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GOP Mailer - Obama Bucks

ayabe

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The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.

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."

The GOP newsletter, which was sent to about 200 members and associates of the group by e-mail and regular mail last week, is drawing harsh criticism from members of the political group, elected leaders, party officials and others as racist.

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."

"It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don't want to go into it any further," Fedele said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn't my attempt."

Fedele said she got the illustration in a number of chain e-mails and decided to reprint it for her members in the Trumpeter newsletter because she was offended that Obama would draw attention to his own race. She declined to say who sent her the e-mails with the illustration.
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An Inland Republican women?s group sent out a newsletter showing this fake $10 ?food stamp? with Barack Obama?s face on it.

She said she doesn't think in racist terms, pointing out she once supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American who previously ran for president.

"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!"

Club Member Cries

Sheila Raines, an African-American member of the club, was the first person to complain to Fedele about the newsletter. Raines, of San Bernardino, said she has worked hard to try to convince other minorities to join the Republican Party and now she feels betrayed.

"This is what keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party," she said. "I'm really hurt. I cried for 45 minutes."

The Obama campaign declined to comment. It's the campaign's policy to not address such attacks, said Gabriel Sanchez, a California spokesman for the campaign.

The newsletter prompted a rebuke from another African-American member of the organization, which is well recognized in the community for its philanthropy and efforts to register and turn out voters in the Rancho Cucamonga and Upland areas.

Acquanetta Warren, a Fontana councilwoman and member of the women's group, said the item is rude and requires a public apology.

"When I opened that up and saw it, I said, 'Why did they do this? It doesn't even reflect our principles and values,' " said Warren, who served as a Republican delegate to the national convention in September and is a regional vice chairwoman for the California Republican Party. "I know a lot of the ladies in that club and they're fantastic. They're volunteers. They really care -- some of them go to my church."

Warren forwarded an electronic version of the newsletter to the California Republican Party headquarters, where officials also were outraged Wednesday and denounced the illustration.

Hector Barajas, the party's press secretary, said the party chairman likely will have a conversation with Fedele, and Barajas will attend the statewide California Federation of Republican Women conference this weekend in Los Angeles to handle any news media there to cover the controversy.

Obama in Turban

The newsletter is not the first such episode Barajas has had to respond to this week. The Sacramento Bee on Wednesday posted an image it said was captured from the Sacramento County GOP Web site that showed Obama in a turban next to Osama bin Laden.

It said: "The difference between Osama and Obama is just a little B.S." The site also encouraged members to "Waterboard Barack Obama," a reference to a torture technique. The Sacramento County party took down the material Tuesday after being criticized.

Mark Kirk, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County GOP chairman, said he expects Chairman Gary Ovitt to also have a talk with Fedele and to attend the group's local meeting next week to discuss the issue with members, although the county GOP has no formal oversight role over the club. Kirk said these kinds of depictions hurt the party's ongoing efforts to reach out to minorities.

"It's very damaging and we're going to take steps to correct this," Kirk said. "Unfortunately, I don't know what you do to correct ignorance like this, but we will do what we can."

Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, and state Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, both criticized the illustration as inappropriate and irresponsible.

Dutton pointed out that his wife, a member of the club, is of Mexican heritage and has battled criticism that the Republican Party is not the party for minorities. The club's newsletter undercuts efforts to rise above racism, he said.

"Bias and racial comments and even suggestions are frankly what weakens us as a people. I think we as Americans need to rise above that," he said.

Emmerson said he was extremely offended and sickened by the newsletter.

Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at Cal State Sacramento, said it's imperative that people speak out about these kinds of depictions no matter how small the organization. She praised Raines for doing so.

"It's a statement about what is civil discourse and can you get away with doing something under an organizational banner," she said. "You have to cut it out at the root and the root is often small organizations that are local and they then become larger."

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This is pretty bad even for the party of race-baiters. It's not subtle, it's not clever, it's out right racism pure and simple.
 

ayabe

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Originally posted by: loki8481
I was first in line to defend the Obama-Waffles.

but this is pretty bad.
A little fun here and there is ok, and some stuff has been borderline depending on your POV. But this is just sad.
 

