Rep. Joe Walsh Says Obama Was Elected Because He’s Black

Rep. Joe Walsh Says Obama Was Elected Because He’s Black

Rep. Joe Walsh says electing a Black president made Americans feel good about themselves.

Published May 2, 2012

According to Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, Barack Obama’s successful bid for the White House in 2008 was one big affirmative action fluke.

Speaking at a town hall meeting earlier this week, Walsh said that Obama would never have won if not for the historic nature of his candidacy, namely that the then-senator is African-American. The Republican lawmaker added that opponent Sen. John McCain’s age and a sinking economy also helped, Think Progress reports.

“He was a historic figure. He’s our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self,” Walsh said. “I’ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature.”

Those remarks might come back to bite him. Walsh is running for re-election in a reconfigured and now more Democratic district that strongly supported Obama in 2008.

 

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(Photo: Courtesy thinkprogress.org)

Written by Joyce Jones

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