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Congressman Joe Walsh (the Eagles Joe Walsh must hate this guy) sort of apologized for calling President Barack Obama “idiotic.” This is the first time Walsh has said something offensive and he has only been in office for nine months.
On Friday, Walsh criticized the President for calling a joint session of Congress to lay out a jobs plan. “He is abusing his position,” Walsh said on MSNBC. “We reserve that for heads of state and visiting dignitaries, presidents in moments of crisis.”
“This is a political exercise. This is political theater.”
Earlier in the year, Walsh suggested that voters elected Obama because he was black in an interview with Slate. “Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast.
This is what made him different. That, combined with the fact that your profession, not you, but your profession, was just absolutely compliant. They made up their minds early that they were in love with him.
They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”
He has since tried to distance himself from those assertions, although not very far. “I think we elected this president because of who he was,” Walsh told MSNBC host Martin Bashir. “He was a historic figure. It made this country feel good to elect him.”
“We did not vet him,” Walsh continued. “Your profession did not vet him as much we should.” At an Illinois gathering earlier this week, Walsh called the president “idiotic” and said he “destroyed job creation systematically for three years.”
Walsh told Bashir that he apologized for the statement at a town hall meeting on Thursday, saying he meant to call Obama’s plan to present a jobs speech “idiotic,” rather than the president himself. “I did not mean to say that,” Walsh told Bashir. “That was over the line.”
Walsh has stated he will not be attending the President’s job speech in a public statement released last week. “The president needs to stop the speeches, get out of his office and away from all the White House academics and start talking to real people out there,” Walsh said in a statement issued Thursday.
“They’re the ones who are going to create the jobs, not White House paper-pushers and bureaucrats,” the statement read in part.
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