Your morning jolt: ‘I’ll come down and cuss you if you want,’ Barack Obama told Roy Barnes

Before heading to Savannah, Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes stopped by to talk to Frank Ski and Wanda Smith at V-103, one of Atlanta’s most popular radio stations – with a large African-American audience.

Right off the bat, Ski played an ad that – the radio host declared – Barnes had backed with a whole lot of money on his station. The clip had Republican rival Nathan Deal using the phrase “ghetto grandmothers.”

Democrat Roy Barnes told V-103 listeners Thursday that President Barack Obama encouraged him to miss his August visit to Atlanta. JohnnyCrawford, Jcrawford@ajc.com

Democrat Roy Barnes told V-103 listeners Thursday that President Barack Obama encouraged him to miss his August visit to Atlanta. JohnnyCrawford, Jcrawford@ajc.com

“What did you think about that?” Ski asked.

Said Barnes:

“I thought it showed a great deal of insensitivity and a lack of knowledge about our state. It’s offensive to me, and I can just imagine how offensive it is to others that would hear it. What does that mean? I don’t know what that means, but I’ve got a good idea that it’s not very favorable.”

The Democratic nominee talked about other topics for a while. Barnes called Zell Miller a “very progressive governor” – a bit of an inside joke, given that “progressive” is the new “liberal.”

And he condemned a very particular outside group playing in the governor’s contest:

“Never in Georgia’s history have we had an outside group such as the Republican Governors Association come in – and I think they’re going to end up seven or eight million dollars. Easily. An outside group that comes in and does nothing but distort the record that I had as governor.”

But ultimately, Ski got down to business, with the question on the minds of many of his listeners: “Did you distance yourself from President Barack Obama when he visited Georgia?”

Said Barnes:

“No. And I’ve said this several times. The president called me the day after the primary, which was on a Wednesday. I didn’t expect to win the primary without a runoff, so we had had three full weeks of schedule that already was set up.

“The day he was coming, on Monday, I had 80 sheriffs that were endorsing me throughout Georgia. So he called me on the day after, and – he’s got a great sense of humor, by the way. He said, ‘Congratulations.’ He says, ‘I’ll come down and cuss you if you need me to.’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t want you to come down and cuss me.’

“And he laughed, and I said, ‘Listen, you’re going to be here Monday.’ I said, ‘I’ve got 80 sheriffs that are endorsing me. Tell me what you want.’

“He said, ‘I want you to go ahead with the sheriffs.’

“And I said, ‘Well, I’ll cancel it if you want me to.’

“He said, ‘I want you to go ahead with the sheriffs.’ He said, ‘Listen, you can always see me.’ He said, ‘I’m coming down there to raise some money on the national party,’ and he said, ‘You go on with your sheriffs.’

“Let me tell you this. This is the president of the United States. And the disrespect that he has been shown by the Republican Governors Association and by all, really, Republican establishment is astounding….”

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Mark Rountree and Landmark Communications, a GOP political strategy firm, released another round of polling on Wednesday that showed the governor’s race largely frozen in place, with Republican Nathan Deal just below what he needs to escape another four weeks of campaigning.

Rountree adds this:

Landmark asked voters how they would vote between Deal and Barnes in the event of a runoff election. 51 percent of voters chose Deal and 43 percent chose Barnes – an 8-point margin.

Rountree said, “Libertarians decidedly come down on the side of Deal. Third party voters say they would support Deal over Barnes by a 3 to 1 margin.”

The poll was based on exchanges with 1,686 “active voters” on Tuesday. MOE is +/- 2.4 percentage points.

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98 comments Add your comment

Jeff

October 28th, 2010
10:06 am

As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m fairly well connected with Libertarians in Georgia (having been a former Local Affiliate Chair and member of the State Executive Committee and all…), and I simply do NOT see Rountree’s numbers on Libertarians supporting Deal. In fact, I’ve seen just the opposite – an overwhelming number of Libertarians who know that Roy Barnes was MORE fiscally conservative than Sonny Perdue (we tend not to listen to the RGA’s rhetoric) and plan to support him should John Monds not be in the runoff. Our reasoning is simple: A Split Government tends (in the long term) to mitigate the abuses of EITHER Party.

