JACKSON, Miss.–It was a conference call with former Gov. Haley Barbour’s lobbying firm after last week’s election, where Politico reports Barbour referred to President Obama’s issues as “tar babies”, a term some consider racially insensitive since it refers to tar babies in Joel Chandler Harris’ “Uncle Remus” stories.
Those stories were made into the movies “Song of the South” by Disney, which has since made people angry with what many perceive to be black stereotypes.
Some consider Barbour to be a stereotype himself, when talking about Mississippians with a thick accent and conservative politics.
Barbour said in the call that no one will run for president who will endorse Obama’s issues because the issues are “tar babies”, reported the website.
Barbour issued an apology, saying that he was sorry if the term offended anyone.