Governor Palin's 'Shuck and Jive' Comment Labeled Racist; She Responds

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Earlier today, Governor Palin spoke out against President Obama's dealings with the American people as pertains to Benghazi. She wrote on Facebook:

Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies

As I mentioned on “On the Record” last night, there is breaking news that just two hours after the September 11th attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, the White House and State Department knew that an Islamic terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack. We now know that the State Department sent an email to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and others in the intelligence community about this Islamist group claiming responsibility. And yet for days afterwards the White House and State Department led everyone to believe that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video that had been uploaded months prior. Anywhere from 300 to 400 people from the administration and our intelligence community would have seen that email. Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.

- Sarah Palin

Believe it or not, her use of the term "shuck and jive" earned her the racist accusation. No, I'm serious. This ridiculousness is becoming, well, even more ridiculous. You can take a head-first dive into the pile of crap by reading articles here and here.

Instead of remaining silent on this charge of racism, I'm glad the Governor has fought back, pointing out the left's hypocrisy, for they have used the phrase themselves. It takes a lot of nerve to call someone else a racist for using a term you yourself, and those on your side of the aisle, have used. The Governor tweets (numbers added):
Looks like Chris Matthews is a racist.
Looks like Andrew Cuomo is also a racist.
Uh oh. Looks like Jay Carney is a racist too.

The Governor then posted the following on Facebook:
For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase "shuck and jive" – a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary. I would have used the exact same expression if I had been writing about President Carter, whose foreign policy rivaled Obama’s in its ineptitude, or about the Nixon administration, which was also famously rocked by a cover-up.

I’ve been known to use the phrase most often when chastising my daughter Piper to stop procrastinating and do her homework. As she is part Yup’ik Eskimo, I’m not sure if this term would be deemed offensive when it’s directed at her or if it would be considered benign as in the case of Chris Matthews’ use of it in reference to Rachel Maddow. Just to be careful, from now on I’ll avoid using it with Piper, and I would appreciate it if the media refrained from using words and phrases like igloo, Eskimo Pie, and “when hell freezes over,” as they might be considered offensive by my extended Alaska Native family.

The outrageously outraged reaction to this expression from perennial hypocrites like Chris Matthews has only made me laugh. Mr. Matthews, let me share with you my favorite Irish toast: “May we always be happy, and may our enemies always know it.”

- Sarah Palin

Here's the Carney video to which she refers:

Hypocrisy is so unattractive, and in this day and age of instant playback and social media, it really is quite embarrassing for the left to engage in it so much. It only makes them look desperate and very, very small.


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