Tea Party Rep: Obama Is President Because He’s Black (VIDEO)

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September 2, 2011 12:43 p.m.
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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) — the tea party star and also tea party embarrassmentapologized Thursday after he called President Obama “idiotic” earlier in the week.

After an appearance on MSNBC Friday to talk about the comment, Walsh may be apologizing yet again soon.Host Martin Bashir asked Walsh to explain his past comments that Obama was only elected to the presidency because “he was black, he was historic.”

In response, Walsh doubled-down:

“I think that we elected the president for who he was, a historic figure and made the country feel good to elect him, and we did not vet him, and your profession did not vet him as much as we should.”

Walsh is skipping Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of Congress next week, but he assured Bashir that race had nothing to do with that decision.

White, black, brown, yellow, you name it, we have a president right now who is bankrupting this country and destroying job creation in the country, and i think it is purely political for him to call a Joint Session of Congress to announce some jobs plan.

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