Doug Lamborn on "Tar Baby" Comparison: My Bad!

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Doug Lamborn is really sorry. When he referred to President Barack Obama's economic policy as a "tar baby" this week, he meant to use the word "quagmire." Hey, we've all been there, right?

In a radio show interview over the weekend, the Colorado Congressman 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.”

Lamborn has since sent a letter of apology to the President and his office released the following statement:

The congressman was “attempting to tell a radio audience last week that the president'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.'

The politician told
The Denver Post:

“I absolutely intended no offense, and if this is at all on his radar screen, I am sure that he will not take offense and he'll be happy to accept my apology because he is a man of character.”

Seriously, who even has the term "tar baby" in his vernacular these days?!?


not surprising at all.... This has been going on since obama took office. Thats why its so damn difficult to get anything passed. Many repubs/tea party Rather see a blk pres crash and burn than actually try and help us even at the cost of our economy. First time ever u hear of a debt celing yet its been moved like 90 times. Oh but now its a problem! Wasnt a problem when bush did it 7 times tho.


Tar baby,I love when well meaning white folk tell racism is over ha,not a chance in hell.This is a so called congressman it just confirms why this country is still divided racially.Yes some blacks have done very well but look at the numbers that separate white and black people financially it's staggering.To all you low class very ignorant racist people get over it AMERICA has a black President and if you don't like it you can leave..bye


It is sad today that people think no one remembers what "tar baby" means. It is equally sad that those same people actually believe the comment was accidental and not meant as a slur in any way. It was meant to be a racial slur and that is what it is. I have witnessed disrespect of presidents in the past. I have never witnessed it on this great and such an overt scale. And yet the dignified and presidential response that our great Commander and Chief displays over and over again is phenomenal. President Obama stands above the rest and I appreciate all he is trying to do despite the opposition. He is truly one of the greatest men in the political arena today.


Sorry, sent to early, but you get the point...


Yes Samra. That was a disgusting thing to day. However, Obama, sorry to say, is not what we hoped for either. An amazing disappointment. If you were at all politically/historically savvy you'd realize this. GW made mistakes, yes, but Obama has perpetuated, extended and increased all you speak of. Backed down on ALL campaign comprimises re: Iraq/Afghanistan. If GW did what Obama is doing they'd nail him to a cross. He's failing in a big big way. Stop blindly defending him and blaming past presidents. You elected him to "Make a change". How about " Yes we can!" How long do we have to wait??? Btw/ look up his failed stimulus pkg that we'll be paying for for generations!!! No nation can afford a failure of that magnitude. Cars for clunkers??! On and on and on...Zonama needs to take some redo Sinology for something,,,anything!

Wv peach

Ignorant racist bastard.

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