Monday, April 14, 2008

On behalf of Kentuckians, let me apologize

One of our Representatives, Geoff Davis, recently referred to Obama as "boy":
U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Hebron Republican, compared Obama and his message for change similar to a "snake oil salesman."

He said in his remarks at the GOP dinner that he also recently participated in a "highly classified, national security simulation" with Obama.

"I'm going to tell you something: That boy's finger does not need to be on the button," Davis said. "He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country."

Via Americablog.

And for anyone who wants to say, as do some of the commenters on the original piece, that "clearly Congressman Davis was referencing his youth and inexperience", I would point out that Obama is only three years younger than Davis. It boggles my mind that people could seriously suggest that Davis would actually refer to someone only three years his junior as "boy", even if being "only" 46 does make Obama young for someone running for president.

And hey, a man called Geoff Davis made a racially insensitive (at best) remark about a black man, just in time for Confederate Heritage Month!


Anonymous said...

Watch them try to spin this with "well, he's just so young; that's all we meant!"

Skemono said...

Supposing it gets enough coverage that they need to spin it at all, that's probably what will happen.

Already the commenters are spinning it that way, when they're not just saying "'Boy' is racist? Get real!"