May 16, 2006

Tony Snow's First Day...

the English language is a sticky wicket...
Think Progress: Today in your first press briefing you referred to the term “tar baby” on two occasions:

SNOW: Having said that, I don’t want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.
….
QUESTION: What are your personal goals? What do you hope to achieve here? Will you continue to televise these briefings? And would you put into English the phrase (OFF-MIKE) the tarbaby?

SNOW: Well, I believe hug the tarbaby, we could trace that back to American lore.
Should he be tarred and feathered yet?

29 Comments:

Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I don't know about anyone on this blog's feelings about Snow job's comments. But, I was bit taken back and offended at his remarks. This is showing the incompetent and unqualified staff in which that the Gerbil puts into jobs... This is showing an unpolished and unprofessional WH secretary and douchebag to use those choice of words.. Man, the professional journalism and decorum needs to return before it is too late!!!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Kit Neill said...

SPB - Incompetent and unqualified seems too mild of a rebuke. How stupid do you have to be to make such a blatantly racist remark your first week on the job? Whatever is between his ears has no relationship to decency, common sense or intelligence.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Also, you that Snow job is not going to be disciple nor fired for his remark. This is interesting on Thinkprogress.org. And I took a a folklore class in high school to learn what the remarks that Snow said:

"But in “American lore,” the expression tar baby is also a racial slur “used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people.” Use of the term has resulted in people being fired."

And here is an article in which a person was fired for using the same term that Snow used:

Union Officials Demand Library Associate Director's Ouster

"Union officials said they want a high-ranking Philadelphia free library official out.
The official is under fire, accused of sending a racist e-mail."

"What is disturbing to us is that he referred to Susan Rigsby as a 'tar baby,' which is a very offensive term, and then also said she was wicked to the core," said Mike Walsh from Local 2186,
Rigsby's union."

http://www.nbc10.com/news/5186931/detail.html

And you know the Gerbil is not going to anything to the man that is in his backpocket!!!!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

That's true, Kit!

Snow has no moral and no decency.. And yes, it was a racist remark.. I took a folklore class back in college and we learn different type of terminologies in which some people would call it racist and "tarbaby" was one of them.. I have a lot of African-American friends and that word is certainly a no-no.. I am sure that we will be more uproar about Snow's press conference and response from the NAACP. That organization will not be happy about that remark!!!!

6:48 PM  
Anonymous t said...

"What a jerk" was the first thing that came to my mind-I too was taken aback by his remarks. But not surprised...

Racist, sexist,ect also come to mind. Hey Tony, are you an imperial wizard yet?

SPB I like your new pic!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Uncle Remus is turning over in his grave...
Snowjob must have had on his pin-striped suit lined in the white sheets ..
the track record of this WH certainly will not put his remark in good light..

7:01 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

The news I saw today just showed Snow crying because of his cancer last year. Some reporter asked him about his yellow Live Strong bracelet. I can feel sorry for the guy for having cancer but I can separate that from his ignorant remark. He better apologize for his ignorance about those remarks, very quickly.

Yeah, SPB--I'm sure you meant to respond to an Anonymous person but just typed 'Night Owl' out of habit. :-) :-) I just did not want to be called upon to field any Jesuit questions in the future. ;-)

Yes, the SPB picture is an improvement. Friends of mine started using "Batman" to refer to Fitz weeks ago. That would be the old Batman; the TV series with the big sense of humor.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Thanks T:

Well, you can see that Snow job is a "mini me" of Bill O'Reilly. Both douchebags in my book.. What bothers me is the Gerbil is breeding in racists, sexists, and incompetent staff in which other countries are looking at. I'm sorry but the new WH secretary has turned the entire news media, coverage, and questions into Faux news!!! I know the world is a stage with actors in it. That is what it is turning into. This country has turned in the world of Faux news with the actors on stage which are the Gerbil and company and the corrupted GOPs and the American people are just participants watching this garbage.. People need to wake up to what is going on... And thanks for the compliment!!!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug97/
remus/tar-baby.html

7:06 PM  
Blogger c said...

I've been on the road all day and am just catching up on today's news. After hearing the Tony Snow comment, I wonder what he says in private if he finds this acceptable to say while being televised.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Scott McClellan
Boo Fucking Hoo

7:08 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Night Owl,

Thanks for your response and your compliment..I decided to change my picture. I just got tired of looking at that face with a question mark... So, I found this picture on the web.. I thought it fit me and my character. Although, I do like Fitz's globe. But, looking at too much makes me dizzy...

