U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann found herself in a sticky situation after using the term “tar baby” to criticize President Barack Obama’s energy policy.
“This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem,” she told The Shark Tank on Wednesday. “I have never seen a more irresponsible president who is infantile in the way that he continually blames everybody else for his failure to first diagnose the problem, and second, to address the problem. It’s always everyone else’s fault.”
Michele’s press secretary Becky Rogness said that the congresswoman was referring to the “sticky situation,” definition of “tar baby” instead of the derogatory meaning towards African Americans.
“The congresswoman values all human life—regardless of race, color and creed,” Becky told POLITICO.com. “If you listen to the interview, Rep. Bachmann was making a point about the president’s poor understanding of oil prices, which has nothing to do with race. The president doesn’t understand the oil market and hence, has gotten himself into a sticky situation.”
This isn’t the first time Michele has received backlash from of a racial situation. Last year, she signed the pledge, “The Marriage Vow,” which stated that Black families were more stable during slavery than they are now. To show that marriage in America is in great crisis, the document cited African-American families.
“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American president,” the document stated.
Michele’s rep said that Michele endorsed the “candidate vow,” not the preamble that included the slavery section, but because the slavery passage was the first bullet point within the four-page preamble, it’s hard to believe that she didn’t read that section.
The socially conservative group, The Family Leader, created the pledge. The group removed the passage from the vow after receiving sharp criticism.