Last week during an appearance on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, fellow MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan used the term "your boy" in reference to President Obama and how he extended the Bush tax cuts in 2010. Sharpton was visibly offended by Buchanan's remark and went on to use a boxing analogy to describe how President Obama is handling the Republicans.
The following day on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Pat explained the "your boy" reference he made:
Although Pat has a sordid history when it comes to race, he gets a pass from me on this one. I've never considered the term "your boy" to have racial connotations. When I hear the term, both Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon come to mind because they use it on their ESPN chatfest Pardon the Interruption. According to someone named "Liberal and Proud", who commented on the story on the Crooks & Liars, Pat used "your boy" when referring to then President Bill Clinton years ago. Although I couldn't find video of the reference, that doesn't mean Pat didn't say it. Because of Pat's aforementioned track record on race matters, I think those who are upset by the "your boy" remark are looking at the messenger and not the message.
Do you give Pat Buchanan a pass for the "your boy" remark?