. Never before has any other President have to provide a long form Birth certificate except for this president 44
    2. Never before has the debt ceiling become an issue (raised 11 times under Regan 8 times under BUSH) except for this president.

    The only reason these issues are brought up is because this president is BLACK!!

    I just donated to Obama's re-election campaign!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  95. Miss Liberty

    What a disgrace to his office and his country. He should apologize unconditionally and resign immediately.

    Why is it the more self-righteous someone is, the more entitled they feel to utter any rude, disgusting remark that wanders into their pea brains?

    August 2, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  96. Rae

    I expect my representatives to call for this man's resignation. If we continue to listen to and accept these types of racist statements, then we are no better than this "former" representative!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  97. Pathetic republicans

    What a sad and despicable group these Republicans are....they remind me of little kids who resort to name calling when they can't get their way. Resorting to racism is what happens when you have nothing to add to the discourse. Man, is this country in trouble!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  98. Bobden

    I have lived in Colorado for 30 yrs. It's a great place to be, except for repub twits like lamborn.
    He's against anything that might be good for the state and it's people.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • cindy

      Thats right,Colorado is a trend setter for America. This "Guy looks and acts like Rush Limps older Brother? He needs to "Resign" or We,ll vote him out in 2012!!! Apology, Sorry,that is,nt enough for "Blatent Racism"

      August 2, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • WEEZIE

      Bobden, Then I think it's time that that Racist Bastard be put out to pasture. He's an embarrasemen to Colorado, and to all those who voted for him. PLEASE vote him out in 2012!!!!! Or better, impeach his sorry a$$!

      August 2, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  99. sunsohot

    if he "meant to refer to a sticky situation or quagmire" why didn't he use those words? clearly, they would describe his view of the situation accurately and no possible offense could be taken. either he's unable to think in terms appropriate for public speaking or he meant them exactly as they were heard. third option: he just doesn't think. period.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  100. Darryl

    First of all, a lot of Black amerikans don't even use the "n" word, as it is denegrating and self-hating. And maybe you don't find the "Uncle Remus" story racist,, but the term tar baby has been historically offensive to Black people. As it seems current knowledge is limited, let's shool you on the no no's Equally offensive are jig, jigaboo, porch monkey, spade, jungle bunny, moolie, darkie, spook and nigras. I'm sure there are probably others. Check Wikepedia.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  101. Eric

    The absolutely horrible direction the GOP has embarked on over the past decade or two has done what to benefit America as a nation? It is the party that puts us in the red and acknowledges it not at all. It is the party which has chosen to employ invective, fear, vile disrespect for so many individuals but especially this president who – good or bad – is by far the better president by leaps and bounds then the last one offered up by the GOP. The GOP has injected disingenuous religious dogma into the political arena. (I don't want someone who thinks "God" has called them to run for political office – all it tells me is that they're weak minded people who are lead by puppetmasters who invoke religion for all the wrong reasons) . I don't like all the fear flammed by the GOP and the hostile, angry political game the GOP plays with American lives. The mess our nation is in right now is in large part thanks to actions and influence of the GOP. So many conservatives defend this party while everything they do is ultimately against their best interests. They serve corporate intersts, they use those they can manipulate for their numbers not their welfare, that is of course unless you are big corporate business interests. America is sliding into steady ruin while the machinations of GOP and the right wing spin machine decimate so many ways. Falling for the lies they spin is like wrapping yourself in your own web of slow, steady destruction. It is sad to see so many people of this great nation reduce themselves to hate spewing, lie spinning, nasty, ugly merchants of their own demise. It pains me to see so many submit to this, diminish themselves in this way and in turn diminish us as a country. Why is all the negative poison the GOP loves to heap upon us so appealling to so many? How much self loathing have we filled ourselves with that we accept this as "normal"? Wake up America. The Dems are not the end all, be all. In fact, politics in America are horrible these days but the GOP, the right wing spin machine, the Tea Party extremists...these are all merchants of evil, They claim one thing yet their actions are all about something else, and this is the case in incident after incident after incident. The life is being sucked from us by the uninspired, the unimaginative, the insincere, the self-serving and the merchants of hate. I hope enough of America wakes up, engages their minds and rids our politics of these parasites and their poison.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  102. Thomas

    John Kennedy said' Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country'?

    Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) is a sad excuse for a human being !

    August 2, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  103. Kushforce

    That statement may have been clueless but it was probably based out of racism. That being the case, I must say, are we all not afraid of what we do not understand? Isn't racism just fear of the unknown? Perhaps this bigot is not aware that Obama was born of a women, shares like 99% of the same DNA, and poops just like he does. People need to get over what divides us. We are all humans, we all deserve to be treated with the same respect. If someone is a total a$$hole, then, label them as such because they can help that. I wasn't able to choose the color of my skin and I doubt that Obama was either.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  104. officialmer

    He did not call Obama a tar baby – he said the debt was 'like touching a tar baby'.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:14 am |
  105. Denise


    August 2, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  106. Daphine

    It's a sad state when this sitting congressman, elected by the people to do a job would have to resort to racist slurs to light a fire under his people. sad,,,,,

    August 2, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  107. Mike

    Lol. great choice of words there congressman, even if he didn't have the same intentions as far as meaning goes he should be fired for being stupid enough to use that word in the first place.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:35 am |

    Don't forget that the premium saltines called their own wingnut Nikki Haley a raghead. It just never stops. Of course they don't see what is racist about it since they say it all of the time like their parents and grandparents did .

    August 2, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  109. Marc

    I am completely disgusted by both the tone of this article, and by the mindlessness in these comments. I'm used to seeing hateful, unthinking speech in zealous -Republican- comments, not my fellow liberals!

    Stop foaming at the mouth, and think for a moment. Now, go read

    Have you read it? It tells exactly what a Tar Baby is. The congressman that was quoted appears to be using it in its correct, original form, and not in some kind of derivative, derogative form. You can ASSUME whatever you'd like, but keep it rational! You don't KNOW, actually KNOW, that he meant otherwise, so who are you to make that jump?

    Overzealous Republicans look bad every time they jump on the bandwagon and start bashing on those granola-crunching, bleeding heart liberals. WE look bad every time we jump down the throat of a Republican without using our brains, first. Ponder for a moment, if he really, truly meant to use the term in the way he appears to be using it, and then saw a CNN comment page full of blind rage, and barely legible hate speech (hating on hypothetical haters is still hating!). I would be completely taken aback, and those on the other side of the aisle would be somewhat diminished in my eyes.

    Use your friggin' brains. Stop hate, and somewhat more importantly, idiocy.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  110. Anne Hatzakis

    For those people who would not want to believe that a US Congressman could be using this type of language, I’m sorry to say that unfortunately there is audio evidence. He is actually quoted in this article as saying the following on a Colorado radio show.
    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. I don’t want that to happen to us, but if it does or not, he’ll still get, properly so, the blame because his policies for four years will have failed the American people.
    This quote is problematic for SEVERAL reasons, and only the first is the ‘tar baby’ reference. Admittedly, using the term ‘tar baby’ is very descriptive of being in a “sticky” situation, but it also has very racist overtones. This is a term that Mitt Romney APOLOGIZED for using in 2006 – well before our nation elected its first African-American president. In 1981, author Toni Morrison published a novel titled "Tar Baby," and she has compared the expression to other racial epithets. She says it's a term that white people used to refer to black children, especially black girls. Whether your politics are as Liberal as Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) are portrayed as or as proudly Conservative as Doug Lamborn’s (R-CO) there is no cause for this type of language.
    The other, and perhaps more important, reason for this being a problematic quote is Rep. Lamborn’s certainty that the American people would automatically blame the President of the United States for having to deal with SOME members of BOTH the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate simply refusing to consider compromise solutions even though there have been people who have likened the way business is coming to be done in our nation’s capital to “political hostage taking”.
    Apparently, Mr. Lamborn has forgotten what happened in the 1990’s when something similar seemed to be going on. The party that was refusing to compromise lost more seats AFTER it became clear that they would not compromise than they had gained BEFORE that happened. The famous “Contract with America” that was proposed by then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich bears a remarkable resemblance to what many politicians promised their constituents in the 2010 elections. It was the backlash from this that lead to a large number of United States House of Representatives members losing their seats.

    The Contract with America is rooted in 3 core principles:
    Accountability: The government is too big and spends too much, and Congress and unelected bureaucrats have become so entrenched to be unresponsive to the public they are supposed to serve. The GOP contract restores accountability to government.
    Responsibility: Bigger government and more federal programs usurp personal responsibility from families and individuals. The GOP contract restores a proper balance between government and personal responsibility.
    Opportunity: The American Dream is out of the reach of too many families because of burdensome government regulations and harsh tax laws. The GOP contract restores the American dream.
    If you read the actual text of the beginning of The Contract with America you will see that it bears a striking resemblance to the STATED goals of the modern Tea Party movement and the “Contract FROM America” as stated at . I think that Rep. Lamborn, as well as others, needs to remember the following two quotes from the philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana:
    • Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
    • Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (The text of the “Contract with America)

    August 2, 2011 at 4:42 am |
  111. yshanks

    He know exactly what he was saying!!! He calls President Obama that ALL the time behind closed doors! He meant it!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 4:55 am |
  112. Ummm...

    Last time I checked, Mr. Obama is half white. Doesn't count for anything? I J S...

    August 2, 2011 at 4:58 am |
  113. Jack

    It's O.K. All TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS are racial bigots and feel they are in charge of AMERICA. very scary. they are bullies, name callers w/o brains.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:08 am |
  114. Kirk Lisuzzo

    What a DISGRCE to Coloradans.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:37 am |
  115. Jerry

    I am a life-long Democrat. I am no fan of the president, nor will I ever be. However, Mr. Lamborn's comment was moronic and idiotic. I have no doubt he could have chosen his words much more carefully. While I agree with him on the gist of his message regarding the president and his failures, his words were stupidly chosen.

    He should not have his underlings apologize for his stupidity. He should apologize directly to the president and the American public.

    We need to hold both parties accountable for their stupidity and rhetoric.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • Thelookingglass

      Jerry you are one of those closet racist who can not see beyond the trees. The president policies have not failed, they have been obstructive by the party of no. People like you, just sit on the side line and expect unrealistic miracles from Obama, miracles that you would not expect or hold any other to. You are a short term supporter, if only to rid yourself of your racist guilt. Then you disguise your true nature by appearing to be disappointed with the so called failed policies. Can't you see, your president is being sabotaged along with America . . . including you my closet racist friend. Period!

      August 2, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  116. no to pork obama

    oh here come the oh he is racists comments, well lets look at obama, hmm calling police stupid, hmm putting a tax on tanning, sounds like racism against whites, remember if you dish it out, you better be able to take it, but I'm sure the blacks will scream like cry babies.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:41 am |
    • Glen


      August 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Mocha in DC

      what??? before you hit the post icon...there is no comparison.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  117. False Left Right Paradigm

    I bet one would die of alcohol poisoning if one were to play a drinking game with the CNN comments everytime the word Racist, Teabagger, GOP greed, and party of no are used.

    On a more serious note, wake up! BOTH parties are scamming you!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  118. johnmenacherjr

    Just one more disgusting dirty and foul comment from our DICTATORS THE TEA PARTY! A black president or anyone from the middle class would never even get a chance at being president HURRAAYY! rape the middle class the sheep are totally stupid! And NO JOBS!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  119. mike

    Hey real patriot Get real you are not a real patriot you are a scum bag and your mother is a tar baby and you know it and if you need some thing to wash her off just look it up in Uncle Remus

    August 2, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  120. Mike

    This man should not be allowed to hold a public office. HE is part of the problem in this country. It use to be that both parties would be able to work together to resolve out nation's problems. But now it's either one party's way or it's the highway. The Tea PArty is a big part of that thinking. If we contiue down that road, no good will come from that type of attitude. What really bothers me is that my taxes help pay this idiot's salary. But I'm sure we'll hear the standard response from those who will defend his comments: That's not what he meant. It's the press' fault. Realistically, he should be removed immediately.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  121. Don

    This is what it is... lets see if there is a protest. Politics has gotten real ugly.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  122. jacq

    I'm tell you this,he makes the good state of Colorado look really bad.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  123. chill

    You'd think there'd be a law that requires a Congressman to have a brain.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • cindy

      He needs to take his "Confederate" flag,and go to Texas. He,ll get more welcome there! Perry can "use him as an Adviser??

      August 2, 2011 at 8:33 am |
      • Daddy Cantu

        We don't want him either, as a matter of fact I will send you perry because we are fed up with that lying hypocrite.

        August 2, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  124. w l jones

    Take a week vacation on the beach and compare. Bless.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  125. modmike

    what a jerk!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  126. too good 4u

    "tar baby" not racist................okay, go up to any black person any black you see even on your job and call them 'tar baby' and watch what happens... I dare anyone who thinks tar baby is not a racist term do it I double dare you

    August 2, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  127. maz hess

    phrases like this are made by some white people when they forget that black people are in the room. When it is made in public then not only their caracter has been to be questioned but also their brain. Three weeks ago I have been in a bar where a white guy forgot that his best body was black and made a deeply rassist joke. There was silence in that room for at least 5 minutes.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  128. Dale

    Stay classy Republicans. What a bunch of racist bigots. I am white as the driven snow, and not at all sensitive to such things, and even I think that was a blatant racist remark. I wonder if he meant to let his real feelings slip out, or if he was intentionally pandering to the racist redneck crowd.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  129. Auzzie

    Wow, a clueless and insensitive Republican, who harbors latent racist views.

    Who could imagine???

    It is obvious that a number of people have a real problem with President Obama being black because they keep making off-the-cuff statements about him being black

    August 2, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  130. GrogInOhio

    Sigh... they don't even bother to hide it anymore. I dunno if that's good or bad, but the blatant racism of the GOP is clearer everyday.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • WEEZIE

      President Obama's children are old enough and mature enough to read the horrible things the GOP are saying about their father. These ignorant people don't care about his children or his wife. They have feelings too. I have never been prejudice or bigoted, but these ignorant GOP and Tparty people have made me look at life in a different way. I hate them with such a passion that my heart hearts, and I feel so ashamed of myself.

