Michelle Obama compared to Tarzan's Cheeta in email


By GottaLaff

Walt Baker, the CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association, sent out a "joke" email comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan's Cheeta. Hilarious, huh?

It said, in part, "Quoting Larry the Cable Guy ... I don't care who you are, this is funny". He sent it to 12 prominent Nashvillians:

Baker says he meant no offense and sent it to what he considered to be "a select group of friends." "If anybody wants to make a political agenda out of it, they're wasting they're time [...] It's not a political statement," Baker continues. "It was done in the spirit of having some fun with some close friends. It was something that was forwarded to me, and I forwarded it to a couple of people that, quite honestly, I thought might find some humor in it like I did."

I mean no offense, Walt, but you're a racist putz.

Baker sent a one-word follow-up email to the original recipients yesterday afternoon. It read only, "Sorry." And today, the publicly funded CVB announced it's canceling its $50,000 marketing contract with Baker's company.

Oh, did I call you a racist putz?


No I'm not.

Here's funny guy Walt's original email:

Quoting Larry the Cable Guy...I don't care who you are, this is funny...

I was at the store yesterday, and I ran into Tarzan! I asked him how it was going and if he was into anymore movies.

He told me that he could no longer make any more movies as he had severe arthritis in both shoulders and could no longer swing from vine to tree.

I asked how Jane was doing, he told me she was in bad shape, in a nursing home, has Alzheimer's and no longer recognizes anyone, how sad. I asked about Boy, and he told me that Boy had gone to the big city, got hooked up with bad women, drugs, alcohol, and the only time he heard from him was if he was in trouble or needed something.

I asked about Cheeta, he beamed and said she was doing good, had married a Lawyer and now lived in the White House!!!

Here are the photos:

What a laugh riot, huh?

He finally sent out an apology:

"Thursday night I spontaneously forwarded -- to a small group of people -- an email that had been sent to me as political humor. As I forwarded it, I did not think or consider its implications, other than that it was political humor. I am saddened that anyone misinterpreted the sentiments behind the email. I deeply apologize to anyone who is offended by this action. I hope that those who know me realize that the message was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way and can find it in their hearts to forgive me."

Dear Walt:

You're not only a small-minded racist putz, you are also tone deaf and beneath contempt. Next time you write up an apology, you might try, you know, apologizing.

I am saddened if you misinterpret this as intentionally insulting, offensive, disrespectful or disdainful. But hey, that's your problem. I'm just being spontaneous.

Go Cheney yourself.


  • edodaniel

     A chimp is not a monkey for starters and many children black, white, yellow and red as well as brown are called little monkey by their parents.  Might be demeaning but there is nothing racist about it.

  • edodaniel

     Ah yes, can't argue rationally so ban those you disagree with.  Where is that liberal compassion and support of the First Amendment (excepting of course the parts y'all don't like such as practicing your religion freely).

  • edodaniel

     so color is what makes it racial?  What COLOR is Cheetah's face?  How about the skin under the fur?

    YOUR uninformed idea that it is only racial if the target of the humor is black appears to be RACIALLY MOTIVATED.

    The two Cheetah and Michelle certainly do share that facial expression and that is undeniable!

  •  "Get over yourself"? I don't recall talking about myself at all, just people who use "who me?" excuses like yours to compare the first black First Lady to a chimp, which is one of the most obvious and known racist dog whistles (no, actually, we can all hear it loud and clear) out there. Educate yourself. And don't come back here again. You are no longer welcome.

    In fact, you're now banned.

  • it's not that she's black. it's the face she is making. get over yourself... not everything is about race

  • Democratsareclosetracists

    Thanks for putting this on the net, I accidentally deleted my email.

  • Um, Bush isn't black, so that wasn't a racial slur. Nice try.

  • Michaellsvgs2

    You know we spent 8 years and then some with liberals drawing George Bush as a monkey. They always told us he was stupid. Yet our beloved dictator said he's been to 57 of 58 states, doesn't know the difference between Inter and Trans continental railroad. The list goes on and on.  Get over it! It is a freaking joke and a good one! It's just 2 real pictures.

