Palin accuses Obama of ‘shuck and jive’ on Libya

By Erik Wemple

Like many conservative pundits, Sarah Palin is criticizing President Obama for his administration’s inconsistent statements on the Benghazi, Libya, attack. Unlike any other conservative pundits, Palin used the term “shuck and jive” to describe Obama’s behavior.

In a Facebook post, Palin wrote: “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies.” She also used the term in the text of the post, which concludes, “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”

The phrase “shuck and jive” popped up in the last presidential election cycle too, when New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said, “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don’t work when you’re in someone’s living room.” At the time, Cuomo was supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton in her primary race against Barack Obama and others.

CNN commentator Roland Martin responded by issuing a tutorial on the racially loaded nature of those words:

“Shucking and jiving” have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a “foot shufflin’ Negro.” In fact, I don’t recall ever hearing the phrase used in reference to anyone white.
According to a story in Newsday, “The 1994 book ‘Juba to Jive, a Dictionary of African-American Slang,’ says ‘shuck and jive’ dates back to the 1870s and was an ‘originally southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense.’”
More on the etymology: “[B]lack slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted towards white people in ‘traditional’ race relations.”

Palin is a contributor to Fox News, and I’ve asked the channel if it has any issue with Palin’s choice of language.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jkarov
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 10:47:02

    I doubt whether $arah writes many of her own posts, but using shuck and jive with no idea or context of it’s original meaning would be about par for the low information Paylin family.

    Just one more ultra right thinly veiled racist reference from the witch of wasilla


  2. WakeUpAmerica
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 11:22:01

    For all her patriotic bling, the Tundra Turd is completely unAmerican. She makes our country look stupid in the eyes of the world when she makes this kind of comment about the President of the United States. I won’t even start on her complete lack of Christian values.


  3. LisaB
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 12:51:41

    The truly sad thing is, she is so clueless she never even knows what’s she’s spouting is offensive until someone tells her it is.


  4. vegaslib
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 14:49:38

    A true sign of ignorance, using a reference and then disavowing the meaning. She has no moral compass. Pathetic excuse for a human being she is.


  5. cameron
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 18:41:23

    Please tell Palin to shut her ignorant mouth. What nerve when she is the dumbest person to ever sit in congress. She looked like a fool and everyone laughed her and still do. Her time is up.


  6. lucy
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 14:37:25



  7. Xenon
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 14:48:16

    In that case, I accuse Palin of “shuckin’ and jivin'” when it comes to her failed governorship.

    You’re welcome, Sarah.


  8. climber357
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 22:10:56

    Once upon a time, Sarah embarrassed the Republican Party and Alaska.

    Now Sarah only embarrasses herself.


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