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Congressman Apologizes to Obama

Posted on Apr 14, 2008

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky has asked Barack Obama’s forgiveness for a racially charged comment about the candidate’s readiness to handle national security. Davis told a group of fellow Republicans Saturday, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

AP via Google:

Davis’ campaign said it sent a letter to Obama apologizing for the remark, which was widely reported on blogs and newspaper Web sites, including the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“My poor choice of words is regrettable, and was in no way meant to impugn you or your integrity,” Davis wrote in the letter delivered to Obama’s Washington office Monday afternoon. “I offer my sincere apology to you and ask for your forgiveness.”

Earlier, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, “It’s hard to tell what is more outrageous—Representative Davis’ condescending and personal attack, or his absurd and offensive claim that Barack Obama is not prepared to defend America.”

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By Aegrus, April 15, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Geofferson Davis has apologized for dividing the country! The Union Wins Again!

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By Dr. Swift 31, April 15, 2008 at 5:21 am Link to this comment
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Hi Cyrena:

As far as I can tell by informally talking with my coworkers, family, and friends, Sen. Obama has quite a bit of support among Kentucky Democrats.  And when people are in favor of Sen. Clinton, it’s because they hope she can revitalize the economy like her husband did in the “Roaring 90’s,” rather than her stances on issues like the war or health care.  So, I’d say that it’s pretty even.  Sen. Clinton may have a small lead because her campaign has held several events across the state in recent weeks, but that margin could erode when Sen. Obama starts campaigning here more heavily.

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By cyrena, April 15, 2008 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

Does this mean that Kentuckians are as impressed with Obama as a choice for our next president?

Just curious about the feel of the folks in your state.

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By Expat, April 15, 2008 at 2:40 am Link to this comment

^talks like a Jackass and acts like a Jackass; it’s a Jackass: No offense to donkeys.

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By Al Idrisi, April 14, 2008 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment
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The real Americans showing their real colors, I love it, hahahahahahahaha, and again long live Islam and muslims.

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By Christopher Robin, April 14, 2008 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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Someone from Kentucky needs to have his finger off the voting button.

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By Dr. Swift 31, April 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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As a Kentuckian, I am appalled by Geoff Davis’s comments.  I assure you that many of us here in the Bluegrass State are quite literate and want nothing to do with an idiot like Davis.  I don’t live in his district, but if I did, I wouldn’t vote for him in a million years.  As far as I can tell, he hasn’t done much since he’s been in office, and he panders to Bush’s every whim.  Actually, that seems like the case with most of our federal representatives… 

If I can say one positive thing about Davis, it’s that he’s smart enough to see how the upcoming election is shaping up and that he’s trying to save face before he permanently burns what might become a very valuable bridge.

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By cyrena, April 14, 2008 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

Good thought TDoff. wink

But, this might be the best that can possibly come from him. Remember, there’s the Kentucky angle…
At least he recognized that something in the nature of a recognition of how he FU’ed needed to be addressed.

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By TDoff, April 14, 2008 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

That Ofay MoFo Geoff Davis thinks an apology is enough?

He ought to get down on his whitey knees and kiss the next president’s black a**, or his ear marks for billion-dollar study programs to determine whether Kentuckians can be taught to be literate are liable to be line-item vetoed for the next few years.

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