Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da, Zip-A-Dee-Ay, My oh my what a wonderful day,
Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da, Zip-A-Dee-Ay, plenty of sunshine heading my way…………
….um unless you happen to be Representative Doug Lamborn, (R-Colo) who evoked memories of Uncle Remus and the “tar baby” from those Uncle Remus stories, and the 1946 Walt Disney movie, “Song of the South”, which contained the song, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.
Which was fine, except that he compared President Obama’s policies to “touching a tar baby.” Which is a derogatory term used eons ago for black people. Boy is his doo-dah screwed…or should be for using that term. What the hell was he thinking?
In a radio interview he 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.”
Look folks, I know he apologized for using that term, but, considering radio personality Don Imus had to resign from his radio program for using a derogatory remark which demeaned blacks, shouldn’t ol Dougie do the same?
Oh wait…we’re talkin’ about a member of Congress here. Oops, sorry Don, the rules are a lot different when you’re a member of Congress.
For those of you who do not remember Uncle Remus and his friend Br’er Rabbit and the Tar-Baby, it was a doll made of turpentine which was used to entrap Br’er Rabbit in the second edition of Uncle Remus stories. The more Br’er Rabbit fights Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes. Which, in modern-day language refers to being in a “sticky situation.”
So, apparently Dougie was so upset at Obama’s policies that he felt the need to use the term to express his dissatisfaction with those policies…….which apparently, at the same time, scrambled his brain to the point of not realizing what his mouth was about to say, until after his mouth had actually uttered the term, “Tar-Baby,” and then it was waaaaay to late.
Which at that point he broke into a chorus of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da on the air at that radio station during his interview, but no one joined in. Most likely because Doug was the only one who remembered Uncle Remus, Br’er Rabbit and Uncle Remus.
Of course, regaining his brain capacity within a few moments or thereafter, he apologized and said what he actually meant to say was that he was referring to a sticky situation. He also sent a letter to President Obama apologizing for his insensitivity along with a signed copy of “Tales From Uncle Remus.”
(I made that last part up, but it would have been a nice gesture, don’t ya think…..just in case the pres never read any of Uncle Remus’ books)
EVERYBODY…….and I’ll repeat that…..EVERYBODY, including Don Imus who EVER said a derogatory remark about something sensitive paid some sort of price. As I said, in Imus’ case, he had to resign. The only exception that comes to mind is when General George Custer said those now famous immortal words, “Holy crap, look at all those f***king indians.” But, even though George was a bit insensitive, he never resigned. Didn’t have to. The indians did him in instead.
Not to be left out of the day’s fray, Pat Buchanan, (MSNBC) in an interview with Al Sharpton refered to Obama as, “your boy” during the conversation. He also later apologized.
Hmmm, I guess it’s ok to say borderline racist slurs if you apologize later.
All these off the cuff remarks have somewhat of a racist tone, but I won’t say that. Um, WAIT! I think I already did. Damn.
So, Representative Lamborn, showing his true colors, should do the decent thing. Resign for using that term. Apologize to all blacks for associating Obama with the term “tar-baby,” and apologize to all those people listening to that radio interview who never actually got to hear him sing, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. As Far as Buchanan in concerned, he just needs to visit OZ and get a freakin’ brain.
Me…….I’m still trying to figure out why Rep. Lamborn’s reading “Uncle Remus” books.
Unless…….that’s his intelligence level.
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