Specop 007

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Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
 

AstroManLuca

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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."
Riiiiiiiiight. So her thought process was:

"He says he doesn't look like the presidents on our money? I know, I'll put his image on some money! And instead of money I'll go for food stamps since Obama sure loves government handouts."
"Well, now I need to put some food on there. I'll just pick a few food items at random. Watermelon and fried chicken. Sounds good to me. Yep, just totally picked those food items completely at random."
 

AstroManLuca

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
I think that is deplorable and I am a strong Obama supporter. The point of this thread, as I see it at least, is not to attack the GOP itself, but the members of that party who continue to cling to racism. There are also members of the Democratic party who are racist. Reasonable people from both sides should probably agree that both the food stamp thing and the black power vandalism are nasty and mean-spirited. I don't see anyone here supporting such actions.

The problem I keep seeing over and over again is you get one person who does something nasty to attack Obama, and Obama supporters jump to his defense and try to characterize every McCain supporter as though they're the same. And then McCain's supporters fire back by characterizing every Obama supporter as being a hypocrite because one of them did something nasty the other way and the rest of the party didn't show adequate outrage (doesn't matter if the issue was heavily publicized or not).

Look, there are a few people in both parties who are worthless beyond hope and should be ignored. You can't characterize either party based on the actions of a few loudmouth assholes.
 

TheSlamma

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The best and worst thing I can wish on these people is that they actually evolve one day.
 

Mani

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The best part about Obama winning will be seeing the faces of people like this.
 

Specop 007

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Originally posted by: AstroManLuca
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
I think that is deplorable and I am a strong Obama supporter. The point of this thread, as I see it at least, is not to attack the GOP itself, but the members of that party who continue to cling to racism. There are also members of the Democratic party who are racist. Reasonable people from both sides should probably agree that both the food stamp thing and the black power vandalism are nasty and mean-spirited. I don't see anyone here supporting such actions.

The problem I keep seeing over and over again is you get one person who does something nasty to attack Obama, and Obama supporters jump to his defense and try to characterize every McCain supporter as though they're the same. And then McCain's supporters fire back by characterizing every Obama supporter as being a hypocrite because one of them did something nasty the other way and the rest of the party didn't show adequate outrage (doesn't matter if the issue was heavily publicized or not).
I agree, however I disagree with the assumption that no one here supports it. I bet many posters do, for both sides. ATP&N hardly strikes me as "reasonable people". Unless you consider such far left comments as "bushwackos" as "reasonable", but it doesnt really fit my definition.

I also think race, as much as many would like to overlook it, will be a HUGE issue. I'll bet you $5 we have riots regardless of who wins. I'll go double or nothing as to the demographic that is rioting too.....
 

Robor

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.

 

AstroManLuca

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
Originally posted by: AstroManLuca
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
I think that is deplorable and I am a strong Obama supporter. The point of this thread, as I see it at least, is not to attack the GOP itself, but the members of that party who continue to cling to racism. There are also members of the Democratic party who are racist. Reasonable people from both sides should probably agree that both the food stamp thing and the black power vandalism are nasty and mean-spirited. I don't see anyone here supporting such actions.

The problem I keep seeing over and over again is you get one person who does something nasty to attack Obama, and Obama supporters jump to his defense and try to characterize every McCain supporter as though they're the same. And then McCain's supporters fire back by characterizing every Obama supporter as being a hypocrite because one of them did something nasty the other way and the rest of the party didn't show adequate outrage (doesn't matter if the issue was heavily publicized or not).
I agree, however I disagree with the assumption that no one here supports it. I bet many posters do, for both sides. ATP&N hardly strikes me as "reasonable people". Unless you consider such far left comments as "bushwackos" as "reasonable", but it doesnt really fit my definition.

I also think race, as much as many would like to overlook it, will be a HUGE issue. I'll bet you $5 we have riots regardless of who wins. I'll go double or nothing as to the demographic that is rioting too.....
So you think that there are people here who agree with vandalizing McCain signs by putting the phrase "Black Power" on them, or who really do hate Obama because of his race? Sounds a bit paranoid to me. I think ATPN is a little more mature than your average American citizen (if only just).
 

Specop 007

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Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.
Almost as shocking as you supporting racism from the Left but not from the right eh?
 

jonks

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
No, personal property expressing political preference shouldn't be vandalized, but can you see the difference between an opportunistic juvenile act likely committed by teenagers, and an organized racist campaign conducted by the leader of a purportedly legitimate group?
 

