Press: Idaho School Trustee Who Made 'Racist' Remark Is Guest Speaker at GOP Event


The north Idaho school official who recently joked that President Barack Obama was black and scary like an assault weapon was the featured speaker Thursday at a north Idaho Republican group's meeting.

Brent Regan, a trustee of the Coeur d'Alene School District, was participating in a discussion about firearms that included eight state legislators and more than 100 citizens on Jan. 26. That's when Regan shared part of a conversation with his wife:

"I said, 'They can't figure out what an assault weapon is—it's just black and it looks scary.' And she looks at me and says, 'Well, so is Obama.'"

After speaking with a constituent, Regan said he regretted his comments:

"Out of my ignorance, it ends up it hurt her and potentially hurt her kids. That's just not acceptable to me, and it's not acceptable to anybody."

But Regan has no intention of lying low. In fact, this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that he took center stage at Thursday's Kootenai County Reagan Republicans meeting.

"It's been said that wisdom is that thing you get immediately after needing it desperately," Regan said Thursday, according to the Press.

But that wasn't sufficient for one of the attendees, Lori Gaboury of Coeur d'Alene, who has a daughter of mixed race.

The Press reports that Gaboury asked Regan if he still would have made the joke about Obama if her daughter had been present.

"No, I probably wouldn't have," said Regan. "We're all human. I'm human. I make mistakes."

But Gaboury said later, "It doesn't take somebody a day-and-a-half to decide he was wrong."