Monday, September 15, 2008

GOP "Family Values" Summit Serves Up Obama Waffles, Lou Dobbs Loves Em'

Over and over again we hear that the Republicans are the party of family values and that Democrats are dirty hippies who want to rip apart the nuclear household. They have organizations with names to support that meme and talk incessantly that they are the ones that will hold the traditional family together. One thing that they forget is that they're also the party of not-so-hidden racism and bigotry, and it was on display at their latest even this weekend.

From RawStory:

An exhibitor at the 2008 Value Voters Summit - sponsored by the Family Research Council and counting among its speakers former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been selling seemingly racist anti-Obama waffles. The product is pictured below. Summit security would not allow photographs to be taken inside the exhibit hall. "I asked the 'chef'... if he was at all concerned that this might be viewed as a white man putting a black man into a frying pan," Raw Story reporter Larisa Alexandrovna wrote Saturday. "He laughed and said, 'I hope so.'" The first image shows a gaping caricature of Obama under the words "Obama Waffles," with the tagline "Waffling the World Over." The second shows Obama in a turban with the words, "Point box toward Mecca for tastier waffles."

At first a skeptic could just dismiss this as characterizing political waffling on issues. Yet taking a look at the product gives an instant indication as to what the creators of this garbage were meaning to do. Oh and this wasn't just for the fringe, even CNN personality Lou Dobbs loved the racially-tinged waffles:

According to the the site's blog, Lou Dobbs, who was also speaking at the convention, lauded the product Friday.

"My wife will love this," Dobbs purportedly said. A photograph of Dobbs with a box and one of the sellers is online here.

Lou (or his supporters) had it taken down, but thanks to the miracle of the Internet, you can see the screen shot...and the ugly truth of the racist right.