      August 2, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  131. Michael Hyman

    Hello, Hel-low, I don't put nothing past both Parties, they are like the Lady that my co-worker and I ASK to enter her yard to inspected a sewer manhole.They say "Be my guess";then SICK Two White DOGS onThe Brrother!!!! You

    August 2, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Michael Hyman


      August 2, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  132. NYC REPUB

    smh......Obama 2012....

    August 2, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • WEEZIE

      YES...President Obama 2012!

      August 2, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  133. MsP

    Arrogance of being President while being Black
    I don't think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America . I'm pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.
    I'm quite old. I remember, vaguely, where my parents were on November 22, 1963. I've seen so many presidents. Some were feared, some were hated, some were adored, some popular and some not. But all of them, without exception, were treated with the highest respect deserving the office of the president of the United States .
    That is until a black man won the right to occupy this office. It's been 13 months now, and in the eyes of so many, Barack Obama is still that one. He is being disrespected and at the same time being held to the highest standard of any president I've ever seen – and not just by the Republican side! He has to perform three times better than any president in history, and even that may not be enough.
    For the media, he is many more times just "Obama" than "President Obama". They create scandals out of nothing issues. It took them at least 6 years to start giving Bush a small part of the shit he deserved. It took them 6 months to begin crap all over Obama because he's yet to fix the catastrophe that was left for him.
    They use condescending tones when they talk about him, and only mildly less condescending when they talk TO him. With anyone else, CNN wouldn't dare go to commercials every time the president speaks, like they did during that summit on Thursday. They wouldn't dare be counting how many minutes George Bush or Bill Clinton were talking. Chris Mathews wouldn't dare make an issue out of Ronald Regan calling members of congress by their first name, like he is not actually the president. They fully cooperate with the Right-Wing smear machine when it comes to president Obama's national security performance – even if almost every independent and military expert actually thinks that he's a terrific Commander-in-Chief. You'll never see them on TV, and virtually no one from the Left, in congress and outside, defend the president on this matter.
    I don't care about the Far-Right. They're just crazy ignorant Neanderthals. It's the way the beltway and the mainstream treats this president that is shocking. On Thursday, almost every Republican had no trouble interrupting him in the middle of a sentence. They looked like they're going to vomit every time they had to say "Mr. president". They all had this Eric-Cantor-Smirk whenever he spoke. Then they went out and started to spit their stupid talking points, to the delight of the media. Sarah Palin, a woman who can hardly read, thinks that he was "arrogant" towards John McCain, and somehow this is an important news. Because you see, "Obama's Arrogance" is the talking point of the day.
    Oh, those talking points. He is arrogant (because he knows the facts better than all of them combined). He is an elitist (because he uses big words that they don't understand). He is weak on national security (because he actually thinks about the consequences). He divides the country (well, he did that the day he had the audacity to win the election). Worst of all, he actually thinks that he's the president. He even dared to say so on Thursday. How arrogant of him. You'd think that previous presidents didn't have any ego. Somehow it turned out that the one president who treats even his biggest opponents with the utmost respect – is the arrogant one. I wonder why?
    I expected that his winning the Presidency would bring out some ugliness, but it's been far worse than I imagined. The racism coming from the Right is obviously clear and shameless, but there's also some hidden and maybe subconscious and disturbing underline tone behind some of the things that I read here and throughout the Left blogosphere, even before the end of Obama's first year – 'He's weak, he's spineless, he's got no balls, primary him in 2012'. It'll be dishonest to deny that.
    The fact is that for millions in America, Barack Obama is this uppity black man (Not even a "real" black), who received good education only due to affirmative action, and has no right to litter the sacred Oval Office with his skin color. They just can't accept the fact that the president is a black man, who unlike his predecessor, was actually legally elected. But what's really sad is that it's not just the fringe, its deep deep in mainstream America .
    Barack Obama's ability to remain above all this slob, to keep his optimism and his strange and mostly unjustified faith in people, while continuing to gracefully deal with an endless shitstorm – is one of the most inspiring displays of human quality I have ever seen. And I can only hope that the Cosmos is on his side because God is and He never makes a mistake.
    Sometimes, they make me feel ashamed to be a white man!!

    August 2, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • I tea-bag/teabaggers

      I've never heard it put so well. I completly agree with you. Very well said, thank you!

      August 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  134. Dean

    Liberals set the standard in the things they said about President Bush. Obama is fair game...derogatory remarks are now part of the game.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • jean

      Join the Klan, Mr.Dean!!!! You Talk like the Grand Wizard of Hatred?? When you meet your "God", He,ll have his way with you, For Sure? Its Real Hot down their I hear!!

      August 2, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • WEEZIE

      No one called Bush the names that the GOPer's are calling PRESIDENT OBAMA. Republicans are a disgrace to the human race. They never disrespected his wife or children. Anyone who doesn't see the harm in this, is also a RACIST in my opinion.

      August 2, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • DJ

        Bush was called a Nazi, a monkey, an idiot. And a whole lot more

        August 2, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Rob

        Oh yes I did, not Nazi, but certainly and Idiot. And you know what, Idiot Bush at least had cojones. Obama is submissive, not a fighter.

        August 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

      THAT IS BULL!!! No one EVER used a racial slur against Bush! Yes, he was dim-witted, slow, ignorant, etc.... But no one ever slandered him for being white. Don't even try to claim there is anything fair about using these bigoted terms against our president! There is no excuse for this and it should be condemned by all!!!!

      August 2, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Marine

      Agree. You can't go around saying Bush=Hitler, that he planned the 9/11 attacks, etc... and expect real Americans to take you seriously. Then again, liberals aren't real Americans.

      August 2, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Rob


      August 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • reality

      if the congressman would have called him a fag they would have his head. if he would have refer to him as a woman they would have his head. why should we not have his head for this statement? the solution four more years for the president.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  135. Sue

    I don't care how he meant it.....he should be more intelligent than to use words that are offensive and could have other meanings than the one he was trying to get across.....but that is our problem in our politicans today they aren't we have just witnessed this past weeks in Washington......OK so Boehner says he got 98 percent of what he wanted does that mean if this backfires and it doesn't create jobs or get our economy back on it's feet than he can't blame Obama cause he got everything he wanted, and the Republicans did it by letting the Freshman Tea Baggers hold them all hostage along with America.....what a bunch of losers......the only one that showed that he was willing to sacrifice even his own party was Obama to keep America from going into bankrupsy...because the GOP insisted that this debt ceiling issue was tied to the spending cuts......GOP and TEA BAGGERS you may have won this battle but you lost the WAR (2012)

    August 2, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  136. w l jones

    I am taken aback why did not say Na in old African language mean God or your highness. Bless

    August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  137. Shay

    Doug Lamborn (R) does not have an excuse for such disrespect for the office of President of the United States. I don't want to hear about him being sorry. We already know he is a poor excuse for a human being. The Republican party showed it colors when Mr. Obama was running the the presidency. I have never seen so much hatred spewed.

    Lamborn should not be able to get away with just saying he's sorry. He should apologize to President Obama. Maybe the next time he will have better control of his mouth!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • jean

      Sorry doesn,t "Get It" when your a Bigoted Racist?? America has no use for "This Bigot" 2012 "OUT"

      August 2, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  138. mickey

    why does everyone forget that obama is 1/2 white&1/2black???

    August 2, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • anthonyzweiner

      It was a METAPHOR about a sticky situation ... not a racial epithet about Obama. Just read the quote.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Steffany

      During slavery days if you had one ounce of "negro" blood in you – guess what? You're black! It still applies.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:01 am |
      • DEE

        Those days are long gone, and my parents nor my parents parents or my parents, parents, parents were part of "slavery". Time to stop looking behind us people, look ahead!

        August 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Glen

        Actually, this reply is to Dee. I wonder why people always expect Black people to conveniently forget the past injustices but enthusiastically support Jewish efforts to keep the memory of the holocaust at the forefront public consciousness. Personally, I believe the holocaust occurred – I've been to Dachau. On the other hand, I KNOW that Black people have experienced their own holocaust in these United States. I have no intention of forgetting it either.

        August 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Tricky

      Ha! That's funny. Let him not be the president and standing behind you in the grocery store...he'd be that Black guy. Half White – stop kidding yourself. So, the racist comment was only meant for 1/2 of him?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Tallon0002

      because the half thats black is his skin color

      August 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  139. charles bowen

    More Racist Crap From the Republitard Trash that the Christian Right Supports. Gotta Say that Christians have given the republican party a well deserved kick in the tail and shown us all the Evil of the Right Thought, Word, and Deed. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    August 2, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  140. Roger

    This just goes to prove moreso than ever, that the national debate over debt ceilings, taxes, foreign policy, domestic spending, etc. has nothing to do with constitutional process or anything else – it is just race plain and simple. The bigots and racists that infect our government just can't stand the fact that we have a black president. Shame on all of you and hopefully your sorry butts will be booted out next year. Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  141. leon111

    When the fox mentions hanging this refers back to the old fashioned lynchings that slave owners could do to run away slaves and during the later years to the lynchings by hate groups.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  142. anthonyzweiner

    It was an appropriate METAPHOR about a sticky situation ... not a racial epithet about Obama. Sheesh! Just read the quote.
    Yet another example of intentionally misleading CNN liberal reporting. Shame on you! (Dare you so-called journalists to post this.)

    August 2, 2011 at 9:53 am |

    For all those who claimed there was no racism in our government, that we were all "playing the race card" ... EAT YOUR WORDS!!! The GOP is a group made up of good ol' white boys with that southern bigoted mentality. This dominating ideal to "make obama a one term president", Boehner's "hell no we wont" ... and so many more slips all lead to one thing... the GOP and their leader RUSH LIMBAUGH cannot stand the idea of a Black President!!! They are bigots, and racists, and should all be kicked out of office!!!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  144. Jaywing

    Ah yes, the inherent racism that is inbedded in the GOP and Teabagger movement raises its ugly head again. They just can't get out of their own way. You really have to wonder why a black man as President frightens them so much? Is it that he's smarter than a room full of them?. Better spoken. More sophisticated? Better groomed? Just plain sexier?

    August 2, 2011 at 10:07 am |

      ... Nailed it! finally the hood comes off and we see them for who they really are... the race card is not a card, its the truth!

      August 2, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Dany

      LOL! All of the above!

      August 2, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  145. Jim

    And the same ones who are crying this was racist, disrespectful to Obama, and look at those evil Republicans, will be calling the president Hitler and fascist the next time a Republican is in office (as if they don't already now). Speaking for the general public ( and I do), we pay no attention to these obvious partisian cult of personality followers on the left except to point and laugh at how foolish they are.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  146. steven harnack

    I think that it is just a glaring example of the mindless hate that the Republicans have for the democratically elected President of all Americans. They would rather sink the whole country than go along with THEIR President, even if they agreed with him in principle. You can debate the reasons all day but at the end of the day it's still the most disgusting display that I have ever seen.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  147. Marine

    I think he meant what he said, and it is apt...used in the sense of the actual Song of the South B'rer Rabbit story, not the perjorative use of the term against Black people. It's not like the analogy has never been used in Washington before, either, it's historically been a rather commonly applied to ugly messes that just pull the participants in deeper. Given the hypersensitivity to race the Dems keep foisting on the public, though, it's better to stick with talking about quicksand or the LaBrea Tar Pits if you want to draw the analogy as long as the Annointed One is President.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • another Marine

      Yes it's kinda like if you had snugled up to GW Bush in the last administration, today you would be known as pig shat...all the republicans have done since Obama became President is play "get the n-gger" nothing else..I would love to see Obama run agin and win by a record landslide and it just might happen the way the republicans are acting. BTW..I'm white.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  148. WEEZIE

    Everyone needs to take a good look at the makeup of the GOP! They're all OLD, WHITE, Good OLe Boys! The younger ones are from the same good ole boys family. Republicans better upgrade to a better breed.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  149. Randy, San Francisco

    Expect no apologies from conservative family values religious GOP/Tea Party candidates. The GOP turned to the Dark Side many years ago.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  150. anthonyzweiner

    Come on people! It was a common (and appropriate) METAPHOR about a sticky situation ... not a racial epithet about Obama. Just read the quote again. Sheesh! (Leave it to CNN and Becky Brittain to create controversy where none exists. Not the first time.)

    August 2, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  151. jason lucas

    The American Dream, is just that..... a Dream. Its over folks!!! The past 10 years of spending has set us back 80 years. Not to mention all the shoe boxs of cash underneath all the crooked politictions beds. How long before China decides to open a can of whopass on America? I mean they do own this entire country. AMERICA FOR SALE "16 Trillion" I think I know what they ment, when they said, the World as we know it ,will be over by Dec,31st 2012 !!!!!!!!! The Worlds not going to blow up and we will all die fast,no,no,no. Does anyone know what hell is going to be like???? Its called World War Three people!!!!!!!!!! Thats why people will get on camera and call the President a "TARBABY" Its not entirely Obamas fault whats happening to the world , but we beleived him when he said he would fix Americas problems. And u all fell for it hook,line, and sinker. and u will all vote for him again, because were so smart. When its all over, just remember MONEY...... IS THE ROOT TO ALL EVEIL. And everybody has a little racism in there bones. Dont act like you would love it, if your 18 yr old daughter, just announced her and her black ghetto boyfreind are getting married. (with his pants on the ground, hanging off his butt. )

    August 2, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Tricky

      Wow! Why that scenario and not the upstanding Black fellow and his meth head White girlfriend with all the piercings – or his trailer chick – or his fake Paris Hilton with all the palstic surgery @ 20....

