Haley Barbour "paid more attention to the girls than to" Martin Luther King speech


Via Jonathan Alter:

Haley Barbour might want to think about joining the rest of us in the 21st century. Then again, this is clearly within his big, fat, white comfort zone:

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he doesn't remember the Civil Rights era being "that bad," citing his attendance at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally nearly 50 years ago.

"I just don’t remember it as being that bad," Barbour (R), 63, told the conservative Weekly Standard, which did a lengthy profile on the governor. "I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in ’62. He spoke out at the old fairground and it was full of people, black and white." [...]

Barbour said they wanted to hear King speak, but he could not recall what the reverend said.

“I don’t really remember. The truth is, we couldn’t hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery," he said. "We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do.

"We paid more attention to the girls than to King," he added.

Priorities, priorities. Who cares about civil rights when you can grab some ass?