Colorado Republican Representative Doug Lamborn apologized today for using the term “tar baby” when talking about President Obama and the debt ceiling debate, according to The Huffington Post. It is hard to believe in today’s world that a high ranking member of the US Government would use the term “tar baby.”
While on the Capilis and Silverman show on 630 KHOW, Representative Lanborn said, “Even if some people say, ‘Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,’ they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away.”
Yesterday Lamborn sent a letter to President Obama apologizing for using the insensitive term. He told the Denver Post that he made a mistake and he did not intend to use it as offensive. Lamborn believes that Obama will accept his apology and carry no-grudge because he says that Obama is “a man of character.”
It may be that the nation is getting somewhat immuned to derogatory quips, as they are heard daily on the late-night talk shows from hosts like Jay Leno and Connecticut’s own David Letterman.
While it was an unfortunate choice of words for the Congressman, this is not something that should be said in any venue. Connecticut has had its fair share of outspoken politicians, but it is mostly about their feelings on the way the political landscape is changing and even when harsh words are spoken, they are usually politically correct.
Reference: Huffington Post, Connecticut Cable News