Thursday, October 16, 2008

And the Hits Just Keep on Comin...

May I present:


The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps -- instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of "Obama Bucks" -- a phony $10 bill featuring Obama's face on a donkey's body, labeled "United States Food Stamps."

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The group's president, Diane Fedele, said she plans to send an apology letter to her members and to apologize at the club's meeting next week. She said she simply wanted to deride a comment Obama made over the summer about how as an African-American he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

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"I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

She said she also wasn't trying to make a statement linking Obama and food stamps, although her introductory text to the illustration connects the two: "Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!"

[Vicious, expletive-laden rant here]

Hat Tip: NJ Ray

5 comments:

Emily said...

OMG is all I've got. people are so ignorant and dumb.

Jared Walczak said...

Sickening. Beyond that I don't even know what to say, other than that Diane Fedele and anyone else involved in this should be drummed out of the party immediately.

Sloane Frost said...

Freshman year at Cornell, the Black Student Union handed out fliers for their first event: Chicken and Waffles...I write this just as some food for thought (buh-dum-ch) and not at all as a justification for that image

Malou said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at what my country has become. There are thousands (if not millions) of people who agree with this woman. People who fit into her demographic will likely be trounced by young voters this election year. Either way,
"Obama bucks" symbolizes the waning days of the GOP's Rovian era. Certainly smears and character assassination will not go the way of Bush. But the 2008 election, for an assortment of reasons, including the economic crisis, has made voters resentful of slimy campaigning. The Sarah Palin rallies that mimic Nuremberg circa 1938, the illegitimate black child smear against McCain in 2000, or last week when McCain referred to Obama as "that one," these incidents have made even some conservatives wince. Maybe the public will learn something from all of this, or maybe unscrupulous hacks will always exploit fear and racism in the democratic process.

Rachel said...

I'm sorry to say that I don't think this kind of thing will ever go away. If there is an opportunity to be exploited in the democratic process it will be, if not always by the candidates themselves. *sigh* These things will never cease to not surprise me.