“Just from what little Iâ€™ve seen of [Michelle Obama] and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity”
We all knew, didn’t we? When the Republican smear-machine began to refer to Barack Obama, a man who grew up on food stamps and worked his way through school, as “elitist” while running a man with seven houses, a beer fortune, and an admiral father that made sure he didn’t fail out of the Naval Academy when he surely deserved to, I think we knew what they meant. Surely he wasn’t “elitist” compared to McCain, or Bush, or the other Bush, or Romney or any of the other aristocrats that the Republicans trot out every four years. No, he was elitist because he had the audacity to think that maybe, just maybe, he belonged at Harvard, in Congress and in the White House. The hack-artists was playing to those who thought that he belonged on the plantation instead.
So maybe “uppity” was a slip, though perhaps a Freudian one. Perhaps referring to a United States Senator as “mister” was an honest mistake and not the political equivalent of calling a grown man “boy.” Maybe. But when asked to clarify his racist language Rep. Westmoreland didn’t back down. “Uppity, yeah,” he confirmed.
P.S.: The same Lynn Westmoreland had another quotable moment when, defending his legislation that would have placed the Ten Commandments in both houses of Congress he was asked to name them. “Don’t murder, don’t lie, don’t steal… uhhh… I can’t name them” he stuttered.”