The Republicans, with their lack of understanding of how laws are created, continue to implicate their own House Speaker David Ralston (who is unopposed next week, and to my knowledge his Speakership will be unopposed next month) in their anti-Barnes paranoia. With GOP control of the General Assembly – which is absolutely NOT in question for at least two years, and is actually expected to INCREASE slightly next week – Roy Barnes simply will not have bills sent to him such as what the Republicans are saying he will do. Remember, the Governor can ONLY sign bills or veto them, he can NOT write them. If Roy Barnes DOES veto a bill Republicans truly want, they have or nearly have enough votes in the Assembly to override such a veto.

In other words, Roy Barnes will be nearly as effectively neutered as Governor as Mark Taylor was as Lt Governor when Eric Johnson was “the de facto Lt Governor”, as he likes to proclaim.

Republican paranoia over Roy Barnes is nothing more than that: paranoia.

Janice

October 28th, 2010
10:09 am

Its really sad that organisations like the RGA are pumping money into this campaign to get a crook like Deal elected. It shows how much they care about our state……………..

Road Scholar

October 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Well put, Jeff!

Linda Schrenko #56443-019

October 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Can’t believe it’s only a few days until Big Nate pulls off the biggest caper yet! The only thing that could mess this up now is those meddlin’ kids.

Bubba

October 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Who is this Obama guy? never heard of him

A Choice

October 28th, 2010
10:24 am

Ironic that people are clammoring to put a Republican in the Superintendent’s seat since the past two have been put in prison and cut and run after a failed math curriculum: Shrenko and Cox respectively.

The Thin Guy

October 28th, 2010
10:26 am

Neither Nice Nathan nor King Roy have solutions to Georgia’s problems because the source is in Washington with the most anti business, anti free enterprise, anti American, and corrupt maladministration in American history, I intend to vote for John Monds on Tuesday and hope there is a runoff so that King Roy will have to spend a few more million of his ambulance chasing money before being crushed by Nice Nathan. Yes, Nice Nathan is ethically challenged and would probably be ineffective as gov. But King Roy is a lawyer. He’d put his arm up a snake arse if he thought there was a nickel up there. Liberals, lawyers, and labor unions are the root cause of most of our nation’s problems. Don’t vote for anyone on Tuesday. Vote against King Roy.

Urkel > Obama

October 28th, 2010
10:27 am

I feel sorry for the people who are over the age of 18 who still listen to V-103.

It was fun to listen to in high school, but getting out in the so-called “real world” shows you how pathetic & unlistenable the content and personalities on that station are.

General Lee

October 28th, 2010
10:29 am

No coincidence that Nathan Deal is first in the polls and Georgia is last in education.

James

October 28th, 2010
10:30 am

So the Republican Governors Association was “disrespectful” to President Obama. How terrible!! How much respect did Democrats show to President George W. Bush, when he was president? NONE!!

Jeff

October 28th, 2010
10:32 am

The Thin Guy:

You do know “nice nathan” (who isn’t so nice to the ladies whose rapists he helped question their sex lives) is a LAWYER as well, right?

glimpseofclarity

October 28th, 2010
10:32 am

It is shame that maybe a Republican can probably steal the election in Georgia. Also, how did the majority of America elect the President and then turn their backs on him like they have? He won by a large margin and it took all ages, races and social/economic backgrounds to do something like that and yet he has been just tossed aside. It stinks

Lance

October 28th, 2010
10:33 am

Amen to that Urkel>Obama. V-103 is 100% left on everything. Frank Ski is a first class idiot!

Tancred

October 28th, 2010
10:33 am

“Ghetto Grandmothers” are the mothers of young black girls that have babies and whose baby daddies are not around, so they end up taking care (a lot of the time) of their grandchildren while the daughter is out doing who-knows-what. It doesn’t have to be a pejoritive, actually, but it’s used as a not-so-subtle code to let white conservatives know that Deal is on their side, you know, that he “thinks” like they do. Race has been a big factor in nearly every election where blacks had the ability to vote. There was a time when they couldn’t, so it’s a pretty big deal (oops) even today. Barnes certainly knows what the term means, but he can’t say he does. It’s funny to see the visage of a very young Barnes on the cover of today’s Loaf. I think the momentum is with Deal, especially since a lot of racists don’t exactly trumpet themselves before they vote.

