MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry made a rather unusual request of Eric Holder in an interview over the weekend.
On her MSNBC show on Sunday, Harris-Perry informed the attorney general of a nickname that she and her fans have for him: the Duck. “We say that you have a very placid, even way of presenting, but you’re working for justice underneath,” she explained.
Then came what is likely the first time the nation’s top law-enforcement officer has been presented with this question: ”Would you quack for us?”
An uncomfortable Holder turned down Harris-Perry’s request, but took the nickname as a compliment. He explained that the reason for his calm demeanor is likely rooted in his upbringing in the 1950s and 1960s in which black men wanted to appear “cool” and composed. But don’t let his appearance on the surface fool you about his passion.
“You’re absolutely right — those little duck feet are just moving as fast as they can underneath,” he said as a smitten Harris-Perry giggled. “I may have been cool in congressional hearings on the outside, but I was pissed off a lot of the time too.”