Bernie Mac's Act Too Salty for Obama

Comedian earns rebuke for his racy jokes at fundraiser
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2008 4:12 PM CDT
Obama at a town hall-style meeting in Dayton, Ohio.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bernie Mac landed in hot water for making off-color jokes about women while introducing Barack Obama at a Chicago fundraiser yesterday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. His last quip—which had the word "ho's" in it—drew complaints from a heckler. When Obama came on, he chided the comedian playfully. “Bernie, you got to clean up your act. This is a family affair," the candidate said, adding, "I'm just messing with you, man.”

Later, the campaign issued a more forceful condemnation. “Sen. Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn't condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate,” a spokesperson said. In another riff, Mac said that "a black first lady" is "still going have to do the dishes and the laundry and all that... you got to pick up the kids."