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Georgia GOP Congressman Calls Obama 'Uppity'

Lynn Westmoreland, left, during a 2003 vote on the Georgia flag at the Capitol in Atlanta. (AP/Gregory Smith)

By Jonathan Weisman
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative Republican from Georgia, let slip today what critics have been saying is the subtext of many of the attacks on Barack Obama: He's "uppity."

According to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, Westmoreland was discussing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's acceptance speech outside the House chamber today when he veered into his thoughts on Michelle and Barack Obama.

"Just from what little I've seen of her and Mister Obama, Senator Obama, they're a member of an elitist class individual that thinks that they're uppity," Westmoreland said.

When a reporter sought clarification on the racially loaded word, Westmoreland replied, "Uppity, yeah."

For weeks, commentators and critics have asserted that the McCain campaign's efforts to portray Obama as a vacuous celebrity smacked of historical efforts to describe African Americans seeking equality as "uppity" or not knowing "their place." The McCain campaign has heatedly denied any such thing, and has accused Obama of having "played the race card" for saying that Republicans would mock him as an outsider. Westmoreland's comments could rekindle the debate.

Westmoreland briefly gained some national attention when he sponsored legislation to post the Ten Commandments in the House and Senate chambers. Asked by Stephen Colbert in 2006 to name all ten, Westmoreland stumbled. "Um, don't murder, don't lie, don't steal," he offered, before confessing, "I can't name them."

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Nan you're an embarrassment to free elections...You vote on superstitions and hijacked opinions. Maybe if you looked at the nation beyond yourself, you'd see that this country has been trusting the republicans for 8 yrs...8 YEARS!!! that should speak for itself!

Posted by: B | September 11, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Debbie please...I live in Memphis and knew IMMEDIATELY what Westmoreland meant, and I'm not even an Obama fan.

I hear the term "Uppity" used quite a bit in the south...and it's almost NEVER directed at whites...

Posted by: Andy | September 11, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama comes off as "uppity" to me too. Here in the South uppity is used as "someone who thinks they are better than everyone else". And may I say, I do take offense to the "backwoods, country redneck. We backwoods, country rednecks are not as out of touch & backwards as you "uppity" people think.

Posted by: Debbie Beaird | September 11, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Nan, the Dems have controlled congress for less than two years...of course, the right doesn't ever let facts stand in their way.

GWB has been in office for 7 1/2 years, 6 of which gave him a Republican congress and no means of checks and balances.....and you are going to blame 1 1/2 years of Democrats controlling congress for the current state of the country.

It would be funny were it not so sad.

Posted by: Andy | September 11, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

People need to remember that Congress, House and Senate, have been controlled by Democrats for the past 4 years and that has brought us to the terrible place we are now. Also remember that America was bombed/invaded when those airplanes hit the Trade Center and the Pentagon. We needed to respond to the attacks. And then Hurricane Katrina happened which caused the government to spend more money.

Posted by: Nan | September 11, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

What is the problem? Barry Hussein walks around all the time with his nose in the air. I'm glad to call him uppity.

Posted by: mark | September 11, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Saying someone is "uppity" is NOT racial! This is another example of how liberals twist what people say and how liberals do not allow freedom of speech for anyone that disagrees.

Posted by: Nan | September 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

To thedr...and anyone..
This is what I mean...I doubt if you've even listened to the're listening to republican advocates. Thats fine but at least realize that on both sides their ENTIRE PURPOSE is to advance their agenda!!! whether it's Sean Hannity or Keith Olbermann...they only care about one thing...winning!! If you listen to them and believe them you are being lied least manipulated.
You talk about moral decay...hmmm... I'm not the one losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands!! I'm not the who decided to spend BILLIONS of dollars on a war that was a total sham!!
So please, save your moral high ground and realize that the Gov't does have immense power to effect the nation!! We trusted this party and they continue to betray and mislead us!!
It's time to give the other guy a chance!!


Posted by: B | September 11, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

More liars joining the party. Lets see Adam & Eve, McCain & Palin wow. Westmoreland is in good company. One heck of a club.

Posted by: hmoore | September 11, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

This guys' obviously an ignorant, backward tool, but he's not running for President.

Meanwhile, you've got Obama, who calls women "Sweetie," said Hillary's "claws come out" when she feels threatened, and he calls Palin a pig.

He's a sexist, elitist egomaniac.

Posted by: ObamaHateslWomen | September 11, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Uppity means Arrogant. It doesn't have a thing to do with race. I have heard the word used all my life. I am from Georgia by the way, and it has never ever had anything to do with race. It was a word to describe weathly individuals who look down their noses at others not preceived to be in their class. It was used to descibe anyone from snobby cheerleaders to the rich elitist. I think people are grasing at straws trying to make something out of this comment.

Posted by: Karen | September 11, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I haven't heard that term in decades. Though, when I was a kid, most of the times I heard it used was as an adjective, followed by the "N-word" noun.

Posted by: Auslander | September 11, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Why does no one investigate the Obama's role in "Public Allies"?

Posted by: Susan Shields | September 11, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder how many people (like myself) actually had no idea what "Uppity" meant. I apologize sincerely to anyone who may be offended by this admission. I have actually used this word in the past to mean something completely different.

Perhaps it might mean different things to different people. I performed a very brief web search. It is not on wikipedia. Here are the definitions I have found:

4 results for: uppity Unabridged (v 1.1) -

up·pi·ty –adjective Informal.
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
2. rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.


[Origin: 1875–80, Americanism; prob. up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety]

—Related forms
up·pi·ty·ness, noun Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

© 2008 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
American Heritage Dictionary
adj. Informal
Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station; presumptuous: "was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down" (New York Times).

up'pi·ty·ness n.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Online Etymology Dictionary

1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
WordNet -
presumptuously arrogant; "had a witty but overweening manner"; "no idea how overweening he would be"- S.V.Benet; "getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down"- NY Times [syn: overweening]

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

Posted by: Reba | September 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama isn't uppidity, he's just got an extreme God complex! What was with that temple behind him during the DNC? He needs to get over himself, because in a few weeks America will be over him. He can go back to his Senator job and keep voting "present" and maybe he'll grow a backbone and try to run in 2012.

Posted by: K M | September 11, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I don't know how anyone can hear that word in isolation. Sadly, it is part of a phrase that has been uttered way too many times in our country's past. To say that "uppity" doesn't have racist connotations is delusional.

I hope the use of this horrid expression comes back to haunt Westmoreland during his run for re-election.

What ugliness.

Posted by: Mblack1 | September 11, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I’m a fairly young man. Thirty years old to be exact. It is truly sad to hear some the filth that comes out of the mouth of some of you people. Yes, America today isn’t the same as it was forty years ago but we are far from where we need to be. I think even Mr. Obama doesn’t realize this at time. For all you sick individuals that are trying to defend the congressman’s remarks shame on you. Then again I’m not surprised. We have a long way to go. Lets remember the supreme court of the ruling on Brown v. Board of Education took almost forty years to be implemented and today we are in worse shape then we were before this ruling.

Let’s be honest with our selves the so-call conservatives that hold true values are the elitists. They want to hold on to the value of stick to you own kind, stay out of our neighborhoods, don’t frequent our restaurants, stay out of our schools and I can go on with this list. You hide behind Christianity but remember the Klan, and radical have done that as well. You say that you are Christ fearing and going in individuals but if I a black man would walk to your church on Sunday or Saturday all hell would break loose. If one black family attends your church on a regular basis its ok, because you’ve met your black quota. Now no one would call you an elitist or a separatist. The minute that numbers of black or other minorities grow in size, you pack your things and run as quickly as possible. The church is the most segregated place in America. You do the same when it comes to your schools, and your neighborhood. How Christ like is that unh……….

So spare me all the apologies because that means nothing to me. I can only imagine what the ones like my self went through and I’m only living a fraction of what they lived. This congressman only said what most of you are saying at your cocktail parties but at least he is honest enough to do it publicly and this what I appreciate with people like him. This was a racist comment that should have no place in our society if we want this distorted view of society that we have. I’m probably will be called the same by most of you because any black person that does not praise this country is angry and does not their place. It’s sad you preach all this equality and all the other lies and even you conventions show what you think America should be. I was not for Mr. Obama (Was for Mr. Bar), but carefully reviewing his platform; I started supporting but according to you Black people voted for him because he is black.

No more dummy-down politics. Read fact and don’t rely on the controlled information that comes out of the media, think for your self. WE ARE FARTHER THAN WE THINK WE ARE. SO WAKE UP.

Posted by: Wake up America | September 11, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

So, B, you're going to vote for someone who proclaims he's "the one the world has been waiting for"? Give me a break! He's the savior of the world...maybe the whole world should fold their governments and let Obama rule us all!

Why do people blame the gov't for the country being "a mess"? We allow perverted our morals by terming it "entertainment" and we've convinced our young people that life isn't all that important. We adults can't exhibit self-control yet wonder why the young people act the same. WAKE UP, People!!! This is OUR country...if we think it's a mess, it's our job to fix it, not depend on the government!!!!

Posted by: thedr | September 11, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I just can't believe how easily manipulated people are, it's sad. Uppity!!!...really!!! This is your issue with Obama??!! I cannot believe this race is not 90% Obama right now?! Why in God's name would anyone vote for the GOP this time around?
I'm no party loyalist, I liked Reagan, George Sr. and voted against Al Gore, but we've given the Republicans 8 yrs and the country is a mess!! I wish I would've voted for Al Gore!
I can't speak on hard line issues like abortion, I suppose if thats your issue McCain is your man, but look at the state of this nation people!! Don't get suckered again by "is he a patriot" "He's weak on terror" "He didnt wear a flag pin"
My God are we that stupid?? We can't see that after 8 yrs the Republican party has betrayed all of us!!

Willian Ayers.. Rev. Wright, these people are just smokescreens and smears...AND I'M A WHITE, WORKING CLASS, CHRISTIAN WHO LOVES GUNS!! But I love this nation and I'm voting for someone who isn't so afraid to look weak that he'd rather go to war...

I could go on and on...VOTE OBAMA AND SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!!