Boot Barnes Again

October 28th, 2010
10:33 am

Barnes is lying again. Yeah, right, that is what was said between him and Obama!

not a stan fan

October 28th, 2010
10:35 am

Why no questions for Court of Appeals candidate Stan Gunter? As DA, shouldn’t he have looked in allegedly stolen money at the Union County Tax Commissioners office?

http://www.peachpundit.com/2010/10/28/gunter-was-told-of-potential-crimes-and-did-nothing-repeatedly/

BlahBlahBlah

October 28th, 2010
10:36 am

I agree with Jeff. I will vote Libertarian on Tuesday. But if there is a runoff I will vote for Barnes. My wife plans to do the same thing.

david

October 28th, 2010
10:36 am

I vote Libertarian! A vote for liberty is never a wasted vote!

Janice

October 28th, 2010
10:37 am

What is with this “give more to business” rubbish from the Republicans. Businesses are already making record profits so why in the world should we give them and the super rich more tax breaks.

Since Obama has taken office the stock market is up 45% and corporate profits are way up. Yet in the same period unemployment has also increased. What in the world makes people think giving businesses even more tax breaks will make them better corporate citizens? All they will do is make more profit, pay their CEO’s even more money and still try and lower workers wages and benefits/outsource jobs. Wake up Republicans voters who make less than 250k agi, you are voting for a party who wants to screw you……….

Lance

October 28th, 2010
10:38 am

@ glimpseofclarity

I’ll tell you how everyone has turned their backs on “The chosen one”
Because he’s full of crap. America was NOT built on Socialism and America is fed up. More taxes, more regulation and without a doubt, more,more, more Government. I don’t trust one word Obama says. It’s all smoke a mirros. He is a joke of a President who has no clue what he’s doing. How many people have left his administration since he was elected?? That has to tell you something.

Sherman

October 28th, 2010
10:41 am

Really James? Who really respected George W. Bush? Even the people that voted him in were like “oh crap!” The very next day. Remember the day he proclaim the war is over, “Mission Accomplished.” Boy he really fed us a bunch of crap. Seven years later we’re still there. Look where we are today, it’s still going on…and we lost billions of dollars and the economy took a nose dive after that. Respect. HA! Get of here with that.

GTBee

October 28th, 2010
10:41 am

I’m voting Republican for the 3 top spots and Libertarian for the rest. No wasting my vote!

PAM G.

October 28th, 2010
10:44 am

Every Republican thinks that his/her party is the only party that do any good for the country. Well, they had 8 years and look at what it has gotten us. If Deal can’t manage his own personal finances, how in the world can he manage a state budget?

roybama barnes

October 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Roy Barnes coddled and empowered the most notorious serial pedophile in U.S. history. Malachi York is spending 135 years in prison for raping and molesting women, boys and children as young as a baby! Roy Barnes is running for governor. http://bibbrepublicanparty.com.

john

October 28th, 2010
10:47 am

Obama is funny as hell.

Clayton Bigsby

October 28th, 2010
10:50 am

I bought a Venus Fly Trap today. I was going to name it ‘Republican’, but the fly trap is beneficial to the environment. I’ll save that name – someday I might find a plant that eats poor people and minorities.

jerry

October 28th, 2010
10:55 am

Well said Janice. Most of the regular people i.e not millionaires and CEO’s who are voting Repub are really doing so because of their fears and prejudices. Any sane person can see that more tax cuts for business will only lead to more profits for them, more job cuts and more money for the investing class and CEO’s. Unfortunately, sanity is no longer as common as it used to be.

Smokewagon

October 28th, 2010
10:57 am

Deal prosecuted sex offenders and Barnes defended them. No brainer vote for me.

Always right

October 28th, 2010
10:57 am

Oh Janice…. you’re an idiot. Go back to the UK and have fun with your collapsing socialist government

Jeff

October 28th, 2010
10:58 am

Malachi York is spending 135 years in a Federal Penitentiary BECAUSE Roy Barnes kept a local podunk Sheriff from slapping him on the wrist and letting him off the hook, Maurice.

WordsInRed

October 28th, 2010
10:58 am

Oh Ye Hypocrits

THERIGHTISWRONG

October 28th, 2010
10:59 am

Just like a conservative blogger wrote a week ago, “Deal is a crook, but he’s our crook”.

Dems need to get out and vote. The Right Wing is telling folks not to vote, spending huge amounts of money toward mis-information overload against the Dems, and attacking our President as if they had NO hand in the mess that he is trying to fix.