      August 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Mocha in DC

      Jason, if you going to quote the scriptures, great, but you should get it right if you are going to teach..."for the LOVE of Money is the root of all evil"1Tim 6:10( remember Judas.)..also, the Good Book says, that which you are afraid of....will likely come your way. Be careful of such fears, for you might find your little girl LOVING a Beautiful, Kind, Generous, Loving, Manley, Black Man!

      August 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  152. Rupe'T

    Since it is not OK for Black people to complain when they are disadvantaged, I am eternally grateful to you caucasians who have come to the Presidents defense. I also admire President Obama's class in not wasting precious valuable time lambasting the Lamborn..........fodder for the next elections.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  153. betterdays

    Next thing you know, they'll be calling someone racist for using "inward."

    August 2, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  154. john

    The Br'er Rabbit story is not in itself racist. But the Congressman's use of the phrase is. But he only lets slip what all the Republicans are, when they think they are not being overheard. The whole secret of the Republican party's power, ever since 1964, is racism.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Brer Fox

      You mean when the Democrats opposed civil rights and the Republicans were for the civil rights amendment. Ignorance is not stupidity it is merely the lack of factual information. Do some research before making ignorant comments.

      August 2, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  155. Adalbert

    This moron should move to some other country.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  156. Brer Fox

    Miss Sally, Doug didn't mean no harm. He was just tryin' to be like Brer Rabbit.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  157. ed

    This is by design it is the gop's (lower case intentional) way of communicating. they know exactly what they are saying and it is their way of saying to the rqcists we willinsult the president as much as we want and they beleive he will do nothing. watch out repugnantcans rememberhow Pres Obama handled donald rump while simultaneously going after osama bin laden!

    August 2, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  158. DJ

    How is this any different than Biden calling people who support the tea party terrorists?

    August 2, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Dany

      The difference is that the Tea Party ARE terrorists!

      August 2, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  159. Dany

    Of course the comment would come from a bigoted tea bagger. No surprise here.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  160. Skylark

    Abolish Anonymity on these posts. And everywhere else for that matter. We will see who is really proud of their prejudice.
    Then attack texting. Restore face to face and eye to eye communication.
    Tear up your velvety grass and plant a garden.
    Zap me back to the 50's please. I have served my time on the planet (72 yrs and counting) and I weep for what we have become.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:59 am |

      I remember growing up in the 50's and 60's in a small midwestern town and being school in the evil of name calling of anyone because of race, religion, creed. What has amazed me is that these lessons were totally lost on the Tea Party and the Republican Party. The Tea Party are not a party of and for the People and when making racist remarks can use terms that it was a slip in a moment of emotion – it states their true feelings about the people who made this country and that includes Black, White, Yellow, Christian, Muslim, etc.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  161. Kweso

    Rep. Lamborn has smoked pot again and is ready to laugh about something that is only funny to him.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  162. Ernie

    Oh I can see there are a lot of congressmen/wome and 'senator's who are "thin skined". I have watched congressmen leave congress for some of the stupid things they have done. Everyone in congress lives in a bubble and not can say or give their opinion. During the "Civil War" Lincoln took a lot of bad name calling. All he did was sluff it off. The person who gave their opinion didn't apologize and did say he or she was sorry. So it's time for all the House Representatives and the Senate to start acting like men and women and not like school yard children. Just thing when they are either voted out or they leave and people start calling them names their just going to have to take it, because this time Washington won't be around to protect them.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  163. MikeMazzla

    If you are a politician and dumb enough to use that term. no matter what you meant, then you should not be in office. Everyone knows that the term is if you use bad judgement and use it you deserve all the abuse you get.... I realize the rednecking of America may think its ok..but it isnt.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  164. jason lucas

    America needs to realize that theres no honest way around our situation with our debt. Its time to get down and dirty. It's easy people! AMERICAS ACCOUNT BALANCE IS .....-16Trillion (would u like a receipt with that ?) So what are we going to do about that???? A.) Its time to tell China to go fuck themselves, WE dont owe china nothing B.) Rob our own people C.) or cancle out S.S.I. and welfare and insurance and food stamps and watch wide spread famine across the world ? UM.... YEAH O.K. I'll take D.)

    August 2, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  165. Gods Child

    I have no idea where you people come from with all the negativity.... Can't you see WRONG IS WRONG. That man.. and I will say it again that man (Lamborn) is wrong for that comment, its doesnt matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat it was not called for. Obama is trying to clean up the bull that Bush dumb ass left behind and Cindy eat dirt because you dont seem to be any brighter then the next person. I Pray that my children don't run into people like you. I teach them not to see color and give everyone respect even if they think they dont deserve it. You probably the main person teaching your children how to be evil!! NOT COOL.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  166. Kate

    Racism is still alive and well amongst our children as well..Just taught a fifth grade class where the journal writing of a Hispanic child wrote" If I were ruler of the world I would kill all the black people...Die, Die, Die.".with a picture..After speaking with the parent about how offensive this was..Her reply " He told me someone told him to write it" We have parents teaching racism to their children as well as politicians....Politicians like this should resign because they cannot represent ALL AMERICANS..

    August 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  167. jindal

    Crackers will be crackers

    August 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • HairlessApe


      August 2, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  168. rf924

    Although I don't think Lamborn meant the statement to be racist he probably should have used another term to describe Obama.....maybe something like "clueless clown" or "totally incompetent failure" would have been more appropriate.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  169. jason lucas

    I wish we were going back too the fifties.. But we'll be going back to the 20s and we'll start the B.S. all over again promising the people ithis government will work this time. It will only get worse before it gets better

    August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  170. MTATL67

    That term is extremely racist. This Rep was born May 24, 1954 so he is well aware of what that term means and how it was used. Those of you that say "Oh your just thinned skinned". It has nothing to do with being thick or thinned skinned. It has to do with common decency and respect to the President and the office he holds. How would you react if someone called your wife or your daughter the C or B Word and then said "Oh she and you are just thinned skinned." It has to do with RESPECT

    August 2, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Independent

      That might mean something if it were the case that this Rep meant it in a racist way. but htere's no evidence that he did. He did apologize for the misconception of what some attach to that term, and that should be the end of it. That a bunch of seemingly Dems/liberals/Obama supporters believe that is was racist in intent isn't evidence, they're too partisan to judge properly. You and your comments, as well as others who might hold that viewpoint, are evidence of this.

      There's a reason that a majority of Independents who voted for Obama in 2008, like me, are running away from him. A part of it has to do with how crazy his supporters are, especially the political left. The statements given on this board in reaction to this present additional incentive to not vote for him in 2012.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      It might be disrespectful, but it is only racist because you want it to be. You liken it to those other terms, which in no way compare. This guy uses it as a simile, you use it as a noun.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • Tricky

        It's amazing how naive you and 'Independent' truly are..

        August 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • HooYoo2say

      Excellent point.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  171. kate

    I just had a Hispanic fifth grave grader write " If I were ruler of the world I would Kill all the black people..die..die..die.." with an offensive picture..We cannot afford to have people in power spew this kind of hatred...He should resign since he cannot represent ALL AMERICANS....CHANGE COMES THE TOP..

    August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Bob in Pa

      Thats a pretty broad interpretation from what he actually said. Don't just read the headline, read the article. As an American, we don't need teachers like you that can't seperat fact from fiction.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  172. steve a, new braunfels, texas

    He doesn't need to worry about anything sticking to him because he won't be around anyway after the next election.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • adell

      it people like you that give good people a bad name its obvious you are cut from the same cloth as the other jack ass.
      have a good life.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  173. HooYoo2say

    I don't want Rep. Lamborn to apologize because it would be insecere. You apologize when you realize that you were truly in the wrong whether it was intentional or you said or did something that was obviously offensive but did not think before you chose the action. He knows what the term personifies and he used it intentionally. Evidently he thinks or knows this will be well received by his base of voters and it will not be used against him, rather it will bolster him. Politicians know their base well and it's never their base they offend it's the object that their base finds distasteful that these slimeballs target with their offensive remark. I don't want a fake apology from someone who purposefully uses a bigoted remark to bolster their standing among their supporters who share the same bigoted views.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  174. LIP

    I am not a fan of President Obama, but with that said, am not a fan of racism either and clearly, making any kind of reference to a 'tar baby', whether intended to be racist or not is not acceptable from anyone, let alone someone in Congress. A good canning would be appropriate and a little public humiliation is called for, which he will get plenty of in the coming days.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  175. Jose Bias

    I concure with Mr. Lucas. Theres no morals in anybody, anymore! Every human being on the planet ,would do anything for a buck. We're all scum in one way or another

    August 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Mocha in DC

      Jose, say it isn't so...i bet u can't be bought, right? and neither can I. Keep the hope and pray for those who are ignorant. Keep the faith brother.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  176. HooYoo2say


    August 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  177. Rob

    Colorado picks them well. Disgusting.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  178. Bettie

    I don't know where the president power is in all this, his hands are tied by the people who voted for the republicans, now he can't do nothing to pass bill by him self, and he has to include the republicans. And they demanded what they demanded breaking all the rules and their responsibilities because they don’t care like obama does. Now he is not a miracle worker the voter put them there...and the voters pay for it. Wake up people Nothing is going to happen to obama...if he is not elected he still rich and live his life but the voters who is voting based on hate instead of voting who helps them, and this country to be as it always been before bush , then they are going to have to suffer the consequence...and here you go this is just the beginning, blame it on obama but you have no body but to blame your self for not picking a side for the party who is fighting for you. Good luck people..

    August 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Terri

      Thank you for this. I promise to never vote for a political party that doesn't care about the average American. For that reason, I'll never vote for another Democratic candidate again.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  179. Jim Kitterman

    This man has no place in american politics. This is what the Republicans have become.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  180. Carlton

    So, he didn't REALLY call Obama a "tar baby" - just that being associated with him would be as sticky as messing with one. He didn't REALLY walk up to Obama, stick a finger in his face and shriek,"YOU, SIR, ARE A TAR BABY!!" "YOU, YOU, YOU – TAR BABY, TAR BABY, TAR BABY!!" But, a misleading headline makes for great comments, doesn't it? Yep, it does....

    August 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Mocha in DC

      Hi Carlton, would you please listen to the tape (again?). It was very clear...i d/n think it was spliced and diced to make it sound like he said it.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  181. Dave

    People who keep quoting the folk tale to defend this racist jerk are cracking me up. Never mind the fact that the Uncle Remus stories are themselves jaw droppingly racist – they read like the script for a minstrel show – the modern use of "tar baby" is unquestionably racist and this guy darn well knows it. By analogy, what if a Republican used the term "coon hunting" to refer to the attempt to defeat Obama for reeelction? Would you seriously believe he was just referring to the animal, or would you know very well it was a thinly veiled racial slur? This is no different.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  182. Mike

    Maybe he forgot that he didn't have his white sheet covering his face.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Deeb

      That pretty much sums it up...forgot where he was and just spoke his mind like he does among his TP friends in private. Fact that he even attempted to clean it up and back paddle is disgusting....MAN UP punk a$$! If you can't accept our president because he's a black man, then just SAY SO!! A real man would have said..."Yeah...I called him a tar baby and I meant it". But Mr. Elected Official are a racist COWARD and there's nothing worse!!

      August 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • Mocha in DC

        Deeb, I agree with you, but we must adhere to the law, ya know the one about how we must respect and honor the Office of the Presidency or there will be some punishment and repercussions ... let's see to it that he resigns.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  183. Ern

    As a white person growing up in the 60's/70's I recalling hearing the term on several occassions. Despite its origin it was most definately used as a demeening term to refer to blacks. It was part of a biggoted vocabulary. I recall members of my family using it. My personal perspective on life is that all men and women should be treated with the dignity and respect we would want for ourselves. In order for our society to evolve we need to learn from history. These politicians think they are being coy in their efforts cover this up. No matter how people try to justify their position on this, the remark by the congressman reflects an ingrained perspective on life. The man is a bigot.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Ern

      also take note on all those who rush to defend him.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  184. Robb

    That there is even a argument whether this comment is racist is a sad one...Bigots are without a doubt the scum of the earth

    August 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  185. Ness

    I don't know why some people don't want to face reality. Racism is alive and well in this country. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  186. joann

    When does the disrepect stop for or President? True we all have our own thoughts and feelings, but when does attacking our President become the norm? The "Tar Baby" statement is racist. People say what they mean and mean what they say. He meant what is said. He's no different. Rep. Doug Lamborn knew this statement would cause confusion, because that's what he wanted. Everyone in congress who has attacked President Obama did it out of rage and discomfort. Even the apologies are not real, their forced. I respect my President, because he has the knowledge and the strength to be in that positon. They attack President Obama because they want him to react in a negative way, but they haven't gotten that satisfaction. President Obama hears all the "trash slander", but yet he keeps rising up. What these people mean for evil will be used for good. He is our President is he's doing a great job, even when they keep slamming the door in his face; a another door opens. Keep up the good work President Obama.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  187. w l jones

    I will be willing to bet a big fat black woman would come up to a person reach out come here baby and all his or her bigot will dis appear. bless.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  188. Laura

    'Tar baby' is not a racist term and it was used in absolutely the correct context. It's just like the big brouhaha a few years ago when everyone was outraged because the word 'niggardly' was used. That's not a racist term either. You make yourselves look foolish and ignorant by expressing outrage at something that is most decidedly not outrageous. CNN is no better by trying to make much ado about nothing.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • anthonyzweiner

      Excellent point, Laura. And, after many years of observing CNN's deteriorating journalistic style, I have found that whenever a slightly ambiguous news story might be interpreted/stretched to yield an inflammatory headline/caption (albeit clearly misleading, such as here), CNN will usually abandon journalistic integrity to entice a wider audience. Even more so when the misleading headline is likely to encourage a contrived debate over a non-issue (such as here). Journalistic integrity should always trump financial gain, but no longer at CNN. Say what you will about Ted Turner (CNN's visionary founder), but he would never have tolerated such sloppy (unethical?) practices. Another sign of the deteriorating times, regrettably.