Posted by: B | September 11, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a person who seems to believe that he is the only perveyor of truth, and he is deceived. I think he wants people to buy into a socialist's system of government, and he will divide up the money any way that he wants. People who are close to him knows that he is not prepared to be president of the US and I believe that he is arrogant to aspire to that office without having professional executive experience. By the way, I am an educated Christian and and can look at the issues and know that Obama is not a John Kennedy, whom I worked for many years ago. Unfortunately with that work came the brother Ted who is a woman chasing liberal who has influenced his neice into supporting Obama. What a shame for the Kennedy clan to believe such a distortion of reality. John Kennedy was involved with the far left radicals, and terrorists on his rise to power. I learned later his dad had evil connections. I regret working in that election because the kennedy's have gone so far to the left. I vote republican because they have the best interests of the country. I believe that God will give Christians a Christian president in John McCain and sarah Palin. palin means redemption and we certainly need that.

Posted by: mbrown15 | September 11, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Next time other people shouldn't beat around the bush, just flat out call obama what he is an a$%hole. that way, it doesn't get confused with a racist remark.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

There is no way that this Congressman was not aware that uppity has been used in the south to reference blacks. How come we give him a pass for his comments, but criticize every comment by Obama?

Posted by: Keith | September 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain received special treatment when he was appointed to the naval academy. His Daddy and Granddaddy got him in. He screwed off there and nearly graduated dead last. He got to be a fly boy again not by his merits but by his Daddy's and Granddaddy's accomplishments. He proved that he wasn't paying attention by crashing 5 multi-million dollar planes. Now he is using his screw up in getting shot down in Vietnam to become President. Hopefully the American people will figure out who is better for this country a guy who lives off others (wants to be just like 'W') who have tripled the national debt or someone that can get America back on the right track so that we are not beholden to China, Saudi Arabia and other countries that would just as soon see us gone!

Posted by: Bill | September 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Westmorland said it just like most of us think.....Obama is "uppity"

Posted by: Marshall | September 10, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Uppity has always been a word for someone who thinks they are better than you, even in the dictionary......that was before ELITE was popular

Posted by: Mary B | September 10, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Not that a google search really means anything. By your reasoning the word "big" behind any number of synonyms for breasts reveals millions and millions of hits. Therefore, big obviously only really means one thing, even if the dictionary doesn't define it as that. I live in the south and while I am aware of the racial connotations of the word "uppity", it is far more often used to refer to someone at your own 'status'. Congressperson to congressperson I can see Westmoreland saying that this guy from Hawaii with paper thin experience who says that "we are the change we have been waiting for" and would be POTUS seems a bit uppity. (Of course Westmoreland is an idiot for his word choice.)

Posted by: google ... | September 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

google search for "uppity person" = 781 hits

google search for "uppity bastard" = 2420 hits

google search for "uppity black" = 18,700 hits

google search for "uppity negro" = 62,000 hits

I'm really trying hard to find some other phrase using the word uppity that can even come close to the frequency of usage with "negro." Those of you who insist you've never heard it used that way, do you have any other suggestions?

Posted by: rabbit | September 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"The Republicans at the convention did look noticeably different than the Dem's. The republicans were normal, happy, clean, upright Americans."

Yes the Republican delegates were 93% white, 51% of those having a net worth of at least $500,000. At the last convention in 2004 - according to Michael Steele - there were 130 blacks but only 36 this time and he wondered if there would be three the next time. Notice McCain-Bush did not say anything about global warming or immigration, since this was a xenophobic, bigoted global warming-denying crowd and McCain's goal from here on out is to pander to the base.

Posted by: L Stock | September 10, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm from the south. Never in all my years has the word "uppity" meant anything except "snobby", thinking you're better than someone else. Nothing to do with race or gender. Get off it! Everytime someone says something about Palin, it's supposedly sexist, everytime someone says something bad about Hussien...oops, I mean Obama, it's racist. Please! Idiots.

Posted by: Rea | September 10, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"This is why we need education reform. Americans are idiots because they consistantly vote against themselves due to the lies they here."

Yeah,,,, and they don't know the correct use of the word "here" either...hehehe...

McCain was raised in and by a military family. Strong moral up bringing.

LOL,, where did you hear Obama grow up poor? He was upper middle class... He make good grade, but was also PUSHED through by the affirmative action "educational welfare" program... Fact. He has come up through the ranks as an Old school politician; he associates with Marxist and has all of his life. He has NEVER been the executive decision maker of anything in his life... Rather you like the guy or not... He simply is nowhere near being qualified for the job of POTUS...

Posted by: Troy | September 10, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok I'll add this to the list of words not to say.

"Uppity- putting on or marked by airs of superiority."

So apparently if racist dudes used this word in the past the word is racist? Ish don't think so. Keep it up liberal word police.

Posted by: AustrianOak | September 10, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"The Republicans at the convention did look noticeably different than the Dem's. The republicans were normal, happy, clean, upright Americans. "

To Mike who posted the above ....The repulican were "normal" so I assume that you think that the 75,000 plus people at the Democratic convention were not normal? Gee, and why would you think that?

Posted by: MM | September 10, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"You know maybe that is why McCain can afford all those houses...He does have a good JOB and spends his money wisely."

To the person that posted the above. Do a little more research. McCain married his money.

Posted by: MM | September 10, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So McCain grew up wealthy, but not an elitist. He graduated 294th out of 299, but received his pilot creds. He crashed 3 planes, before the war started. Flip flopped over almost every issue. Doesn't know how many houses he has. Wife is a former druggie and embezzeler. Palin lies every day and repeats them so people think they are true. Typical republic party tactics, repeat a lie enough and people think it is true.
Sen Obama grew up poor to a single mother. Excelled in school and went on to college. Quit a law firm to help out the community.

This is why we need education reform. Americans are idiots because they consistantly vote against themselves due to the lies they here.

Posted by: Mithc Rapp | September 10, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

its funny how population percentages are forgotten when trying to describe a fare representation of America. And that if a crowd is not minority laced, it does not accurately reflect that diversity of the crowd. We as a society, then, are told that that banter being preached by the minority is actually supposed to represent the majority. When anything is said to the contrary, that person is somehow out of touch with America.

The U.S. population's racial distribution in 2006 was as follows:[22]

* Total population: 299 million
* White alone (including White Hispanic): 74% or 221.3 million
* Black or African American alone: 13.4% or 40.9 million
* American Indian or Alaska Native alone: 0.68% or 2.0 million
* Asian alone: 4.4% or 13.1 million
* Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander alone: 0.14% or 0.43 million
* Some other race alone: 6.5% or 19 million
* Two or more races: 2.0% or 6.1 million

Many times, Senator Obama has mentioned how great it is to live in a country that a person can have the success he has had given his humble beginnings. And he should be applauded for that success. Yet, he is running for President of this great country on a platform that says, we actually don't think you can do what I have done, so we will make it easier for you. Give you free stuff, remove the incentive for production. Its as sad as giving every little league player a trophy and nothing special for the winners.

I unequivocally believe Barack Obama will bring about change, it will be that he has finally shown the American people how they can vote the power away from themselves and never get it back.

“When the founding fathers walked out of Independence Hall a lady asked Ben Franklin what kind of government they had given us and he said 'A republic, if you can keep it…' No democracy has ever succeeded because as soon as the majority knows it can vote itself out of the money it always collapses.”

I am a 20something white male with a black roommate, living in the south but from the north. I have no problem voting for a black man, just not this one.

Posted by: very concerned | September 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I am an independent and had not yet decided who I was voting for. Reading all of this has certainly helped. I have never seen so many hate filled, and mean postings than those I have read from the Obama supporters. You people really scare me. I feel sorry for him that he has the people of your substance backing him. You can oppose what people say without showing how hatefull you are.

Posted by: Denise | September 10, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

patroit...That was such a dumb statement you made...I think everyone has the same chance in life...It's just how hard someone wants to work for it...Please think about what you are saying before you make an a55 of yourself...

Posted by: NC-Doug | September 10, 2008 6:12 AM | Report abuse

NC-Dough - maybe McCain can afford all those homes because he is from a wealthy family and he married a woman with a massive inheritance. If you think everyone has an equal chance when they start in life then you have a very poor understanding of how society works. Open your eyes.

Posted by: Prog Patriot | September 10, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat but John McCain will be getting my vote. I work hard for the money I make and I buy my own insurance. I don't won't to be paying for someones insurance that is to SORRY to go to work and pay for thier own. I don't like paying for someones groceries that are able to work but just to SORRY to work. These people just want a hand-out anything that is free to them, but "YOU" and "I" are the ones that will pay for it for them while they sit at home and smoke that blunt and drink a "40"...You know maybe that is why McCain can afford all those houses...He does have a good JOB and spends his money wisely.

Posted by: NC-Doug | September 10, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

uppity? elitist? a man who has worked in the trenches of chicago to help those that our government has abandoned. You want to talk about elitist how about that $300,000 outfit cindy mccain wore at the convention. I'm now living in georgia and will certainly do everything i can to campaign against westmoreland when he is up for re-election. God save us from the old school white boy coalition still trying to run the south and the country!

Posted by: catladysd | September 10, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

This is just one example of the tried-and-true Republican tactic of divide-and-rule.
It is telling that none of the other contenders for POTUS or VP have been referred to in that manner.

American history provides a disheartening abundance of African-Americans who were lynched in the late 1800's and up to the mid-1950's partly because some bigots thought they were being "uppity." The pretext was often something like having a competitive business or registering other blacks to vote.

With all this in mind, there is NO way this man didn't know what he was saying.

Posted by: Anne | September 10, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Talking about stereotypes. Did everyone forget Barak's stereotyping whites who are not athiests from urban areas as "bitter Americans" who cling to to guns and religion. Oh I forgot, that was o.k. because it was from emperor Osama

Posted by: Bob | September 9, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a good motivational speaker. Nothing more. John McCain has more character and knowledge in his paralized arm than Obama/Biden put together. The Dems have under estimated the stubborness of the older generation of their party. I live in South Florida and hear it daily. The majority of the 60 & up voters who usually always vote democrat cannot see themselves voting for a black man. The dems should have went the Hillary route. The dems lost the election by allowing the most popular candidate (Clinton) to be snuffed out. Obama sealed the deal by going with Biden and not Clinton. Hillary Clinton would've been president. Now it will be John McCain, and that's not a bad thing at all.

Posted by: Independent Voter | September 9, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans at the convention did look noticeably different than the Dem's. The republicans were normal, happy, clean, upright Americans. As far as Obama he may not be uppity, but how about arrogant , conceited, egotistical.

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

We would expect that from a redneck in Georgia!

