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U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Hebron Republican, compared Obama and his message for change similar to a “snake oil salesman” [at a Northern Kentucky Lincoln Day dinner].

He said in his remarks at the GOP dinner that he also recently participated in a “highly classified, national security simulation” with Obama.

“I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button,” Davis said. “He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”

Are you serious? Did this fool really just…? Did He…?


For the record, Senator Obama is all of three years younger than Representative Davis.

If a president’s finger is “on the button” he’s already failed at his job. But it’s telling that in a country where so many don’t have health care, the economy is tanking, and we’re mired in a stupid war that never should have been started, this jerk is most concerned about nuking someone.

I will be spending the rest of the day listening to Dead Prez. The End.

UPDATE: Marc Armbinder has Davis’ apology. Thanks, to D. for the heads up. 
Dear Senator Obama:
On Saturday night I gave a speech in which I used a poor choice of words when discussing the national security policy positions of the Presidential candidates. I was quoted as saying “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”
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.
Though we may disagree on many issues, I know that we share the goal of a prosperous, secure future for our nation. My comment has detracted from the dialogue that we should all be having on legitimate policy differences and in no way reflects the personal and professional respect I have for you.
Geoff Davis
My problem with this apology is that it acknowledges disrespect, but it doesn’t acknowledge WHY what he said was offensive. It’s not like calling someone a “jerk”. “Boy” has been used to insult, degrade, and disrespect black men for generations. It is an insult precisely because it is an attempt to dismiss the humanity and manhood of black men, it is not an attack on Obama’s “integrity”. Rep. Davis should have made clear he understood that, not just that he made a general boo-boo because his face is on CNN for the first time. All I get from this apology is that the man understood he messed up. 

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