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Two Republicans rethink racially tinged remarks

Friday, August 5th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) A Colorado congressman and a prominent television commentator have backtracked after using racially tinged language — "tar baby" and "boy" — when referring to the policies of President Obama, whose election as the first African American president was hailed as the beginning of an era of post-racial politics.

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Patrick Buchanan, an MSNBC political analyst, found themselves wrestling with their comments, which have been viewed as racist.

Amid the partisan battle over raising the debt ceiling, Lamborn took to the airwaves last week to criticize Obama's policies, comparing them to a "tar baby." The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit in the second of the Uncle Remus stories. Though it was used to mean a sticky situation, it has also become a racist term to describe African Americans.

In a letter to Obama, Lamborn apologized for using the phrase. In a statement, Lamborn's office said he was attempting to tell a radio audience that Obama'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.' "

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