Posted by: filetmeow | September 9, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It is scary what some black people think. They have the mindset of being a rascist yet accuse white people of the same. Referring to white people as "redneck", "backwoods", "ignorant" are all derogatory comments. They should be put in the same classification as white people using the "n" word.

Posted by: realitycheck | September 9, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This idiot Westmoreland isn't worth your outrage. He's like the black sheep, meth-head uncle that nobody pays attention to.

But anyone who hasn't noticed that the Republican attempts to paint Obama as "elitist" and "out of touch with small town America" are code for "uppity you-know-what from the inner city, OMG, he might have a gun" is smoking the same **** as Westmoreland.

Posted by: Not surprised | September 9, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Republican Convention I did notice also the crowd certainly was not a diverse crowd of people....noticably so!

I told my husband they look like a very "elitist crowd" -- a holier then thou type of crowd that consists of stuck up white people mostly with sticks up their butts and the type of woman that all have their noses up in the air! Kind of reminded me of like "Stepford" people if you know what I mean!!! They certainly have a specific look - alot of rednecks you are right---but so obviously NOT a DIVERSE CROWD AT ALL - not at all representative of the American people!

Posted by: Donna B. | September 9, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Redneck crowd....that fits also-you're right - but I told my husband as I watch the Republican Convention looking at the type of people there (not diverse at all like you say) they look like a bunch of perfect stuck up 'uppity' white people with sticks up their butt and all the women with their noses up in the air--kind of like "STEPFORD PEOPLE" !! Not regular down to earth all kinds of people at all!! They definitely look like an "elitest group" of people. Obama to me is the FARTHEST thing away from being an elitest, so I really don't know how they can say that about him for it just does not fit him. Look at the two candidates! Do you really think someone who can't even remember how many homes they have is the best person to care about the average Joe on the street? what Obama has ONE expensive's not 8 or more!!! BIG DIFFERNCE!!!!

Posted by: Donna B. | September 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

While the comment was undoubtedly stupid and thoughtless, I could see where Westmoreland's mind might be. Frankly, uppity was used historically to refer to blacks in Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction era in the south. Since then it has remained a word in the vernacular (at least where I am from) to refer to anyone (particularly someone at the same 'status' as you) that seems to be practicing elitism. Only the most severe racists, at least in Arkansas, would call a black person in their community "uppity". And Barack Obama, we must remember, did not have any relatives in his family tree that were slaves in the US. Perhaps if Obama was of slave origins (let's call this hypothetical Obama "Ray Brown") the congressman would have realized the obvious racism in his comment. To him, I imagine that Barack is some guy from Hawaii who went to Harvard, has a paper thin record, and claims that "we are the ones we have been waiting for". This is totally dissimilar from the Ray Browns that have experienced generations of racism, persecution, and slavery that make up his constituents.

Posted by: in Arkansas | September 9, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I honestly find this hilarious

Posted by: Sullivan | September 8, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

We all new it was out there all along. No need to be surprised. That Congressman knew what he was saying and he didn't think twice about. Obama did not get security from the Secret Service in April just to have people around him all the time. From the beginning he has been getting death threats just because of the color of his skin. McCain wants everyone to think that he is a hero and that this country owes him something just because he was an "enlisted"soldier following orders and was a POW. He should be thanking his God everyday that he came home at all. So many others did not. He is not a hero to me he was doing a job that he selected to do. The American people do not owe him the Presidency because of his choices. Tell that to all the homeless vets or the Vets that aren't getting the same medical treatment that he receives. The real hero is the man that can not escape the cruel and unfair treatment he gets in this country everyday, just because of the color of his skin. Yet this man loves and believes in this country so much that he puts his life in his hands each time he walks into a crowd. Everyone just waiting for that shot to ring out. Yet he does not use the racist attacks against as a shield or excuse. He does not think this country owes him anything that he has not earned. He does not use it to be seen as a victim, You have never seen him use it. McCain uses his POW for what ever reason he needs. Palin uses sexism as a cover screen and to be seen as a victim and any other excuse not to talk about the real issues or her politics and herself. But Obama stands in front of you as a man regardless of all the attacks against him because of the color of his skin. This is a hero. This man loves this country so much that he is ready and willing to die for it right now. Not for himself but for all of America. He believes in America and all his people that he does not have to use racism as an excuse or to say America owes him something. He is not trying to divide America put to bring us all to the table together. Racism has been a part of this election every since it got started and I just feel sorry for us all if McCain wins this election because of it. Whether you know it or not we are on our way of becoming another third wold country and McCain/Palin and the puppet master is going to make that happen real fast. All that glitters is not gold.

Posted by: cokomo | September 8, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

How many times has the word "uppity" been used to describe a White person from the same cloak as Obama? The Republican's campaign is fraught with elitism and their inability to incorporate diversity. McCain stated the middle class is anyone making less than $5 million, his wife is a billionaire, they own 8 houses and talk not about people losing their homes to foreclosure but those who have lost money with their real estate investments and Sarah Pallin comes off as a snob with her fake allegiance to religion yet Obama is called "uppity." Bottom line: Some believe that intelligence and wealth are reserved for Whites only and minorities that challenge the status quo are seen as "uppity." How dare Obama achieve what some Whites have not and rather than hide underneath a rock, he does the unthinkable and runs for President.

Posted by: Airbak | September 8, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

You guys have downed so much koolaid your brain is fried. It's easy for anyone with a modicum of intelligence to see that any thing a white republican says is wrong and anything a black democrat is right. You guys are just seeing a booger behind every woodpile. Or maybe its just a "community organizer"...hahahahahhahahahha fools ye all.

Posted by: foolsyeall | September 8, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

One day a historian will write the following introduction to his/her “America, Remembrance of Things Past.” The ominous warnings were everywhere: schools losing accreditation, one television talk show host admitting that she was unsure if the earth was flat or not, a Presidential press secretary laughed unabashedly that she never heard of the Cuban missile crisis, adults embarrassing themselves on game shows, such as Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-grader?’, Christians so ignorant of their own religion that one Christian author referred to them as religiously illiterate, secular literacy fell from 1st or 2nd to 45th, one corporate CEO publicly stated that his company would like to return jobs to America but the populace was too ignorant and that same populace steadfastly rejected Darwin’s theory when all others, including the Vatican, accepted it. Americans like to recall their greatness and debate the country’s decline but all remembrance eventually end in bitterness. But this historian would like to remind the proud Americans that they did achieve one lasting contribution to mankind—they completely eradicated the word ‘uppidity.’

Posted by: Infonomics | September 8, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative Republican from Georgia sounds a way more "racist". He should know better than that using the word uppity. You know as they say, you can take a man out of KKK but you can't take the KKK out of the man. That's you Rep. Lynn Westmoreland!!!
The attacks on Barack Obama: He's "uppity." was totally wrong Rep. Lynn Westmoreland... and you are racist Rep. Lynn Westmoreland point blank. Wait until senator Barack Obama become president, it all will come out. The worl will know all the KKK!!!

Posted by: Issa | September 8, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, What a crock for the congressman to say he didn't know what "uppity" meant. I grew up in a almost entirely white suburb of Los Angeles and I knew word historically follows Uppity -- Just by doing a little TV watching and book reading. Sounds awfully like the story we heard from Senator Craig from Idaho with regard to Tapping his foot and putting his hand under the bathroom stall.

Posted by: White guy from Los Angeless | September 7, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Uppity in the south is a racial word that has been used for centuries when a black person thinks he is equal to his white counterpart and that he needs to stay in his place, a very derogatory word. I'm from the south in the 50's and I can assure you anyone using that term for mr. obama and his wife, is no more than a known
term to use undertones for racial slur!! We don't need that kind of rhectoric in this day and time and it's time for the good ole boys to acknowledge they no longer have a monopoly on knowledge and intelligence. Let's stick to the issues as hard as it may be for some and judge a person on his qualities and not his ethnic background. If we can do that and many people already have, that God for those people who are willing to look for a change which has nothing to do with the color of one's skin. I'm voting for barack
because I'm tired of the state this nation is in and we've given the republican's 8 years, It's time for a "Change".

Posted by: renee | September 7, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Give me a !@#$^!*&^!!** break! That excuse for a human being knew exactly what he was saying! How come someone from CT born 20 years after this fool knows that he used uppity in the context of an African American overstepping his/her bounds?? (in his pathetic world). He is not fit to be even called trailer trash. Uppity? Those a..holes who went off on communinty organizers are the true snobs. Those community organizers are the ones who on a daily basis are knocking on doors, signing up voters (of course not the right kind of voters for the RNC)& workers rights (another unpopular arena for the RNC). The sarcasm and contempt dripping from Palin, Pataki & Guiliani was a disgusting display of either ignorance or racism. My guess is that Palin is truly that ignorant (Pataki too..such a loser) but "America's Mayor" (cheater whose grown kids can't stand him) Guiliani cannot claim ignorance when he full well knows many community organizers by name throughout the 5 NYC boroughs. "Mayor Vengence" knew exactly what he was saying. So don't tell me that that fool from GA didn't know exactly what he was saying. Maybe he should check with VA's George "MACACA" Allen who also feigned ignorance. BTW, thanks to the poster who listed the 10 commandments since the GA loser could only come up with 3 on Stephen Colbert's show after he wanted them set in stone at the GA capitol!! GA can join CT in humiliation now since we have Benedict Lieberman.

Posted by: freqfly | September 7, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I've heard the word "uppity" before, and if you live in the south you know EXACTLY what this means. It means, Ni**a stay in your place.

When the Senator said it, he knew EXACTLY what he was saying. He is full of it if he says otherwise...

up·pi·ty (ŭp'ĭ-tē)
adj. Informal
Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station; presumptuous: rebelliously self-assertive

Rep Westmoreland has a case of white entitlement, and he needs to get over himself real soon.

Posted by: NoAntipathy | September 7, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

"Uppity n-word" was a standard way of saying that a Back person was not wise enough to submit to the will of his/her betters (i.e., white men.) Seems like he was trying to make Obama, a community organizer, out as some sort of elitist. (Funny when the millionaires with money from marriages and inheritances claim that OTHERS are elitists. I guess they have tested this sort of remark and it must sway someone or they wouldn't keep this stuff coming.)

So, yes, he should have known better than to use that has been traditionally pared with the n-word. We should know better than to elect racists to office.

