I have been having a mini-flashback to the Don Imus 'nappy-headed hos' debacle of 2007. The Imus comment was utterly gratuitous and not intended to illustrate any broader point, so Don Imus deserves even less latitude. Let's reprise the Bold Words of Candidate Obama.
First, Imus had to go:
"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."
Well, Sarah Palin is not an ethinic group and Bill Maher is a donor, not a staffer, so Obama has a lot of wiggle room here.
In subsequent comments he explained that really, we are all to blame for hurting Sasha and Malia:
He said as a parent, it was a constant struggle to reinforce his two daughters’ sense of self-esteem.
“I think that all of us have become a little complicit in this kind of relaxed attitude toward some pretty offensive things,” Obama said. “And I hope this prompts some self-reflection on the part of all of us.”
We are all guilty! Which means none of us are. Michelle Malkin noted Obama's flexible attitude towards rappers; I apologized for coarsening the culture but I am embarrassed to admit that I did not step forward and take equal blame with Hollywood, record producers, and the clown posse that awarded an Oscar to "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp". In fact, I had the temerity to suggest that Barack might want to pick up a clue from Tipper Gore and direct his ire at his friends in Hollywood and the record industry before indicting me.
But I am not shirking my responsibility today! I am not sure how I could explain to Sasha and Malia that their father is taking money from Bill Maher, but I certainly don't want to have to explain why I am such a shamless opportunist and poser.
So before you ask, yes - I am returning any money Bill Maher gave this blog. I am pretty sure that would be $0.00, but since we are all complicit, I think we should all show some accountability. Glad to clear that up.
Over to you, Barack. Sasha and Malia are waiting and wondering.