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At Chicago fund-raiser for Obama, a cussing Bernie Mac jokes about "hoes.''

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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.

24 Comments

Anyone familiar with Bernie Mac knows this routine was tame in comparison to some of his other work. He's hysterical and one of the comic geniuses of our time. He had a tough crowd to sell with their politically correct sensibilities and holier than thou attitudes. Kathy Griffin would have said much worse. And as for the heckler, get a f*#@ing sense of humor.

Since when did Bernie Mac's humor become offensive? He never finished the joke? What was the punchline? Will he banned from the airwaves like Imus? Hmm Hymietown and Interlopers terms used by Chicagoan Rev Jesse Jackson and his cohort Rev Al Sharpton. Should we cut Bernie's nuts off talking down to women like he was accused? 1st Amendment I guess doesn't apply to Bernie?

Can't have it both ways

I GUESS NO ONE HAS SEEN BERNIE MAC IN CONCERT BEFORE!
THE CHICAGO VOCATIONAL GRADUATE IS WHAT HE IS!
AT LEAST HE IS SMART ENOUGH TO BE FOR BARACK OBAMA!
I'LL APOLOGIZE FOR HIM, IF YOUR FEELINGS WERE HURT BY WHAT HE SAID, OR WHAT YOU THINK HE SAID!
BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT BEFORE PHIL GRAMM SAYS SOMETHING MORE
CRAZY!

This is simply more evidence of incompetence. Why in the world would you let anyone open for you at a major campaign event and not know what he was going to say beforehand? Then he goes to New York and says that his first priority will be to order the Joint Chiefs of Staff to "end this war." This naive pop star candidate doesn't know that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are not in the military change of command. They don't take orders, they dont give orders. They are advisors only. And he wants to be President? Who are we kidding? This is nothing more than a child playing dress up in adult clothes.

First of all you’re supposed to laugh at a joke not analyze it. Most people that dont find these types of jokes funny are people who can’t laugh at themselves. Remember when women found Andrew dice clay offensive...and he was funny.
Second Bernie mac did not write this joke he mearly changed it a bit and called it his own. I heard and have been telling this joke for about 18 years. so shame on you Bernie mac for plagiarizing . The actual joke goes like this:

A BOY COME HOME FROM SCHOOL AND SAYS TO HIS FATHER “DAD TODAY IN SCHOOL WE WERE TAUGHT TO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEROY AND REALITY. BUT I REALLY DONT GET IT. CAN YOU HELP ME? THE FATHER SAYS TO HIS SON " SURE, WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS GO AND ASK YOUR MOM AND YOUR SISTER IF THEY WOULD SLEEP WITH A STRANGER FOR $1,000,000 AND THEN LET ME KNOW WHAT THEY SAY. SO THE BOY DOES JUST THAT AND REPORTS BACK TO HIS DAD THAT BOTH HIS MOM AND HIS SISTER SAID THEY WOULD SLEEP WITH A STRANGER FOR $1,000,000. THE FATHER TELLS HIS SON “OK SON THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEROY AND REALITY. IN THEROY WERE MILLIONAIRES IN REALITY WERE LIVING WITH A COUPLE OF WHORES.

C'mon, Davis. Admit it. With the ALL CAPS thing, you're really a McCain troll, sent here to make Obama look bad, right? Nothing else could explain it....

But, assuming you're for real, it's too bad your guy didn't shut Bernie Mac down when it was happening, like the heckler tried to. Obama would have looked good doing it. But n-o-o-o-o. "I'm just messing with you" and then another weak statement after the fact. I don't know whether it's because Obama's passive, or above it all, or he doesn't think it's a problem, or he thinks it's A-OK.

Say, how're things going with the Hilraisers? Still good? I'm sure performances like this are really setting you in solid with them...

So if everyone knows about Bernie Mac's humor and what he may say, and if politically correct "words do matter" Obama and his handlers have been so hyper-sensitive to even the slightest insinuation of anything about Obama they find discredting, then what's the flap?

I mean, outside of the black culture, men refer to their wives, lovers, girlfriends, etc., all the time as "hoes" and then they and women laugh about it, don't they?

I mean, they're just exhibiting some solid self-esteem and lack of bias within their own cultures, right?

Ms. Sweet, as you have blog and I have commented, not everything you have here is a good entry whether the language is exclusive of the SEVEN WORDS (George Carlin) that can't be said on air-waves or use in media print.

But I read most of your columns and some I simply shake my head and wonder what are you talking about. This is one of those times I am wondering what are you talking about, especially if you know anything about Bernie Mac?

Are you tying this in with Senator Obama's recent denounciation on how women are treated? I doubt very seriously he has wavered even one(1) percent from those thoughts. Remember Obama's wife and two daughters which he tells us they are always on him about something he is doing. (Be it right or wrong)

Mr. Mac spoke about his wife who he's been married to for 35 years. Come on Ms. Sweet, the man has been married 35 years. Do you really thinks he believe his wife or female relatives are the H-word? Matter of fact that is a garden tool anyway.

Ms. Sweet, loosen up and go out to a comedy club, then come back and tell us what you think about Mr. Mac's introduction for Senator Obama.

Abraham Lincoln once said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

It is time to say ENOUGH. Say no to the kool-aids.

I don't like the humor of Bernie Mac and Kathy Griffin. They have their First Amendment rights and I exercise my right not to watch. I just believe certain humor is inappropriate at a fundraiser for the office of president especially one who is supposed to be transcendant.

