Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Obama's Grandmother: "Typical White Person?"

Barack Obama (in commercial): "Let's go save the world!"

Stephen R. Maloney: "Let's not."

If you look closely at Barack Obama's new "biographical" commercial, you'll see an older woman singing his praises. The woman is Barack Obama's grandmother or, as he calls her, his "white grandmother."She's the one Obama has called on several occasions "a typical white person."

In his commercials, the candidate signs the woman's praises, noting that during World War II she "a bomb assembly worker." In his book, Dreams From My Father, Obama makes light of the woman's manufacturing job. He describes her as "Rose the Riveter." In his recent speech on race, he compared his grandmother to his racist preacher, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

One wonders: what if John McCain described someone as "a typical Black person?" I can imagine Obama reaching his oratorical Mt. Everest as he denounced McCain for racial stereotyping. Of course, that would be a case of the pot calling the kettle . . . well, you know.

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