Obama is a member of an elite, for god sakes. He is handsomer than average, smarter than average, more dedicated to the average person's well being than the average person is, more educated than average, more resourceful than average. For god sakes, people, he knows he is all of these things. Would you want someone who wasn't smart or didn't know it, for god sakes?

Posted by: NashYCaldwell | September 7, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

OMG - this guy gets a pass and they try to paint Bill Clinton as a ractist?? HOw ignorant can you be. This guy is a disgrace. My 18 yeara old knows that Uppity is a racial slur. Now one even USES that word anymore - except in that context.

Posted by: kate | September 7, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

The Nerve of this individual to assume anyone that has an education speaks extremely well and has a beautiful family is uppity. This is just the word of an obvious right wing republicanism attempting to belittle an American dream. He and his wife both have had successful career an impressive education that may people envy and are jealous of. I have one word for them “hater”…

Also I think relating this to race is not necessary... Just like the word Trash it comes in all colors, shapes and forms.

Posted by: mickeyson | September 7, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please compose a list of words that white folks like myself are allowed to or not allowed to use? I understand there are certain words that are only allowed to be use by black people about black people. It would be nice if you could specify those as well. This is so much crap. The English language is the English language. I am from the South and I have never heard of the word Uppity being racist. This is mind boggling.

Posted by: Somewhere in Texas | September 7, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

hey davie, i want to read what you're reading, where did you hear that?thats the kind of neo-con juicy dirt i want in on!

Posted by: bannedintheusa | September 7, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

trial balloons are exercises when remarks or ideas are tried out to see if they will work with the population at large. Lynn Westmoreland is not very bright and was not really thinking when Karl Rove ordered him to let this remark slip. Westmoreland didn't mind because that what he really believes anyway. The remark serves the purpose of planting the idea with all those like westmoreland who believe it anyway, and measures the degree of response from those who have spent lifetimes trying to undo exactly what people like westmoreland do every day. It comes straight from Rove through Steve Schmidt and Bush McCain.

Posted by: davie | September 7, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

For those of you using the dictionary and defining the word uppity, please feel free to look at the words "denotation" and "connotation". Words have actual meaning, and they have related meaning. For example, the "n" word is now taken to be defined as an ignorant person, but since it was used as a slur almost exclusively ascribining characteristics to American Blacks, it is not an acceptable word. You can use it, and argue that it is OK because Webster's has a definition--- I also have a bridge to sell you. That senator knows very well what "uppity" means to Black people. And so does John McCain when he says that he is "truly proud of his country." The labels are advertising designed to make you think Obama isn't American, he isn't one of "us" and he isn't ready.

I doubt the seriousness of all those statements, however, I am proud that America is a democracy.

Come November, I will be casting my vote for Obama, and I am voting that "idiot" and yes, I used the correct terminology, out of office.

Posted by: colorblind doesn't mean dumb | September 6, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

You can hear the audio of Rep. Westmoreland's remarks on this page of CQ Politics:

Posted by: P. Girshman | September 6, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Funny, for all the hype about being a different kind of republican politician, Palin sure sounded the same to me. So does Westmoreland. Long gone are the Lincoln republicans. All you have left are the haters and those who manipulate them.

Posted by: rc53 | September 6, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Valkrye, not sure where you're going with your post, since it so clearly distorts what I said... but that's pretty typical of a neophyte scholar. You are like a toad, completely happy to bury yourself away until the rainy season when you can come out and try to croak louder and longer than all the other toads. But in the end when you realize you don't know why you're croaking, because none of the other toads are listening, you get bored and go bury yourself in the mud again. By the way check your spelling of "admit", I'm sure you don't like being corrected or challenged "Toad" so slink back to your mudhole.

Posted by: Demetrius | September 5, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I find it disheartening when people look at Obama’s race with assumptions that assume he couldn’t pull his weight in brain power. Barack Obama’s academic achievements would have been equally admirable if he were a blond, blue-eyed boy from Kansas called John Smith. He has 12 years of elected office experience and has a track record superior to many legislators with similar experience. Yes, he’s never run anything, which makes it more amazing yet that by hard work and despite the albatross that is a Muslim middle name in America, he has built a movement from nothing to involve 18 million people in the best run campaign in history. He has been subjected to impossible scrutiny over the last 18 months on his views on every issue imaginable and was tested by one of the toughest Primary races in history. He never gave up.

Every year around 7,500 people apply to Harvard Law School. Roughly 560 students matriculate with, on average, a 3.8 undergraduate GPA and a 99th percentile LSAT score. After 1L year studying legal theory, around 40 of the best students are appointed to Harvard Law Review based on their first year grades and writing. Law Reviews are highly competitive student run scholarly journals considered mandatory by many for high-end legal careers. For the 7% that make it on to Law Review, 2L year is more legal theory plus highly detailed editing of emerging legal scholarship pending publication in the journal. The articles they produce are largely anonymous. At the end of 2L year, one member of Law Review is elected to be the next year’s Editor-in-Chief (President) by the existing members. The Editor-in-Chief then runs the process of producing the next year’s editions of the journal. Since 1887, 121 people have been appointed Editor-in-Chief (President) of Harvard Law Review. There were more than 7,000 Rhodes Scholarships granted during the same period. You have to be smart enough to impress some of the smartest, most competitive people in the world to get that job. He did it. This is someone whose mother relied on food stamps to feed him for a while. I wonder, do John McCain and Lynn Westmoreland even know what a food stamp looks like?

John McCain graduated 894th out of 899 students. He was given a Navy Pilot assignment on affirmative, nepotistic action. Why? Because his grand-daddy and daddy were Admirals. It was the most coveted assignment for Naval Academy graduates and typically went to the top students. Go back 50 years and see the average graduating rank of Naval Pilots. It’s not even close. Sarah Palin graduated from a 4-year degree course in 6 years, having dropped out 4 times. I wonder who is better able to understand, assimilate and process complex information quickly. It’s sad that we’ve become an anti-intelligence country. McCain is a genuine war hero and Palin may be a tough achiever but let’s be honest, these are not examples of intellectual excellence we want for our children, yet we want them to lead the country and set the destiny of our children’s children. They may win and that’s okay, it’s the way of politics and may the best ideas win.

The RNC was a reminder of where America came from and the people sitting in that hall do not represent the America we will be in 20 years, not by a long shot. I swear, anyone emerging from that convention would have you believe we’re in the mess we face because of Obama’s policies. The saddest part is the fact that nasty attacks that distract from the issues work. By appealing to the ugliest instincts within us with comments like those of Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland who proudly called Obama and his wife “uppity” and repeated himself proudly when confronted, the Republicans will win.

Obama dare not say a word against such a racially tinged epithet, lest he be accused of playing the race card. The fact that a man in his esteemed position, a sitting US Senator, is unable to honestly challenge a plain bigot like Representative Westmoreland without offending someone is damaging to the dignity of this nation. Not a word from Mr. Maverick Change, Mr. Country First and Mr. Post-partisanship John McCain. Shame on you!

I will always love my country, but sometimes it’s difficult to be proud of the way it treats some of its citizens who were part of the founding population, but bound in chains. Obama doesn’t deserve to win because of his intellect and diligence, but to insult him for it is unChristian, unpatriotic and contrary to conservative values. He is an example to our children, a true conservative spirit who lifted himself up and never gave up and stepped in to organize community in the absence of government. Yet Republicans mocked community service in front of the nation.

Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor. John McCain needs to tell us who the Republicans are fighting for.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

they talk about the word uppity. so i guess they are all uppity too. i do not understand why this is a race issue when we are all apart of one another. if you ever read the book of the five black presidents, Obama would make the 6th Black President. Calvin Coolidge, Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln Thomas jefferson were all blacks. Abraham mother was from an african tribe, that's how he got the name Abraham. Thomas Jefferson couldn't stand that his mother was black he destroyed all documents and photos that had to do with his mother, but Calvin Coolidge didn't deny his race. What makes this one race called Black so beneath White. that's why i tell people never stop learning and most defintely never stop thinking.

Posted by: real life war | September 5, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The DOPE wrote: "I love how people, whatever race they may be, can call white people from small town america trailer trash and rednecks. The hypocrisy is amazing. Redneck and white trash are terms meant to belittle a class of people just like the N bomb or other racial slurs for Blacks, Latinos and Asians."

REALLY? Are you REALLY that stupid? When you call someone trash or a redneck, you are attacking behavior, not an ethnic group. "Redneck" and "trash" are words that describe people who are IGNORANT, prejudiced and anti-intellectual. People aren't born this way. It's a CHOICE.

Posted by: Tatiana | September 5, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I love how people, whatever race they may be, can call white people from small town america trailer trash and rednecks. The hypocrisy is amazing. Redneck and white trash are terms meant to belittle a class of people just like the N bomb or other racial slurs for Blacks, Latinos and Asians.

Posted by: The Doop | September 5, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone please forward this to Westmoreland so he can reference it in the future.
1. I am The Lord Thy God, do not place false gods before me.
2. Do not take The Lord's name in vain.
3. Honor The Sabbath
4. Honor thy father and mother
5. Thou shall not kill
6. Thou shall not committ adultery
7. Thou shall not steal
8. Thou shall not lie (slander is included here).
9. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife (or boyfriend, Seator Craig)
10. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's goods (Send to jack Aramoff in prison for review)
In fact, send them to every racict, fascist hypocrite that attended this Klan rally in St. Paul

Posted by: Tom the Teacher | September 5, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Demetrius please educate yourself and dig a little deeper into the definition you so clearly accept for uppity.
Main Entry: pre·sump·tu·ous
Pronunciation: \pri-ˈzəm(p)-chə-wəs, -chəs, -shəs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French presumptious, from Late Latin praesumptuosus, irregular from praesumptio
Date: 14th century
: overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy) : taking liberties
— pre·sump·tu·ous·ly adverb
— pre·sump·tu·ous·ness noun
Please explain to us exactly what "due bounds" are the Obama's "overstepping"? Please educate us about how Sen. Obama is "taking liberties" that are not due the Nominee of the Democratic Party for the President of the United States of America.
The sooner America quits acting like there is no racism or sexism or homophobia in this country, the better. We can not change what we do not adnit exists.

Posted by: Valkrye | September 5, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's all take a moment to educate ourselves. The term "uppity" has a definition and nowhere in that definition does it mention race.
One entry found.

