Obama spokesman Jen Psaki issued a disclaimer on top of the pool report by Louis Roug containing some wild and tasteless riffs from comic Bernie Mac, who was listed on the invitation as a "special guest" at the Obama fund-raiser in the Hyatt. Let's see if Mac's crack about "hoes" causes some headaches for Obama, who spent the last few days courting the female vote.
" Senator Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn't condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate," Psaki said. Obama told the comic "you got to clean up your act." Did he mean it? Or was he just messing with Mac. Click below for the pool report.
TIME: 8:30 pm CT
EVENT: Barack Obama Fundraiser at the Hyatt in Chicago
Comment from Jen Psaki: Senator Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn't condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate
From: Louise Rou
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 9:47 PM
To: Jen Psaki
Subject: First pool feed, July 11, Chicago
No news so far but a funny Bernie Mac moment.
After leaving the airport, the motorcade drove to Sen. Barack Obama's house where he spent about half an hour before going to the gym. (We waited in the car outside.) He worked out for about an hour before going back to the house. Shortly afterward, the motorcade drove to the Hyatt Regency Hotel where he arrived at a backdoor entrance about 7:15 p.m. We waited in an empty ballroom adjoining the room where the reception was held until 8:30 p.m. when we were let into another ballroom through a side door.
Inside, about 600 people milled about, drinks in hand, waiting for the Democratic nominee.
He was introduced by Bernie Mac who began by talking about the movie he did with Chris Rock about a black president, Head of State.
"Barack, you need to look at it so you know what they're going to do to you," Mac said. "I don't know why my man Barack wants to be president but I'm proud of him because politics is dirty especially with Republicans. So Barack, you can't get mad, you understand, when you hear rumors because people like rumors. They're going to say things like, you were at the club with Lil' Kim and you and Clinton got into a fist fight."
((this is correction sent out after the report was filed.Below is the accurate line:
People like rumors they are going to say things like you know you was in the club with Lil’ Kim and you and Kanye West got in a fist fight.))
He went on to riff about hope and offering himself up as a running mate "and they don't want me because I cuss."
Which he did.
"Being a president is tough cause you're not just running the county. You got to run your family too," he said. "Having a black first lady is different. You're still going have to do the dishes and the laundry and all that…you got to pick up the kids. You didn't pick up the kids? I just came from Korea, talking about nuclear weapons. You were on Airforce One and you couldn't stop to pick up the kids?"
Mac said he is a Democrat "born and raised" but added that "I'm a Republican at tax time." He mimicked a mock warning from an imagined staffer: "Don't kill the message."
He then talked about his wife who he's been married to for 35 years, and how she just went through menopause.
"I can't take it," he said. "My house is so doggone cold all the time."
He promised to help Obama and that he would be there "like the Jackson Five" and ended his irreverent riff with a joke involving the women in the families and living with two "hoes"
A heckler started protesting, asking for Mac to step down and let Barack come on.
"Calm down," Mac said, before introducing Obama, "not just a friend of mine but a friend of you all."
Obama came on, thanking, among others, "my great friend, one of the kings of comedy, Bernie Mac."
He then gave an abbreviated stump speech with a quick run-down of his platform, briefly touching most policy areas and using his usual language and jokes before poking fun at Mac toward the end of his 20 minute speech.
"Everybody is concerned about whether the Democratic Party will be unified in time," he said. "We don't have an option but to make sure that we are united and make sure that we succeed…we can't afford to be divided by race. We can't afford to be divided by religion, or by region or class. Or by gender," he said, pausing for effect. "That means, by the way, Bernie you got to clean up your act. This is a family affair… I'm just messing with you," he said.
We just got into the second fundraiser of the night, more TK.