#88: Sarah Palin accuses Obama of cavorting with terrorists:
"We see America as the greatest force for good in this world," Palin said at a fund-raising event in Colorado, adding, "Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."Palin was referring to Obama's association with Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground, "which was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including the Pentagon and the Capitol." The two have met, but, as the article in Friday's New York Times about Obama's relationship with Ayers, which Palin cited as her source, concluded, "the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called 'somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8'." Reading is fundamental, Governor Palin.
Palin made similar comments later at a rally in Carson, California.
Palin also said that Obama "is not a man who sees America like you and I see America," which even the AP is questioning as a dog whistle: "Palin's words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee 'palling around' with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn't see their America?" Yes. See Parts 1-87 in this series. Kthxbai.
#89: Treasurer of the Buchanan County (Virginia) Republican Party and representative on McCain's Virginia Leadership Team, Bobby May, pens column "joking" about the changes a President Obama would make, including:
hire the rapper Ludacris to paint the White House black (a reference to a pro-Obama song by Ludacris), and divert more foreign aid to Africa so "the Obama family there can skim enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American Dream." He joked that Obama would replace the 50 stars on the U.S. flag "with a star and crescent logo," an Islamic symbol, and that his policy on drugs would be to "raise taxes to pay for Obama's inner-city political base."Of course he did.
…[May] said his column reflected his views alone, and he denied it was racist.
#90: Florida teacher is reprimanded after anti-Obama racist commentary:
According to parents and students in Greg Howard's seventh-grade social studies class, Howard on Friday, Sept. 26 asked the class a question regarding Obama's call for change, and proceeded to write out what the letters C-H-A-N-G-E stood for.What. An. Asshole.
"She told me that he wrote on the board 'Can You Help A (expletive) Get Elected,' and then laughed about it," said Shelia Christian, a mother of one of Howard's students.
Jackson County Superintendent Danny Sims said that description of this incident was "pretty accurate."
Sims said Howard apparently repeated the action in more than one class, having made the comment in "a couple of periods."
You know, sometimes I really despair for this country when I spend so much of my time writing about stuff like this—but then I remind myself that in spite of all the stuff like this, which is hell and gone more ubiquitous than even a 90-part series suggests, Obama is still leading by 7 points. And then I just smile. Because the future is on our side. It always is.
[H/Ts to Shakers Monalisa, Monica, and Kathy. 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, Eighty-Three, Eighty-Four, Eighty-Five, Eighty-Six, Eighty-Seven.]