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Joe Walsh: Electing a Black President Made Us ‘Feel Good About’ Ourselves

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Over the weekend in Wheeling, Illinois, to a raucous crowd of eight to nine undecided voters, Representative Joe Walsh, avid Tea Partier, said a very cordial thing about the President: he’s only in the position that he’s in so that we, America, could finally say that we aren’t racist (“One of my presidents is black”). Walsh said Obama “was a historic figure” and “our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self.” Also, the only other reason Obama won is because John McCain is old, old, OLD! “About 142 years old,” Walsh says.

None of this is entirely new, but Walsh had a particularly lovely spin on things. Walsh conducted his rather condescending classroom lecture for an hour, and in the process took his listeners on a trip down memory lane to the revolutionary era. “We thought more back then, we reflected more,” he said. And because of the Internet and MSNBC, we are yelling at each other all the time and that’s all we do. Interesting, then, what he said next, given his passionate feelings about thinking and reflecting.

[Obama] was a historic figure. He’s our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self. I’ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature.

“His historic nature,” yes, such a great quality. Also, a lot of the eight people in the audience looked to be around 142 years old in Walsh years, so nice job there. Coincidentally, Walsh’s campaign slogan is apparently “GROW UP,” despite the fact that none of his handlers wanted him to go through with it.

“Obama doesn’t know the first thing about freedom,” Walsh also claims. Curious. And he doesn’t “understand this stuff” (money or something) because he is an “accidental president.”

This hour-long talk, the longest hour in recorded history, was basically only filmed because a bunch of Walsh “foes,” as he put it, showed up to the town hall to record it. Walsh devoted a few minutes to waving at his enemies’ cameras and saying hello.

And, so, after all this explaining of history, what is Walsh’s solution to the fact that we are “flat broke”? Turn to “our communities and our churches,” that’s all, because they can do a better job of governing us than the government. So obvious.

THEN he just starts screaming in this Howard Dean-like manner about how we should all just pay 10 percent tax and be free, and there is a lot of clapping and “WOOHOO”-ing, but the only person doing it is Joe Walsh? Thanks, EnemyCam #1, that was fun.

[Think Progress]

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  • Barb

    Walsh’s campaign slogan is apparently “GROW UP,”

    Yeah, grow up without food or sneakers that fit because daddy is a deadbeat!

  • IncenseDebate

    This guy is a banned word.

  • http://www.counterpunch.org 4TheTurnstiles

    Mr. Walsh, kindly apply these to your nutz and call me in the morning.
    http://www.google.com/patents/US20110270013

    • Jus_Wonderin

      The "claims" section is quite titilating.

  • metamarcisf

    According to Politico, between eight and ten people showed up to his town hall meeting.

    • Eve8Apples

      Eight to ten people doesn't count as a town. Hell, it doesn't even make for a good family reunion.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      On the bright side, the village now knows who its idiots are.

    • George Spelvin

      So, nine, nine, nine?

    • yrbmegr

      Standing in front of that mirror was a strategic error.

    • Negropolis

      lol!

      Politico: When it's just too hard to count above eight.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    Sloppy, Joe.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Only someone who believes that not doing things is how you secretly covertly do them could believe a guy won in America BECAUSE he was black.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      It's incredible, isn't it?

  • Tundra Grifter

    "Grow up?" Of course!

    How often do folks suggest one "grow down?"

    • Jus_Wonderin

      Post pubescent 8th graders in Miss Carney's Louisiana History Class? Oh, wait……

    • Blueb4sunrise

      It's ' GO down'.

      Edit: that's what I get for pausing to read more comments before posting

      • Tundra Grifter

        On the Down Low?

  • Schmannnity

    Insta-poll results: Walsh 7, empty chair 93.

    • Biff

      Empty Chair/Empty Suit 2012!

    • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

      They have better than an empty chair. Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq veteran who lost both legs and worked in Veterans Affairs under Obama.

      • Tundra Grifter

        Didn't she run for office, only to put through a brutal campaign by her "consevative" opponent?

        Or am I thinking of Mr. Bacus? As Kid Shelleen said, "Oh – the booze…"

      • NorthStarSpanx

        Well, I was hoping to make fun of the battle of mom jeans for the 8th Congressional District of Illinois, before I was aware of the legless Tammy Duckworth.

        • Sir_Fartz_Alot

          she doesn't have a leg to stand on

          • horsedreamer_1

            Ron Santo Libel!!!

          • Negropolis

            Kind of tacky to write the same joke in the same thread. Just sayin'.

          • Sir_Fartz_Alot

            Tacky? True… but if the zapato fitz…..

    • JustPixelz

      No butts in the empty chairs vs Walshites. Sounds like ass-warfare.

  • edgydrifter

    Since the logical–and actual–alternative is the "inevitable president," a Kochchurian candidate bred and groomed his entire life to assume power over the masses for the enrichment and preservation of his class, I think I'll stick with the accidental guy.

  • Goonemeritus

    I can see how Republicans would feel that any POTUS chosen by actual voting as apposed to shenanigans would be considered “accidental”

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The will of the electorate accidentally won the day. I wonder what went wrong.

