Lawmaker Who Called Obama 'Boy' Apologizes

GOP congressman owns up to 'poor choice of words'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 4:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Republican congressman apologized to Barack Obama today for calling him “that boy” at a fundraiser on Saturday. Geoff Davis of Kentucky spoke of sharing “highly classified national security situations" with Obama and said, “I'm going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.” The audience laughed and applauded, The Hill reports.

The Lexington Herald-Leader broke the story and reported that Davis also called Obama a “snake oil salesman.” An Obama spokesman said, “It’s hard to tell what is more outrageous—Rep. Davis’s condescending and personal attack, or his absurd and offensive claim that Barack Obama is not prepared to defend America.” Davis wrote to Obama today, "My poor choice of words is regrettable and was in no way meant to impugn you or your integrity."