  • Oh! Oh! Hit a PC retard where she lives...

    I was at the store yesterday, and I ran into Tarzan! I asked him howit was going and if he was into anymore movies.He told me that he could no longer make any more movies ashe had severe arthritis in both shoulders and could no longer swingfrom vine to tree.I asked how Jane was doing, he told me she was in bad shape, in anursing home, has Alzheimer’s and no longer recognizes anyone, how sad.I asked about Boy, and he told me that Boy had gone to the big city,got hooked up with bad women, drugs, alcohol, and the onlytime he heard from him was if he was in trouble or needed something.I asked about Cheeta, he beamed and said she was doing good, had marrieda Lawyer and now lived in the White House!!!

  • Penelopebabs


  • Bush isn't black. This was a tired, despicable racist thing.

  • Well the left always compared George W. Bush to a chimp so turnabout is fair play. Walk it off.

  • Samnathaaaa

    All u damn monkeys go back to Africa!!

  • Guest1

    Freedom of speech? Anyone?

  • Charlie Rangel

    Comparing Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee is beyond the pale ignorant. Any thinking person can clearly see she's an ape.

  • GottaLaff

    Ignoring as we speak. ; ) And thanks!

  • bigdE

    Some scumbag created this "bigdE" account using my email address and it was NOT me. If I were to post something about this I would back my claims with facts like looking up Walt Baker's campaign contributions on the FEC website and such. But I don't care about this issue enough to waste the necessary time. It's obviously racist hogwash and there are plenty of racists in BOTH parties. This account gets deleted after this post.

  • tyrebitre

    Just ignore JON, Laffy: he puts way too much starch in his underwear and not enuff' thought into his statements. It turns the rest of us on when you start speaking all Vice-Presidential.

  • tyrebitre

    Oh, way more than fired: his business partner split, his clients stampeded, and his business has effectively failed. Karma ? Poetic justice ? Or simply stupidity coming home to roost ?

  • tyrebitre

    " bigdE [Moderator] 2 days ago
    Walt Baker, the CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association is a DEMOCRAT!!! nuff said"

    And you base this on ? Show us some proof, since the email and his attitude directly contradict your statement. I find nothing stating what his party affiliation is; but logic, reason, and HISTORY all would indicate it isn't the Democratic one.

  • CanadaGoose

    Baker got his sorry ass fired. I'm glad to say.

  • Vic Anderson

    Probably just had an Obama-induced episode of his BushCo.-dependent cognitive dissonance and mistook her for her husband, the CHUMP "Change" artist!

  • AC

    It's sad that you resort to assumptions. I provided you with an answer to your question, wherein you did bring up color. People are people.. not black people, or white people, or whatever. Just people. Comparing a PERSON to a chimp is degrading. That is the point. That is the true problem. Tying it to race results in double standards.

  • anthony weishar

    I recall one of America's premier sportscasters getting kicked off the Monday Night Football staff for making a similar comment about a Black football player. I network television has higher standards than the Tennessee Hospitality Association. The sad thing is that Mr. Baker's action enforces the notion of his state being racist and lost in the 1800's.

  • TravisD

    its not a double standard. Referring to a black person as a monkey was used by whites to insult blacks specifically. Therefore, even a new generation of black people are sensitive to it. I would use terms that would inflict that type of damage to someone so how could he defend talking like that? I guess he has a non existent value system and I would not trust nor do business with someone like him. I hope that the complexities of life will appreciation in his psyche after this altercation

  • Anniebella

    Check our country history and you will see that there is racists tones in labeling Blacks as monkeys. Walter Baker knew what he was doing, he just didn't care. But I just want Baker to know this, my people aren't monkeys. My people fought, bleed, and died for this country just like any other race. I disagreed with GW Bush on just about everything, I never called him a monkey, and I never showed disrespect toward Laura Bush. Walter Baker keep your sorry ass apology. Excuse my language. But this guy ought to be fire, and see how funny that is.

  • Anthony Miller

    Laura Bush was she compared to any type of animal?