  • SayItWithWookies

    "The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self.”

    It didn't work, Joe — I still think you're an asshole.

    • JustPixelz

      HEY! My asshole resents that remark.

      • SayItWithWookies

        As well it should. My apologies to anatomically legitimate assholes everywhere.

  • PeaceWithHonor

    While electing a whiny, deadbeat, crazy fuck made us feel really awful.

  • LettucePrey

    Eh, Glenn Frey was the better Eagle, anyway.

  • spends2much

    But, Joe, "flat broke" is good enough for your ex-wife and your kids, you pathetic deadbeat, so why not for the rest of America?

  • JustPixelz

    At first Dubya made us feel especially good about ourself — being the nation's first reta– … um, special President.

    "John McCain was about 142 years old," Walsh said, demonstrating the math skills that got him $100,000 behind on child support — or, as he calls not paying, "freedom".

    Cheer up Joe, you'll be a historic figure soon. That is, your congressional career will be history.

  • Baconzgood

    People only voted for you because they thought you wrote "Life's Been Good to Me So Far".

  • http://guyclinch.blogspot.com GuyClinch

    Well, now we know why terrible person Joe Walsh voted for Obama, but I'd appreciate it if the political horrorshow didn't speak for me and the millions more who voted for Obama.

    Wonder if he has any black staffers (HAHA) and when he gave them the job he said, "Boy, I sure feel good about myself for hiring a colored!"

  • prommie

    The smoker he drinks, the player he gets.

  • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya

    I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Eagles, man.
    ~

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    I'm not watching that video and you can't make me.

    • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

      Aw, c'mon, we can do it together.
      I made it, (for 16 seconds)!

  • Dashboard Buddha

    ""The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self.”

    I felt good more because I voted against McCain/Palin then I did voting for Barry. So, while I might have felt good about myself personally, seeing the shock and horror displayed by the people who woke up to find themselves governed by a black man made me feel worse about my country overall.

    • Redgyal

      I noticed that too. It was when America showed its true colors.

  • freakishlywrong

    Anyone else getting cold fucking tired of assholes on the Gubbmint dime telling us to turn to churches and our communities because they don't know how to do their fucking jobs? (It's GOVERNING, assholes).

  • Mahousu

    I'm not watching the video – do any process servers show up while he's speaking? Because I think those are about the only people that want to see him any more.

    • Guppy

      Do you think he would "fail to appear?"

  • Baconzgood

    NEEDZ MOAR CALLING THE PREZ "BOY"!!!

  • bflrtsplk

    Walsh`s speech was the kickoff for his promotional tour in support of his first solo album in 20 years.

  • MissTaken

    The only positive of Rep Walsh is you know he will never use his children as a campaign prop.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      Though, it doesn't stop Sarah from renting them once in awhile.

  • Douché

    There's the GOP VEEP candidate for sure. That would be fun. Mittens, can you hear us???

  • Oblios_Cap

    What a Maroon!

  • freakishlywrong

    Man, I made about 26 seconds of that. Fucker's unhinged.

  • fitley

    Cork it DEADBEAT.

  • Dashboard Buddha

    I wish he was Already Gone.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I can't stand looking at his Lyin' Eyes.

      • Dashboard Buddha

        We can only hope that he goes through a personal redemption and enjoys a peaceful, easy feeling one of these nights.

        • Oblios_Cap

          He's a certain kinda fool that likes to hear sound of his own name.

    • George Spelvin

      You can't argue with a sick mind, and there aren't many sicker.

  • Serolf_Divad

    Well, I will say that electing a guy who was guaranteed to make ignorant redneck reactionaries LOSE THEIR FUCKING SHIT did make me feel pretty good.

    • prommie

      I too took joy in their dismay.

    • Negropolis

      But, then probably a little guilty when they didn't stop subjecting the president to their bullshit after the first year, right?

  • Radiotherapy

    He's half right.

  • Biff

    There's 15 minutes of my life that I'd never get back, if I'd actually watched this asshat…

  • OneYieldRegular

    A vote against Joe Walsh is a vote for feeling good about our[self].

  • http://gratuity.wordpress.com/ Gratuitous World

    the first lesson they teach in govt. studies is how easy it is to get elected if you're not a rich, white male. because of history.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Okay, I got 10 seconds in before deciding that Jumpin' Joe was auditioning for a Very Gay Remake of Saturday Night Fever.

    • SheriffRoscoe

      HaHa! True.

  • Hera Sent Me

    I didn't vote for Obama because he's black. I voted for him because he inspired me, and because the alternative was a beaten-up old man with a running mate I wouldn't trust further than I could throw her.

    Statistically, black people didn't vote for Obama because he's black, either. Black people vote for the Democratic nominee for president by an average ratio of 19 to 1, regardless of the nominee's race, because black people seem to know which of the two parties has their interests at heart.

    If only white people knew the same, we'd never again have to worry about a Republican becoming president.

  • meatlofer

    Obama is black? That changes everything!

