Sarah Palin is trying to get the media to pay attention to the Benghazi cover up:
As I mentioned on “On the Record” last night, there is breaking news that just two hours after the September 11th attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, the White House and State Department knew that an Islamic terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack. We now know that the State Department sent an email to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and others in the intelligence community about this Islamist group claiming responsibility. And yet for days afterwards the White House and State Department led everyone to believe that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video that had been uploaded months prior. Anywhere from 300 to 400 people from the administration and our intelligence community would have seen that email. Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.
– Sarah Palin
Despite her attempts, the left seems to want to focus on something else entirely:
Think Progress: Palin Uses Slavery-Era Phrase To Describe Obama’s Libya Response
Palin’s title and final sentence show an extreme insensitivity to the racial history of the phrase. The concept of “shuck and jive” originated in the Deep South, as a term that referred to the overly subservient language that African-Americans used towards whites. Blacks, during the time of slavery or the Jim Crow segregation period, could shuck and jive to either put on the illusion of doing work when being watched or to feign obedience to those in power. While the phrase has morphed over the years to mean something more bland, akin to “acting facetiously,” the connection between the President’s race and Palin’s phrasing can’t be overlooked.
Salon.com: Palin slams Obama’s “shuck and jive” The former vice presidential nominee weighs in on Libya — and slips in some not-so-casual racism
This is getting ridiculous. President Obama has to fend off racism from average citizens, and even those in the political spotlight, like Sarah Palin. … The term—which has racially insensitive overtones—is commonly used to depict a person as a fool, and is usually spewed at Black people.
Just to name a few.
UPDATE: FLASHBACK – Carney says he’s going to Shuck and Jive.