Extreme Obama: The Good, The Bad and The Racist

It’s like “hope” for your ears.

Sometimes you just feel like being a show-off. That you somehow you’re the bigger Obama-ite because you’ve carved his visage onto the back of your head or you or you rock the “Dunk On McCain” T-shirt all-day, everyday. You’ve got an Obama ringtone of “Yes We Can.” You’ve got the words “hope” and “change” tattooed on your knuckles. Good for you. For the rest of us, maybe we’re looking to show our insane Fanhood of the Traveling Changelings and our esteemed respect for the Great Black Hopemongerer with something a tad more nuanced.

Like earbuds for our iPhones.

But for every harmless “I (Heart) Obama” contraption like these cute bits of ridiculousness, there is something that makes you go “Wow. That is totally racist.”

You know something is racist when you can tell just by looking at it. Take Obama Waffles. They’re like Aunt Jemima’s, only instead of a head scarf he’s rocking a turban/head wrap of some kind with references to Mecca. It was supposed to be a joke with its creators repeatedly explaining that it’s “political satire” to a reporter with the American News Project in the above clip. They explain it is not racist if the box reminds you of Aunt Jemima because Aunt Jemima is a preferred product of the creators. So it’s a compliment!


The “waffles” were unveiled during the Value Voters Summit which featured marquee speakers like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mitt “Mittens” Romney. The Associated Press picked up on the racist breakfast item and how event organizers quickly tried to play things down, getting the hotcakes out of there not wanting the potential bad press, no doubt.

They claimed they had no knowledge of how Obama Waffles were dancing on the edge of Little Sambo.

Once again, Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told the boxes were a parody of Obama’s policy positions but had not examined them closely.

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Never mind the fact that this unfunny breakfast treat is ignorant and plays on people’s fears over Obama, probably the least scary black man in America this side of Will Smith, but it once again demonizes the religion of Islam as if praying towards Mecca was a gateway drug to suicide bombing.

I want to inform bigots such as these that Islam, Christianity and Judaism share a patriarchal origin in Abraham. That they differ in many respects, but share many of the same core principles. That Muslims actually like and admire Jesus Christ. Islam is a religion. It isn’t fair to slander an entire group of people who are members of one of the largest faiths in the world, any more is it for me to condemn all Christians because a few anti-abortion extremists blew up abortion clinics and murdered doctors in the 1980s and 90s.

Every religion has good and bad apples in it. Every religion, at some point, has gone terribly, terribly wrong, abandoning its tenants. (Like the Inquisition, for example.) It’s wrong to take peaceful, decent people of all ethnicities and backgrounds and conclude there is some failing in their moral fiber because they are the minority in a Christian/Secular majority culture.

Really. Grow up. Scoring political points is not an excuse to play on xenophobic, bigoted fears.

14 thoughts on “Extreme Obama: The Good, The Bad and The Racist

  1. Seriously?No, really, seriously?That is not funny AT ALL. And they keep hiding behind “political satire,” knowing damn well they’re being bigots. A rap? Really? “Muslim attire”? Really? How dumb can you be? And the worst part is that these aren’t the only people who think this way.I’m so annoyed.

  2. And who stood in line and ponied up his 10 bucks for a box? None other than Lou “I hate brown people” Dobbs. In fact, his smiling face was prominently featured on the bigots’ website until the uproar began. Wonder how CNN feels about the thousands of e-mails they’ve received?

  3. Speaking of McCains and even Alaska, check this out <A HREF="http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/“ REL=”nofollow”>Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!Check this Sunday rally in Alaska out. This rally was bigger than the pro-Palin rally, with more women! Video and photos included. Someone find their Myspace page or somethin! Get THOSE women on Oprah…<A HREF="http://mudflats.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/rally29.jpg“ REL=”nofollow”>Alaskans for Obama, one of the photosBarack it!

  4. 1. Why do I still live in the South again?2. As much as it would be amazing for Obama to win, I fear the next four years. It’ll just get worst. Far worst. 2. Who would pay $10 for waffle mix? Seriously, $10?

  5. Did anyone see roland martin’s 7 Weeks to Go?!?!?!?!?these people should have been on the segment along with the other bigots he interview.and OF COURSE lou dobbs would be there!!!!! when is CNN going to kick his ass to the curb?!?!?!

  6. The creators of the Obama “joke” are just showing their ignorance. I moved to The South last year and I see signs of it here too. You’ll see Confederate flags posted on lawns and businesses, and I wonder if white people really know how offensive these things are. Do they even care? It is written: forgive them for they know not what they do.

  7. i sent lou dobbs an email expressing my “displeasure of him grinning with this box in his hand…on the bill maher hbo site, some clown sais they thought this was funny and wished they had thought it this…to which another poster said “let’s put your cracker ass on a box of saltines and see how funny you thing that is”…

  8. Snob and Co:Did you see this article by Robert Kennedy Jr. on the Huffington Post?Governor Palin’s Reading ListFascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that “some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies.”It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.The more we learn about this woman is VERY SCARY

  9. since its Ramadan, and I am practicing self-control and tolerance of ignorant people like this- AND i have a massive cold; I’m gonna chill out. But I will say this, thanks Danielle for pointing to what is the real issue- that of the demonizing of the faith that is based on peace, my faith, Islam. And not only do Muslims admire and love Jesus (peace be upon him) , but we believe in the virgin birth, we believe in his message, and that he was a messenger of God, the same God of Abraham of the Christians and Jews. That being said, we are definitely closer to each other than MOST people in power would like you to know. And please think, we are the SECOND largest religion in the PLANET, there are a billion of us, if we were an evil faith, this world would be in turmoil. Barack Obama is clearly a Christian, people of the Islamic faith cannot lie about their faith unless their lives are in danger.. but if he was, it is not a crime to be Muslim, and the hypocrites who are afraid of things they don’t know about should just go ahead and admit that they hate muslims, they hate islam, and they would sooner see their country go to hell than to have someone who is not Christian lead this nation. This country is far from equal, and we have a long way to go.Ok. whew! no cursing. thank God. XO,Maira

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