  • johnnymeatworth

    We voted for Obama to make us feel better about ourselves? Then how does that explain the Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Bush presidencies?

    • Geminisunmars

      We usually vote the Masochistic Party. '08 was just an aberration.

  • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

    Oh, please, please don't let that dude in the front row be my brother-in-law…. I haven't seen him in a decade so I can't tell.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I hope we elect a lesbian muslim next. Need to get that box checked off, too.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      hehehehe. BTF said "box". hehehehehe

    • Geminisunmars

      A short while ago on CNN they were interviewing a black, woman, Mormon GOPper running for something in Utah. Ooooh, my head hurts. That would get a few boxes checked off.

  • Redgyal

    I must find a reason why I lost because everyone know that I am SUPPOSED to win everything. It is the law of nature.

  • mormos

    I didn't vote for Obama 'cause he's black, I voted for him 'cause he's damn sexy.

  • SheriffRoscoe

    FIRST THREE ROWS MAY GET WET

  • StarsUponThars

    Oh yes, voting for Obama made me feel very good about myself, especially in certain tingly areas.

  • http://www.marionstein.net MarionNYNY

    He's right. Not only did I do it to feel good about myself, but I also wanted to impress Europe. I was sick and tired of Europe getting all up in my face about "America is so racist. America had slavery and blah blah blah." So I voted for Obama so I could say, "Ha! Top this Europe, you whiny hypocrite."

  • DaRooster

    "Obama is all blah and McCain is all baaahhh
    My kids are all "Maaa, can I have a dollar?"
    And I'm all flat forcing my sex on gals and they're like all,"Waaah."

  • James Michael Curley

    That's a very big men's room.

    • http://grandpaboy.blogspot.com/ seppdecker

      All the better to accommodate their wiiiide stances.

  • ingloriousbytch

    That looks like the lamest AA meeting ever.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      Joe: Hello, my name is Joe and I'm an alcoholic.

      Group: Hi Joe! That's where you start man! We're glad you're here!

      Joe: I'm a wealthy man, but I haven't paid child support in years.

      Group: Wow…you're an asshole!

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        That's pretty much exactly how it would go, actually.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    So Obama won because the GOP fielded a pathetic pair of candidates against him?

    1. Fail to learn from history.
    2. ???
    3. Obama wins in 2012.

  • ttommyunger

    Did not think anyone could look dorkier than Mittens in mom jeans, but; voila!

  • sshaver

    That "eight to nine undecided" made me laugh….

  • littlebigdaddy

    Needz moar fuzzed-out power chords!

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ Chow Yun Flat

    Joe Walsh didn't know he was voting for a socialist Muslim.

    Joe Walsh's wife didn't know she was marrying a deadbeat.

  • crybabyboehner

    Hey Joe, you know what makes me feel pretty good about myself?

    Taking care of my child.

    You ought to try it, dipshit.

  • Schmegeg

    Who is running against this creep? I want to donate money.

    • HistoriCat

      Tammy Duckworth. She's about a million times the human being Joe Walsh imagines himself to be.

    • fuflans

      tammy's awesome. i'm helping with the campaign – though not in her district (burbs) so can't actually vote for her.

      as a hyde park bum once said to me: 'Give Us Money'
      http://www.tammyduckworth.com/

      (though i'm sure someone has given you this already).

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Well, it made me feel so good, Imma gonna do it again.

  • WonkCynic

    The DNC played the race card, and it turned out to be a royal flush. Just like every other mob of losers who have ever been sweet talked into falling for a commie agenda, you too will not realize how stupid and gullible you have been until you are standing in a very long waiting for your government rationed slice of stale bread and bottle of piss water.

    • SheriffRoscoe

      It must suck living in a constant state of fear, huh?

  • Callyson

    “Obama doesn’t know the first thing about freedom,” Walsh also claims.

    Yeah–like the freedom not to pay child support.

    Asshole.

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    Life's been bad to my kids so far.

  • rickmaci

    "It made us feel good about [our]self." Well, I am certain YOU did not vote for him, you racist, homophobic, misogynistic, deadbeat dad asshat. Maybe that explains why you don't feel good about yourself and continue to carry on like the putz you are.

  • greenide1

    "There's one rule at our town hall: Respect each other. (But not my ex-wife and kids. Or my opponent. Or the news media. Or anyone who disagrees with me…)"

  • ThundercatHo

    Shut the fuck up, asshole. Go pay your child support. What a pile of shit.

  • elburritodeluxe

    … wasn't exactly 'Standing Room Only' at the Community Center.

  • Neoyorquino

    Some of my best friends have an historic nature.

  • metamarcisf

    What – no James Gang jokes?

  • lochnessmonster

    I saw him pulling at the front of his pants, what is he doing with his hands in his pockets??? Or do I want to know?

  • lochnessmonster

    Tammy is going to wipe the floor with him!

  • horsedreamer_1

    Somewhere, the advertising genius behind the Jesse Helms "white hands" spot is preparing a copyright infringement suit.

  • Negropolis

    Must suck to realize that you're going to be a one-term congressman within the first year of your first term. Boo-fuckin'-whoo. Goodbye.