Deal is a joke, a crook, and from those remarks I consider him a white trash thug himself. Roy cares about this state and the people in this state. He has many friends of ALL races and is fiscally sound. So come on folks, please get out and vote. Don’t let these hoodlums spend all of this money just to lie to you and make you feel like they will help you.

Remember, the majority of Republicans are Narcissistic, they care about themselves, their families, and their close friends that look like them. They don’t give a damn about anyone else. Look at their policies, anti-gay, anti-affirmative action (minorities), pro-life (you can’t choose but they can), cut taxes for the rich (the so-called trickle down never works plus it has been proven that tax-cuts don’t create jobs), smaller government (liars: under Bush the government grew more than any other President), deficit reduction (again, under Bush we went from a surplus to a deficit).

DON’T LET THEM (CONSERVATIVES) PISS ON YOUR BACK AND TELL YOU THAT IT IS RAINING!

WAKE UP GA, VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND FOR ROY BARNES! LET’S KEEP MOVING FORWARD….

Always right

October 28th, 2010
11:00 am

Geez Jerry, you just don’t understand cause & effect do you? Cut business taxes and they can invest back into the business, hire more workers and give basic raises. Increase their taxes and they are forced to hold back in order to meet specific financial goals. REALLY raise their taxes and they either move to a State that is more business friendly or worse yet, out of the country.

GG1968

October 28th, 2010
11:00 am

I’ve often wonder how those that plan to vote (or have already voted) libratarian in the general election will vote in the runoff given that they don’t really want to vote for either side. I hope that poll is wrong and that most will not vote for Deal. He will ruin our state even more.

markie mark

October 28th, 2010
11:01 am

@glimpse…

“He won by a large margin and it took all ages, races and social/economic backgrounds to do something like that and yet he has been just tossed aside. It stinks”

Wow, have you been paying attention the last two years? All ages, races and backgrounds have been….thats why he is being tossed aside. Like it or not, its still a center right country. And going hard left after the election may make your left coast and new england base happier then hell, but the rest of us center rights are not.

Always right

October 28th, 2010
11:04 am

THERIGHTISWRONG – Really? Show me proof where cutting taxes DOESNT increase jobs and Govt revenue. Show me in writing the study that’s been done.

Affirmitive action??? Oh, you mean legal reverse discrimination. Just because you’re a minority doesnt give you SPECIAL rights over and above anyone else. If we’re all created equal then it should be a level playing field, not one where somone is forced to hire the less qualified person just because the law says they have to.

KevinM

October 28th, 2010
11:05 am

All Obama has shown is the ability to print money, pay for his ‘changes’ tomorrow and criticize anyone who isn’t lapping him up.

Enough is enough…and sadly Deal ends up being a better candidate than Barnes, who was a train wreck the first time…….remember all that 400 toll money spent while Roy was in charge?

markie mark

October 28th, 2010
11:05 am

“Remember the day he proclaim the war is over, “Mission Accomplished.”

Repeating a lie does not make it true. GWB never said that. A staffer hung that banner from from the “island” of an aircraft carrier, and by all accounts GWB never saw it till he landed.

Jeff

October 28th, 2010
11:06 am

GG:

I’ve heard all three. The more activist Libertarians are almost exclusively planning to Block Deal in a runoff, should he make it there. I know others who are voting for John as a protest to “both” “major” parties and their candidates (for various reasons), and many of this group plan to simply sit at home in a runoff. I know a FEW (as it, count on a single hand) who are voting for John Tues (or have voted for him already) who are planning to vote Deal in a runoff – and these are almost exclusively Democratic Party activists who despise Roy Barnes even more than the Republicans do.

markie mark

October 28th, 2010
11:10 am

Therightiswrong – here is a word for you – RECUSE. I come from a legal family. And that is exactly what Barnes and/or the judges he appointed are expected to do when they meet each other in the courtroom. To try a case, in front of a judge you appointed, is reprehensible and against all legal ethics I have ever heard of.

gm

October 28th, 2010
11:10 am

Rep are going to be in for a shock, I voted early in a Demo area and the lines were 2 hours”
Demo love it with idiots like Sean Hannity and High scool drop Rush L. tell their listeners its over and we are not comming out to support our party. I Rep are going to win some places but not like they think.
Deal voted aginst the voting right act so what does that tell you about the bigots that vote for him?