      August 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  189. Michael in Houston


    August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  190. Ozzie

    More Republican Family Values. Any comments from Republican Leadership? I wonder how he feels about black homosexuals? Let's remember that he sis Pro-Life.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  191. Gods Child

    You fools wont say it to his make all the comments you want about him. You don't have the balls to stand up to PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! I'm black and I dare someone say something like that to me, you are going to wish you hadn't. You have the guts to write about a person but won't say it to their face. I get along with everyone until you show me your ignorance!! I need to really pray for people lilke you all.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  192. Andie

    Stupidity at it's finest.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  193. Oliver Hardy

    "Well Stanley, this is another Fine mess you've gotten us into ...."

    August 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  194. RMS

    Unfortunately Mr. Lamborn is my Congressional Representative. His voting record is an embarrassment. This is just another example of the Rebulican Party being out of touch with the current cultural environment. Where he comes from it is just how people think and speak – they don't even realize the implications of their words. Racism and discrimination is still prevelent in this society and the reality of that is lost on people like Lamborn. He is so focused on his fiscal conservatism that he can't even notice the consequences of policies which pander to only one segment of the population.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  195. Terry

    I am just amazed at the lack of common sense of our politicians.
    Regardless of how he may or may not have meant it, he either knew or should have known that using a term like that would create even more of a divide in our country (as proven by most of these posts)

    I suggest an IQ test for all office holders as I have suggested many times before.

    I would like to test for emotional age as well but m uncertain how to do that.

    In the meantime, next election, I will vote against anybody currently in Office regardless of party affiliation.

    I am totally fed up with nonsense from both sides and call on the American people to grow up and think about how they act and speak for once.

    My grandfather would have used his razor strap on me if I had acted like our leaders have for the last 20 years or so.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  196. Ness

    No President has ever been called a liar while giving a speech to congress-out loud no less. So yes other presidents have been disrespected. But not like Obama has been. This is on a whole different level.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  197. Sholanda Marible

    An apology is not going to cut it!!! He should lose his position as a representative!! As an African-American woman, I am highly upset by this!!! He can apologize until he's blue in the face!! IT'S NOT ENOUGH!!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  198. HooYoo2say

    I was raised in a family that held bigoted views. I spent my early childhood in Colorado, Nebraska and Indiana, moving to the South as a teenager. I remember even from a young age the term "tar baby" being thrown around quite frequently and used it myself no knowing or understanding what it really meant. I learned other words such as "little black sambo". To this day I'm not sure what little black sambo actually means other than it was a title given to my brother who won a pancake eating contest at a Sunday morning family breakfast. However, I'm old enough now to understand it's a derogatory and offensive comment when directed at black people. About the time I began to reach an age where I would probably have been able to understand the translation and meanings behind these words my family moved to Dixie Land. It's funny to me that from that day forward I don't remember any of these terms being floated around the household even once. I can't say for sure but I believe there is a real possibility that a family who had never truly grasped or witnessed the evils of racism and bigotry were served a heavy dose of it literally overnight and out of that experience grew a wiser, more mature family. A family that saw higher ground and scrambled for it. I ran for it too of course although still not understanding what we were running to or from.

    I strayed from my original point however. That point being that although I learned inappropriate terms like "tar baby" and "little black sambo" at an early age no one had to point this out to me after I became an adult. On the contrary, as I became an adult, not living under a rock, society itself revealed the role these words play within it. So unless Rep Lamborn lived his entire life under a boulder in Colorado prior to being elected to the US Congress then there is no question whether or not he understood to what he was referring or how offensive his choice of words are to those in the black community. In the South the term "tar baby" is rarely used, perhaps it's considered too lightweight lol. It is far more familiar and widely used above the mason dixon. If I was able to recognize it's offensiveness while a northerner transplated as a young teen into the armpit of racism, Dixe Land, then Mr. Lamborn knew the translation of "tar baby" 20+ years before I probably did. He knew he was going to use that term before he ever sat down for the interview. If he claims otherwise he's a BOLD FACE liar. Having notable politicians use the term in the not so distant past and immediately apologizing for the choice of words does Mr. Lamborn expect anyone to believe that he wasn't aware of the poor choice of words that came out of his mouth well beforehand? Just be honest and admit it was an intentional racial jab to score some points with his base who probably, like most Congressional voters, are too keen on Mr. Lamborn at the moment. Although they probably gave him a few style points for form.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Vonn

      Very well said.

      August 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  199. Jimbo

    This guy knew exactly what he was saying and what the implications of it might be. As a little-known US Rep, he got himself in the news by doing it though. And probably gained some votes from it, sad to say.

    Was it some slip of the tongue? Probably not. After all, as a Republican, it's unlikely he would have much reason to "have to be associated with" the President.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Beezid

      Mitt Romney says "Tar Baby" in July/Aug of 2006 - then John McCain said it on 3/16/2007, then John Kerry says it on July, 2008 >>> When will these racist / white supremacist learn?

      August 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  200. Cultures Clothing

    I'm absolutely amazed by some of the comments on here. I'm well aware of the story that was being reference here...but it's a well known fact that "Tar Baby" is also a racist derogatory term that is used in reference to Black people. In all actuality, if you ask most people what "tar baby" means, the large majority of the people will only know about the racial slur. Look it even says it on Wikipedia that people should avoid using it in any context because of the derogatory connotations of the word. It also says this:

    "Although the term's provenance arose in African folklore (e.g., the gum doll Anansi created to trap Mmoatia, the dwarf), some Americans now consider "tar baby" to have negative connotations revolving around negative images of African-Americans.
    The Oxford English Dictionary (but not the print version of its American counterpart) lists "tar baby" as a derogatory term for a black or a Maori..."

    This man grew up in the south...he's well aware of the fact that it's also a racial slur. AT THE VERY LEAST this was a Freudian Slip...

    August 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  201. Name*diamond

    Lets keep it real votes did not get him elected the only reason he won is because they needed someone to post the blame on for this mess that we have been in long before he was elected they knew it was getting bad so why not blame the " tar baby "

    August 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  202. Geneva

    It is obvious this man said exactly what he intended to say and in the context he intended to say it. Therefore, his apologies mean nothing as his motives are very clear. That being said, it is imperative that we as African Americans demand respect for the president, as well as our culture. Unfortunately, the congressman's website will only allow resident's of Colorado to contact him. Get over it Doug it or not.....Mr. Obama is the President, he is black, and you have to deal with it. And, if you trace your bloodline back far enough, you will probably find you have some "tar baby" ancestors.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  203. w l jones

    One thing a tar baby mother is good at as well as a father they bring forth brown, red, yellow, gray, black as well white to. Enough said.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  204. Number Fortyfour



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  205. Annette

    In literature, his use of "tar baby" is called a double entendre. It's used to express potentially offensive opinions without the risks of explicitly doing so.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  206. Daniel

    I will not presume to know what the congressman's intent was because I don't read minds, however I am more distressed by the assertion of some that "tar baby" is not a rascist term. If you can find any black man in America who is not offended by that term you have just found an "house negro". Another term which I'm sure will you find some whoo argue has no rascist overtones. Americas is supposed to be the "light on the hill", an example for others to follow and this is our retoric. I am ashamed.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  207. nancy cook

    Some people voted for him and they are paying him for the rest of his life. He had to say something to show he was doing something for his voters. Name calling will get you in the news all the time. It is a sorry situation when people can't work together for the good of all people. If he were blind he could be excused for his mistake but he can see and saw his way clearly to get his name out in public. This one is not presidential material for the GOP.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  208. Alew

    America does not need to step backwards wih this "racism bully" when it is convenient for people to make an absurd point and then apologize for it later. It is too late, when something leaves your mouth it is too late to take it back and apologize. This Congressman needs to RESIGN. He is NOT representative of what America stands for or where we want to be in the future.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  209. Walter's from Philadelphia

    This man has to be one of the most racist black men that i have ever seen in my life. What gives him the right away to call our President that? He is a black man himself and, he show know better than all people why he shouldn't use this racial slur. African Americans fought hard back in the day against people who called/ said racial slurs and he should have knownb better to even allow something like this out of his mouth. WE DON'T WANT HIM TO APOLOGIZE TO US WE WANT HIM TERMINATED FROM OFFICE! HE NEEDS TO BE MADE A EXAMPLE! TERMINATE HIM!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  210. Darin

    If Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) did nothing wrong why did he issue an apology? He is a racist an thought he was being cute. I think we need an ethics investigation and we need to determine if any of the funds that came into the campaign of Rep. Doug Lamborn came from domestic terrorist or their organizations.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  211. Ariel

    Anyone who has ever taken an american history class would know exactly what the term means. I have no doubt that he knew exactly what he was saying and what his intentions in using the term were. People need to get out of the mind set that racsim doesnt exist, because it does, and this incident clearly shows that. Also, im pretty sure that if he didnt know the meaning of the word he would have not used it, becasue what educated person uses words that they do not fully understand the meaning to? All we are doing is letting any and everyone think that this form of behavior is okay, and it is most certainly not. Wrong is wrong, and what he said was wrong. We should be ashamed that we allow such things to happen.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Ariel...are you not paying attention? 2/3 of these idiots can't even put together a truly cognizant thought. 1/2 slept through anything resembling an educational class, but I bet they did well in recess. And you expect them to understand where these phrases come from and what they mean in a historical context. They read the headline and not the article. Bait and Switch tactics by CNN (as usual). Ignorance is rampant on the left, always looking for character assasination and turning a blind eye to the incompetencies of Kenyon Ken. And before any of you start shouting "" at conservatives, take a good look at the treatment by the leftist of Cain, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice and Colin Powell (who, along with Petreus, is probably the best candidate to lead this nation).

      August 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  212. vicsiphone

    "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...if its "sticky situation" you mean...say that...the congressman should be dipped in tar...

    August 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  213. B jones

    No matter how they try to sugar coat things he knew what that term meant. Period. If he meant a sticky situation he should have said that instead of using that term. That's like someone saying "redneck" but referring to a red colored scarf. It's stupid.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  214. Ketih in PA

    Since Obama ran for President up to this day he has been called every derogatory name under the sun and especially racially offensive ones. Those people who say that this "Tar Baby" comment and all the other inexcusable and inappropriate behavior perpetuated towards the president should be taken "lightly" should be prepared for what will happen to next "President Elect" and better not complain when the next President is persecuted and ultimately disrespected because it will happen! Based on what has happened in the last few years it is totally appropriate to ignorantly shout out "YOU LIE" during presidential speeches, refer to the president as a "Terrorist" or even worse! And now you can just call the President a TAR BABY and just say you are sorry and all should be forgotten. REMEMBER ALL THIS WHEN THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS IN OFFICE.... THIS IS THE NEW NORM FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS!!! So when it happens make sure you take it with a grain of salt and chalk it up as status quo….

    August 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Ohhh, you mean like the love shown by the left...let's see, there was "Na zi" (which for all intents and purposes can be construed just as offensive as any slur), calls for criminal trials, "shrub," crosshair posters, on-and-on-and-on. So let's discuss where the vitriole in this country started. I am not saying ra...ism is extinct, but you lefties like to dig deep in the mud to level any accusation you can to quell criticism against Kenyon Ken.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  215. C Crosby

    It is clear that this US Congressman and possibly more are in need of some sensitivity training and a history lesson. Someone words clearly have a negative connotation. There are a ton of words or phrases he could have used instead of Tar Baby.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  216. Yolanda

    He meant what he said. When will people learn? You can't throw statements out like that and then to retract like it was a typo! It is sad that more people are showing their true colors in regards to rascism!! Time to grow up and stop name calling. How old is he again? The republicans are giving themselves a BAD NAME!!

    August 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  217. ramtough

    To all you so-called "innocent" thinking white people who say "calm down" and "he didn't mean it that way" and "why do blacks always play the race card" , you are not fooling anybody but yourselves. You know why you are never believable when you use such quotes is because when someone actually uses a historically racist term to refer to the president and blacks say its wrong,YOU say "blacks are playing the race card",but when you here about someone committing a robbery or other violent crime in an inner city,YOU say"It's got to be a black person",....(let that 'race card' term marinate)....I repeat, YOU are not fooling anybody but yourselves, as a matter of fact, with your contradictory statements, anything else you have to say really does not matter to the ears of blacks and other intelligent whites.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  218. Deborah

    Is this the new thing? A person with media exposure uses a racial slur, but then shortly after apologizes. Son of a @*!&$!!! Oh, sorry, didn't mean it. The apology with a wink and a nod. : [

    August 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  219. Rena

    Although Webster's definition of a tar baby is "something from which it is nearly impossible to extricate oneself," folks familiar with the term know its racist origin. The Congressman knew what he was saying. His remark was uncalled for.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  220. Ms. Mac

    I will say this I am a black woman and I will honestly say there is no excuse for what he said. I read it twice and that analogy didn't even go together. I do not sit to look for racism in an article I read for justification and sorry there was no justification in what he said. The man just thought he could cover up what he said with some clever fancy talk but it did not work. Tarbaby is and forever will be a racist word which is why b'rer rabbit or however its spelled is no longer in school librabries.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  221. Ihantotta

    Republican Shut down gov't 1996, Republican Weapons of mass Destruction, Republican shut down the gov't Bill Clinton Blo job, Republican "I am not a crook" Nixon, Republican Iran Contra scandal, Republican Savings & Loan Scandal, Republican Fire the air traffic controllers, Republican shut down the government 2011, Republican Operation Iraqi Freedom, Republican economic melt down 2008, Republican shouting "You Are A Liar", And NOW, Republican OBAMA TAR BABY. These are traitors & seditionists REJECT REPUBLICAN RIGHT WINGERS. Vote Obama 2012

    August 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  222. Coffee Party

    The Tea Party are KKK members who have traded in their sheets for suits. They no longer answer to Grand Wizard, but now answer to the name of Senator. What is America coming to!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  223. Bernice

    Today is not the day for old,old,hate to shiw off.the congressman should remove his evil hate filled self,.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  224. STATL

    For you ignorant shmucks who think that the word is not offensive, take a look at this Saturday Night Live sketch.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  225. Jonna

    HE should have to apologize NOT his representative!!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  226. Dee

    This is what I keeping saying this is totally hidden racism and the excuse is always I didn't mean to say it. The debt ceiling was all about President Obama a man of color who came from the womb of a white woman.

