Which is the better way to diminish a man: Having his wife publicly castrate him, or repeatedly comparing him to cartoon animals in print and on t-shirts?
Maureen Dowd of the New York Times is responsible for naming Barack Obama “Obambi” — and she gave him that castrating nickname because, she argues, he wants to be put on a pedestal and be petted:
But often he reverts to Obambi, tentative about commanding the stage and consistently channeling the excitement he engenders. At times, he seems to be actively resisting his phenom status and easy appeals to emotion. When he should fire up, he dampens. When he should dominate, he’s deferential. When he should lacerate, he’s languid.
Last week, a more insidious, than castrating comparison to a cartoon character mocked Barack as a bar tender in Marietta, Georgia began selling “Obama in ’08” t-shirts starring Curious George as Obama.
The outrage over comparing Barack to a monkey ran into the streets of Marietta while the bar owner told everyone to “get a sense of humor” because he “wasn’t being Racist” — he just thought Obama has “big ears like a monkey.”
The same day, a caller to the Rush Limbaugh show said her daughter thought Obama looked like Curious George, too, and Limbaugh laughed. Later — and shockingly — Limbaugh apologized to Barack. Limbaugh claimed when he laughed he “didn’t know Curious George was a cartoon monkey.”
Must Obama swallow these character insults in comparisons to cartoon animals as part of his run for the democrat nomination — or is he allowed to be publicly angry and fight back against this outright Racism?
How soon will Macaca re-appear as the ultimate nasty label?
We’re used to exaggerated editorial cartoon characterizations of political people, but if one of those cartoonists drew Barack as a monkey, would there be more, or less, fury at the affront?
We’ve already seen Barack branded in the mainstream press as a Muslim based on his middle name as well as having his courtesy in dressing in traditional African garb to honor his hosts made fun of as being un-American.
Yesterday, Obama had to defend his wife — again! — on her purposefully “misunderstood” comments on her public moment of being a proud American:
The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say
whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “If
they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this
campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the
notion that you start attacking my wife or my family.
I suppose the reason Barack is mocked with belittling names and comparisons to monkeys and cartoons is because he is dangerous. He has a message that is sinking in and finding purchase within people that stirs emotions and thoughts that were never before considered.
Evidence of his threatening popularity to the current status quo can be found in this image from Portland, Oregon yesterday where over 75,000 people gathered in the name of Barack Obama. Is this a movement or a tidal wave?
For those of us eager for change and to express a new hope, we only need to focus in on the center of that crowd of 75,000 and see what we want in our future: Love, family, and a fresh approach to leadership that can never be dulled by pet names or diminished by cartoon comparisons.