ROBOCOP

October 28th, 2010
11:10 am

If Deal is elected Governor, will (should) he approve and sign the annual budget bill which will include state tax dollars for his vehicle salvage business sanctioned by the state’s Department of Revenue and tax dollars he’s paid to lease property to the state of Georgia through the Department of Administrative Services?

How will he handle that? Even if he says he’ll put these interests in a blind trust, should he continue to receive this money? Since Sonny Perdue never put his business interests in a blind trust like every previous Governor in modern history has done, why should Nathan Deal do the same? Has anyone heard him in the 9 debates or TV ads say he’ll divest himself of those interests?

How should he handle this inherent and obvious conflcit of interest? Does this situation negate the ability of the Governor to impose and strictly enforce Executive Branch sanctions for state employees –including employees and officials of the Governor’s office — from engaging in conflicts of interests?

Who out there wishes to speak on his behalf and on how he’ll resolve this problem he’s got?

Observer

October 28th, 2010
11:10 am

On 11/3, I’m quite sure that you Repubs, Tea Partiers, Evangelicals, and general all-around “librul” haters will be so pleased with yourselves. After all, you will have just elected Nathan Deal, a no-nothing, do-nothing, ex-congressman who for 18 YEARS did nothing of note in his time in D.C. and who resigned to avoid ethics investigations. Oh, and by the way, also deeply in debt and hungry to find a new revenue source to get him out of that debt. But, he’s got his finger on your trigger all right. He knows how numbingly blind and stupid you are. He knows that all he has to do is wrap himself in the flag, show the grandkids in a few sappy commercials, tell you lies about his “honesty”, and tell you that he’s fighting those libruls and you will fall over yourselves like a bunch of used dominos. He knows you won’t think. He knows you won’t ask questions. He knows that he can manipulate you and your scary little brains into whatever he wants you to do. I have to hand it to him. He’s a lot smarter than you are, which isn’t saying much now is it? And after he’s elected governor and the indictments come and he’s forced to leave office I can imagine that it will be real hard to find any of you willing to admit that you made it all possible. Good job! P.T. Barnum had a saying about suckers and fools. Welcome to that club, morons.

By the way, I’m an independent. I vote for the greater good. Barnes has his faults and his past, no denying that. However, to choose a do-nothing crook over someone with the experience and political acumen that Barnes has just because in your twisted pretzel logic you are really casting your vote against Obama is a travesty of the highest kind. And an example of the most base kind of stupidity. You will receive the governor that you deserve. Too bad the rest of us will have to suffer too. Fools.

gulliblelikeu

October 28th, 2010
11:11 am

Not crazy about Deal. Found his primary negative ads offensive. But those who say wake to the lies are forgetting or just conveniiently denying that Roy Barnes was a miserable failure as Gov. Ask any teacher. The left despised Barnes until now. Dem, don’t tell me it’s raining! I know your at the urinal!

JR

October 28th, 2010
11:16 am

Jerry, please explain how, exactly, higher profits for businesses lead to more job cuts. It seems to me, Jerry, if businesses have more profits, they hire more people and pay higher wages. Just keep in mind, the more taxes rich people pay, the less money they have to pay your salary.

JR

October 28th, 2010
11:16 am

I feel sorry for the people who would vote for Nathan Deal. Despite his ethical ‘lapses’ and borderline criminal behavior in attempts to enrich himself and his family, the man is obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He’s still broke! If he can’t figure out how to be financially successful himself – how can he do so for the state of Georgia? Come on people, THINK. The man is going to be a disaster.

askip

October 28th, 2010
11:18 am

you people who say King Roy is like you calling Obama our Messiah. Nevermind you probley believe both.

ncgreybr

October 28th, 2010
11:19 am

Tell us tancred….I have a white neighbor lady that takes care of her two grandchildren because their mother left them with her. We’re out here in the country in NC. Is she a “ghetto grandmother”? She’d like to think of herself as a Christian. But then again…

JR

October 28th, 2010
11:23 am

“The man is going to be a disaster.”

I’ll take my chances with one who is only projected to be a disaster rather than one who has actually already been a disaster.

Jerry Mandering

October 28th, 2010
11:23 am

I can’t imagine that Ol’ Roy would need anyone else cussin’ him. I voted for him once and over four years learned better. I look forward to the opportunity to again not vote for him on Tuesday.