Main Entry: up·pi·ty
Pronunciation: \ˈə-pə-tē\
Function: adjective
Etymology: probably from up + -ity (as in persnickity, variant of persnickety)
Date: 1880
: putting on or marked by airs of superiority : arrogant, presumptuous
— up·pi·ti·ness also up·pi·ty·ness noun

The sooner we all quit playing the race or gender or sexual persuasion cards at the drop of a hat to promote an agenda, the sooner real racial terms will quit being used. That is if we can get our own youth to quit using them in a derogatory way on each other. I would invite all of you to listen with open minds to all of the candidates and then in November use your right to vote to choose the best qualified candidate no matter what their party affiliation. We need to quit playing the "party line" game and do whats right for the future. Truthfully, the problem doesn't come from the White house, it comes from Capitol Hill. We need to hold our Congressmen and Senators responsible, make them quit wasting the taxpayers money. Get rid of the right to filibuster or to abstain from a vote, and make them "ALL" do their jobs...That is the reason we sent them to Washington to begin with isn't it???

Posted by: Demetrius | September 5, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone person who presumes to be "The Leader of the Free World" must certainly be a bit "uppity".

Posted by: Niklas | September 5, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What's even dumber is that he actually said that the Obamas think that they are uppity! We all knew he had to be stupid to deliberately use that word in the first place, but the man clearly shows that he cannot even speak the English language in a comprehensible fashion.

Posted by: Susan | September 5, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

APOLOGIZE!!! Politicians must lead by example and be held accountable for what they say/do.

Posted by: Ryan | September 5, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If anyone wishes to contact Representative Westmoreland and voice your concerns here is the link and the information you will need in order to be able to send him an email. I just finished sending him one and I hope everyone who reads this will send one as well.
(once here click on "contact"

From the contact page select the "Write Your Rep" link

1. Select Georgia
2. Enter zip of 30217-8004
3. Click on the "Contact My Representative" button

Fill out the form information using "Main Street" as the address and "Franklin" as the City. Then click on the "Continue to Text Entry Form"

A blank email box will appear and you can then submit your message.

Posted by: Sammy | September 5, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Do us all a favor Representative Westmoreland and keep your mouth shut. Don't prove your stupidity by speaking.

Thank God you don't represent me!

Posted by: Sammy | September 5, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

He didn't "let it slip." This is a calculated remark, floated to get the message out, without McCain or Palin having to say it. Nobody uses that word in a non-ironic way. It had to be deliberate. Westmoreland won't lose points in Georgia for being racist, so he's got nothing to lose.
And yes, McCain will denounce it, because half the point is to create an opportunity for him to denounce it.

Posted by: Lori | September 5, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a white Republican from Georgia is racist. Big surprise.

Posted by: L. | September 5, 2008 5:49 AM | Report abuse

And Pontius Pilate was a Governor.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Jesus was uppity.

(And a community organizer!)

Posted by: Nancy Irving | September 5, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Uppity. Yeah, right. When the Republicans chose to run, of all the available images, a mugshot of Dr. Martin Luther King during their opening ceremonies, I knew they were going to play the race card. And they have.

Republicans are filthy, nasty creatures.

Posted by: Mark F | September 5, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

There is no place in American society today for this kind of racism. I'm equally disgusted that the GOP is resorting to labels, smears, and dirty tactics -- of course, trying to deny the tone is racist. It is time to send these GOP rejects back home to rot.

Posted by: kmberger | September 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

These comments have no place in politics. When people of color play by the rules, seek a better life for themselves and their children, become college educated, they're knocked down to being "uppity", not knowing their place. This man needs to be out of office; he's an American embarrassment.

Posted by: MaryMary | September 4, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama IS uppity. So is that beauty queen lady the Reps are running. McCain, on the other hand is downity.

Posted by: UASR 65 | September 4, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

This type of moron wants to start a class war. Vote him out with the rest of these fools.

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 4, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

BTW, why doesn't anyone address just how large the sea of almost entirely WHITE faces have been at the GOP convention? Amazing.

Equally amazing are the sheer numbers: I wonder how Republicans respond to the fact that their party is a mere 1/3rd the size of the Democratic party.

Now, why do you suppose that's the case: negligible minorities, shrinking membership? Who was that again who just doens't GET IT??? Hmmm...

Posted by: Philip | September 4, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, folks, what do you suppose "they" really mean when they emphasize how "American" they are, their values are and their children/family/communities are?

Why point out how "American" you are when ou are among Americans? Because some "Americans" are real Americans, while other "Americans" should be mindful to stay within their quotation marks.

Posted by: Philip | September 4, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Racist sons of dogs should not be getting media time.

The media must check this kind of entrenched racist, sexist and bigotted behaviour and not allow it from their peers. Just like the rest of us do when someone comes out with this crap.

The rest of us get FIRED with cause for this crap.

Posted by: KDC | September 4, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

And people wonder why there are only 26 black delegates attending the gop convention.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"Betcha" McCain doesn't denounce this comment or the man who made it either! Heck, McCain probably won't even try to distance himself from the man.

Posted by: Not Holding My Breath | September 4, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Wylie D,

I guess you are like everyone other McSame supporter out there...can't stand the heat when the truth sneaks up on you. What a joke. Just in case you need the link, here it is again:

Posted by: Yeah Right | September 4, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Not at all surprising. The word elitist has been the GOP McCain campaign code word for uppity since it was first used. Everyone has known it although the McCain campaign has tried to deny it and turn it back on Sen. Obama. GA Congressman Lynn Westmoreland just conveniently forgot to use the code and instead used the real word that all intended from the beginning.

Interesting that this just surfaces from the McCain Republican side when Obama starts to take a lead. They hope that if once again they can divert attention from the issues and focus it back on race it will help them.

They cry sexism in desperation and then couple it with the use of the so called counter-race card to further divide. The Grand Old Party has not changed. Just look at the predominantly lily white convention of wrinkled old men and women to see who and what the GOP really represents. Palin the so called new face of change is a scam to hide the real nature of the party.

How sad for our country that there are still some who feel this will be effective!

Posted by: Disgusted | September 4, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Westmoreland is a product of the John McCain & Sarah Palin stRACIST TALK Ticket. Why are you surprised?

Face it. Community Organizer means black activist.

And they want that angry black man to attack this pretty white woman with a photogenic family in full public view.

Neo Nazi Sean Hannity is just salivating over the thought as we speak.

Posted by: kravitz | September 4, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Uppity white trash who can't get over the good guys winning the War of Southern Treason.

Posted by: Garak | September 4, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

What a shame that an educated African-American male is referred to as "uppity" in this day & age. How embarressing to be from the south...

Posted by: Patty M. | September 4, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Wylie D,

Are you joking? Repugs weren't too worried about sexist attacks before Palin showed upon on the ticket. You are a hypocrite.

Posted by: yeah right | September 4, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

It's a pitiful sight to sit and watch what used to be an honorable opponent to Democrats crashing in flames.
Watching this convention and getting reports like this one from The Hill indicates the GOP has turned the campaign into a new 2-month reality-based mini-series, "Mad Men, 2008".
Oh, well.
The rest of us are concerned about the future of the country.
Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | September 4, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Former GOP super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has just been sentenced to an additional 48 months in prison for conspiring to corrupt public officials and tax evasion.

Time for more GOP people to go to prison!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"I want this FOOL Balls!"

Because you have none of your own....

Posted by: WylieD | September 4, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I want this FOOL Balls!
This is out right RACIST remark and he should RESIGN NOW!
Lets get Radical! DEM's

Posted by: Ian | September 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid Rep.

Posted by: birdqueen | September 4, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe he went there. I have NEVER heard or heard of anybody use the term "uppity" except to refer to blacks who are "out of their place."

I don't know how much Lynn Westmorland speaks for the McCain campaign, but the McCain people better distance themselves from his FAST.

Posted by: Elrod | September 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin bills herself as a reformer. Does firing a librarian that refused to ban books constitute reform? Why isn't this more of a story?

There's a lot more on Palin's record on the newspaper's website. What's shocking to me is how it's ignored by the so-called media elite.

Posted by: edzo | September 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

you just knew the GOP couldn't make it through the campaign without a few of these "slip ups" occurring...

Posted by: Gary | September 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Has Congressman W. been asked to define "uppity"? Has he been asked to whom does such a term usually and commonly refer?

Well, if he couldn't name the 10 Commandments he so fervently wanted to display, he probably couldn't answer those either.

Posted by: Spectator | September 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats for McCain"....sorry, there's no such thing. If I want to learn to hunt moose I'll vote for the possible, er, fairly likely, "President Palin" but since that's unlikely, I think I'll donate to Obama instead. Good job GOP!

Posted by: carlkauffman1 | September 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

elitist = uppity ????

Only if

John Kerry = black

Posted by: WylieD | September 4, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that McCain will clarify the assortment of lies told by Palin last night - about her own history and about Obama’s?

Fact check on Palin’s claims from the Anchorage Daily News:

Fact check from the St. Petersburg Times in FL:

Fact check from the Washington Post:

Posted by: WHATRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama's manager was stupid enough to call Hillary Clinton a "monster". Does that make all of Obama's supporters idiots as well? One racist in the Republican camp, or a hundred, does not render any opposition to Obama "racist", any more than it means all Obama supporters are "sexist". Grow up.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The whole nation and the world have been thoroughly impressed with the wisdom, intellect, and maturity that Barack Obama has shown through the past 16 months of this most-intense presidential campaign. He has inspired millions of young people (and old alike) to register to vote, to get involved, to -- dare I say it -- organize their communities. Barack Obama is reaching the independent middle of this great, diverse, huge, United States of America (and inspiring others around the world: He got 200,000 Germans to rally behind our country and wave American flags!).

And what have Lynn "3 Commandments" Westmoreland, John Cindy McCain (Prisoner of Wealth), and Sarah "Book Burner" Palin been doing? They, along with their dying party of hardcore nutjobs, have been putting on a freak show of anger, further driving America's electorate to the fresh and hopeful Democratic Party.

Thank you!

Posted by: TerryOakland | September 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Is "shrill" a code word, too?

Lynn Westmoreland is a certifiable a55hole whose comment will be roundly criticized by the Republicans.

Don't expect the same from Democrats on the sexist attacks against Palin.

Posted by: WylieD | September 4, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

After having viewed some of the neocon wingnut posts recently, why am I not surprised? As McCain's campaign manager himself said, its not about issues...

