So I just received the photo below via e-mail from someone whose friend took the photo at a Palin rally this morning.
I wanted to be angry, but I totally couldn’t ;) Because even though — in my opinion — the message and intent of this sign are potentially inflammatory and completely at odds with what I believe to be true, I cannot deny that it made me chuckle.
During the 2000 presidential election fiasco when I worked for CNN, we would set up camp each morning in front of the Supreme Court waiting for a decision and recording the daily protests and the loonies that participated in them. If I had a scanner, I’d post some of those photos for y’all. OH THE COSTUMES! One woman came out every day with her toddler covered in three-hole-punch paper — he was a dimpled chad. Another guy dressed up as “The Gore-inch who tried to steal the election” — complete with full-on green body paint. I am so serious… Although I was on the other side of the argument I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the stuff they came up with.
Funny is funny. And as a comic, I cannot hate.
I think I know the first place we should look.
My parents’ house.
Why, you ask?…
My mom’s mini magazine shrine to Barack in the family room. Please notice the deliberate octagonal layout of the magazines. After seeing this, I went into their spare room/office and totally expected to see Barack’s face plastered all over the walls, like in a serial killer/kidnapper movie. Turns out there were no [more] photos on the wall but there were several unexplained patches of scotch tape. I’m just saying… Tee hee ;)
I teased her about it. Incessantly. But I totally get that this whole campaign has got to be very surreal for someone who grew up in Georgia in the 50’s and 60’s. As awesome as it is for me, it’s gotta be a hundred times more awesome for folks in my parents’ generation. My mom volunteers for the campaign, and she just wants to save everything she can so that she can reflect on it once everything is all over. I guess that’s as noble a reason as any to stalk someone… but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna make fun of her ;)
My friend Amber just e-mailed me this photo. In case you can’t believe your eyes, I can confirm dude’s shirt says, “NIGG** PLEASE!! It’s a WHITE House.” I’m not sure if this was a forward or something she or someone she knows saw… But either way, this just gives me one more reason to get up at the butt crack of dawn on Nov. 4th and vote. I’ll vote twice if I can.
Hope dude doesn’t do anything to hurt himself on Nov. 5th once Barack locks it in (please read the sarcasm).
Barack the Vote.
So, I’ve been slacking a little on reading some of my favorite blogs. And I just came across a gem from a few weeks back written by comedy buddy, vigilante pundit, and my personal blogging hero, Baratunde Thurston. The post is about the need for Barack Obama to clear the air and answer all questions and address all issues related to Black people in this country in order to shut the media up. Such a funny post!
Here are my three favorite “questions” from the blog (in no particular order):
- Many black people believe whites are blue-eyed devils. I’ll take your silence as agreement.
- Jovaunte Stephens of Atlanta, GA is scheduled for a probation hearing tomorrow. He insists he didn’t do shit wrong. Did he?
- Where is Tupac? Seriously.
Check it out here and ENJOY!
The Washington Examiner ran a short story on me in today’s paper. I haven’t seen the print yet, but here’s a link to the online version. Yay!
This was so dope, I called like 4 people while I was watching to see if they caught it.
Below is an excerpt from Michael Gerson’s column in today’s Washington Post. Definitely worth reading the entire column. It gives a pretty objective look at his candidacy — its flaws and its high points — but also highlights the undeniable fact that Obama’s campaign has changed this country. I really enjoyed it. Hopefully you will too.
75,000 and one.
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Is Barack Obama a weak presidential candidate or a strong one? The answer is: yes.
…As a result of all these factors, Obama and McCain are running fairly even in respected polls such as Gallup, alternately trading the lead by a few points — at a time of massive anti-Republican discontent during which Obama should be cleaning McCain’s clock.
Yet I cannot get two figures out of my mind — 75,000 and one. There were 75,000 attendees at Obama’s Portland, Ore., rally on Sunday — a monumental political achievement, found at the confluence of organization and enthusiasm. Obama does not merely talk of a new kind of politics; his charisma, story and tone symbolize a shift in political eras. Obama voters believe they are changing politics forever — a claim that Al Gore or John Kerry could never credibly make. At its best, this desire to break the dominance of politics-as-usual motivated support for John Kennedy and the New Frontier. At its worst, it motivated support for professional wrestler Jesse Ventura to be governor of Minnesota — he won nearly half of young voters in a three-way election. In either case, it is hard to bet against excitement and idealism.
The “one” is Mark McKinnon — a media adviser to McCain, a friend and former colleague of mine, a Texas Democrat who strongly supported George W. Bush, and a man of great decency and integrity. Early last year, he gave me a copy of Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope” and said he had informed the McCain team that he could not help lead a general election campaign against Obama. This week, McKinnon kept his word by resigning (though remaining a strong “friend and fan” of the McCain campaign).
It is a reminder of something that Republicans — even in the busy strife of a campaign — should not forget or underestimate. Obama is a serious, thoughtful, decent adult who will attract the sympathy of other serious, thoughtful, decent adults. He has evident flaws, but the inspiration he evokes is genuine. His policy views are conventionally liberal, but his story is not a scam. And, in some ways, his election would finally make sense of an American story that includes Antietam and Selma.
The enthusiasm of many Republicans and conservatives to defeat Hillary Clinton would have come unbidden. Against Obama, it will come harder.