Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) sent a letter of apology Tuesday (Aug. 2) to President Barack Obama days after saying that being associated with the President is “like touching a tar baby.”
Lamborn made what many perceive as racially charged comments on Friday (July 29) during an interview with Denver radio station KHOW in the context of a discussion of the now-resolved debt ceiling negotiations.
Lamborn told the Caplis and Silverman radio show, “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 want to even have to be
associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get, you get
it, you know … you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and
you can’t get away.”
The term “tar baby” is considered a derogatory term for African-Americans. It was originally used in the Uncle Remus stories about Br’er Rabbit to describe a sticky situation.
In addition to the letter to President Obama, Lamborn issued a public statement of apology and also went to Colorado Spring’s KRDO-TV to explain himself.
“When I said ‘tar baby’ I was talking about the economic quagmire that our country is finding ourselves in because of poor economic policy from the White House, but I could have used a better term,” Lamborn says. “I misspoke in that sense and that’s why I sent him an apology.”
The White House has yet to comment on Lamborn’s actions.
Here’s audio of the original comment on KHOW.