And heck, you have to agree, its not like the economies in the tank, that we owe the Chinese trillions of dollars, or our civil liberties have been destroyed, the guy who killed 3000 Americans is still walking around loose, and our infrastructure is about to crumble...

It's all about hate and fear, and smear and innuendo and gays and being uppity.

Good going Republicans!!!! Nice Job...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah. Now the cat is out of the bag. Palin has been on stage for less than one week, and she is being touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread. All these fans she has idolizing her know next to nothing about her. She has participated in one speech and gave another, yet all the Republicans are in a tizzy. Talk about celebrity, talk about charisma, but . . . . what is really going on here? Westmoreland has given us a clue: Obamma is "uppity." Excuse me. I grew up in the South, and I know who that term is reserved for and who uses it. This is a term redneck peckerwoods use for blacks, which is not the name they use in private. It is especially reserved for blacks who speak well, have a higher education and income, dress in suits, etc. Now we know what is up with Palin; finally the party believes they have a way of allowing in the closet racists Democrats and independents to vote against Obama without guilt. Naw, I voted for Palin, not against Obama. I had a choice between voting for the first black presidential candidate or the first woman VP candidate, and, you know how much I respect women, I just had to vote for Palin. After all, with all that quality executive time she is much more experienced than Obama. Obama and Hillary had a chance, but not Obama paired with some white dude. What a shame; at least MCain could have chosen a competent woman. It is scary to think she will have access to the button, given her fundamentalist leanings and all; hopefull she doesn't really believ in the Rapture.

Posted by: ChuckB | September 4, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

When you look at the Republican Party you're looking at irrelevancy ... dinosaurs gnawing at their last bones.

There's a reason their party hall is filled (well, the hall's not quite full, is it?) with "whites-only" faces.
Change will do us good.

Posted by: tank | September 4, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Ok, for those who Claim Obama is uppity...well your own REPUBLICAN machine thinks Palin is a joke... Check Peggy Noonan from the Wall Street Journal and Mike Murphy discuss Palin...they did not know mics are on!!! OK, let me hear your thoughts on this:

A little honesty is fun to hear

My rough Transcript


Murphy: Um, you know, because, I come out of the blue swing state governor world. Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, I mean, and these guys, this is all like how you win a Texas Race race, just run it up, and it's not gonna work.

Noonan: It's Over.

Murphy: Still, McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech and do himself some good.

Todd: Don't you think this Palin pick is insulting to Kay Baily Hutchinson

Noonan: Saw kay this morning

Todd: She's(?) never looked comfortable up there..

Murphy: all bummed out.

Todd: I mean, is she really the most qualified woman they could turn to?

Noonan: The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshXX about narratives amd youthfulness and the picture

Todd: Yeah, but what's the narrative

Murphy: I totally agree.

Noonan: Every time Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.

Murphy: You know what's the worst thing about it, the greatest of McCain is no cynicism, and..

Murphy: This is cynical.

Todd: And as you called it, gimmicky.

Posted by: WHATRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Reports today indicated that there was a miniscule number of Afro-Americans at the Republican convention. Wonder why.

Posted by: esch | September 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Eyes WIde open said: "Obama is uppity, so isn't his wife."....Uh, you're confusing uppity with intelligent, you dumb SOB. I know school is hard after 2nd grade, but you should have tried to ride it out.

Posted by: CSD | September 4, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

They're coming apart at the seams. I can't wait to see all their racist heads explode in frustration and anger when Obama is sworn in as POTUS. Uppity?!? And they say the South has change. Not Much. What an embarassment.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a party whose VP nominee's prospective "son-in-law", you know, the father of the knocked up 17YOI daughter's baby, proudly proclaimed himself a "m-f'ing redneck"? What do you expect from a party whose VP nominee starter a business (failed, of course, in the great economic tradition of the GOP) named "redneck" in French? What do you expect from a party whose convention looks like a country club dedication?

Posted by: CSD | September 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

what do you expect from crackers? Especially countrified crackers? LMAO.....they are scared of intelligent blacks....this countrifried cracker just showed his level of intelligence...hats off to all dumb, ignorant countrified crackers in Georgia! LMAO

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse


open your eyes and your ears and check out Jon Stewart absolutely taking apart Rove with Rove's own words. What a joke your comment is:

Posted by: Yeah Right | September 4, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Yea, Of course Obama should be put in his place-The White House. The Republican Convention is like a KKK party with business suits and a lot dough in the pockets. I cannot believe in this day and age, the Republican Party cannot look like America. If they believe that is what America looks like, then I would hate to see the change that McCain is talking about.

Posted by: Robert | September 4, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone really surprised?
The Grand Oil Party has been a haven of hate for decades now...

Posted by: Kase | September 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse


Liberal media, then the words of Rove & Co. on this video are made up? Did the media make these people say these things? You and and rest of the fools that are supporting George McSame are hypocrites:

Posted by: Hippo-Crite | September 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey instead of discussing something as stupid as "WHO IS UPPITY" let's just discuss the fact. Typically Republican real message, merely attack the person.

VoiceofReason wrote:
Every Republican friend I have talked to today is leaving the Party. Some will vote for Obama, some for Ron Paul, and some not at all.

But they were very clear. THEY ARE NOT VOTING MCCAIN/PALIN.

They are disgusted by the hateful speeches they heard last night and confused by Joe Lieberman's presence.
9/4/2008 6:04:12 PM ________________________
VoiceofReason I hope you are correct, it is good to know that the Republicans and some independents are not as GULLIBLE and fooled as the Republican Spin Machine would make you think. If McCain/Palin were democratics, I WOULD NOT vote for them. I actually do vote on the issues and realize not all Republicans are bad and not All democrates are good. However, these last 8 years have been TERRIBLE for the middle class and poor. You talk about elitism...Bush and McCain have nerve to use this term when BOTH got where they have because of Affirmative action at its best...for McCain, a father and grandfather (I also beleive Great Grandfather) who were Admirals in the Navy...check out McCain's highschool and Naval Academy graduate each case graduate bottom of class (at Naval Academy Graduate 370 out of 375...bottomline there were only 5 people ahead of him or he would have been bottom of the class). Yet, he was accepted into the presitgious Naval Flight School...Bush, no different...he would have never gotten into Yale for undergrad or grad without his parents....being a legacy.

People, please wake up. Those at the top, especially those like Bush and McCain are only for those at the top. Question, are you one of the top 1% that holds all the wealth? I thought so, why don't you vote accordingly.

Posted by: WhatRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama is uppity, so isn't his wife. That's nothing new and you can tell by the reaction to the comment, it hit home. They do so hate the truth.

Posted by: Eyes-Wide-Open | September 4, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Upsetinculpeper wrote:
Marcchagall2… “Any bimbo can get up there and read from a teleprompter”. I guess you are calling your own candidate a BIMBO too. Since that is the ONLY thing Obama can do…. Is read from a teleprompter. 9/4/2008 3:44:57 PM
Typical backward logic of McCain supporters. Sorry, Barack wrote his speech and you are right any Bimbo, as evidenced by Palin, is capable of reading a teleprompter...and might I add she did it superbly.

Now, let's discuss the facts:
1) Palin did not get as many votes as Biden...that said it is sad, but clearly true, that she believes that you ALL are so dumb that you will swallow anything as long as she is a christian conservative preaching abstinence although it didn't help her daughter.

2) Palin did not reject the Bridge to Nowhere until there was such a stink that Congress did not approve the Federal funding for this project although the money still went to Alaska. She was a big proponent until she realized Congress would not ratify/approve the funds and if supported she would have to use STATE funds...well, clearly she scrapped and was opportunistic about a decision already made by Congress...but again, you Repubs would accept a pig dressed as a woman as a woman if John, Sarah, and your Elite Repubs told you this was the case. Damn, I can't stand sheep!

3) Palin claims she manages the Alaskan budget...get real, she entered office where they have a budget surplus b.c. of oil and elects to give refunds...each citizen a refund for windfall the math...there are 7 people in her family and a $1,200 “energy rebate” is given to each Alaskan from the state’s budget surplus ($1,200 * 7). She can afford to support this rebate since they use Federal dollars for infrastructure, etc. ...get real, what choices has she really had to make similar to states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc.

Meantime, she does not invest in infrastructure using State funds but by getting the money Steven's has obtained through Earmarks...Alaska gets a disproportionate amound of funds compared to other States. You know, if Alaska wants to cede, as apparently supported by she and her husband, then do so. Spend the State's money to actual provide services, health care, build a military army, etc.

5) As governor of Alaska, she has requested 31 earmarks worth $197.8 million for next year, according to indicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ website, the Los Angeles Times reported. As mayor of Wasilla, Palin regularly traveled to Washington to request earmarks. The city obtained funding for several projects, including a bus depot ($600,000) and a water and sewer project ($1.5 million), according to Taxpayers for Common Sense.
6)As Mayor of a small town of approx. 7,-000,she left the town nearly $20 million in debt and raised the city sales tax by half a percent (she said the money was needed to support construction of an indoor ice rink and sports complex and a police dispatch center).

7) Don't forget she did inform media she did not know what a Vice President does?
Check this link:

8)Sarah Palin states Iraq is "god's plan" really...quite scary since clearly Iraq had nothing to do with 911...Bush's reason for invading Iraq. It is insulting to any THINKING human being that this woman can stand up and say God wants America to kill and injure so that America can have cheap oil.

Sarah on Alaskan Pipeline is "God's Will" as if God does not have more important things to do????? All the suffering, etc.?

8)Palin doesn't know McCain's Iraq plan or know about Iraq.

9) Palin attempted to use Gov's Office to fire her ex brother-in-law. NSarah Palin called 24 time to get him fired.

10) Characterizatio of Obama's tax plan misleading...Ok, a lie...Barack Obama is proposing large middle-class tax cuts to reward work, encourage wealth accumulation, and stimulate economic growth. John McCain is proposing little in direct tax relief for middle-income families and has proposed a health plan that would, over time, represent a significant tax increase for most American families.

You don't have to take my word for it. The National Review editorial board recently complained that Sen. McCain's plan "offers very little in the way of direct benefits to Americans in the middle of the income scale." Rea Hederman, senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation praised Sen. Obama's tax plan as "a great step in the right direction," and explained that "the middle class would likely pay less under Mr. Obama's plan than Mr. McCain's." And even the conservative Tax Foundation confirmed as "correct" that 101 million tax filers would get nothing from Sen. McCain's middle-class tax cuts.

