Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch, #83

The following item was being sold last week at the conservative Values Voters Summit, sponsored by the ironically-named public policy groups American Values and Focus on the Family Action:

Yes, that's right. Obama Waffles—featuring not one but two racist caricatures of Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama, including one erroneously implying, yet again, that he is Muslim, alongside a "Missing" picture of Jeremiah Wright, the controversial minister with whom Obama severed ties, and an image of Michelle Obama saying: "What are you waiting for? Order now…they're selling like hotcakes!"

Is that more about American Values or Family Values, do you think? Let's ask Malia and Sasha Obama what they think.

The hawking of racist Obama novelties at conservative events is nothing new (as a quick perusal through the Obama Racism Watch will attest), but the excuses for this one are beyond stunning.
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.
How closely do you need to examine an item with a prominent image depicting Obama "with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly" on the front of the box and "in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for 'Open Border Fiesta Waffles' that says it can serve '4 or more illegal aliens'" on the back of the box? Fucking hell.

And get this explanation, in addition to the whole faux-innocent "gee, it's just harmless satire" horseshit, from the creators of this box o' racism:
''It's the ultimate political souvenir,'' DeMoss told a customer.

Asked if he considered the pictures of Obama on the box to be racial stereotypes, Whitlock said: ''We had some people mention that to us, but you think of Newman's Own or Emeril's -- there are tons and tons of personality-branded food products on the market. So we've taken that model and, using political satire, have highlighted his policies, his position changes.''
Mmm, brilliant.

Via, Think Progress, here's an interview with these two unmitigated jackasses, trying to explain away all the overt and obviously deliberate racism on their product:

[Transcript: Two white assholes pretending they don't understand what's racist about their product.]

Pathetic. They don't even have the integrity to stand behind their deliberate, nasty, carefully and thoughtfully designed racism. Instead, they just affect blinking, wide-eyed naïveté, as if it was just coincidence that their allegedly good-natured satire ending up looking exactly like mean-spirited, racist swill. What bullshit. What spineless weasels.

If you've got the brass indifference to decency to put something like that out there in the first place, then you've got no business acting as if you had no idea what you were up to when someone with a modicum of politesse questions you about it.

And once again we see that the only real consistent values among movement conservatives are hatred and lying.

[H/T to Shakers Monalisa, Jeff Fecke, Juliemania, Oddjob, and Lena. Sorry if I missed anyone. Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen, Nineteen, Twenty, Twenty-One, Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven, Twenty-Eight, Twenty-Nine, Thirty, Thirty-One, Thirty-Two, Thirty-Three, Thirty-Four, Thirty-Five, Thirty-Six, Thirty-Seven, Thirty-Eight, Thirty-Nine, Forty, Forty-One, Forty-Two, Forty-Three, Forty-Four, Forty-Five, Forty-Six, Forty-Seven, Forty-Eight, Forty-Nine, Fifty, Fifty-One, Fifty-Two, Fifty-Three, Fifty-Four, Fifty-Five, Fifty-Six, Fifty-Seven, Fifty-Eight, Fifty-Nine, Sixty, Sixty-One, Sixty-Two, Sixty-Three, Sixty-Four, Sixty-Five, Sixty-Six, Sixty-Seven, Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Nine, Seventy, Seventy-One, Seventy-Two, Seventy-Three, Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five, Seventy-Six, Seventy-Seven, Seventy-Eight, Seventy-Nine, Eighty, Eighty-One, Eighty-Two.]

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