April 2, 2009, - 11:36 am

Dem Governor Tries to Act All Ghetto and Stuff About Obama in ESPN Interview

By Debbie Schlussel
You know what I really hate?
I hate it when grown adults try to act cool by invoking stupid hip-hop phrases. The people who do this are the same ones who want to be best friends to their kids and accompany them to Eminem and T.I. concerts.
And I especially despise it when this put on pseudo-hipness show comes from some pasty White aging politician. It’s so transparently desperate, so very common, so clearly an attempt to elevate your “respectability” by utilizing the lingua franca of the lowest common denominator in society.
While the fist-bump is one example, another great, cringe-worthy instance took place yesterday, when Michigan liberal Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm, upset about Barack Obama’s Final Four NCAA Basketball Tournament picks which had Michigan State losing to Louisville (the school is now in the Final Four), told ESPN that she wanted to “be up in his grill.”

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Michigan Gov. Granholm Wants to Be “Up in Obama’s Grill”

No way. Did a governor of a United State actually say she wants to “be up in [the President’s] grill”? (And does she mean she wants to be up in his bling-studded grill or the grill of his Presidential limo? That’s rhetorical. Yes, I know it’s hip-hop slang for “in your face.”)
Yup. And you wonder why Michigan fell off a cliff under her roost atop of it. The woman who’s pimped her state out on higher taxes and big spending is now officially talking like a pimp.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm was interviewed Wednesday, though she has a pretty good reason, with Michigan State in the Final Four and the Final Four in Detroit and all.
So ESPN’s Mike Hill wanted to know: “President Obama had MSU losing to Louisville in the Elite Eight, so if the Spartans go on to win it all, will you call him up and say, ‘Respectfully, sir, in your face, Mr. President!’ “?
Answered Granholm: “If he weren’t in London, we did invite him to come to the Final Four. … I would love to be up in his grill.”

Let’s forget that we wonder what this attention-seeking Governor (who recently modestly referred to herself as a “hot governor”) is doing whining over a minor sports bet when her state is collapsing economically beyond repair.
I used to call Granholm, “The Governatrix Gran-HO,” on my radio show. That’s because this woman is the biggest political prostitute on the planet and got elected head of Michigan when she secured the support of pimp daddy former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick by making race-based hiring and funding promises to him. Now, she’s prostituting herself to the hip-hop vernacular.
It’s completely annoying and speaks volumes when a nearly 50-year-old woman sounds like she’s the mom from “Leave it to Beaver” talking jive in the movie “Airplane,” only it’s not a joke.
What’s next?–a State of the State address with phrases like, “Who Dat?” and “No, You Di’int, You Bony-Assed Cracker Republicans.”
Trust me, the days of “Idiocracy”‘s President Camacho are fast approaching [mild language alert]:


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BONUS: Here’s the Obama-Biden version of President Camacho:

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6 Responses

It`s habitual with both her and Hillary. Remember Rosa Parks funeral and Granholm and Hillary all of a sudden acquired a black preachers accent? I was rolling on the floor watching them. LOL

Hermster on April 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

The phrase “lowest common denominator” (emphasis on ‘lowest’) was never more apt. In addition, Governor Granholm has terrible grammar.

c f on April 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Debbie,
I’m not surprised that some folks think they have to speak in hip hop vernacular to appear cool. It does sound ridiculous and makes the person look patronizing and silly. But it goes along with the selective perception that most people have of Blacks: That we’re all from the “hood” and that you have to talk to us in a certain way to be cool.
Perception drives this behavior. Look what happened during your Katrina vs. North Dakato flooding last week. 90% of Black folks got the hell out of New Orleans before Katrina hit. I know…I had to drive down there and help some family members (and their neighbors) pack and get up out of there. All the Black folks left were the poorest of the poor and the criminals that wanted to stay behind to loot, rape, and wreck havoc (and they did). Somehow you and your readers attributed their “hoodrat” behavior to the behavior of Blacks as a whole and erroneously compared their actions to the actions of the fine folks in North Dakota. It was some painful reading…but reminded me that a lot of people still view all Blacks in the way your Obama caricature above depicts.
However, there’s nothing wrong with you as a speaker altering your language to fit the situation and the audience, but that language still has to reflect the real you. I work with a couple of youth programs that deal with kids from the rougher sections of town. I’m as “Huxatable” as they come, so these kids would see right through me if I came in trying to use hip-hop slang with them and tried to be “cool”. I have no “street cred” whatsoever. They can automatically tell that’s not my background. Now if I as a Black man look silly using that kind of language in front of Black kids, I can imagine how a White woman governor looks using it! And don’t get me started on Hillary’s drawl…
[JJ: COULD NOT AGREE MORE. DS]

JibberJabber on April 2, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I live out in the ‘burbs of Detroit, and some of the kids (affluent, white kids) try their best to act all street-cred.
Puh-leeeeze. I grew up in the Brightmoor section of Detroit, and these idiots wouldn’t last five minutes in the ‘hood.

mplumb on April 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm

And it all started by Clinton going on Arsenio Hall and MTV. Politics is a serious matter not some joke. Pandering to lowlifes will only get worse and worse as the country gets dumber and dumber. McCain went on the View, John Stewart and David Gutterman so I cant see it ending. Alan Keyes is my favorite Black Politician. And he doesn’t have to “keep it real”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqkMfToY9Pk
And what is up with Eric Cantor going to a Brittany Spears concert? Really almost as bad as Granholm comment. He is the leader of the party that represents conservatism?

californiascreaming on April 2, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Sadly,it’s anything but new; it goes all the way back to the ’20s or ’30s,when Jazz was at it’s peak. The Blues,R&B,Rock&Roll,Funk,Disco,and for the last 20-25 years,Rap, more or less the same story.

OldSchoolW on April 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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