Hey McCain supporters, if you really care about your economy, etc. EDUCATE yourself!

Posted by: WhatRUSMOKING | September 4, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course, I should vote for a socialist with the most liberal record in the Senate, who believes the government, with himself at the head of it, is the answer to all things. For any and every reason. Let me get my checkbook now!

How shocking it is that people the liberal press and other lunatics believe are racist are reported to say racist things. It's front page news when you call it a dog then it barks? Certainly, when you are the

Posted by: Shane | September 4, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he does think so. If Obama is in the mix (or any minoriy or woman) then this doofus has to compete against them. as long as they were all second clss citizens, he was recognized as superior and didn't need to compete. and you can imagine why he's worried, he knows he can't compete, he's crying for the loyal bushies to protect him.

Posted by: mike | September 4, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

So she called him "uppity" and meant "stuck up" or "conceited".

Jesse Jackson said he wanted to CASTRATE Obama - right?

I ask you all: WHICH STATEMENT IS WORSE? 8-)

Posted by: JC | September 4, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Lovely. If this is what the GOP is proud of, I'm so glad I'm not a Republican.
Westmoreland is a racist scumbag.

Posted by: vegasgirl | September 4, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

The really sad thing is that people from Georgia voted for this guy.

Posted by: Phil | September 4, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Good try. One possibly racist congressman does not make the whole Republican party racist. One racist congressman does not make criticism of Senator Obama racist.

News Flash, the Democratic party has plenty of racists, does that make the whole party racist?

When you cry racism all the time and try to make incidents like this into the norm, it kills the credibility of the claim.

Make sure the voters for Racist Lynn know he said that.

Posted by: thelaw | September 4, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Put him on that MTV show, "Jackass"

Posted by: Fred | September 4, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Priceless. Utterly priceless.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Uppity?! Westmoreland is a product of his raising specifically his intelligence. A person doesn't need to be very smart to recognize ignorance. He chooses to.

Posted by: i me my | September 4, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland called Obama uppity. He not only owes Obama an opology but he owes the republican party and America an oppology. In the meantime, I think I'll "UP" my donation to the Obama camp.

Posted by: The 10 Commandment Man said what? | September 4, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Did you all witness all of them crackers at the convention last night? I think they had about 30 uncle toms there...that was like watching Roots!! Iza wants my freedom, massa!! Please Mr. White man and womans, free us from yo lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The Tanya Harding of Politics, our new girl from the north....

Posted by: Blind Tom | September 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Well the Senator admits that from 'what little he's seen' of Obama and his wife, they're uppity. A true christian to the core, wouldn't pass judgment on anyone lest he be judged. He's taken a glancing view of Obama and come to a major character conclusion. Another talking head with someone else pulling the strings.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The GOP declared, "this election is not about the issues" and they intend to carry this out fully.

The only way the GOP can win this year is by dividing America by race, gender, abortion, religion, guns and fear. Sarah Palin is the cultural warrior who is going to achieve it.

The next 60 days are going to be rough.
I hope Obama raises 100 million in September, he's going to need it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Uppity? UPPITY? Let's see, I think that is redneck talk for"I hate that S.O.B. because he's smarter than I am. I feel so inadequate."

Posted by: THIS JUST IN | September 4, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Did you all witness all of them crackers at the convention last night? I think they had about 30 uncle toms there...that was like watching Roots!! Iza wants my freedom, massa!! Please Mr. White man and womans, free us from yo lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

More elitist talk. Cindy McCain's outfit last night was worth $300,000 all taken together.

That's more than the entire net worth of most American households, and she was wearing it around last night.

Posted by: BB | September 4, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This country cracker needs to apologize...Last night, Americans witnessed an episode of Jerry Springer and the Redneck mobile about the glob of spit on the hand to slick down the baby's hair? Well that just about did it for me....Tonight we'll all get to witness the Maury Poverich show...they'll have DNA samples of both the 6 month old and the one in Bristol's stomach to find out if the father of the baby is Levi or Bristol's daddy...Boy, talk about no class....and Cindy looked high as a kite last night...boy I wonder what pills she took...This is an ace in the hole for the Democrats...I am absolutely loving this...I can't wait for the National Enquirer next week! They have dispacched 4 additional reporters to Alaska to join the 3 that they already have to investigate this moraless beast who abuses power! I can't wait until next week! I am about to scream....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Uppity? Three cheers for uppity!!! You know how I can be so uppity? My mother and grandparents put their children through school working in hot factories and sharecropping for white folks in South Carolina. We are the beneficiaries of their sacrifices while the Westmorelands of the world enjoy white privilege from other people's slave labor. Big difference, and yes, I'll continue not knowing my place (except the places and times of my choosing)!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | September 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

See world I was NOT telling "LIES"

How does McCain explain seven (7) houses and americans cant afford one! explain that!

Posted by: Ian | September 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

reminds me of the comments of some around Williams becoming quarterback for the Skins during a long a go Superbowl (Broncos). Set records, thanked God.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | September 4, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain is "uppity," too, from the standpoint of posing as a great leader when all he is is unpredictable. This fits for Obama, too, in that he has no applicable experience.

Posted by: Martin L. Kingsley | September 4, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Uppity! UPPITY! This expression clearly comes from a Southern belle, hotly working on her fan while crying out for smelling salts when the scared and quivering help, hat in hand had the gall to ask for a sick day off or a raise.

Have you no shame Westmoreland or have all those mint juleps dulled your memory ? Remember? The South lost........

Posted by: elizabeth6 | September 4, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

If the John McCain from 2000 was running, the true maverick worthy of respect, he would have already disavowed this racist ... and scored political points in the process.

This 2008 version of John McCain ... I don't know this man, and I can't trust him.

For the first time in my life, I will be voting for a Democrat.

Posted by: Gus | September 4, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, good old congressman westmoreland...he of the proud southern westmoreland klan whose family tree has no fork. Being called uppity by this inbred POS is high praise indeed. Better get to bed early congressman, you and your daughter start 6th grade in the morning.

Posted by: pj451 | September 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Being there are only 36 African-American delegates and a dearth of Hispanic delegates at the so-called GOP convention (looks more like a Klan rally without the sheets and hoods and burning crosses) and this GOP redneck from Georgia, is there any wonder why people of color flee from the party of Lincoln? This is not Lincoln's party and I am sure he is spinning in his grave at this sight!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Morning Coffee | September 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank the lord for them "uppity" blacks. They sure helped change things for the better. Now, if some of those ignorant racists would just grow a brain....

Posted by: ron | September 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The Georgia congressman sounds a little "racist".

I have not heard the "uppity" term used by a politician since the early 1960s when the Federal Government sent US Marshals to many crap-hole southern cities to envorce federal integration law.

Posted by: Jackson | September 4, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

When Republican "leaders" use words like elite and uppity, it reminds me of the anti-semites who complained about the Jews having advantages in Germany. They thought Germany belonged to a certain type of people. I know what this race is becoming about, and its about trying to pretend that white americans are superior to people of color and others who are also working their way to make a living. The so called liberal, elite, is really the mainstream of more diverse America that has had it with bigotry. Nobody is uppity. Nobody is an elite. We have as much if more right than anyone else to be here. People will not be cowered by this insinuation designed to intimidate.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 4, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The idiot Westmoreland is indicative of the republicant election philosophy. Find the lowest common denominator to appeal to the ignorant white masses and run them. Being a rascist is stil a badge of honor for southern crackers. The real elitists are those born and bred on the plantations of the south and the ivy leagues mansions of the east. And lets not forget those raised on military campuses by high ranking officers. That about covers the entire rank and file of the republicant party. The picture of a party that is 95% white and 65% male hardly represents anything but a picture of America in the 1930s. Running this shrill harpy is not going to change anything fundamental about republicants. They are still bigots and this woman is cut from the same cloth. By the way how many colleges and majors does it take for her to find a way to finally graduate college? Just like shrub she will get by as long as someone else is writing her speeches. Another republicant loser.

Posted by: arkadie7 | September 4, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I am as appalled as anyone, but FYI, up in Alaska "nanook" is just as racially-tinged as "uppity." Let's not get down in the mud with them.

I much prefer "Caribou Barbie"!

Posted by: Liz | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This is an extremely uppity comment from Westmoreland.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

and this cretin's comments are surprising because...........? Black people who don't know their place are "uppity"; hockey mom's who don't know theirs are brash and ambitious. And like all the numbnuts in the WASP GOP leadership, he'll decry Obama playin the race card...hypocrites--pure & simple...especially simple

Posted by: bklyndan | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

and this cretin's comments are surprising because...........? Black people who don't know their place are "uppity"; hockey mom's who don't know theirs are brash and ambitious. And like all the numbnuts in the WASP GOP leadership, he'll decry Obama playin the race card...hypocrites--pure & simple...especially simple

Posted by: bklyndan | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Being there are only 36 African-American delegates and a dearth of Hispanic delegates at the so-called GOP convention (looks more like a Klan rally without the sheets and hoods and burning crosses) and this GOP redneck from Georgia, is there any wonder why people of color flee from the party of Lincoln? This is not Lincoln's party and I am sure he is spinning in his grave at this sight!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Morning Coffee | September 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Georgia GOP Congressman Calls Obama 'Uppity'

That is the moniker that has been hung around the necks of Blacks, when their intellect and intelligence exceeds that of the ignorant or stupid Whites! That's a compliment to Obama.

Posted by: str8up | September 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Are we surprised? We all know what they think of Obama.

Posted by: Duh | September 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The amazing thing isn't that Rep. Westmoreland said it, but that some Republican politician or other hadn't let it slip before now. We know it's what they feel, so why don't they just say so openly?

Posted by: War4Sale | September 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

At last. You knew someone from the Southern GOP would let that slip.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Think of the word typically uttered after "uppity" and you get his drift. How ironic that on this same day WaPo publishes an article about how low the delegates of color count is at the RNC. Do they honestly wonder why?

Posted by: Phil | September 4, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain wore a $300,000 dress and Obama is an elitest? Just proves that they will say ANYTHING to get elected.

Posted by: Chris | September 4, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, guess what? I'm uppity, too! Black, urban professional who drives a luxury car and lives in a nice home with a wife (not "baby mama" unlike Bristol Palin) and a son and blessed to have an advanced degree (unlike Palin who has a BS (seems appropriate enough)). Guess who I'm not supporting for President/Veep? McPain/Caribou Barbie! From another uppity Black Man who knows my place (any where I want)!

