From Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast:
Yesterday Randi Rhodes played the clip of Limbaugh screeching about how John Boehner has to “put the guy in his place” about the timing of his speech on jobs. When you talk about putting someone in his place, and the person you’re talking about is black, it is a racial remark, no matter how red faced and sputtering Limbaugh may be in denial of that fact. But if you still don’t believe it, look at the graphic. Look at the photograph, which deliberately depicts the black President of the United States supplicating himself before a white (well, ok, orange) man.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines putting someone in their place as:
“to tell or show someone that they are less important than they thought they were”
Notice that the author asserts that it is only a racial remark if “the person you’re talking about is black.” She leaves out “and if the person saying it is white.” Otherwise it is a perfectly good English phrase.
White people can use it when talking about other white people and black people can use it when talking about people of any color. If someone said “Obama put Boehner in his place” it would not be a racial remark.
This is how things work in post-racial America.
But wait! There’s more:
Boehner just pulled a “boy you best get off the sidewalk and let a white man pass moment”; in his demand that the President reschedule his jobs speech scheduled for next week before Congress. If President Obama is not careful the Right may get him for “reckless eyeballing.”
I get the feeling that Jill is judging John Boehner based on the color of his skin.
BTW – The picture Jill is referring to was not photoshopped (other than to add Disgusting Pigboy with the bullhorn.) It is a picture from this year’s State of the Union address. President Obama isn’t “supplicating himself,” he’s shaking hands with Speaker Boehner. The Vice President and the Speaker of the House always sit behind the President during the SOTU.