  • MrDak

    How the hell do you cast comparing Michelle Obama as a chimpanzee as "disagreeing with President Obama?" This email could pass for a definition of racism. To respond that one is being accused of racism for simply disagreeing with the President when one is comparing Michelle to a chimpanzee is asinine. It's amazing how suddenly noone is racist anymore. Every disgusting joke and email is just "disagreeing with the President". Bullshit! There are plenty of racists here in the South. Many are proud of it. And EVERY SINGLE ONE now considers it their right to be overtly racist but call it "disagreeing with the President". They are always the FIRST to cry foul. They are the ones that think comparing Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee is "just a joke" or, good grief, "just politics". Also, the claim that "I just forwarded ..." holds no water. We have to take responsibility for our actions. If you don't agree with an email's message, delete it. If you do agree with it and decide to forward it, own it!

  • Ray

    More insulting to Cheeta than to anyone.

  • BillKarrok

    How dare they!

    Insult a monkey that way!!!

  • GottaLaff

    Just quoting the fomer Veep. I pride myself in my ability to remain an adolescent mentally. It's a badge of honor. Think: Stephanie Miller. : )

  • Jon McPhalen

    Weren't similar comparison images made of President Bush? Or Condolezza Rice who, like the First Lady, is a black woman? The comparison isn't racist, it's juvenile. What's sad is that there is no debating issues anymore; if one doesn't agree with President Obama they are very quickly branded "racist."

    And using phrases like "Go Cheney yourself!" hardly puts one on high moral ground.

  • BuckFarrok

    I don't care WHAT you say, now that's funny!!

    My question is, which was the picture of BHO's witch? Both pics looked like a monkey to me!

  • GottaLaff

    And your point? So is Harold Ford. And Stupak. I don't much care for them either. But Baker does not stand for Dem values. We Dems do not have blind loyalty to people in our party who betray our principles.

    'Nuff said.

  • bigdE

    Walt Baker, the CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association is a DEMOCRAT!!! nuff said

  • TJ-weneedthewood-Anderson

    people concerned with race find it racist. i'll call it tasteless.. immature.. but unless you are hung up on the fact that the FLOTUS has african heritage.. i personally don't care.. she's a damn site smarter than the last ass clown we had in the oral orifice. should we not be equally offended on behalf of all special olympians the comparisons of GWB's intellect and chimps ? or be offended on behalf of chimps that being among the smartest animals on the planet they're constantly compared to stupid humans ?

  • Xero

    George Bush had mannerisms and limited enough intellect to make chimp comparisons based on same relevant.

    What about Mrs. Obama relates to a chimp, if not the obvious racism?

  • GottaLaff

    It wasn't me who was looking at color... it was the guy who sent the email. I called him out, as did his colleagues. You seem to be okay with what he did. I'm not.

  • AC

    The point is that double standards are pathetic. Start looking at humans and stop looking at colors.

  • GottaLaff

    Comparing African Americans to monkeys/chimps is racist. Comparing white people to monkeys/chimps has never been. Your point?

  • TJ-getoffthecross-Anderson

    I have scene George bush also compared side by side to a chimp.. not racist somehow. http://earthhopenetwork.net/Bush_chimp.htm

  • buzztok

    I wonder what party this idiot racist belongs to? I guarantee it does begin with a "D".

  • Marya

    THis is not a new low for a republican. It is typical of a republican and typical of the party. They have Rush Limbaugh, the drug addict, who is their real leader. Sarah Palin is the reincarnation of George wallace and the leader of the David Duke and teaparty branch of the party. Unfortunately for our country, Beck the fool is trying to make people who call themselves progressives look like communists. He needs to look up progressive and conservative, both words, in a dictionary.

  • Tessa

    Contact info: 500 Interstate Blvd. South, Suite 304, Nashville TN 37210 phone 615-385-9970, fax 615-385-9957. I tried to check their "contact us" on their web page for an email address but you had to log in to get that page. Kind of weird, wonder if that's new since the publcity about this? Anyway here is the web site http://www.tnhospitality.net/ I guess phone messages and faxes work too!