Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said President Obama got carried away in an address to a Congressional Black Caucus dinner where he said supporters should "stop complaining" and start fighting.
"I think [Obama] got carried away. He got fired up," Waters said Monday in an interview with MSNBC. Obama "got off script and got a little bit beside himself, but I certainly don't believe that he thinks the Congressional Black Caucus is sitting around in house slippers and bed slippers and whatever those things are — I don't own them and I don't understand the image that was described there."
"I think he just got a little bit off the teleprompter," Waters said.
Waters's comments were in reference to a speech Obama gave to the CBC on Saturday, where he told the crowd to "take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," and to "shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying."
Waters said she just didn't know to whom Obama was referring in his speech.
"We've received a lot of comments today with people asking what did he mean and who was he talking to? And I've simply responded by saying I don't know who the president was talking to — certainly not the Congressional Black Caucus. We've been working hard," Waters said. "He certainly wasn't talking about us. We didn't go on vacation. We were actually working during our break."
Waters stressed that she thought Obama just got a little carried away and that there was no bad blood between the CBC and the president.
"I think he got carried away, he got fired up. He meant to talk about what he wanted to do but I think he knew that he was talking to hard working members of the Congressional Black Caucus and civil-rights leaders and workers who've been doing this for years, who've been marching for years, and really understand what it means to march — not people sitting around in bed slippers or bed shoes, I don't think he really meant that and we're not going to hold that against him," Waters said.