Alex Koppelman, at Salon.com, caught former Pennsylvania Senator and Fox News contributor Rick Santorum playing love doctor on On The Record Monday night (6/1/09). Santorum joined the GOP/FOX News attacks on Obama for going on a date with his wife to NYC. But Santorum took it to comical new levels when he offered his condescending thoughts about how Obama, as a role model to the under-married African American community, ought to take his wife to the corner bar instead.
From Think Progress:
Santorum: And you have an African-American community, particularly in the poor inner city areas, we’re looking at out of wedlock birthrates in three quarters to 75 percent (sic) of children being born out of wedlock. Marriage is an institution that’s a bridge too far for too many African-American woman and is not desirable among African-American males.Here we have a president of the United States who says that marriage is cool. You have respect for your wife, and you treat her with the respect and dignity that she deserves. And she is part of this team. And it’s not just part of professional team, but it’s also part of a personal, romantic team. I think that’s all great. So I think it’s important that he keeps having his date night. [...]
I think he has to realize that flying to New York is…self-indulgent. Go down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot and a beer. It does not matter where you go with your wife, is that it’s with your wife.