The daughter of the Wolfeboro, N.H. police commissioner who resigned for calling President Barack Obama that racial slur is defending him as more of a "curmudgeonly" man than a bigot, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday.
“We all told him, ‘Dad you should have been more careful. What were you thinking?’” Kimberly Silacci told the Herald. “But I really feel he was so misrepresented. ... Don’t we all know a curmudgeonly old individual who uses some colorful language at times?”
Commissioner Robert Copeland owned up to using the n-word to refer to Obama, but refused to apologize, after a Wolfeboro resident complained that she overheard him at a local restaurant and was offended by his language. Eventually the public backlash, including from former presidential candidate and Wolfeboro summer resident Mitt Romney, prompted Copeland to resign Monday morning.
Silacci told the Herald that Copeland's contentious remarks were private and were only meant to convey his opinion about the President, with whom her father disagrees.
“My father is by no means a racist. He does have strong feelings against our president," she told the newspaper. "He doesn’t care for him. In fact, he feels he is endangering our country. That comment was an attempt to express to a very close friend some very strong feelings. But it was not to imply feelings he has for people of color. He is one of the most loving individuals.”
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