    This world will never change when you listen to some of the comments this stuff is ingrained in them and is institutional racism.

    God bless this country. I often read Jay NC he is a typical racist with his negative comments I live in NC so I have experienced this ugly side of history and nothing has change it is now more pronounced.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  227. og

    Use your vote wisely. Dont get caught up in the talk. If you are middle class or poor you should think hard about who you giving your vote. Why are you paying more taxes then someone who is rich? Why are you paying more taxes and have less say then someone rich paying less? Have you seen any jobs being created by those rich people tax breaks? If not check their bank accounts, that where you will find your money. How can the people we put into office s ht on the old and our children by taken away what they work their life to have. If you see someone s ht on a older person or child in the street would you not do something. No different. Tea Party and any elected official protecting raising taxes on $250,000 or more wealth a year is no different then a husler and a pimp. We getting pimp no doubt.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  228. Shay

    Has any President been so disrespected???! All bc the color of his skin. Apparently it's okay to say...

    August 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  229. fedupqu

    I knew people would go crazy when the first black was elected President, however the level of racisim is awful. The racist in this country have called this President a liar, he had no b..lls, tar baby, depicted him as a monkey pictures of watermelons on the White House lawn just to name a few. Each time it was a slip, no it was and is racist. I was raised even if you don't like or respect the President you respect the office. When you have people like you lie Joe Wilson, and today the President was referred to as the boy in the White House on the Ed Show. Other high profile people making racist statements are members of the House Representatives, Senators and republicans running for President. These people are racist and it is about time they were called out. This is the President of the United States, you may not like it, but at least try to respect the office. You don't have much longer for him to be in office so turn a blind eye and really really try to give him the respect of his office if not for the man. Because the first day your white person is back in office the world will again be round and the sun will again rise in the east and set in the west. So for now racist people give it a break it only shows how dumb, stupid, and ignorant you are.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  230. Phyllis Jones

    I don't believe anyone who has posted a comment would appreciate someone calling their "situation" or themselves "sticky like a tar baby." No matter how you spin it, it's not acceptable!

    August 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  231. Laverne

    It's a sad day in America when we teach our children it is okay to disrespect the highest office in our country simply because the holder of that position is a person of color. The eyes of the world are upon us as we air our dirty laundry and sadly don the "sheets" from our nations blood stained past.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  232. Pamela

    As a high level elected official the congressman knew or should have know what the word "tar baby" implies, especially when applied to an African American. Republicans have show this president total disrespect, disrespect they never displayed against a white Democratic president. If Republicans do not ask him to resign this is more evidence that not just African Americans, but Latinos, minorities and all right thinking people should vote out anyone who condones this behavior. Americans must demand that politicians fight fair and debate on the issues, not on personal attacks.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  233. James

    well it is a scary thing why do all of these guys think that they can just keep disrepecting the office of President regardless of who the man is in the actual office. I WONT EVER UNDERSTAND how a country like this that preaches and enters other countries to tell them how to live and act and the racist behavior is so blatant it is so how to be black ,african american , of whatever you want to call it i really am getting discouraged about this place about this thing called america how do people who preach unity follow the rules of demogracy say things like that it is sad just sad and i really hope the gentleman who said this really feels good about himself

    August 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  234. Name*MsEllie

    Call one of them trailer trash and see what happens. They mean what they say until they get busted, then it's back peddling time.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  235. anthonyzweiner

    Whatever your race, color, creed, religion or political persuasion ... everybody gotta love the wonderful, timeless kids' story of "Uncle Remus And The Tar Baby."

    August 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  236. Nellybelle

    Regardless- no matter how anyone looks at it- its disrepectful!! These issues didnt JUST happen- they were inherited!!!!!! Stop blaming our president for standing upand making smart decisions. He is playing his cards right.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  237. LetsStandTogether

    It really is amazing how many people are in shock and awe about this guy's comment. I mean we all know that there are some people from each race that don't respect or like each other. He shouldn't have said it, but at least the people that voted him in knows where he stands. That being said, we should all realize that the US government (both Republicans and Democrats) is driving this beautiful country to the ground because of their own interest. Its all about how can I get reelected. Its time the people stand up and have one voice. There are disagreements but one thing we should agree on is government controlling everything is not a good thing. Just try to remember the last time you dealt with something that's goverment funded, how did it make you feel or what kind of experince did you have? There are only a few good government programs out there.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  238. Sherryl Roberts

    I have never in all my years heard such, nasty, odious comments leveled at a CINC. The comments are made to keep America at a constant divide. The BIG GORILLA in the room that no one wants to talk about is this: The fact that Mr.Obama was elected FORCES America to live up to what was written so many years ago that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. The representative knew exactly what he was saying. True it is our right to speak freely, I liken this to yelling fire in a crowded theater.

    Damned sad and damned devisive!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  239. DeeAngela Hill

    I am sadden at the notion that this type of bigotry we as African Americans have to endure. Just when I think we are progressing in race relation, an ugly typan show us his fangs. Rep. Lambom should resign immediately. We are suppose to have someone to fight for the people and if he feel this way about our president and the people he represent, Rep. Lambom please resign now

    August 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  240. char

    Some people just say what they want with no regards for other people's feelings. Makes you wonder how far certain people are willing to go with the level of disrespect towards our president?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  241. sam9962

    REALLY???? You mean to tell me at this stage in his life his internal filters and sense of what's right and wrong didn't kick in. That's what's wrong with this country....People TALK before they Think.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  242. Rubicon

    Republicans have overstepped the recognized limits of decency, and common sense, and crossed over into the realm of absurdity, and vile lunacy.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • iris

      The boundary was crossed when they went to Africa and Brought us here !

      August 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  243. Bill Bailey


    No matter which left– right political spectrum you are on, we are on the same Team and that is USA. When we throw bombs at each other they hit us all. I only listen to talk radio because I have to drive 2.5 hours a day to feed my family and I only heard about this Tar-Baby yesterday. Where is the media?
    They call for the resignation of an Asian Congressman that made a pass on a woman in Congress. But when our Congressman and Congresswoman split America – they give donation(s) to their campaign fund(s).
    We better get it together; China is right around the turn and it because of people like this Congressman we are losing the War on Education, the War on Poverty, and the middle class. We should be working together to build a better America, but what we are doing is feeding men and women such as this who are cutting our nation apart. Congressman Doug Lamborn, please do the right thing and give back that retirement check and resign.

    We need to create jobs-jobs-jobs!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:55 am |
  244. ramtough

    Do you see how poisonous racism is? White's ancestors here in the US(who mostly all owned black slaves, if not they were treated in society as a n___ lover) have cursed there children, grandchidren, and on and on. Here in 2011, we have whites using the word "tarbaby",and let's just say that it was not meant in an insulting way(which we all know better),here whites still have to be defensive about being racist because of what white ancestors actually and factually did. So do not blame blacks or anyone for'playing a race card', put the blame where it belongs, on white ancestors.(and the rest of you who STILL practice that poison).

    August 3, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  245. Michael

    A year and a half ago, while driving my company car (Cry300-no tint) in my usual business attire (shirt&tie w/coat hanging in the back), I noticed that for the last few minutes a pair of Hickory NC's finest police officers were following me. I had been observing the speed limit and using proper turning signals when turning or changing lanes and continued to do so as I made my way to a lunch appt with a doctor's office. As I approoached an intersection the light turned yellow so I came to a complete stop just as it turned red. I was in the "right turn only" lane, so I looked to my left and saw that there were no cars coming and proceeded to make a right hand turn. The next right put me in front of my doctor's office so I signaled to turn and as I was inches from the parking lot, the BLUE LIGHTS came on. As one officer stood just behind the driver side door, the other officer at my passenger window informed me that I failed to use my turn signal at the red light. They checked my info back in the squad car and after finding "no wrong" told me to "have a nice day." As a 46 year old Black man i'm left with wondereing, "Was that racially motivated?" And that's the point in all of this, not everything that can be justified is JUST. "Tar baby" can be used in its proper context but that doesn't make it proper for use. Walk a mile in my shoes my fellow uninformed Americans and then you will understand what the fuss is all about.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  246. Tony

    The true colors of the Tea Party favorites and Rush's followers is coming to the surface. Before a policy was written, these folks were waiting in the wings to destroy the existance of a black President. Where else can the racists of this country go to further their cause than with people like this congressman. He needs to step down because enough is enough. I wonder why the news agencies aren't putting more emphasis on this story? I wonder why the richest Americans would rather spend millions of dollars toward causes in other countries instead of their fellow Americans (to include funds for our veterans and young people in arms) in forms of tax increases. Its because they are more concerned about getting tax breaks than support of our systems and programs. Its time for them to pay their fair share.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  247. Ejay

    Racism has been a theme surrounding President Obama ever since he campaigned for President and continues through his Presidency. As long as Whites are not held accountable for racism, including blatant racist comments, they will continue to use them. President Obama was assigned a security detail earlier than any president in history due to the racist remarks and death threats received. Now that he is in office, the tirade continues. Unfortunately, there are SOME White Americas who feel entitled to disrespect him in any way they choose. Their lack of respect is rooted totally in racism and their opinion that a Black person does not deserve the office of President. Human beings with common sense can clearly see what is happening. Those who deny racism are simply hiding their own. They are sad and pathetic. The world will continue to evolve to equality in site of their small minds.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  248. tim in cali

    Where were the tea baggers during bushes eight years of spending. Oh, I guess it got out of hand when the black guy was in control of the money. Spending has only became a serious issue when Obama came into office. Does this seem a little fishy? Now he is considered a tar baby. Oh what tangled webs we weave!! In all my years on this earth, watching politics and dealing in politics have i seen such a discontent for this man. We understand that there is an oppositional side to politics, but this is beginning to be a little extreme. Rep Joe Walsh made a comment saying that he was elected because of white guilt. So tell me the reasoning behind that. Is that racist? So i feel he is implying that America voted for him due to the fact their has never been a black president and they are trying to make up for something. America is begging to head into dangerous place, due to the color of this man. I have never seen such an opposition towards a president, when it has come to things that have been a natural part of governing of the United States (debt ceiling) Again racism is alive and well. If you think for a second that racism has ever left you are sadly mistaken.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  249. poetrynmylife

    Congressman Lamborn could have used any number of analogies to get his point across without using one he probably knew would cause so much controversy. This particular one (regardless of the views some have expressed that it wasn't meant to be a racist remark) in our not so distant past is considered to be a derogatory term. It would seem the Congressman meant to strike a chord with his words. The only thing he would have to do is come out and say "Oh, I didn't mean it in the context that any of you took it." It's easy for people to sit back and say, "Oh, grow up, not everything is racist." Maybe not, but I am quite sure, he could have used a different expression to get his point across and we wouldn't be having this discussion. It is derogatory in any way used just as many words that are meant to hurt people.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  250. jerry

    True colors are seriously coming out. Let's stop beating around the bush. President Obama is not liked by republicans and truly hated by the Tea party. Past presidents have gone through this type of dislike, I will agree. But, none have had to endure this type of hatred, bigotry, and total respect so openly by those in politics and media. This goes to show American has not become a unified country. We are so apart more than ever and I will blame it not only on media, the internet, but heavily on the politicians. Their is so much racism in them. We can truly say it's all because they do not want to be led by a black man. This is old habits passed down from generation to generation. Old habits are hard to break!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  251. Scott

    First of all he did not call Obama a tar baby. I am so tired of black people crying over any little thing and then as you see on here they do not hesitate to throw words like "redneck" out there. Redneck is a racist remark when used in a derogatory way. Black people can scream black pride, black power. Let a white person say they are proud to be white and oh my God they must be racist. Now you are African Americans. NO, you are black. You are either African or American. I'll be damned if I ever say African American together. Please quit whining about the past. Slavery ended over 150 years ago. No one that I know owned a slave and no one you know was a slave. So instead of focusing on the past focus on the future. Look at the nation wide black crime rate, but I guess that is the white peoples fault as well.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Tallon0002

      Your just an idiot, I guess you say the same thing to the JEWS, BITCH is harmless word when refering to a female dog ,but if i called your mother a bitch youd have a problem with that right,who are you to say what offends a BLACK person? and as for the black crime comment that only proves your ignorance and shows you buy into the myth that black PEOPLE commit more crimes than whites in fact its the other way around stupid

      August 5, 2011 at 3:25 am |
  252. kelly

    Man, if back in the day black people had rule the world, and we had only black people for a president and then this century we finally had a white president. Then the black people just call him a cracker how would that race feel? The term tar baby was used as a negative term for a black person. Its like calling a person the "N" word. Maybe the white society feel that he used the term correctly, but in the time we are using words that are "PC". I need him on national tv to apologize to him in his face. Or people will think they can call us these negative terms anytime.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  253. Roddie

    You know what? I'm really hoping the generation growing up today will rid themselves of this "nastiness" and let "hatred" and "bigotry" die a quick, painful death (please do not misunderstand; I wish no harm to anyone, just the dissolution of bigotry and hatred.) It has no place in modern society. It's "ugly, disgusting, and evil." I beg of the next generation to rid American of this plight and become a more cohesive society for their children and grandchildren.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  254. Brian

    No this topic needs to be discussed....too many times, someone has said something about Pres Obama in a racially derogatory way.....and apologized for it....I've been on this world for 45 years. I've seen numerous Presidents get called alot of inflammatory words....tar baby was never one of them. Now you can tell yourself "Aww he explained himself, he didn't mean anything by it" all you want. That just means you have a denial and ignorance complex at times. You fool yourself to hide from the real issue of him even thinking to make a statement like that regarding an ethnic President. People tend to speak more of exactly how they feel when frustrated or angry and seeing that this is a politician we're dealing with who should KNOW the power of thinking before you speak and choosing words carefully, you really want to throw up the "He didnt mean it" defense?? Sad....

