Doug Lamborn 'Tar Baby' Comment Audio, Video: Apologizes to Obama
Doug Lamborn Used The Term 'Tar Baby' In Reference To Barack Obama. Here is the Doug Lamborn Audio and Video
What's the biggest political story of the day? The end of the pathetic slap-fight over the debt ceiling? The fact that stock markets around the world plummeted? No, it's Colorado politician Doug Lamborn using the term 'tar baby' in reference to US president Barack Obama.
While speaking on a radio talk show, Doug Lamborn talked about not wanting to stay away from Obama's policies. That lead Doug Lamborn to say 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," Lamborn said.
"Now I don’t want to even have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it and you’re stuck and you’re part of the problem now, and you can’t get away."
Lamborn was criticized for the use of the term 'tar baby.' He later issued an apology over the tar baby comment.
He's not the first politician to get in hot water for using the term 'tar baby." In 2006, then-Massachusetts Mitt Romney used 'tar baby' while addressing a group of Iowa Republicans.
The phrase 'tar baby' is definitely a loaded one. But what exactly does tar baby mean?
The term dates back to the stories of Uncle Remus. According to a story in Time, "the Oxford American Dictionary defines tar baby much like Romney used it, "a difficult problem, that is only aggravated by attempts to solve it."
In his apology, Lamborn claims that was how he intended to use the phrase. “Congressman Lamborn regrets any misunderstanding," the email statement said. "He simply meant to refer to a sticky situation or quagmire.”
Over the years, the term has also evolved into a slur against African-Americans.
Here is the Doug Lamborn 'Tar Baby' comment audio, video