Michele Bachmann Accuses Obama of 'Waving a Tar Baby in the Air,' Then Backpedals Like Hell

I'm starting to wonder if it's possible for Michele Bachmann to resist the opportunity to say normal things in the stupidest, most offensive way possible. In an interview yesterday, she managed to make a conversation about high gas prices into an awkwardly racist moment where she accused the President of "waving a tar baby in the air." She's really got the gift.

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The interview was with conservative blog The Shark Tank, the former Presidential candidate explained that President Obama is responsible for high gas prices, and that he's always trying to blame others for his problems. Naturally, the normal person way to refer to this, for Bachmann, is to make it sound sort of racist. She said,

This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem. I have never seen a more irresponsible president who is infantile in the way that he continually blames everybody else for his failure to first diagnose the problem, and second, to address the problem. It's always everyone else's fault.

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For those not schooled in the ways of fancy advanced racism: the phrase "tar baby" is occasionally used as a derogatory term for a black person. It's also the name of a sort of sticky trap used by Uncle Remus in the Br'er Rabbit story that was in an awkwardly racist Disney story treasury that my grandparents used to have.

And the backpedaling began almost immediately. A spokesperson explained that Bachmann meant the conversation about our black President in the "sticky trap made of tar" way and not in the "our black President is blacking around again" way.

The congresswoman values all human life - regardless of race, color or creed. If you listen to the interview, Rep. Bachmann was making a point about the president's poor understanding of oil prices, which has nothing to do with race. The president doesn't understand the oil market and hence, has gotten himself into a sticky situation.

Even if she did mean it to mean "a sticky traplike situation," doesn't her use of the antique slang seem a little Freudian slip-y, at least? Earlier in the interview, she urged that, when examining Obama's energy policy, we "call a spade a spade."

"Spade" is another racist term occasionally used in reference to black people. Too bad she couldn't work a casual reference to how the President is "enslaving" Americans in there.

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Jane, you ignorant slut.

I'm so confused by the idea that "Call a spade a spade" is a racial slur. I've used that expression my whole life, my entire family and circle of acquaintances uses it. Black people I work with in the Army use it. I have never, ever, suspected that it might be connected to a racial slur.

I mean, is that phrase really connected to a racial history? Or is it an innocent phrase, the way Spades is an innocent card game? I am so confused. And feeling like this Clerks II clip (beware, lots of racial slurs in the clip, used for comedy and education).