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Michele Bachmann: Obama 'waving a tar baby'
“This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem. I have never seen a more irresponsible president who is infantile in the way that he continually blames everybody else for his failure to first diagnose the problem, and second, to address the problem. It’s always everyone else’s fault,” the Minnesota Republican told Florida-based conservative blog The Shark Tank in an interview on Wednesday.
In the Uncle Remus stories, the Tar Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to trap Br’er Rabbit. The phrase has come to mean a sticky situation, but some also consider it a derogatory term for African Americans.
Bachmann’s press secretary has not yet returned a request for comment.
This isn’t the first time a politician has used the phrase: In 2006, Mitt Romney used the term in reference to Boston’s Big Dig construction project. He later apologized. Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2007 was discussing the federal government’s involvement in custody cases and said, “For me to stand here and … say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.” He said he was wrong to use the phrase.
And Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.) apologized in 2011 after he said of Obama, “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.”
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