    August 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  255. gfap104

    I have never seen such disrespect for a president of the United States! There have always been very negative things said about different presidents. But, blatant, specific comments like this show disrespect for the person who holds our country's highest position. If we behave like this, how can we expect others to feel?

    August 4, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  256. JesusKnowsU

    What a shame that in the 21st Century that America and the world for that matter is still dealing with the 'small mindedness' of a few. These terms don't just randomly flow from ones mouth, they flow from the heart. These are words that are probably spoken behind close doors and accepted by the listeners and then in a moment of heated debate or discussion – it flows like volcanic lava from the mouth. YOU so-called LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY are really setting awful examples for the young peopld and children of this Great Nation! Shame on you and shame on anyone who condones and excuse this behavior.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  257. Tallon0002

    Wow Bob looks like you stepped into a mine field,Let me see if i can help you out a little.Why is everyone so angry with Bob ? I for one am glad he said what he feels, See its not people like him i worry about. He only verifies something that most of us have known all our lives.It doesn't matter where your from ,how far you've gone or what you achieve ,to a large part of this country nothing matters but the color of your skin.

    Bob doesn't bother me at all .Its those in congress and the senate the judges and police ,lawyers and bankers who feel like BOB that worry me. Did you know that News Stations sensationalize Black crime in order to keep Americans afraid of the Black population but in actuality people of color only commit 15% of the crimes ? Im just as affraid of a person with a gun ,be he black white or brown as you are,However im terrified of the Excecutives who has the ability to steal my pension my home and everything ive worked 40 years for and doesnt fear punishment,Because if you steal one hundred dollars you go to prison, but if you steal 100,000,000 you go to Washington and lobby for a Trillion.oh and get it.
    See BOB and most of the people like him havent realized that its not about color anymore in America.Its about class.
    Race is just what they flood our minds with so that we dont notice them pulling the strings.

    Ex-president Bush and his friends saw the momentum the Obama Campaign was generating and looted the treasury,Deregulated the banking industry,Drafted insane legislation that made the American people, The bottom 98 % of US that is ,pay for it . But WE THE PEOPLE dont look at that instead we entertain ourselves with idiots like this congressman ,FOX news and the TEA party

    .I love Mr OBAMA with all my heart and i truely dont understand why people are so mad at him, He has a traditionally acceptable job for a COLORED man he's a janitor trying to clean up the mess a bunch of fat ass eleatist left behind.
    and taking Sh#t for it.

    Bob you should continue to stand up for your beliefs,I may not agree with why you feel the way you do,but ill never deny you your right to feel that way.I take solice in knowing that it doesnt matter what color you are and unless your part of that 2% that are really running things in America you stand as much chance of loose everything youve worked for all your life just as easily as a black person.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • Jay in NC

      I was intrigued by your claim that "Ex-president Bush and his friends saw the momentum the Obama Campaign was generating and looted the treasury,Deregulated the banking industry,Drafted insane legislation that made the American people, The bottom 98 % of US that is ,pay for it . "

      Deregulation of the banking industry occurred during the 1980s and 1990s. Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, that prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed on November 12, 1999. President Bush did not take office until Jan, 20 2001.

      You claim that Bush saw the momentum then looted the treasury. The fact is during his last year in office President Bush spent no more, on average, than any of the previous 7 years. That is about 500 billion dollars. Visit the treasury's website to find out the debt to the penny.

      Please tell us the name of the law, bill, or number, date of the insane legislation that you talk of.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  258. MARY B

    Bob and those who think the way he does will always find a way to justify the dispicable things said about this President. It is a disgrace, especially when they are so quick to critisize the treatment of citizens in other countries. We fight wars to protect the rights of people in foreign countries while showing total disrespect for our fellow Americans.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • iris

      His name is not bob its bubba ..... LOLRL !!! hahahhahhahhahaaa

      August 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
      • iris in Deliverance !!! .... dont bend over or you will find bubba nearby ..o i meant bob w a little d...i mean b !! hahahhaha

        August 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  259. Christine Winsor

    How can you say he "may have crossed the line"? This guy made a gigantic LEAP over the line.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  260. Scot

    Anybody know what a simile is? He didn't call him a tarbaby, just referred to the fact of being associated with him makes Lamborn look like part of the problem.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  261. Charles Queen

    And his lap dog Biden is calling repubs terrorists,so whats the big deal?Both sides have gone to using very unethical name calling.Biden has done it twice,I forgot the first name he was callling them but I know it's been 2 names with this latest one.Biden has done nothing at all since he's been in office except to draw a pay check.Soon we will have a new president and a new admin,then we will see things begin to happen on a positive note

    August 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  262. Michael in Colorado

    Congressman Doug Lamborn is part of the Congressional ignoramus class that speaks and shoots first without regard for reason and logic. Besides his racist speech, he is also a bully. He telephoned district constituents who wrote a Letter to the Editor in a very local newspaper about his lack of concern about dog fighting to demand a retraction from the constituents and threatened consequences if it didn’t occur. He is a sad joke from a conservative district who deserve a thoughtful republican rather than a bombastic bully.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  263. Paulf

    Who do the liberals posting here think they're fooling about what they see other than each other? Not me that's for sure!

    August 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  264. Rick Bangkok

    Racism is not leadership in any job in 2001, whether its politics, business, academics or even religion. I cannot imagine any American parent allowing their child to go out into the world using this kind of language now. While we do have freedom of speech, when a district sends anyone to Capital Hill, they should be sending someone who is a bridge builder, not a demolition expert. While the congressman has apologized, what a contrast he is with Rep Giffords appearing in the chamber this week.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  265. George

    Bob, no matter how they wail, you are completely right; it is not a racist comment. The senator explains specifically the definition that is being used:

    "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."

    It is similar to the stink that occurred when someone took offense over the correct usage of 'niggardly'. Apparently they were ignorant of the actual word, it's meaning, and could only focus on how close it sounded to another word that is actually racist.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  266. Bobby

    The enormous number of blogs in response to this subject, reflects the true relationship between the dire federal financial situation and how it relates to the unbalanced ratio of federal largesse to blacks as opposed to all other economic groups. Say it in any other manner one wishes to say it – political correctness nonwithstanding – and it is clear. Or, say it via the present posturing of the black caucuses, which easily translates to "leave our goodies alone."

    August 4, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  267. Erika

    this white girl says....racist, derogatory and unnecessary.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  268. TellitLikeitis

    HooYoo2say and jean2009 So if Bob came up to me and said "tar baby" I would act violently towards him just because I'm black. You two are racist if you think we are all violent.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  269. Lee

    I would like to see Bob go up to a crowd of black men and women and say tar baby like it's no big deal.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  270. Tallon0002

    Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan.
    suggested to the government and oversaw the deregulation of Banking industry under the Bush Administration.
    In Congressional testimony on October 23, 2008, Greenspan finally conceded error on regulation. The New York Times wrote, "a humbled Mr. Greenspan admitted that he had put too much faith in the self-correcting power of free markets and had failed to anticipate the self-destructive power of wanton mortgage lending. ... Mr. Greenspan refused to accept blame for the crisis but acknowledged that his belief in deregulation had been shaken." Although many Republican lawmakers tried to blame the housing bubble on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Greenspan placed far more blame on Wall Street for bundling subprime mortgages into securities.

    Sen. Phil Gramm (R, Texas), Rep. Jim Leach (R, Iowa), and Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R, Virginia), the co-sponsors of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act

    The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, (Pub.L. 106-102, 113 Stat. 1338, enacted November 12, 1999) is an act of the 106th United States Congress (1999–2001). It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton and it repealed part of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933, opening up[clarification needed] the market among banking companies, securities companies and insurance companies. The Glass–Steagall Act prohibited any one institution from acting as any combination of an investment bank, a commercial bank, and an insurance company.

    The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act allowed commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies to consolidate. For example, Citicorp (a commercial bank holding company) merged with Travelers Group (an insurance company) in 1998 to form the conglomerate Citigroup, a corporation combining banking, securities and insurance services under a house of brands that included Citibank, Smith Barney, Primerica, and Travelers. This combination, announced in 1998, would have violated the Glass–Steagall Act and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 by combining securities, insurance, and banking, if not for a temporary waiver process.[1] The law was passed to legalize these mergers on a permanent basis. GLB also repealed Glass–Steagall's conflict of interest prohibitions "against simultaneous service by any officer, director, or employee of a securities firm as an officer, director, or employee of any member bank."

    The Act directly helped cause the 2007 subprime mortgage financial crisis. President Barack Obama has stated that GLB - led to deregulation that, among other things, allowed for the creation of giant financial supermarkets that could own investment banks, commercial banks and insurance firms, something banned since the Great Depression. Its passage, critics also say, cleared the way for companies that were too big and intertwined to fail.[24] Economists Robert Ekelund and Mark Thornton have also criticized the Act as contributing to the crisis. They state that "in a world regulated by a gold standard, 100% reserve banking, and no FDIC deposit insurance" the Financial Services Modernization Act would have made "perfect sense" as a legitimate act of deregulation, but under the present fiat monetary system it "amounts to corporate welfare for financial institutions and a moral hazard that will make taxpayers pay dearly."[25]

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has called Senator Phil Gramm "the father of the financial crisis" due to his sponsorship of the Act.[26] Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has also argued that the Act helped to create the crisis.[27] An article in the liberal publication The Nation elaborated on how GLB was responsible for the creation of entities that could make the “too big to fail” rationalization.[28]

    April 25th, 2010 Sherrod Brown,in an interview on "This Week." "Fifteen years ago, the assets of the six largest banks in this country totaled 17 percent of GDP ... The assets of the six largest banks in the United States today total 63 percent of GDP." Related to the above power of banks/busnissmen; in 1933 Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization and use it in a coup d’état to overthrow United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler as leader of that organization. It may be that this "Business Plot" of 1933 is continuing to be implemented today with the power of the banks and a pliable leader in the Oval Office instead of a General who blew the door open on this plot and stopped it.

    On April 29, 2010, a conference entitled "Gramm-Leach-Bliley at Ten: Financial Reform or Fuel for the Crisis?" was held at Suffolk University Law School. A panel of legal scholars and economists discussed the first ten years of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act and debated its role in the Financial crisis of 2007–2010.[29]

    Former President Bill Clinton said of the advice he received from both of his two U.S. Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, "On derivatives, yeah, I think they were wrong and I think I was wrong to take it." The facts

    August 5, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Jay in NC

      I have a feeling you just cut-and-pasted the story and did not take the time to read or apply reasoning. Remember your idea was that Bush and his friends saw the momentum of BO and therefore deregulated banks. Yet, even your own text says otherwise, that the deregulation started way before anyone cared about BO.

      The statement that "Alan Greenspan suggest to the government and oversaw the deregulation of Banking industry under the Bush Administration." is misleading. Greenspan may have suggested deregulation however that was way before Bush was president. It became law during the Clinton years. An overwhelming majority of both Democrats supported this legislation. To now say that Bush did it because of BO is quite arrogant. Again, no one cared about BO during those years.

      Again, please tell us of the "Drafted insane legislation that made the American people, The bottom 98 % of US that is ,pay for it
      ." What laws did President Bush draft?

      August 5, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  271. cm

    That MF looks like a pure red neck, he will be living in Hell soon, they are making room down there for him as I speak.
    I'll try to remember his name. So that when that day come, I can laugh my a$$ off. He will roast down there, then he'll see what a tar fool looks like. God will grid the world of these idiots.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • oh brother

      oh brother.\, why dont you read your bible and see what its position is on slavery before you try and use it as a tool to bash the guy.

      August 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Andee

      I'm with you, dude... mandatory castration!

      August 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  272. Laura

    So 'tar baby' is not racist – in which world??? The revisionist tea party world or the world that real people live in?

    August 5, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  273. Tallon0002

    Not only are you an ass and a bigot you must be the one who can't read and don't have a sense of true history, But i guess since you're the master race you don't have to deal with truth. It was my opinion that Bush and his cronies saw the polls and realized that young people and minorities were registering in record numbers,and decided to use legislation THEY, the republicans, pushed through to loot America. All the facts plainly show that it was under George W. Bush that, since he initiated his tax cuts right after he first got into office, America saw her national debt grow astronomically high (from 4 trillion to 9 trillion in his 8 years in office). It was under George W. Bush that we lost several million jobs – at first, gradually to outsourcing since the Reagan years, up to the mass-layoffs that began during the last year Bush held office. It was under George W. Bush that Americans had to fund two very lengthy and expensive wars. It was under George W. Bush that we saw the HUGE damage done by the credit default swaps (CDS) that were allowed by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, passed along party lines by the Republicans just before Bush took office. It was under George W. Bush that we saw the financial collapse of Wall Street, and the crashes of the stock markets and housing market. It was under George W. Bush that we bailed out the banks with TARP, which in itself was the biggest bank robbery ever in the history of the world...perpetrated by the bankers themselves!

    And if you lost money in the stock market, or saw your 401k decline, or lost value in your home, or were foreclosed on and evicted, or were laid off from your job, then you already know all these the Republicans can't nor you can re-write this part of history!

    And of course you would think that a black man would have to copy and past information. There's no way we could be intelligent and well informed about the state of our union and what's going on in our government both past and present.

    Get a FUCKING clue!

    August 5, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Jay in NC

      You lied again. the national debt was not $ 4 trillion when President Bush took office it was $ 5.7 trillion.

      Jan 20, 2001 National debt = $ 5,727,776,738,304
      Jan 20, 2008 National debt = $ 9,188,640,287,930
      Today $14.6 trillion.

