Famously unhinged Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh is under fire over remarks to supporters in which he repeatedly refers to President Obama as “son,” a demeaning appellation that’s drawing accusations of racism from Color of Change. In the video, shot by a Democratic tracker, Walsh tells the crowd that “something different on the ground” is going to “respectfully pick this president up and pat him on the head and say, son, son, son, Mr. President, you were never ready to be president, now go home and work for somebody and find out how the real world works.”
At a campaign barbecue in his district Sunday, Walsh was explaining what he hopes will be the tea party’s role in the election:
“There’s something different on the ground, and I think it’s going to overtake us all again, think it’s going to overtake the political class. I think it’s going to respectfully pick this president up and pat him on the head and say, son, son, son, Mr. President, you were never ready to be president, now go home and work for somebody and find out how the real world works.”
TPM also links to audio of Walsh’s response to the flap, in which he says he was just “having fun.”
Now, an older white man calling a black man “son” is unquestionably racist (bet he wouldn’t say it to Obama’s face), but you have to remember, this is Joe Walsh, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions here, or rush to play the “racist card,” as Walsh calls it.
When Joe Walsh calls somebody “son,” what he’s really saying is that he isn’t going to fulfill his obligations to that person, so it appears that Walsh is actually announcing his retirement from the House of Representatives. Godspeed, Rep. Walsh.
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