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Republican sorry for calling Obama 'boy'
bnd.com ^ | 04/15/08 | ROGER ALFORD

Posted on 04/15/2008 5:37:52 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Republican Rep. Geoff Davis apologizing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday after referring to him as "that boy."

Addressing a Republican gathering Saturday night, the Kentucky lawmaker said, "That boy's finger does not need to be on the button." Davis was talking about political and national security issues at an annual GOP dinner.

Davis' campaign said it sent a letter to Obama apologizing for the remark, which was widely reported on blogs and newspaper Web sites, including the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"My poor choice of words is regrettable, and was in no way meant to impugn you or your integrity," Davis wrote in the letter delivered to Obama's Washington office Monday afternoon. "I offer my sincere apology to you and ask for your forgiveness."

Earlier, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, "It's hard to tell what is more outrageous - Representative Davis' condescending and personal attack, or his absurd and offensive claim that Barack Obama is not prepared to defend America."

The letter was released by Davis campaign manager, Jeremy Hughes.

Davis, who represents Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, has two Republican challengers in the GOP primary May 20. The winner will face Democrat Michael Kelley, a northern Kentucky physician.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boy; geoffdavis; obama; yesterday
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1 posted on 04/15/2008 5:38:01 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

Oh boy. Lucky that seat isn’t vulnerable.


2 posted on 04/15/2008 5:40:54 AM PDT by Impy (The democrat party, "Ridin' Dirty" since puberty.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Typical white person.


3 posted on 04/15/2008 5:41:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: TornadoAlley3

Well, this guys career is over. Doesn’t matter that Obama directly called ME a racist because I’m a ‘Typical White Woman’ who WILL cross the street to avoid a gang of young, male thugs.

I hate Socialists. Truly. I do.


4 posted on 04/15/2008 5:41:33 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

So now it’s “absurd and offensive” to say out loud that one thinks Barack Obama is not qualified to defend America?

Obama’s campaign staff is sounding more and more like PR hacks for a cult.


5 posted on 04/15/2008 5:41:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

No apology necessary, Mr. Davis.


6 posted on 04/15/2008 5:42:00 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: TornadoAlley3

Why not include the corrected way of saying it?

“That *man’s* finger does not need to be on the button.”

It sounds as if they are apologizing for the entire remark when it’s the “boy” reference that is sensitive to some.


7 posted on 04/15/2008 5:42:21 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (Disgruntled about it all. None of the above.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

He’s from Kentucky, that’s the way people talk. Why are we always apologizing...FOR NOTHING!


8 posted on 04/15/2008 5:42:26 AM PDT by Obadiah (I dream of the day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I think he should have called him “monkey boy”.


9 posted on 04/15/2008 5:42:44 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: TornadoAlley3

Much ado about nothing, at least with the “boy” comment. What I want to know is more about this “nuclear simulation” in which Obama “could not make a decision”. That is seriously scary stuff.


10 posted on 04/15/2008 5:43:47 AM PDT by montag813
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To: TornadoAlley3
That statement wasn't apologizing......it was groveling.

Leni

11 posted on 04/15/2008 5:44:06 AM PDT by MinuteGal (I Love My Country More Than I Dislike John McCain)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

How old is Davis? I am in my late 40s and always refer to college aged people as “kids.” Maybe that’s all he meant. Still in this era where one politically incorrect word can end a career, he should have thought of saying “guy” or some other word instead.

I have little doubt that before long some words will be outlawed. How frightening. Yet the civil liberties crowd is more concerned about the rights of terrorists who have some water poured on their head.


12 posted on 04/15/2008 5:46:06 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: TornadoAlley3
"My poor choice of words is regrettable, and was in no way meant to impugn you or your integrity." "I offer my sincere apology to you and ask for your forgiveness."

"If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that." "The underlying truth of what I said remains."

Next time try Obanics.

13 posted on 04/15/2008 5:46:56 AM PDT by maggief
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To: TornadoAlley3

All men were boys at one time. Even Oboyma.

14 posted on 04/15/2008 5:47:45 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: TornadoAlley3

He’s still toast. He’s a REPUBLICAN who referred to a black man as ‘boy’.

white or wheat, Mr. Davis? ... you are TOAST.


15 posted on 04/15/2008 5:48:27 AM PDT by J40000
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To: DogBarkTree

Just the start of what lies ahead. Everything, everything will come down to race. If Obama steals money from the White House canteen, accusers will be racist!