And regarding Batman, I used to watch the old Batman with Adam West. They should bring back the T.V. series.. "same bat channel, same bat time." Hmm. Batman.. Fitz?? I always thought that Fitz was like Mighty Mouse (only taller): "here I come to save the day"......

7:10 PM  
Anonymous kiswrite said...

Tony "Snowjobs" unfortunate tango with cancer has what? to do with the current unfortunate state we are in?

7:14 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

E:

Uncle Remus??? Oh, that is so funny... Hey, Snow job should be sent as a welcome new employee gift of the book: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe....

7:18 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

"kiswrite said...
Tony "Snowjobs" unfortunate tango with cancer has what? to do with the current unfortunate state we are in?"

Right, exactly--you got it. The news people played him crying, so we would all feel sorry for him and they did not play the ignorant remark. The news people are 'protecting' their own in this case, and clearly making their own 'spin'.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Special Prosecuter Biloxis are there anyway?

7:34 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

"Should he be tarred and feathered yet?"

Yea, best to get these things out of the way early. I mean, hey it's only a matter of time.

Use white feathers and do Snow and Rove at the same time. When you stick them together you'll have an Oreo turd in full blossom.

That's the black and white of it, the way I see it.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

The press room has gone from bad to worse. If Snow thinks he's ready for the big time he found out today that he's still in 1st grade. Snow will continue to make a fool of himself because he's clueless and it shows. Here we go again another dumb appointee to learn on the job.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous kiswrite said...

The essential question I'm MOST concerned with is "who has the upper hand here?" BUSHCO or the PEOPLE? Are our lives in the hands of powerful crooks / thieves DAILY, essentially b/c they "won" by crooked election means....OUR democracy is TRULY being TESTED...Government "by the People" FOR the PEOPLE must PREVAIL......

8:23 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Yes, Fitz is definately Batman from the older batman series.

Adam West was the ultimate batman-Clooney wasn't bad (he's cute and a good actor)- but its hard to beat the original.

9:19 PM  
Blogger teak said...

My news only showed the cancer deal, that will win, but he should be held in check for the racist comments! Don't they have some freeper land pages of that type of behavior from him?

9:44 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Anon at 8:34,

I hope that there are a lot fo Biloxis and Fitz's out there.. We need more faithful prosecutors to unload the garbage, pollution, and graft from the Gerbil Administration....

9:45 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I waited a long while before I could comment on Tony Snow's remarks regarding Tar Baby. Using words like that in the public forum tells alot about a person. Words can hurt and also tell just who a person is. I remember to well the words used to hurt there ugly and shamefull. I guess all of you understand why I like this blog and the decent good people on it. All of you make the hurtfull words only that words from evil doers of this Administration. I wonder what Connie thinks when her friends of this Administration use those racis hurtfull words.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

"kiswrite said...
The essential question I'm MOST concerned with is "who has the upper hand here?" BUSHCO or the PEOPLE?"

We need to take our power back. I am sure Tony Snow is now on Rev. Jesse Jackson's 'radar', and if not, I will make sure it gets someone's attention. I have a voice, and Rev. Jackson's voice is much LOUDER.

For the folks working on the election fraud, have any of you considered contacting Rainbow/PUSH? I know those folks have been working for the past few years on voter issues, right after African Americans got hassled trying to vote in those infamous Florida elections. I would guess all that is related, somehow. I think there is some voters' right law that is set to expire, too??

10:35 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Would you people please stop being so niggardly?

12:06 AM  
Anonymous David Dukes said...

David as in David Dukes.

12:09 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

Let me weigh in?
I think the comment showed how incredibly OUT OF TOUCH Tony Snowjob is - with how people think and feel.
As the MOUTHPIECE for the WH, it should be expected he would have a bit of care with the words that he uses. Whether he meant it derogatorily or is just totally stupid (I'll admit, it may be), his comments reflect the WH feelings and he is their REPESENTATIVE.
The cancer thing? A ploy for sympathy? There are many cancer survivors who don't "use it" for some type of political gain, or to curry favor because of it.

BushCO got what he wanted - a JERK that represents his JERK Administration.

I give him a year - maybe!

8:45 AM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

What a disgrace . . .

What a new 'low' ... and this people claim to be erudite?!

Have him go back through 8th grade and beyond to increase his ability to communicate.

Disgusting. For that matter, have W attend with him.

11:27 AM  
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