      President Bush added $ 3.5 trillion in 8 years.
      BO has added $ 5.4 trillion in 2.5 years.
      Plus an additional $2.2 just this week. for a total of $ 7.6 trillion dollars.

      Visit the Treasury website to see the facts.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  274. NOT RACIST, get a grip

    TAR BABY: A dummy made of tar, which cannot be struck without getting oneself hopelessly stuck to it–from the story "Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Fox" by Joe Harris, as told by his fictional narrator, Uncle Remus.

    Tar baby has become short hand for a situation better avoided than confronted.
    "The issue of immigration has become a tar baby for president Gearge W. Bush."

    August 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Tallon0002

      Your argument (and by calling it that I'm giving you asinine ravings more credit than they have merit)continue to dwindle down to nothing.You started by trying to attack my first post with your weak party line rhetoric, then upon finding that i was an informed articulate
      ,CONSCIOUS AMERICAN you decided to use subterfuge and turn me into a plagiarist.Now you want to play the numbers game,You are proof that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing,in the hands of a fool."who's coping and pasting now? Your a racist and a bigot but saddest most of all is that your committed to your ideas,but their not even yours.President G.W Bush had the largest surplus of almost any American President in History when he took office.He stole an election,Started an Illegal war which rages on til this very day,he sanctioned torture,state sponsored assassination,illegal wire taps against American citizens,all but shredded the constitution and plunged this country into one of the worst DEPRESSIONS in history. While HE and his FRIENDS(Bankers,usury speculators,Wall Street Executives,Hedge fund magnets,Insurers and the war Mongers who pass them selves off as Government Contractors . got filthy rich.In closing,because this is all the time i allow ignorance to occupy my life,Bitch has always been an acceptable term
      when referring to a pregnant female dog, but if i used it in comparison,or in describing your mother ,daughter or wife is it still benine.and for GODS sakes put down that banjo,get off that porch and turn to something other than FOX news.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Visit the US Treasury's website and you will see, there was no Clinton surplus.
        The country was in debt $ 5,727,776,738,304 when President Bush took office.

        Look for yourself, this is not politics, it is a fact.

        August 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  275. pjame

    There is no reason to ever use this term. It was hateful, meant to be mean, and discriminatory. Obviously Mr. Doug Lamborn does not see people with more pigment in their skin as human but as something else altogether. It is beyond sad when a member of congress refers to his or her fellow Americans as something other than human beings.
    I hope the people of Colorado will put him in his proper place and not re-elect him or better yet demand his resignation now and allow the Governor to put someone who is not a racist in his place.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  276. Coriolana

    The thugs petticoat is showing. Again. This redneck donkey's hindquarters should be removed from office immediately.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  277. AJ

    G.W. Bush stole the election and raped the country of its surplus funds that Clinton had acquired and Bush continued to rape the country even more..and now Obama has to clean up his mess.. It seems as if the Republican party hates Obama and their agenda would be to rather see this country destroyed then have Obama as president.. SHAME ON YOU REPUBLICANS> your karma is going to come back on you for what you are doing to this country.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  278. Just another redneck I guess

    To the commentor(s) who said to refer to him as "President Obama", that's not happening. Not by me anyway. And I don't want to hear any junk about the color of his skin. Do we have racists out there? Sure, both black & white racists. The truth? I didn't vote him in, I didn't want him in, therefore I will not regard him as the President. Not voting for him had nothing to so with his color. I did the same with Mr. Clinton, and he was the blackest white dude to hold the office. I did not vote for him, and I did not give him the respect of the title because he didn't live up to the title.
    Another someone said to go up to an "African-American" (By the way, you're just "American", get over the hyphens.) and say "tar baby" then see what happens. What about saying "colored"? I would bet an equal or worse responce than tar baby. Yet within your strongest organization, there it is, NAACP. Don't call me racist, because I may actually vote for a WELL-QUALIFIEDman in 2012 who happens to be black. Herman Cain. Look, I don't give a crap about your skin color, nor do I care about Obama's skin color. I don't like his politics, which has -zero- to do with his color.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  279. Jim

    When you want to talk about ignorance then how about the ignorance of everyone here that honestly does not know the the term "tar baby" originally was not racist in nature, and that it took a bunch of racist idiots to make it into a racial slur. It then took a bunch more fools and idiots passing it around to make sure the new use for it overshadowed what it really means. It is a shame how many words have been given new definitions which are very different than what they originally meant, and so often that new definition is one based on fear, prejudice, and hate.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  280. Craig

    If you have the term "Tar Baby" in your vocabulary you are a racist. It is that simple.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  281. Gail Cerulo

    This is part of the republican party problem. They truly dislike a black president telling them anything. If they were thoughtful people that was not constany rhinkingbabout their libbist. Their Money how to make the rich more richer they would not b putting their foot in their mouth

    August 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  282. Bobby

    This is a place for normal people to communicate. People that should not be here are spics, spooks, wops ,deagos, jews, chincs and ragheads

    August 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      a battle lost or won is easily described
      and appreciated but the moral
      growth of a great nation requires
      reflection as well as observation to appreciate it.
      let no man deceive you with vain words
      for because of these things
      cometh the wrath of G-D upon the children of

      August 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  283. Pat Webber

    "Sticks and stones......." Why can't the black people just get over it. I'm of indian descent and we don't have a national monument and are still on reservations but you don't hear anything about that. If you are unhappy here with what you hear or read please go somewhere else. This is America where we still have the right to free speech.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      what is goverment itself but the greatest of all
      reflections on human nature,

      August 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  284. azmtbkr81

    Wow, so much seething hatred on this board, many of you are no better than Lamborn, wishing him death, hoping he burns in hell, and using this as an excuse to trot out every other racist slur under the sun. This type of reaction reminds me of the Muslims who riot and kill when someone draws a picture of Mohammed. This is what makes me worry for our future – not one clueless congressman.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  285. Ed

    Remember in Nov 2012. Vote for Dems, Independents and moderate Repubs. Send the teabaggers packing.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  286. Ameris

    CNN why are you trying to manipulate over sensitive people ?

    Do you want them to cry out loudly ? Kinda like pavlovs dog.

    I just watched a documentary about a bridge in SF where politicians screwed the whole thing up. The black female politician refered to the project as a "tar baby". Once you touch it you cannot get it off of you.

    He's called worse on the street daily. The people wanted change and they got it.

    They changed the color of the sob lying to US.

    He's the same lying sack o shit the other 42 were. Yes 42, go read.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • iris

      LOLRL !!! YOU MEAN 43 DONT YOU !?....HAHAHAAA!!!

      August 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  287. Smith

    Our country is a mess. Your all to blame me included. Its about time we need to look at the big picture. Thats both sides and you folks in the middle. Its time we treat each other as we want to be treated or this country is going to explode & split into its own little states. This area for dems., this for republicans, this for tea baggers, and so on. Who wants that everyone GROW UP!
    Nuff said

    August 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  288. abcdefg


    tar baby 
    a situation, problem, or the like, that is almost impossible to solve or to break away from.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  289. Andee

    Anyone that blatantly racist should be castrated to prevent them from reproducing. Apparently that is the only way we can stop hate and ignorance if out hired officials are willing to spew this racist language.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  290. Mike

    I'd like to see the Congressman from Colorado use that term as he walks past a group of Crips or Bloods on a street corner. He knows better than that.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  291. Billy

    I am a democrat from Colorado, and by no means am I a fan of Lamborn. But, the headline of this story is very misleading. When will reporters and CNN learn that making sensationalized and inaccurate headlines/stories give fodder to the GOP and Fox News?

    August 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  292. RJ in Florida

    Ok, I would never have thought it a racist epitaph. Having read the B Rabbit stories, I would really only think about it in that sense. Seems to me, we are quick to jump to conclusions on a person 's racial thoughts by one statement.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  293. Tourist

    Absolutely no way a 57 year old white guy doesn't know the history of tar baby (how would he even know the term otherwise?). It's inexcusable, but it's just more of the same that unfortunately we are becoming accustomed to. Whether it's tarbaby or the gunsights on Rep. Giffords district, or the 'paling around with terrorists', or all the outright lies – we just keep swallowing this crap. I thought Colorado was a little more progressive than, say, Mississippi, but if they want this guy as their rep, that says alot about the residents. Here we are, this many years after civil rights, and we still have Jim Crows like this guy. Dispicable. Not the America I believe in.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  294. JS

    This is the first time in the history of this country that a sitting President has been so blatantly disrespected! You may not like his politics or agree with the policies he's trying to instate, but like it or not President Obama is the Commander and Chief of the United States of America and for anyone to think that using words such as "Tar Baby" or "Boy" as recently voiced by Pat Buchanan, shows any true American spirit is only fooling themselves. This is not something that a weak apology can take care of and it's too late to try to clean it up. There's only one thing left that you can disrespect this MAN, OUR PRESIDENT with and I dare you to say it!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  295. ASRodriguez

    Racism in American is not dead. It surfaces through these vile insults at the President of the United States.
    The multicultural majority will not forget this when we next go to the polls.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  296. I DON'T like you

    I don't like white people anyways. In fact I almost hate them. They think everything is owed to them, they are so racist arrogant, I anger at the site ofmost of them. they put Black people down.... but they bought us to this country on boats to do their jobs.... I wish someone would wipe out half of the population of those demons.... black people may commit crimes.... but i'll bet the world will have less rape, hate and serial murders without whites. If I had a country i'd repay all whites for their evil ways

    August 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Peter

      "Good" and "Bad" are not in racial genes. Stop it.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  297. Tallon0002

    shut the hell up.If you were native Anerican you would'nt refer to your self as indian.people kill me with that go some where else and get over it bull sh#t.We would get over it if people like you would get over that Master race crap.Get over this, call your mother ,sister or daughter a bitch and then tell them its ok cause it only means a pregnant female dog and you were'nt calling them that you were just tring to make a point.BIGOT

    August 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  298. Tallon0002

    But you refered to Bill as Mr.Clinton. No one asked you to like or respect MR.OBAMA however whether or not you voted for him he IS the PRESIDENT and as an American you should respect the office.OH and you are a bigot

    August 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  299. Tallon0002

    Bitch was'nt originally a derogatory word but you dont call your mother one do you

    August 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  300. Tallon0002

    YOU forgot idiots so dontr post anymore coward

    August 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  301. Tallon0002

    Bitch a pregnant female dog.Do you call your mother,daughter or wife one.Idiot

    August 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Who are you talking to. Most of your post ramble, mix up what other people are saying.

      August 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  302. Tallon0002

    Whether you count Social Security or not.
    Based on historical figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, shows the total deficit or surplus for each fiscal year from 1990 through 2006. Keep in mind that fiscal years begin Oct. 1, so the first year that can be counted as a Clinton year is fiscal 1994. The appropriations bills for fiscal years 1990 through 1993 were signed by Bill Clinton's predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Fiscal 2002 is the first for which President George W. Bush signed the appropriations bills, and the first to show the effect of his tax cuts.

    The Clinton years showed the effects of a large tax increase that Clinton pushed through in his first year, and that Republicans incorrectly claim is the "largest tax increase in history." It fell almost exclusively on upper-income taxpayers. Clinton's fiscal 1994 budget also contained some spending restraints. An equally if not more powerful influence was the booming economy and huge gains in the stock markets, the so-called dot-com bubble, which brought in hundreds of millions in unanticipated tax revenue from taxes on capital gains and rising salaries.

    Clinton's large budget surpluses also owe much to the Social Security tax on payrolls. Social Security taxes now bring in more than the cost of current benefits, and the "Social Security surplus" makes the total deficit or surplus figures look better than they would if Social Security wasn't counted. But even if we remove Social Security from the equation, there was a surplus of $1.9 billion in fiscal 1999 and $86.4 billion in fiscal 2000. So any way you count it, the federal budget was balanced and the deficit was erased, if only for a while.

    August 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  303. Tallon0002

    Im talking to you and everything i write ,Im saying.The only reason you think its rambling is you cant read.I do this for a living,you do it for attention and you take things out of context.You proved what youve been railing against with your last post .I didnt nor would i ever call any woman a bitch ,but for some reason after reading or should i say half reading my post you got offended.Not matbe you know how WE feel about the tar baby comment.To clarify. I said the word bitch when applied to a pregnant female dog isnt offensive,how ever you wouldnt call your mother,daughter or wife one would you

    August 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Tallon0002, I never said anything about calling a woman a bi***. You are confused.

      However I did say that you were wrong by saying that "America saw her national debt grow astronomically high (from 4 trillion to 9 trillion in his 8 years in office)."

      The debt was $ 5,727,776,738,304 on Jan 20, 2001, when President Bush took office.
      Not $ 4 trillion you claim. Again, please visit the Treasury's website and see the numbers for yourself.

      August 6, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  304. randy buist

    The comment goes to show his lack of respect for the president. If he can't show respect for the president, he's up for re-election in 18 months.

    August 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  305. Manhattan

    The Republicans are at it again . . . making deragatory remarks as well as shifting all the blame on President Obama when nothing goes right. Mitt Romney as well as Doug Lamborn should look themselves in the mirror because they're not the best that their state could offer. They're the worst!

    Listen, the economy was the result of the Bush Administration's (yes, the Republicans) failure to get their job done prior to Obama getting elected. The chaos was already there when he took office. So what the hell are these two a–h--s talking about?

    If they so much as wanted to right the wrong, why didn't they start with their own paychecks rather than having the citizens lose their jobs and allow furloughs in many states? Why didn't they start by cutting their own incomes rather than cut spending in other areas?

    These guys bitch every chance they get about our President. Yet, when it comes to their own salaries, they're not saying anything. Why is that? Oh, and what about their fringe benefits, huh? Why don't they cut their own fringes and see how they will survive come retirement.