16 posted on 04/15/2008 5:49:31 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: TornadoAlley3

No one should refer to a man of any colar as a boy. However, notice that it is perfectly acceptable for a black person (male or female) to refer to a white man as “white boy”. It just can’t be done the other way. Another one of those double standards you know. I guess “white boys” just don’t have that thin skin thing goin. Know whut I mean?


17 posted on 04/15/2008 5:50:49 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: TornadoAlley3
And by apologizing Rep. Davis has added credibility to the leftist thought police who have now added the word “boy” to the list of words we can no longer say or use in certain circumstances. My guess is that unless Davis apologized he was threatened with be charged with a hate crime.
18 posted on 04/15/2008 5:51:07 AM PDT by Obadiah (I dream of the day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Republican sorry for calling Obama 'boy'

If you apologize, you lose. Democrat rules, "boy"...

19 posted on 04/15/2008 5:51:32 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

DO’h! colar = color.


20 posted on 04/15/2008 5:52:51 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You live in Wisconsin and you hate socialists??

That’s like living on the Iron Range and hating Lutefisk!

Militant


21 posted on 04/15/2008 5:53:45 AM PDT by militant2 ("From time to time, the tree of Liberty must be nourished with the blood of tyrants!")
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To: Obadiah

...”He’s from Kentucky, that’s the way people talk.”...

That’s the way I read it. Further, I would be willing to bet that the “context” - which is what Obama constantly talks about as important - was that of a roomful of southerners, who use that term in a non-racist way to describe males in general.


22 posted on 04/15/2008 5:54:54 AM PDT by astounded (The Democrat Party is a Clear and Present Danger to the USA)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Boy-O-Boy ... Don't you just love it?


I can't wait until someone invents a thought reading device. Then we will really have some fun.


Let the percieved racism flow.


ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

23 posted on 04/15/2008 5:56:18 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: TornadoAlley3

It would have been far better if he had “apologized” using the same exact words Obama used about the “bitter” Pennsylvanians.


24 posted on 04/15/2008 5:57:13 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Pain is weakness leaving your body"---U S MARINES)
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To: TornadoAlley3

It would have been far better if he had “apologized” using the same exact words Obama used about the “bitter” Pennsylvanians.


25 posted on 04/15/2008 5:57:15 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Pain is weakness leaving your body"---U S MARINES)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

You obviously live in the north.


26 posted on 04/15/2008 5:58:12 AM PDT by Obadiah (I dream of the day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned!)
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To: astounded

I can’t stop giggling over the Foghorn Leghorn voice that I imagine him using to describe Obama. “Boy, I say, Boy”


27 posted on 04/15/2008 5:59:43 AM PDT by dr.zaeus
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To: Impy
Folks in Northern Kaintuckee regularly call everybody "boy", "old boy", "ol'boy" and say "Oh, boy" a lot.

Why Obamasama should be exempt from this is a doggone good question.

One thing many people find upsetting is the fellow who feigns indignation and offense over something you said that was not, in and of itself, offensive. Kind of a snobbish, elitist sort of thing ~ just turns the voters off left and right.

Presidents have to be above this.

28 posted on 04/15/2008 6:05:02 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Obadiah

We had a list around here somewhere of words and names that can no longer be used.

Two of my favorites: tar-and-feather is supposedly racist because it refers to boiling little black babies alive in tar - supposedly. Actually it’s from colonial America and it happened to royal tax collectors. The other, Little Black Sambo. The story is about an Indian boy, it has nothing to do with Africa but the people who have banned it have probably never read the book.


29 posted on 04/15/2008 6:07:49 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Play that Funky Music White Boy!


30 posted on 04/15/2008 6:08:41 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: J40000
"Boy" is traditionally used in a negative fashion to refer to Negroes by DEMOCRATS.

If a Republican says "boy" it's just a figure of speech that "don't mean nothin'".

Obamasama knows that ~ some of his staffers, though, are truly ignorant thugs who cannot tell the difference between a white Democrat and a white Republican although it's pretty obvious.

Obama should take immediate action to remove the thugs before they start doing more than bristling at comments they don't comprehend.

31 posted on 04/15/2008 6:08:56 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

It could have been much worse . He could have said blue gum boy


32 posted on 04/15/2008 6:10:06 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: ladyjane

Remember the restaurant named “sambo’s” they were doomed from the start

good food cheap too...


