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

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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?

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  • http://twitter.com/wolfkin Wolfkin

    I'd like to ask how old he was. Because as bad as this sounds. I'm not really seeing the actual sentiment as a problem. If he's 63 now and that was nearly 50 years ago that put him at close to 13. I don't mean this to disrespect the entire 18 year old demographic but this isn't where I'd look to for any sort of political awareness and/or activism. The story is some teenager at a political rally more interested in girls. Not only can I believe it. I've seen it in real life and over and over and over again on TV. I'm pretty sure it was the subject of an episode (or two) or /It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/. It the sort of thing you could wind a Seinfeld plot around.

    Again my issue isn't that a teenage was more interested in that hot chick with glasses instead of MLK. Personally I have more of an issue that he would bring it up so callously as a political figure. Isn't politics all about showing your best face. This is more incompetence than racism.

    It's like an American proverb that everyone is guilty. "Kids make mistake" "Let kids make their own mistakes" it's the moral of darn near every popular piece of media. I think the story here is that a US Governor doesn't understand the concept of letting the past be the past. If anything his lack of tact and inability to properly form his diction in such a manner that he doesn't sound like a racist is the real reason he should be discounted. Not actual racism itself.

    Then again. I'm basing all of this on the argument that he said the rally wasn't that bad. The original article suggests he thought the entire "civil rights era" was bad. I don't want to accuse TheHill of editorializing but I need to see the full comment before I can judge what exactly his antecedent is when he says "I just don’t remember it as being that bad,".

    If he truly meant the civil rights era wasn't that bad then again. I'm an apologist I like to see the good in people. The very best I can give him is that he's a mindnumbingly stupid twit. It's possible under a best case scenario that his personal experience was pretty sheltered so that he never knew properly what was going on and after all was he even 20 yet? I can look to facebook and point out tons of college age guys who drink, party, and couldn't point out Somalia on a labeled Atlas. So for him to characterize his experience as "not all that bad" is entirely possible. He reminds mindnumbingly stupid because as a Governor he should know which sentiments to express and which ones he should keep to himself.

  • http://twitter.com/cozella cozella

    Really are there people who want this man for president? I say let as many Republicans run as want to. Dems you'd better come out in force if you have any sense.