Obama Apologizes For 'Sweetie' Comment

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Barack Obama is apologizing to a Michigan TV reporter for calling her "sweetie."

Detroit correspondent Peggy Agar shouted a question to the Democratic front-runner during a campaign stop yesterday at a Chrysler plant in suburban Sterling Heights. She asked what he plans to do to help American autoworkers. And Obama shot back, "Hold on one second, sweetie," telling her there'd be a news conference later.

He later left Agar a voice mail message, apologizing for not getting back to her.

Obama also told her he has a bad habit of calling people "sweetie." The message adds: "I mean no disrespect, so I am duly chastened on that front."


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  • by Crystal Wright Location: USAF on May 16, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    Give me a break, if you can't be nice with simple comments as sweetie, and some idiot takes it in offense, then what is this angry senseless world coming to? Obama can call me "sweetie" anytime. Lets deal with politics, not ridiculous callings.
  • by Jack Location: Security on May 16, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    Wow, the Republicans are really pulling strings here. Obama calls a woman sweetie, At least he didnt put our country in a quagmire, destroy our economy, eliminate our civil rights, ruin our gas prices, and consistantly lie to and insult his people. Get real, people! Sweetie is a perfectly common phrase to say to a younger, and yes even lower status person. You all are sounding like ACLU wussies. She wasn't even offended he called her that!
  • by John on May 16, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    Move on, nothing of interest here.
  • by Tom Location: Colorado Springs on May 16, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    So Eric and Sap, go ahead and vote for McCain...more of the same would be great!! Geez, so Obama saying "Sweetie" makes him an unfit president?? At least he can make complete sentences that make sense unlike who you both voted for...
  • by Jean on May 16, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    He can call me "sweetie" anytime.
  • by Dave Location: C/S on May 16, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    He secretly wants those panties.
  • by Eric on May 15, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    Bill Clinton #2. Obama is another presidential sex scandal waiting to happen. This man does not deserve to even be running for president for this and many other reasons.
  • by Troy Location: Loveland, CO on May 15, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    Getting offended by a man calling you "sweetie" is just as immature and ridiculous as getting offended by someone calling you "Ma'am." Some people say "sweetie" with the utmost respect and mean absolutely nothing by it. Americans have become so overly sensitive with stuff like this that they all forgot that different people from different areas have different ways of showing respect to people and that one person's idea of a derogatory comment is another's idea of a well-received compliment. I remember growing up in the south and would get in trouble in school for not replying to a teacher or superior with "Yes, Ma'am" or "Yes, Sir." When I moved to Seattle, I said, "Yes, Ma'am" to a waitress out of the respectfulness I was taught to use and the woman got really offended. I felt bad at the time, but now I realize that she was just an overly sensitive crybaby and didn't deserve the respect I showed her.
  • by DJ Location: Colorado Springs on May 15, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    Thank you for reporting on Obama. Referring to a woman in this manner is a habit some men in older generations have. There is no excuse at Obama’s age. His mannerism appeared to match the condescending comment. If calling a woman "sweetie" is one of Obama’s habits, Michelle should have helped him corrected this before now. Even if he wasn't running for President of the Unite States, he should know better than to talk to a woman in that manner. I think this story belongs up front. Most of the media will not even mention an error or negative statement by Obama. That is part of the reason we really don't know anything about this candidate. It should be up to the reader’s and voters to decide what is important, not for the press to screen out information "for us." This story was reported by giving the information/facts, and did not show any bias. The way all information on a candidate (and all stories) should be reported.
  • by Sap Location: 7500ft on May 15, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    NoBama needs to STFU. NOBAMA, NOT HERE, NOT EVER!
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