33 posted on 04/15/2008 6:11:37 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: TornadoAlley3
He should not have apologized.
34 posted on 04/15/2008 6:14:12 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: TornadoAlley3

Maybe he just should have said “that liberal know-nothing”, then it would’ve been okay. And more accurate.


35 posted on 04/15/2008 6:16:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Diana in Wisconsin wrote:

Well, this guys career is over. Doesn’t matter that Obama directly called ME a racist because I’m a ‘Typical White Woman’ who WILL cross the street to avoid a gang of young, male thugs.

I hate Socialists. Truly. I do.”

I’m not to fond of Republicans who apologize and are always on the defensive for every real or imagined slight to every Golden Sainted Minority either!
George Allen would still be Senator instead of that fringe Lunatic Webb if he manned up and ignored the “maccaca” criticism.The obsequious nature of the right has to end.
Joe Biden can call Obama sic”a clean articulate negro” without a whiff of censure.And yet he never looks back.


36 posted on 04/15/2008 6:24:29 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: TNCMAXQ

“How old is Davis? I am in my late 40s and always refer to college aged people as “kids.” Maybe that’s all he meant. Still in this era where one politically incorrect word can end a REPUBLICAN’S career, he should have thought of saying “guy” or some other word instead.”

There, fixed it for ya.


37 posted on 04/15/2008 6:24:54 AM PDT by gibsosa
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To: SoFloFreeper; TornadoAlley3
Democrats are such children!
38 posted on 04/15/2008 6:25:34 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I use the word “Boy” quite a lot and do not mean a thing by it. Of course he is a sensitive little boy who should not even be considered for president.


39 posted on 04/15/2008 6:32:44 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Can’t call him Hussein, can’t call him boy, can’t say he’s a bigot...


40 posted on 04/15/2008 6:32:48 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: TornadoAlley3

Big deal.


41 posted on 04/15/2008 6:34:11 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Unapologetically European)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Boybama?

Can I say that?


42 posted on 04/15/2008 6:35:05 AM PDT by rock_lobsta (Not Your Ordinary Crustacean.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

If a “democrat” called Obamie “biy, the media would have played up sooooo “cutesy”.


43 posted on 04/15/2008 6:39:34 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: TornadoAlley3

How horrible that he used the term “boy.” Better he would have said “God Damn America,” or “typical white person.”


44 posted on 04/15/2008 6:48:19 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: TNCMAXQ

Whiney sniveling dems at it again. Davis is 49/50. “Boy” is much more generous that what O’bama could legitimately be called.


45 posted on 04/15/2008 6:49:32 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: Impy

The Obama campaign is trying to change the subject. I’d rather talk about how SnObama insulted small town voters to his elitist ultra-wealthy donors in San Fran.


46 posted on 04/15/2008 6:52:08 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Jaded

I checked and Davis is only a year older than I am. Just a few years older than Obama so he can’t say he refers to much younger men by that term. In any case it was such a simple comment it is ridiculous to blow it out of proportion like this but of course to the left this is nothing new. Davis went overboard too with his apology.

Meanwhile Obama hasn’t been forced to apologize for any of his outrages. Nor has Mrs Obama.


47 posted on 04/15/2008 6:56:47 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: muawiyah

He should have clarified that it was an attack on Obama’s inexperience and repeated that he had no business with his finger near the button.

Republicans seem to be incapable of framing a discussion.


48 posted on 04/15/2008 7:04:44 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: dr.zaeus

Me, too. That was my vision.


49 posted on 04/15/2008 7:05:30 AM PDT by astounded (The Democrat Party is a Clear and Present Danger to the USA)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Rep Davis is either

a) a moron
b) a racist
c) a racist moron (inasmuch as that isn't redundant)

“Boy” is a loaded term when used on a 46 year old black man whom Davis is only a couple years older than.

In Malcolm X's autobiography he recalled how a old black man in his 60’s working on a train was called by any white person “boy”. It is a demeaning and racist term when used on an adult black man and it is indefensible.

Kentucky deserves better representation, and the GOP needs this idiot's comments like a hole in the foot. He needs to get gone, for being stupid if not for being a racist.

The fact that Rep. Davis revealed his own bungling incompetence while trying to speak about Obama’s incompetence is just too ironic for words.

50 posted on 04/15/2008 7:06:47 AM PDT by allmendream
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