THE SOUND OF ONE MAN CLAPPING  12:40 pm May 1, 2012

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

by Liz Colville

yayzees!

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 May 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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

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

IncenseDebate May 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

This guy is a banned word.

4TheTurnstiles May 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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

Jus_Wonderin May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

The "claims" section is quite titilating.

metamarcisf May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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

Eve8Apples May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba May 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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

George Spelvin May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

So, nine, nine, nine?

yrbmegr May 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Standing in front of that mirror was a strategic error.

Negropolis May 2, 2012 at 2:25 am

lol!

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

Mumbletypeg May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Sloppy, Joe.

FakaktaSouth May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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.

starfanglednut May 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

It's incredible, isn't it?

Tundra Grifter May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

"Grow up?" Of course!

How often do folks suggest one "grow down?"

Jus_Wonderin May 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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

Blueb4sunrise May 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

It's ' GO down'.

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

Tundra Grifter May 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

On the Down Low?

Schmannnity May 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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

Biff May 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Empty Chair/Empty Suit 2012!

Maman May 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

she doesn't have a leg to stand on

horsedreamer_1 May 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Ron Santo Libel!!!

Negropolis May 2, 2012 at 2:32 am

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

JustPixelz May 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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

edgydrifter May 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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

SayItWithWookies May 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

"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 May 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

HEY! My asshole resents that remark.

SayItWithWookies May 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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

PeaceWithHonor May 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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

LettucePrey May 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Eh, Glenn Frey was the better Eagle, anyway.

spends2much May 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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.

Jus_Wonderin May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Three simple paragraphs of…Win!

NorthStarSpanx May 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Cause ya know, making fun of elected officials age is always a winning strategy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3VXXN-fF2A

Baconzgood May 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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

GuyClinch May 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

The smoker he drinks, the player he gets.

ifthethunderdontgetya May 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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

imissopus May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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

DemmeFatale May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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

Dashboard Buddha May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

""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 May 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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

freakishlywrong May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Do you think he would "fail to appear?"

Baconzgood May 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

NEEDZ MOAR CALLING THE PREZ "BOY"!!!

bflrtsplk May 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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

MissTaken May 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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

Jus_Wonderin May 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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

Douché May 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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

Oblios_Cap May 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

What a Maroon!

freakishlywrong May 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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

fitley May 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Cork it DEADBEAT.

Dashboard Buddha May 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I wish he was Already Gone.

Jus_Wonderin May 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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

Dashboard Buddha May 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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

Oblios_Cap May 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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

George Spelvin May 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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

Serolf_Divad May 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I too took joy in their dismay.

Negropolis May 2, 2012 at 2:29 am

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

Radiotherapy May 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

He's half right.

Biff May 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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

OneYieldRegular May 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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

Gratuitous World May 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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

SheriffRoscoe May 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

HaHa! True.

Hera Sent Me May 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Obama is black? That changes everything!

johnnymeatworth May 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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

Geminisunmars May 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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

Maman May 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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

Jus_Wonderin May 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

hehehehe. BTF said "box". hehehehehe

Geminisunmars May 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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

SheriffRoscoe May 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

FIRST THREE ROWS MAY GET WET

StarsUponThars May 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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

MarionNYNY May 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

"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 May 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

That's a very big men's room.

seppdecker May 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

All the better to accommodate their wiiiide stances.

ingloriousbytch May 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

That looks like the lamest AA meeting ever.

Dashboard Buddha May 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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!

starfanglednut May 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba May 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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

sshaver May 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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

littlebigdaddy May 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Needz moar fuzzed-out power chords!

Chow Yun Flat May 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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

Taking care of my child.

You ought to try it, dipshit.

Schmegeg May 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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

HistoriCat May 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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

fuflans May 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

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

WonkCynic May 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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

Callyson May 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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

Yeah–like the freedom not to pay child support.

Asshole.

FlownOver May 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Life's been bad to my kids so far.

rickmaci May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

"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 May 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

"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 May 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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

elburritodeluxe May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

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

Neoyorquino May 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Some of my best friends have an historic nature.

metamarcisf May 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

What – no James Gang jokes?

lochnessmonster May 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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 May 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Tammy is going to wipe the floor with him!

horsedreamer_1 May 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

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

Negropolis May 2, 2012 at 2:27 am

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.

Sir_Fartz_Alot May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

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

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