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Acceptable? Racist?

Congressman Blunt then went on to tell an anecdote which suggested that life in Washington, for GOP members today, is comparable to the lot of imperial British agents in India who had to contend with monkeys running amok on a golf course that the colonial occupiers had carved out of the verdant Indian jungle. There was a problem, the Missouri Representative explained; monkeys would come out of the jungle, grab golf balls, and throw them about. Amidst swelling laughter from his audience Roy Blunt narrated,

"I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the 'monkey problem.' But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was - you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time."


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:56 PM on Sep. 21, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It is possible that some things are about race and some things aren't. There are plenty of reasons that people might disagree with Obama that have nothing to do with race and plenty of reasons that they might agree with him that also have nothing to do with race. The comment in the original post does sound like a racist comment to me. This is not an all or nothing scenario.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 5:33 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • That doesn't sound good. Another "monkey in Washington " reference,huh?

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 1:01 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Is there a link?

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:03 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Was he talking about the Dems or the Repubs? I'd say that in the context of the story (which I find VERY fitting to describe business in DC), the GOP are the ones throwing balls around and keeping things from getting done.

    Only people who look for reasons to be offended would find this offensive. I guess they should replace the word "monkey" with something else (any suggestions?), so that racist-minded people can get past their race complex and focus on the point of the story.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:06 PM on Sep. 21, 2009


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:12 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Oh for petes sake, where do you get racist out of that? The anecdote is not only funny but acceptable.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:18 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • IF your very large stretch at racism was really racism, that would mean only the "monkeys" were screwing things up and making it more difficult. Is it your contention that nobody but the black members of congress have written a single piece of legislation all year?

    Sometimes the cigar is just a cigar

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:19 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • The story itself is fine but that last sentence is crossing a line. If he'd said "play the balls where the monkeys threw them" then that would have been OK but he changed from the past tense to the present and from plural monkeys to a singular monkey so I think it's safe to assume that he was making yet another lame Obama as monkey joke.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 1:20 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it.



    Answer by Anonymous at 1:22 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Ever think ALL the Dem are monkeys, not just the one race! Not a one of them is grounded in reality. They all want to believe the elitist, government as your mommy party line. No common sense among them. They choose to be Dems; weren't born into it or something. Doesn't mean they are competent. Would you rather it was Dodo birds moving the gold balls?


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Sep. 21, 2009