Politics

Rep. Doug Lamborn Says "Tar Baby" in Reference to Obama

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Colorado congressman is apologizing to President Obama after using the derogatory term "tar baby" while talking about Obama's budget policies.

According to the report in the New York Daily News, Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn appeared on a Denver radio station last Friday when he said this:

"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 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."

Lamborn quickly apologized to the President. His spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said in a written statement:

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

But Diana Allen-Phillips, president of the local Urban League, told the Colorado Springs Gazette that you can't "just toss that phrase out and not have it associated with the past. If Barack Obama was not African American, would he have used the same terminology?"