politics: Aww, redneck racism is so charming!

Button: If Obama is President... will we still call it The White House?

I read about this button yesterday and thought I shrugged it off. Just like I thought I shrugged off the sock monkey puppet and Curious George t-shirt, but give me a f**king break people. I think this joke was born from an incident in January:

William R. Farr was pretending to read telegrams congratulating this year’s award recipient … when he pulled out a piece of paper and said, “I have a telegram from the White House.”

Then he added, “They’re going to have to change the name of that building if Obama’s elected.”

Witnesses said they could hear people gasp in the ballroom of the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

Hilarious, right? Farr was raked over the coals, apologies followed, yet another step backwards away from the goal of at least tolerance if not acceptance.

Apparently someone from RepublicanMarket.com thought, “Hey, what a great idea for a button!” I looked at their site where the Obama pin has completely disappeared, but looking at some of their other buttons, I’m not sure why they bothered to take it down. It would be right at home.

So since I was still annoyed this morning, I brought in two of my mini books that survived the last donation purge and I’ll be posting some fun snippets from those later on. I know there are gay republicans and there are good republicans — those two don’t necessarily overlap. But it sucks when the two-party system doesn’t allow a member of one party to say anything complimentary about a candidate of the other party, but take a disparaging comment or joke too far and it’s the shot heard ’round the world.

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1 Response

  1. William Mize says:

    Good GOD. I love me some politics (I’m a Libertarian, after all), but I hate this type of partisan and racist crap.
    It’s a sad state of affairs when we’re not talking about the real issues, but instead about Obama’s minister or McCain’s wife or some other such crap.
    This is why I’ll be voting for Bob Barr.
    At least I can sleep at night then.

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