Tracy Morgan: 'Black is the new President, Bitch!'
In light of Geraldine Ferraro's controversial comment expressing her opinion that White House hopeful Barack Obama's race is playing a significant role in his success, former Saturday Night Live cast member Tracy Morgan appeared on the show's weekend update segment to offer his views on Obama and race.
Countering Tina Fey's earlier pro-Clinton pronouncement that "Bitch is the new black," Morgan said, "Bitch may be the new black, but black is the new president, bitch."
The comment, which was said in jest, came at the end of a longer monologue by Morgan, during which he defended Obama and asked "Why is it every time a black man in this country gets too good at something, someone always comes along and reminds us that he's black?" Morgan explained his theory as to why that may be, saying, "It's a little complicated, but basically it goes like this: We are a racist country. The end."
He went on to discuss Clinton's 3AM phone call ad, saying, "Barack knows how to answer that phone. He's not going answer it, like, 'Hello. I'm scared. What's going on?' He's going to answer it like I would get a phone call at 3:00 in the morning. Yeah! who's this? Better be good or I'm coming down there and put something in a wheelchair!"
On the recent controversy regarding past statements made by Obama's pastor, Morgan quipped, "Barack's got to stay away from this pastor, because he's too black! But look, just because he knows the dude, doesn't mean he thinks like him. Just because I got a friend that goes to the strip club, doesn't mean I'm going go to the strip club."
Saturday Night Live has been the topic of discussion recently due to segments they've done that seemed to some to be overtly pro-Clinton. The Raw Story recently looked at these skits, as well as the financial contributions writers and producers of the show have made to different candidates.
Tracy Morgan's comments can be seen in their entirety in the video below:
Transcript via closed captions
:: this week the issue of race once again became the focal point for the democratic presidential candidates. hillary clinton's longtime adviser geraldine ferraro said if barack obama was white man he wouldn't fb kniss position in a woman, wouldn't be in this position. he happens to be very lucky to be who he is. here to comment a good friend of ours, tracy morgan. [ cheers and applause ]
:: thank you, seth. mm, mm, mm. [ laughter ] why is it every time a black man in this country gets too good at something, someone always comes along and reminds us that he's black? first, it was tiger. then donovan mcnabb. then me! [ laughter ] now barack. i've got a theory about that. it's a little complicated, but basically it goes like this. we are a racist country. the end. [ laughter ] maybe not the people in this room. but if it's not a racist country, then why didn't, like, everybody in texas and ohio go crazy when they thought that a black man couldn't answer the phone at 3:00 in the morning? [ laughter ] let me tell you something -- barack know how to answer that phone. [ laughter ] he's not going answer it, like, "hello. i'm scared. what's going on?" he's going to answer it like i would get a phone call at 3:00 in the morning. yeah! who's this? better be good or i'm coming down there and put something in a wheelchair! [ laughter ] some things just have to change, seth. people are saying he's not a fighter. let me tell you something, he is gangster. he's from chicago! [ laughter ] barack is not just winning because he's a black man. if that was the case, i would be winning, and i'm way blacker than him! i can smoke newports and drink olde english. [ laughter and applause ] i grew up on government cheese. [ laughter ] i prefer it! now there's all this stuff and talk about the pastor. barack got to stay away from this pastor, because he's too black. [ laughter ] but just because he knows it, look, just because i got a friend that goes to the strip club, doesn't mean i'm going go to the strip club.
:: but you do go to the strip clubs.
:: yeah, but i go for the girls. i'm not going to go just because my friend is going. [ laughter ] i got the integrity. [ laughter ] barack is qualified. personally, i want to know what qualifies hillary clinton to be president? is it because she was married to the president? if that were true, then robin givens would be heavyweight champion of the world. [ laughter and applause ] if hillary's last name wasn't "clinton," you know -- she'd just be some crazy white woman with too much money and not enough lovin'. [ laughter ] that's where i come in. [ laughter and applause ] i know women like that. you don't want them answering the phone at 3:00 in the morning. [ laughter ] this, in conclusion -- three weeks ago, my friend, a tina fay, she came on the show and she declared that bitch was the new black. right? you know i love you, tina fey. you are a first-class bitch. [ laughter ] i have something to say. bitch may be the new black, but black is the new president, bitch! [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ]
:: tracy morgan, everybody! [ cheers and applause ]
:: thank you, tracy.