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Haley Barbour Apologizes for Obama 'Hot Poker' Dig

Sorry, but I wasn't talking about branding prez, he says
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 2:44 AM CDT
Updated Sep 5, 2012 2:53 AM CDT
Haley Barbour Apologizes for Obama 'Hot Poker' Dig
FILE - This Jan. 13, 2012, file photo shows former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour during an interview in Ridgeland, Miss. Asked about the political evolution of the southern states Barbour, a Republican, former national party chairman and two-term governor, said the demographics are important but can...   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

(Newser) – Haley Barbour has apologized for a rude, crude—and some would say racist—suggestion about what to do to President Obama. "While I would love" for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to "put a hot poker to Obama’s butt, I thought he did what he was supposed to do," the former Mississippi governor said at a fundraiser last week, referring to Christie's speech at the GOP National Convention.

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Barbour was quickly ripped for what sounded like encouragement to "brand" the nation's first black president. “I apologize to anyone who feels my comment had connotations that I did not intend,” Barbour tells Politico. He says he was simply trying to praise Christie, but added: "It's critical that we all keep our comments free of extremes or anything that could be misinterpreted.” (Read more Haley Barbour stories.)

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