    The Republicans talk BIG but they're ALL wind. Their words speaks louder than the action as long as it's not their money & fringes that is affected. They don't give a sh– who lost their job, who is without medical, etc., as long as they can continue to pacify their rich supporters. That's the name of the game for the Republicans.

    Ask Mitt Romeny where that $1 million donation came from after closing office with only one transaction on record. Where do you find a company accepting that kind of money and then close his business after several weeks(?). It was a done deal under the table – as usual.

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    August 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  306. Peter in Spain

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    In any event, anyone with a smattering of intelligence and a balanced view knows that the Republicans and the Tea Party have caused the deadlock in Congress that has led to the S & P downgrade...and the worldwide financial crisis we are all suffering through. If you've read the S & P report in its entirety, rather than the snippets and sound bites, you would see that S & P puts the blame squarely where it belongs. Just like the crisis of 2008 — once again perpetrated by the Republicans in their scorched earth policy when they realized that McCain was going to lose the election.

    I watched an interview on British TV where the anchor asked a leading republican if he realized the effect on world markets the deadlock was causing. His reply: "We don't really care about that."

    It's clear to all of us in the ROW (Rest of World) that the American far right just can't stand it that a black man is sitting in the oval office. Add to this that the president came to office with an agenda of projects to help America rebuild, only to be stuck in a quagmire of contention and congressional paralysis. You see how easy it is to use the word "quagmire" rather than "tar baby"? It's a no-brainer...assuming one has a brain.

    Look, everyone and his dog knows now and knew then, that George Bush was a coke head and drunk. They know now and knew then that he blagged (BS-ed) his way through Harvard business school, and used his daddy's influence and money to get himself appointed as the owner of the Texas Rangers franchise and elected as the Governor of Texas. To clean himself up to run for president, he became born again and cleansed himself of all sins. Yeah, right. They certainly know now that as president he was having his strings pulled by the Cheney and Wall Street dark side mob.

    He got the USA in a quagmire of two wars that can't be won, using outright lies.

    Pardon the pun, and as inappropriate as it is:

    To all you right wingers out there...You are the pot calling the kettle black.

    August 9, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  307. Gini

    An individual that feels he or she has any "common" sense and/or intelligence would not entertain the thought of coming across as a "blantant" racist. Irrespective of your race or ethnicity, our President should be addressed with the utmost respect. How would you feel being in President Obama's shoes and someone addressing or referring to you as anything ourside of your "given" name? Shame-Shame

    August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  308. Denise

    OK Mr Bob of PA If He is intelligent enough to be a Congressman then he shoudl be intelligent enough to use better quagmires. Why would you use, today, a word like that that goes way back to such negative connotations? Don't be a martyr for such nonesense.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
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    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  310. DE

    This is just one reason why I abhor cosnervatives.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  311. Screw Obama

    He is a tar baby. Screw him and his healthcare mandate. I would like to see the IRS try to collect it from me, my shotgun is loaded

    August 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Peter

      Cut the cheap theatrics, pal.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  312. Macmaven

    The GOP continue to demonstrate what is wrong with government with comments like this. When Republican McCollum stated two years ago that his first and foremost agenda was to see Obama out of office, and that working with him and the Dem party was out of the question, anyone who is surprised at where we are now in this country is an idiot. If our own Congress cannot show respect for the elected leader of this country, no matter what their personal racism suggests, then how is the rest of the world supposed to respect the United States. Answer is, they can't, and have shown it time and time again from credit downgrades to unpopular global opinion.

    August 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  313. Tallon0002

    LIke Regan or Bush,Idiots of the new world order

    August 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  314. Tallon0002

    Original thinking .I could barely see the strings or Fox New's lips move

    August 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  315. Dark Skinned

    Democrats are all about big governement and handing out free stuff; ie., money, food, medical, etc... that is why all blacks are democrats... plain and simple!!! Where's my Mcdonalds??? Katrina VICTIMS then and the rest of their pitiful lives. VICTIMS!!!

    August 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Woosh

      That "all Black" comment makes no sense, of course, any Black would be foolish to vote the same as you. Let me see can I make a statement more stupid than yours...Here I go. All Blacks have a six sense when dealing with people like you and your kind, they can see through you. Blacks knew that Bush was dumb before America realized it. They knew Sara Palin was an idiot way before she showed up on Katie's show....and guess what? They know Obama will be reelected as President. BOO!
      Now get out the library and head on over to the trailer you uneducated po a$$ green fly trash.

      August 26, 2011 at 5:10 am |
  316. cigarman

    Doug Lame-Brain, er, I mean Lamborn is a total teabagger racist. I am a Rebublican, but Lame-Brain is not. He should be tossed out of Congress like all Teabaggers. The Teabaggers are the ruination of the Republican Party and the United States. The Tea Baggers should split from the Republican Party so that the reasonable Republicans can be dis-assoiated with them.

    August 14, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  317. brenda

    In the political races there is always someone that puts there foot in there mouth and someone is behind them to excuse it off but i dont think what was said was excusable and no matter what way he meant it you shouldnt adress the president in that way,or anyone else for that matter get it together professionals....

    August 15, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  318. Tallon0002

    I wasnt going to reply to you because your brand of stupidity speaks for its self <however i did want the people who follow me and other intellegent people to be able to find you and your remark.remember its better to remain silent and let people think that your a fool than to speak and remove all doubt

    August 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Drogo, who bit the dust

      The word is "you're" genius.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  319. joe

    You lazy Liberals are hanging on to this one like a jack russell hangs on to a rabbit
    move on this story is no big deal
    when bush was president you all called him names

    August 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm |

    Does ANYONE REALIZE THAT EVERY PRESIDENT WALKS INTO THE MESS THEY ARE GIVEN... Weather you like the President or not he still DESERVES the respect to be called Mr. President....

    August 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • sky

      your right Michelle Bachmann on meet the press she just lie, lie, lie as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

      August 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • joe

      What a hypocrate you are. you beat President Bush to death with name calling. Now the shoe is on the other foot and were not allowed to call Obama names

      August 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
      • Whoosh

        It won't work joe, go on home now.

        August 26, 2011 at 5:13 am |
  321. sky

    skyMichelle Bachmann on meet the press she just lie, lie, lie as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

    August 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  322. Decimal

    SOLJAGURL he deserves one thing, to be tossed out on his butt with the rest of the garbage. Both parties are FUBAR'd, but I can see the old divide and conquet strategy is alive and well. Everything is the GOP's fault, everything is the liberals fault, blah blah blah. We will never fix this brokem system by using broken tools, and believe me Obama, the house and the senate are nothing but a bunch of broken tools.

    August 17, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  323. demogal

    Sadly, I live in Lamborn's district. After protests at his congressional office (over this, but also about the broken promises on jobs) a sign was erected in the parking lot–saw it with my own eyes–NO SOLICITING, PROTESTING, OR LOITERING. Doug has never been responsive to the needs of the people in his district and went to Washington to live in the pocket of the big-business controlled Republican special interests.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Andrew

      How is he not representing the interests of his district? You as a Democrat are the anomaly in the most conservative district in the state. Does that mean your interests shouldn't be represented or that you shoulnd't be able to protest? No. But you shouldn't be shocked or take affront when the vast majority of the other 650,000 people in the district think you are wrong in what you believe is good for them.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  324. Dani

    another KKK member who made it to congress, WAKE UP AMERICA...

    August 18, 2011 at 5:54 am |
  325. dave in sc

    And this is how he speaks on the radio. Imagine the words he uses while drinking with his buddies.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  326. DT

    My feeling is that people refer to name calling when they have a credible or supportable position. When you are weak and unsure of yourself generally people turn to name-calling as an attempt to divert attention from the matter at hand.

    Stay the course America; taking the high road in my opinion trumps societal dregs.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  327. Hiernonymous

    The headline is symptomatic of CNN's slide into tabloid journalism. 'Congressman calls Obama a "tar baby."' Well, no, he didn't. While the reference the congressman selected might well be considered insensitive, one would think that CNN could afford to hire writers and editors who are culturally literate enough to be able to accurately capture what was said and what it meant. And you wonder why CNN is sliding into irrelevancy?

    August 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  328. Tallon0002

    "Idiot",did i get that right

    August 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  329. Tallon0002

    I was always told that your known by the company you keep. If your friends tell racist jokes or think that they are better than others because of the color of their skin and you continue to hang out with them ,even if you don't indulge in the behavior, your worst then them because you don't speak out against it.

    August 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  330. M

    there is a children's store called breir rabbit and the briar patch. the tar baby reference was BORN of this story. Read the story. you will feel like a heel if you posted any of this nonsense i've been tracking about racism once you've actually read the story. "tar baby" is not an obvious racist remark. it is an obvious mark that mr senator has actually read the story. go see for yourself ... google it for bollocks sake

    August 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • T

      Apparently, you must be too young or not from this country to know that "tar baby" is used in a negative light towards African-Americans. Please take your blinders off, you're part of the problem.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Just Sayin'

      M, You are a damn fool to even think this term is congenial. I was born and raise in the hateful south and I cannot count the times being referred to as a "Black A$$ Tar Baby". If one of you conservaliberal mistakenly or purposely call me that now; after I spit in your face...It would be on!

      August 26, 2011 at 5:20 am |
      • M

        Right so. Just Sayin'. Since you can't do your homework i will spoon feed it to you. Follow this link and you will see definition one and definition two. Definition two comes from the misuse of the term from uneducated, closed minded, always-taking-things-out of context individuals like yourself who run their mouths for the sake of doing so and express hatred because they were ahem : Just Sayin' ... of course without thinking first. Enjoy your second grade literature lesson. click me!! ... P.S. i believe anyone thinking of posting further should investigate this link first. do your research BEFORE making a fool o' yerself

        August 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  331. Peter

    Astonishing that ANYBOY thinks that the phrase "tar baby" is not a derogatory remark against black people. I am dumbfounded at the amount of people who are defending this yahoo. Possibly the phrase is SO out of date that many young people don't know of it. And if you don't think it is a derogatory remark, walk up to a black man over 50 and call him "a tar baby" and see what happens. Gawd, I am so tired of dirt-stupid, racist yahoos.

    August 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Just Sayin'

      You are so right Peter. In about 30 years this country will be so much better off. Just stick around and see. 65% of the haters will be in hell organizing an ice party.

      August 26, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  332. M

    and i'm not defending anyone here. i'm sick of seeing the backlash of reverse racism from the african american community growing stronger and stronger as the years progress. it has to stop because if it doesn't we won't see the end to racism... both sides have to stand down if we are to truely put the matter to rest. let's bury the damn hatchet. not one racist thought has ever occurred to me and i'm damn proud of it! of course when someone approaches me with some racist remark targeted at my heratage i don't hate back, because that's just fanning the flames. no sense adding fuel to the fire, folks. E-N-D RACISM! it starts with one ... you.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  333. Equal Justice

    Don't be fooled he knew wahat he was saying. He was appealing to the Tea Party and other extremes in his party. They are so slefish the rather to see the country fail than to give the President praise. I can't wait to see president Obama victory speech on November 2012.

    August 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  334. Joan Quarles

    What's the fuss about? That's the way many in the majority feel. Guys like these Republicans who use the term are only speaking their minds TRUTHFULLY for perhaps the first time. Besides, it's better to know one's enemy is stupid so one can pay attention to truly pressing matters.

    August 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  335. ZonaJim

    Everything is "racist" according to the Dem Socialists. Please take the time to look up the term Tar Baby. No, I can't stand Obama and his socialist ways. I couldn't stomach Jimmy Carter either. Does that make me a racist? Now, I guess the congressman should have understood that there are so many Dems that are ignorant of American colloquialisms that they wouldn't understand the comment. It was a perfect metaphor for the situation he was describing.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • M

      BINGO! It's about time, whew! I was beginning to think i was the only one here posting who realised what a metaphor was. Brothers and sisters, stop seeking negativity where there is none. The ONLY reason "tar baby" is seen as racist today is because the same caliber idiot misconstrued the meaning of the word back then (whenever that was, because i missed it) and so it instantly became ONLY a racist term by default, of course only to african americans. Since so many just don't know the root of the metaphor, they assume the new definition and the term takes on forevermore the new meaning. Everybody's been called something they didn't like at some time or another and honestly in this instance it's not really an insult. What really get's me upset about the "tar baby" thing is i just don't see how Br'er Rabbit could just punch a baby! Appalling!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  336. gwilliams

    Who votes for these morons? What an embarrassment to our already sad political system!

    August 30, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  337. Joan Quarles

    i notice there's a lot of name-callers indicting some of us for name-calling. i suppose if the knuckle-dragging, inbred, daughter rapist had called Mr. Obama a n*gger, that would be a PC reference to his abilities, at least according to the aforementioned kuckle-dragging, inbred, daughter raping, slack-jawed apes.

    oh, my. did i go too far? SOOOO sorry!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  338. N

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    Some of the comments in this WHOLE thread, and the loose, comment from the sub-conscious of that Senator, reveals much. I'm a American born black man, a VETERAN with friends from varying backgrounds, and of age enough (45) to remember slurs being thrown about amongst EVERYBODY, Black, White, Asian, Latin, etc. It's notable that throughout the PC era, the only ones that survived are N**&%R and F($^#T. Words like that are designed to culturally keep one in one's place, lest one be getting uppity for simply pursuing life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, endowed by Constitution to ALL. While folks have the right to their opinion AND to express it, I would say to the white person throwing that around, then don't complain or cry boo hoo if it's thrown back at you (wop, mick, kike, polack, kraut, etc) if one wants to throw around tar baby, wet back, and others of that ilk. And to say it's a joke is a copout!! It's not racist to call you out on when that opinion is offensive; it's self respect. We don't call women sexist for calling men out on bad behavior, so GET OVER YOURSELVES!! Too bad that some of you don't like being called out, and/ or fought back upon, when the sub-conscious ignorance shows. This is 2012. Too far along for uppity minorities to ride in the back of the bus, too far along for women to be barefoot, pregnant, and controlled.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
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