The comments were unbecoming of a presidential fundraiser. And I thought it was discussed at some length -- apparently not enough -- that calling women "hoes" is NOT funny or acceptable. It may be to some males, but if it is not to a majority of the other half of the human race, who are treated that way, that should be enough for men.

I think Obama has a real problem with women, and will in any election, if he were to be the nominee. Let's hope he is not.

Oh geesh....had this been said by someone from the McCain campaign or supporter, this would be headline news. As you can see from the comments here, some are still giving Obama and his camp a free pass.

I guess Barack shouldn't mind if we start calling Michelle a Ho.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please give it up for Barack and Ho Obama.

Seems fair. Funny huh?

IF JOHN MCCAIN WERE SCRUTINIZED AS MUCH AS BARACK OBAMA HE WOULD
HAVE DROPPED OUT OF THE GOP RACE A LONG TIME AGO!
FOX NEWS IS THE ALLY OF JOHN MCCAIN, THEY HAVE THROWN THE KITCHEN
SINK AT BARACK OBAMA!
THE OTHER NEWS OUTLETS DON'T STOOP AS LOW AS FOX, SO LET'S GROW
UP AND FACE REALITY, MCCAIN IS THE ONE WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN A FREE
PASS!

I have never seen Bernie Mac in concern, but I would expect the Obama campaign to know what they are getting when they invite a comedian to open for him. But they probably wouldn't see the sexism in what he says, since their candidate has said worse. Oh well, I guess this is more of his "superior judgement".

Frankly, Obama is embarassing us in Chicago with the way he is dragging this city into the mud with every misstep and misstatement and flip-flop. The man is not presidential material, at least at this point in his career. I challenge any of his supporters to tell me how his community organizing (a poor imitation of Pfleger or Jackson, and definitely minor league by Chgo standards) made any impact on this community. How did his time in the senate make life here in Illinois better? I am wondering if Emil Jones did not serve as the motivation behind his bills, what exactly did he do for the people of Illinois on his own. And as far as the US Senate, he stated when he took the job that it would not be a good decision to run for POTUS, but then his handlers got the best of him and now we are stuck.

Face it...this is just another embarassing footnote to the Obama campaign that makes Chicago and the characters that occupy it look like characters in a bad movie.

I would have no problem with Bernie's humor as long as the rules also pertained to Don Imus. But I'm sure a black woman would and should have problems with both guys.

As far as Jackson and Sharpton's 'hymie' and 'interloper' comments, those were disgustingly anti-semitic and racist.

Perhaps Bernie should have used the, apparently, accepted white term used by the presumptive Republican candidate, in full witness of members of the (cough, cough) esteemed press? At some sort of press conference a few years back, in response to Cindy Barbiedoll's playful chiding about his thinning hair, he ever-so sweetly responded with: "AT LEAST I DON'T PILE ON THE MAKEUP LIKE A TROLLOP/HO/SLUT, YOU C*NT!" Lovely. Charming. And she hasn't even taken her kabillions of dollars and changed the locks on their 7 houses.

"This is not the (fill in the blank) I know", quoting Senator Obama.
We have heard this line from him regarding Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger.
I am disappointed with the people he associates with.

Bernie Mac, Wow...probably not be best choice, when you get Bernie, ya kinda know what you are getting.....JOKES!!!! He is a comedian. HAHAHA rotf. Have we forgotten how to laugh?, we are so sensitive. Obama is not Jesus or Rev. Obama is a presidential candidate. Why is everyone giving him such a hard time everything he says or everything someone near him says is blown out of proportion? I have never been more proud of my country and more ashamed all at the same time. What does all of this say to young voters? Civil rights leaders acting like backstabbers, news media showing us one sided bias news coverage. I worry everyday about Obamas safety. And I pray for his family. He is just a man. He has children two little girls, does anyone think of them when they dress their mother like some extremist and their father like a terrorist. Dr. King's daughter once said if this is what my father died for I would rather have my daddy back. While I realize the struggle is necessary and that something will one day come of all of this, I just pray for this country.

THEY GIVE HIM A ROUGH TIME (OBAMA) BECAUSE THEY KNOW HE CAN WIN,
AND IS WINNING!
IN THE LONG RUN ALL THIS TIT FOR TAT ATTACK STRATEGY AGAINST
OBAMA WILL CAUSE THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER VOTED TO VOTE FOR HIM!
BARACK OBAMA WILL WIN THIS ELECTION IN A LANDSLIDE AND THE GOP
KNOW IT, THEY HAVE A MENTAL DEFECTIVE CANDIDATE!
THAT'S WHY THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE PUT THAT GARBAGE ON THEIR COVER!

I PRAY FOR BARACK EVERYNIGHT GET A LIVE PEOPLE. SOME PEOPLE THINK THE WORLD WILL END IF WE HAV A BLACK PRESIDENT IF THE LORD WANTS US TOO HAV A BLACK PRESIDENT WE WELL YOU CAN BE DAM SUCH OF THAT.WHAT DID YOU ALL WANT BARACK DO TO BERNIE MAC COME ON STAGE AND HIT HIM IN THE FACE.HE IS A GROW MAN.THE MAN IS DEAD LET HIM REST.IF MORE PEOPLE GROW UP IN THIS WORLD IT WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE.KEEP YOUR HEAD UP OBAMA.PRAYS FOR BERNIE MAC FAMILY.MICHELLE KEEP YOUR MAN STRONG MY SISTER.

BARACK THE VOTE!

It's all just one Big Marketing Tool.
R.I.P Bernie Mac. You Bid us farewell in Grand Style.... Legend that's what you are.

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