Posted by: Black X | September 4, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Wednesday night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

While Rove recently praised Palin's experience as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Stewart showed video of Rove trashing Virginia Governor — and former Richmond Mayor — Tim Kaine's executive experience, listing all the cities that are bigger than Richmond and calling such a pick "political."

Then, after recent video of O'Reilly describing Bristol Palin's pregnancy as a family issue, Stewart showed a clip of the Fox News host blaming Jamie Lynn Spears' parents for her teenage pregnancy.

Finally, after showing video of Dick Morris complaining about the rampant sexism in the media coverage of Sarah Palin, Stewart unveiled a clip of Morris saying that Hillary hides behind the sexism defense, and that anytime "the big boys" pick on Hillary, "she retreats behind the apron strings."

"In Dick Morris' defense," Stewart said, "he is a lying sack of sh*t."

Posted by: Hippo-Crite | September 4, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What a racist idiot! But then again what do you expect from a republican? Did you happen to see the crowd at the convention last night? Did you happen to see the Pallin family? Now why on earth would we wonder why the republicans and the Jerry Springer segment last night wouldn't be filled with a bunch of PWT -rednecks? Just a thought. What a country hick!

Posted by: Hmmm.... | September 4, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

And the Republican party wonder why they can't get Black people to vote for them. If you have people like Westmoreland, Sean Hanity,and Rush Limbuagh representing your party I don't want any part of it.

Posted by: GOP "Home of the Closet Racist" | September 4, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I just donated another $100.00 to Obama/Biden. I am a lifelong 55 year old white football Republican mom! I will not vote republican this year. Not this time, not this year! The stakes are absolutely too high!

Republicans/Independents for Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Republican for Obama | September 4, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

That's it. I am going to donate the max to Obama's campaign now.

Posted by: Sharon | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I wish these GOP folks would make up their minds.

If a black man achieves something, say, such as political success and a Harvard law degree, they better not leave the 'hood because if they do they're "uppity".

Of course, if they STAY in the 'hood, they're just another "damn nigga with a welfare Cadillac full of gubbermint cheese".

Where do you want black people to be. Please let us know when you've made up your mind.


Posted by: William W. Wexler | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

racist, idiot...but what do you expect from a rich, white, oligarch!

Posted by: dennis | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Neither party has a monopoly on idiocy.

Posted by: BMAC | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

How dare Obama with his Harvard Law degree try to get into the White House?

Posted by: Clay | September 4, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

My parents, now in their late 60s, are Texas farm democrats and have voted for one Republican only (Nixon) in their lives. They frequently use the word "uppity," and not in a racist context referring to African-Americans. I am aware of the racial subtext, and it was a stupid thing for this guy to say-- but many southern whites (maybe African-Americans too, I don't know) use the word "uppity" or "being uppity" to refer to perceived elites, whether northeastern types, urban types, country club types, etc. It is not necessarily a racist remark.

Posted by: David S | September 4, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

After the way the press trashed Sarah Palin for having the temerity to think she might be qualified to be Vice President, its hard to see the logic of complaints about the word uppity in reference to Barack Obama. Either Barack Obama is ready for the heat of a campaign for President or he should get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: dnjake | September 4, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I love reading stories like this, because they just motivate me more to get Obama into the White House. Go to and donate now!

Posted by: ParisCafe | September 4, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin McCain are playing political games with the conservatives of this country. Just because Palin is an unknown entity does not mean she will be any departure from the Republicans history of failed policies and broken trust. Theyve violated their conservative principles while mortgaging our future to the chinese to pay for mostly foreign oil. Palin, like Bush Cheney and Co., is Pro-Oil. The choice is simple - just dont lose the forest from the trees. Say no to Palin McCain

Posted by: Former Republican | September 4, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Karla M! That is brilliant. NANANOOK!
As the late Frank Zappa might say: "Nananook, No! No!".....

Posted by: Tomhere | September 4, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

My Republican friends-- institutionalize this guy immediately. Make this remark all about his personal mental health or we're all going to be sure of what we've already suspected. The Republican Party is the party of undereducated red necks.

Posted by: Mainegirl | September 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

drawing a connection between mccain's empty-suit (i.e., celebrity) charged against obama and the idea of "uppity" is just not credible.

mccain's campaign, either mccain or one of their surrogates have never, in all my following the campaign, said anything that even remotely smacks as, if you will, "coded language" for "uppity".

Posted by: dummypants | September 4, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Honorable republicans are sickened to read this stuff that wing nuts spew.

I know lots of republicans who are not racist, or criminal, or wing nuts and THINK for THEMSELVES. Note our fine Governor Schwartznegger didn't show up at the convention of reality-denial in St Paul, for instance.

That is why honorable republicans are voting for OBAMA this election: They rightly want to CLEANSE THEIR RANKS OF IDIOT HYPOCRITES!

Vote Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: JBE | September 4, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Let a person talk long enough and they'll tell on themselves.

Posted by: What a Jerk | September 4, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing new for Republicans. Nixon's southern strategy was directed at racists who deserted the Democratic Party in droves for the party's stand on civil rights. Ronald Reagon used code words in Mississippi in his campaign that were directed to appeal to racists who knew exactly what they meant.

Posted by: Carroll | September 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

i need to stop reading online articles - now.

too much commenting by me today.

The uppity remark is just fact that no one will analyze on air the blunt way it should. It is crass and disgraceful in a race where everyone is being sensitive in regard to gender. Somehow we've landed in the twilight zone - the gender card has a higher value to the race card.

The little H word everyone is dancing around with the RNC is - hypocrisy.

Conservative feminism as it has been developed with the Palin narrative only means that both sexes can now employ double standards to their benefit as they see fit within a situation.

Not the fight for gender equality I'm used to being on the left.


Obama is 'uppity'.

Can the republicans get anymore out of touch and 19th century? For a party of big ideas, the only idea they seem to have is let's keep power in our hands no matter the result.

have we forgotten the last 8 years? Pat Tillman? all the DOJ scandals? McCain's own comments about how safe the green zone was while having to wear a flak jacket with an armed escort?

Posted by: iowa grant | September 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Dang, Gary! Are there really TWO of you? It does say DemocratS...

Posted by: Tomhere | September 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Shorter Sarah Palin:

"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize the minds of the young and by killing, locking up or driving underground all heretics." Lazarus Long
Time Enough For Love
(a character created by Rob't Heinlein)

Posted by: John McCann | September 4, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Did you take a close look at the Pallin family last night? Need I say more!
right on point. the proverbial white trash group.

Posted by: frieda406 | September 4, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Tomhere | September 4, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is he's said what they're thinking. Interesting how there's silence from the McCain camp while both Obama and Biden spoke up against talking about Palin's family. I'm sure they'll find a way to turn this against Obama and say it's all imagined and there's no racism (but they will use sexism as a Obama, once again, takes the high road. Probably gets pretty lonely up there in politics.

Posted by: J | September 4, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: Gary | September 4, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I thought you guys had gotten better at the racial subterfuge, well I guess not. It will be interesting to see the reaction when a higher voter turnout brings long lines, will they also see it as rioting and bring out the fire hoses. Its funny that the very people who never really got over the sixties, where the ones in power then, but I forgot, they still had a D in front of their names then.

Posted by: Ben | September 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Uppity, yeah. With $300,000 attire to GOP convention.

Posted by: Mayana | September 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Lucy, I hear you. But I think you mean "cross burning." Yeehaw!!!!

Posted by: Aaron | September 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse have never lied....

The audience reminded me of a German/Nazi camp and the 40 minorities that were present were the hired help just trying to avoid a hanging or going to the concentration camp? What the GOPers should have been yelling was "Redneck USA" "Redneck USA"...I'll keep you posted about the barn and cross burnings I get the word from my sources!

Posted by: Lucy | September 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity'
By Mike Soraghan
Posted: 09/04/08 03:07 PM [ET]
Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term "uppity" to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

"Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity," Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

Other Democrats have charged that the Republican campaign to paint the Illinois senator as an “elitist” is racially charged, and accused them of using code words for “uppity” without using the word itself.

In August, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) told reporters, “When I hear the word ‘elitist’ linked with Barack Obama, to me, that is a code word for 'uppity.' I find it extremely offensive and John McCain should know better.”

Political consultant David Gergen, who has worked in both Republican and Democratic White Houses, said on ABC’s "This Week" that “As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, 'The One,' that's code for, 'He's uppity, he ought to stay in his place.' Everybody gets that who is from a Southern background.”

The Obama campaign, asked about the quote, did not note any racial context.

“Sounds like Rep. Westmoreland should be careful throwing stones from his candidate's eight glass houses,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Campaigning against the first black major-party nominee has already created some problems for Republicans.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that Obama's middle name – Hussein – is relevant to the public discourse surrounding his candidacy, saying in March that if Obama were elected, "Then the radical Islamists, the al Qaeda, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror."

At an April 12 event in his district, Kentucky Rep. Geoff Davis (R) said of Obama: “I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”

Davis sent a letter of apology to Obama in which he described his remark as a “poor choice of words.”

Westmoreland originally supported former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination. He now supports McCain, but missed an August fundraiser for the nominee because he was vacationing with his family.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Lucy, I agree.
Did you take a close look at the convention audience last night? Need we say more?

Just compare:

Posted by: old_europe | September 4, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This is just more of the usual BS from the Wingnut crowd...

Last night we saw Tonya Harding with a speechwriter. Palin offered almost nothing of substance. She's positive we should be paranoid. She mocked constitutional rights. Well screw you, Nananook of the Nazis. The stuff about putting the governor's jet on E-Bay was cute but other than that she did what reactionaries always accused hippies of doing -- she tore down but she didn't build up. She did something that no hippie was ever accused of doing, she fortified the luxury bunker where the rich and powerful hide. The creepy thing is that she did it in the guise of an American every woman. She sold herself as a great administrator, even though she couldn't manage to keep a carwash open in the the muddiest state in the union. .

Goodluck Johnny McBush!'re going to need it.

Posted by: Karla Martinson | September 4, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

What would you expect from a backwoods, country, redneck b$stard to say? Are you kidding me! Where's the barn buring taking place tonight after the convention? Did you take a close look at the Pallin family last night? Need I say more!

Posted by: Lucy | September 4, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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