It never cease to amaze me at the language used by politicians, only to backtrack when they are called out. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said that he wished New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had “put a hot poker to Obama’s butt” in his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Haley Barbour, who left office under a cloud of questionable pardons, made the comment at a fundraiser and briefing put on by (surprise, suprise) Karl Rove (who advocated killing Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for his ‘legitimate rape’ comment).
“While I would love for [Chris] Christie to put a hot poker to Obama’s butt,” Haley said of his reaction to Christie’s address. “I thought he did what he was supposed to do.”
Nothing like a white Southern man saying he wants to brand the black guy. No racial undertone there, right? I take anything Haley Barbour, who led one of the most racially polarizing states in this country, has to say with a grain of salt. In case Haley Barbour has forgotten a hot poker was used to brand slaves. Considering he’s from a state with a horrible racist past, that should be the last two words he throws together in a sentence.
UPDATE#1 (09/05/12): Haley Barbour issued an apology for his ‘hot poker’ remark saying, “I apologize to anyone who feels my comment had connotations that I did not intend. As a Republican, I would have liked to see Chris Christie put the heat on Obama — but for the audience of independents he did the right thing. In any case, it’s critical that we all keep our comments free of extremes or anything that could be misinterpreted,” Politico reports.