When the tar-baby showed up at his first press conference, Tony Snow chalked him up—correctly—to “American lore”.
Well at least that’s ONE right answer...speaking for an Administration that hasn’t much valued candor OR a careful reading of American history. The tar-baby joined our tradition in slavery. Joel Chandler Harris, a low-born white Georgia newspaper man , distilled him from folk tales of slaves he met as a child.
Kentucky born Tony Snow was raised just across the Mason-Dixon line in Cincinnati. He taught public school there as whites fled from desegregation in the early 80’s. No doubt he had become familiar with all kinds of American racial lore. As a nascent conservative he probably had a few ideas about the tar-baby’s politics, too.