John Boehner Plays Uncle Remus - Is Blackface Next Insult?

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Uncle Remus

"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." Yup, that's the song good ol' boy John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives chose to sing as he exited the podium yesterday after announcing his unconditional surrender to President Obama over the budget ceiling. Boehner not only took it on the chin from the President, he also took a number of body blows and whippings from his own party -- the conservative GOP right wing.

This was not a good day. Yet what does the Speaker do, he soothes his bruised ego and battered body exiting the press conference singing and humming. 'Atta boy, Boehner. Smile and never let the people know how hurt you really are.

Speaking of hurt, that brings me to the topic of the song Mr. Speaker chose to show his emotions, his feelings, his state of mind. Usually we find a song that fits what we're thinking deep down inside. In this case, I wouldn't have been surprised if after his battles he wasn't singing "Ol' Man River." But frankly that would be racist. And John's not racist... though...

Yet what he did choose leads me to question his roots. His state of mind. What he's really thinking. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah? It's not exactly "Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it's off to work we go.." Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah is a 1947 Oscar winning song from the Disney movie, SONG OF THE SOUTH. It was sung in the film by a character known as Uncle Remus -- today thought of as Uncle Tom. You couldn't get more racist if you had sung "Dixie."

Wikipedia on SONG OF THE SOUTH:

The film's depiction of African-American former slaves and of race relations in Reconstruction-Era Georgia has been controversial since its original release, and is now commonly regarded as racist. Consequently it has never been released in its entirety on home video in the United States.

Really Mr. Boehner? The theme song from one of the most racist films of all time is all you can fill your mind with? This country's got enough racial troubles, you don't need to be smirking and driving another wedge into our fragile union.

Here's the short ending of his press conference. He's got the orange face thing down perfectly. I'm just surprised, in his state of mind, he didn't go all out and do the presser in Al Jolson blackface.

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