Patterico's Pontifications

4/19/2012

Tommy Christopher: Don’t Say Obama Is Not Working, Or You Are a Racist

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:15 pm

Ah, good old Tommy Christopher. Don’t criticize the black president, you damn racists!

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn’t Working,” which is also the name of a website his campaign set up several months ago (in case you didn’t get the message from the banner, it was also on the front of Romney’s podium).

The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.

Here is the racist slogan:

This is excellent, because this way, Obama gets to play all the golf he wants while running up a $5 trillion dollar debt. And you had better not call him on it, because otherwise?

Racist.

Reminder: this incisive analysis comes from the Journalistic Genius who assured you that Nikki, Patricia, and John Reid were all for real. Why, he staked his journalistic reputation on it!

You know, I have a theory. People who are super duper quick on the trigger to call everyone else a racist for a legitimate criticism?

They’re the actual racists. They’re patronizing and condescending. They think Obama can’t be forced to undergo actual hard-hitting criticism.

That’s my theory.

I can’t prove it in Tommy Christopher’s case, of course. The only thing I can prove with him, beyond the shadow of a doubt, is that he is an incompetent and laughable partisan hack. But racist? That’s just my theory.

It’s important to keep the two separate, dontcha know.

Supporter: Obama Had to Take a Subway Just to Get Fresh Fruit

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:15 am

Ah, so this is the defense:

Barack Obama’s vision as president is shaped by the fact that he knows what “it’s like to take a subway or a bus just to find a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said last week.

Donovan seemed to be suggesting that the president had once lived in what First Lady Michelle Obama now refers to as a “food desert”–a place without a nearby supermarket. The First Lady has launched an initiative to eliminate these places.

And why take a subway to get an apple or a banana when there’s a tasty schnauzer right there on the corner?

You can see, by the way, that the meme of Barack as Common Man is being trial-ballooned. Obama tried it himself yesterday, telling a crowd how he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

At the risk of seeming like I’m attacking his precious Michelle, is it OK yet to point out that she held a totally expendable $300,000 job at a hospital competing for graft from Senator Obama — a job that was eliminated as unnecessary after she left? Or how she lectured a group of women in near poverty about how tough it was to spend $10,000 a year on piano and dance lessons as she fingered her triple strand of pearls?

I mean, as long as we’re talking about their hard-scrabble, fresh-fruitless, silver spoon-less, dog-eating lives of poverty.

Finally, to paraphrase iowahawk on Twitter: what’s more important? That Romney made millions of his own money? Or that Obama has spent $5 trillion of ours?


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