Harris-Perry asks Eric Holder to quack like a duck! Yes, seriously . . . ‘would you quack for us?’

When MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry interviewed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder Sunday, she covered weighty topics such as voting rights — which Holder said were  “under threat” — civil rights, the Supreme Court, and Ferguson.


And then it got odd.

Harris-Perry, with a serious expression, told Holder, “you know, we call you the duck.”

The camera shows Holder’s look of surprise and incomprehension as he replied, “The duck?”

“In nerd-land, we call you the duck,” Harris-Perry said. “We say you have a very sort of placid and even way of presenting, but you are just working for justice underneath.”

She made a paddling motion with her hands and threw her head back in admiration.  Holder chuckled, having no clue where this was going.

“Would you quack for us?” Harris-Perry asked.

Holder laughed.

“Well, I’m not sure I’m going to to that.  I like the analogy,” he said. “I was born and raised in New York City, in the ’50s and ’60s. And for an African-American guy, the thing was to be cool, you know?  You gotta be cool.

“And so on the surface I like to think that’s the way I appear to be. But you’re absolutely right, those little duck feet are just moving as fast as they can underneath and things are going as fast as they can behind the scenes,” he said.

“I may have been cool in congressional hearings on the outside, but I was pissed off a lot of the time too, you know?  There’s a question of trying to rein in those feelings, and make sure that on the outside, I was cool.”

In the attorney general’s opinion, it’s obviously not cool to quack like a duck.

Such is the gravitas of journalism at MSNBC.

Here’s the entire love-fest:


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Steve Berman


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