Specop 007

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Originally posted by: AstroManLuca
So you think that there are people here who agree with vandalizing McCain signs by putting the phrase "Black Power" on them, or who really do hate Obama because of his race? Sounds a bit paranoid to me. I think ATPN is a little more mature than your average American citizen (if only just).
Hell yes, I know it! I KNOW beyond a doubt that we have posters on this board who will tolerate racism in various degrees and I have the time out to prove it! I wont comment to specifically which racist acts they support however. By that I dont mean they may support racism commited by blacks against whites, or whites against hispanics or....

I wont say what is acceptable and unacceptable levels of racism, but beyond a shadow of a doubt some types of racism are indeed supported.

As for being more mature.....:confused:

You really think that?? You really think a mature person would blame every problem in the country on 1 individual, ie the president? I dont. The mature people I know realize that policies, be it international or fiscal or social, or done through a combination of powers within our government and to blame something on any single individual is, well, immature and childish.

But theres a whole hell of a lot of posts I see blaming Bush for everything and anything you can think of.
 

Robor

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.
Almost as shocking as you supporting racism from the Left but not from the right eh?
I didn't support it and there's a difference between one tool writing on a McCain/Palin sign and a group mailing obviously racist material. Nice sig by the way...

I'm sure you were talking about 'whitey' here, right...

I'll bet you $5 we have riots regardless of who wins. I'll go double or nothing as to the demographic that is rioting too.....
 

nakedfrog

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.
Almost as shocking as you supporting racism from the Left but not from the right eh?
I'm sorry, I must have missed the part where he supported it?
 

Specop 007

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Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.
Almost as shocking as you supporting racism from the Left but not from the right eh?
I didn't support it and there's a difference between one tool writing on a McCain/Palin sign and a group mailing obviously racist material. Nice sig by the way...

I'm sure you were talking about 'whitey' here, right...
Where did I support the mailing? Oh thats right, I didnt. Dont project your racist views on me, wont work.
But dont expect one side to stay gentlemanly when the other doesnt.

I'll bet you $5 we have riots regardless of who wins. I'll go double or nothing as to the demographic that is rioting too.....
So I see you are confident enough in the mature and level headed nature of all people in this country that you'll take my bet. Right?

As I've said before, theres a very fine line between racism and facts. Far too often people prefer to hide facts with screams of racism. It seems you too falike to play that game. I wonder, what are YOU covering up?
 

Specop 007

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Originally posted by: nakedfrog
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.
Almost as shocking as you supporting racism from the Left but not from the right eh?
I'm sorry, I must have missed the part where he supported it?
Read some of his other posts. Sometimes an understanding of a person comes not from one sentence, but from a combination of posts over time.
 

blackangst1

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Im not sure this can be blamed on the GOP in general. Afterall, it was NOT the GOP who sent it out, but Inland Republican women's group and only to 200 people. But, it IS reprehensable.

And funny as hell lol
 

jonks

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Originally posted by: ayabe
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."

"It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don't want to go into it any further," Fedele said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn't my attempt."

Fedele said she got the illustration in a number of chain e-mails and decided to reprint it for her members in the Trumpeter newsletter because she was offended that Obama would draw attention to his own race. She declined to say who sent her the e-mails with the illustration.

"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!"
$5 on her making KO's WPitW
 

Red Dawn

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Originally posted by: nakedfrog
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Specop 007
Turnabout is fair play
Do unto others
Tit for tat

However you want to call it. None the less I'm not suprised the Left thinks its ok to use racist remarks and tactics, but should the Right do so its somehow offensive.

Article

Woman has campaign signs vandalized

Written over the original white lettering in black ink, the sign reads "Paris Hilton would be better than McCain" on one side. The opposite side has the words "Black Power" written over it with a cartoon fist.
How shocking you rationalize the shit in the OP with that crap link. Oh, and as much as I despise Paris Hilton she would be better than McCain/Palin.
Almost as shocking as you supporting racism from the Left but not from the right eh?
I'm sorry, I must have missed the part where he supported it?
Shhh, he's got his rage on, don't mess it up for him.
 

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