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17087002H25160153.jpegSarah Palin had the Internet stirring again with debate over a reference she made to President Obama's "shuck and jive" and lies about what happened in Benghazi.

From Palin's initial post on her Facebook page:

Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:39am ยท 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

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The former Republican candidate for vice president, not one to shrink away from the cacophony of criticism, broke out a reaction - again on Facebook - to those would accuse her of racist ranting:

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


One of those critics was the Sun-Times' Mary Mitchell, who has no time for this kind of discourse seeping continuously into the American political discussion, particularly where it applies to the first African-American President of the United States. Mitchell writes:

African Americans have heard so many white pundits use racially insensitive language to criticize the nation's first African-American president, and they have sucked it up.

After all, what first black anything didn't have to endure racist taunts.

But Palin used language that is not only linked to slavery and Jim Crow but is associated with the kind of "clowning" that educated black people frown upon.

Palin doesn't know anything about that.

If she did, she wouldn't have accused a Harvard-educated black man who rose to become president of the United States of "shucking and jiving." That's would be like me calling the former governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Honey Boo Boo.