Representative Geoff Davis (R-KY) has issued an apology after making the following statements about Obama while at a Northern Kentucky dinner on Saturday. Here’s an audio recording that I tried my best to transcribe:
He began by talking about Obama and his message of change being like a “snake oil salesman.” He went on to say that he participated in a “highly classified, national security simulation” with Obama. He said, “I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”
What caught everybody’s attention is “that boy.” Davis is only 49 (3 years older than Obama), so he really doesn’t have a right to call him “boy,” but I don’t think it’s THAT big of a deal. Should he have done it? No. Was it meant to be condescending? Probably not.
Either way, Davis issued the following apology to Senator Obama:
Dear Senator Obama:
On Saturday night I gave a speech in which I used a poor choice of words when discussing the national security policy positions of the Presidential candidates. I was quoted as saying “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”
My poor choice of words is regrettable and was in no way meant to impugn you or your integrity. I offer my sincere apology to you and ask for your forgiveness.
Though we may disagree on many issues, I know that we share the goal of a prosperous, secure future for our nation. My comment has detracted from the dialogue that we should all be having on legitimate policy differences and in no way reflects the personal and professional respect I have for you.
So, there you have it – he’s apologized. I think this’ll probably drop out of the media pretty soon since it’s not a huge deal, although, again, Davis shouldn’t have said that.