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Yes, I Know About Obama Waffles Controversy- Wake me on November 5th

Just to stop the flood of emails I am getting about this. I know about the infamous Obama Waffles. As a political junkie, there is very little that happens during this stage of the campaign that I don't know about. Especially if it is an AP wire story.

Apparently at some conservative conference they were selling Obama Waffles a la Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's of course the people who are selling the waffles don't see anything wrong in dabbling in racial stereotypes blah blah blah not intended to offend blah blah blah satire blah, blah blah. Of course the Obama Waffles are selling like hotcakes ( pardon the pun) you can check out the actual images of the waffles at their website www.obamawaffles.com featuring an image of what I guess these people believe MIchelle Obama looks like saying "What Are your Waiting For? They're selling like hotcakes."
While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama's politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian.

On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for ''Open Border Fiesta Waffles'' that says it can serve ''4 or more illegal aliens.'' The recipe includes a tip: ''While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?''

The novelty item also takes shots at 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, Obama's wife, Michelle, and Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Washington Post

I would recommend that you follow the Obama campaign's lead on this one, but you will ignore me anyway so I won't even bother. There will be a mini firestorm on the internet declaring this OUTRAGEOUS and we will burn another two or three news cycles talking about everything BUT substantive policy,issues, of the perilous future of our nation in the midst of world political instability, an energy crisis, natural disasters, rising unemployment, inflation, devaluation of the dollar,and a credit crisis.

Lipstick, Waffles, and Wolves OH MY!

So last week it was lipstick, this week it's waffles, next week we'll be talking about wolves, lions, tigers and bears. Then we'll be wondering why Palin always wears red shoes. Then we'll make Michelle Obama and Cindy Mccain have a brownie bake off. In the interim, we'll get our Presiential debate analysis from Saturday Night Live and people will debate the colors of the ties that McCain and Obama wear. Then we'll have a poll to see which of the candidates people want to have pizza and beer with.

All the while the price of gas is going to head to $6 and this hurricane season isn't even remotely over. People are getting blown up by remote control in Afghanistan OH YEAH and in case y'all missed it, RUSSIAN BOMBERS have landed in Venezuela ie... the western hemisphere. For those of you who aren't student's of US History, that ain't a good thing. Did I mention that we just mortgaged future generations up to their eyeballs in DEBT by bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Oh yeah its a new week so that means another bank will be failing any day now. Is it November 4th yet???

So now you know that I know and I know that you know about the waffle mix and we have now promoted this obscure little culinary enterprise that no one knew or cared about 24 hours ago. Tomorrow John McCain will be asked to condemn the waffle mix and Barack Obama will say something to the effect of he's not paying attention to waffles, he's paying attention to the American people and the fact that rising inflation is making it harder for them to put waffles on the table. Rinse and repeat.
Oh yeah, they have their own Obama Waffle blog and are reveling in the "controversy".
It's been a long time since I've been cussed up one side and down the other. Yikes! There are some protesters outside with signs saying, "Focus on Your Own _____ Family." They brought their protests inside when they heard about Obama Waffles.

One man, Rick, had a few choice words for me. Although none of them were four-letter words, they stung anyway.

Another man protesting outside came inside to document our booth on his cellphone. I gave him a copy of the box. Talk about publicity! We welcome the debate and hope our fans will answer on our behalf.

In the name of fairness and equity, I asked if I could take his photograph with my cellphone. He even held up the box.Obama Waffles Blog

So by all means, continue to help this waffle company with their viral internet marketing campaign.

Now if you will excuse me, I am returning my attention to the devastation of Hurricane Ike. Mother nature doesn't seem to care that we have a circus masquerading as a presidential campaign going on .

Reader Comments (27)

Honestly, is it any worse than the Obama bobbleheads, Obama with MLK, Obama in a box, or my favorite, Obama cologne?

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdw314

Are you serious!!! This is a "Family Values" Confrence... That is selling a racist product, They need to be called out for it.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The issues are being ignored b/c neither candidate are discussing the issues. They both speak in very general terms. The only people who asked the hard questions and demanded answers was Barbara Walters on The View.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNaima

they have been called out. they got kicked out and about a million page clicks in the process they did this intentionally

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterginamobi

This is a prime opportunity to raise the issue of inferior educational standards in this country. The ignorance required to put a "product" like this to market is embarassing. But it is imperative to the republican agenda that they keep the populace dumb and dirt poor; it's easier to control the masses that way. For all the intelligent conservatives who happen to vote republican this should be a wake up call that economy, health care, education, foreign relations and national security are not a priority for the republicans this election; they continue to show their asses.
I'm impressed at Barack's ability to remain cool. He knows that the gop is trying to lure him into angry black man territory, once he falls into that trap, it's over.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrsMcG

Well the debates start September 26th and then we'll really have something to complain about. We need to be focusing on voter registration and stemming the flow of disenfranchised voters since the Rethugs are out to cook the books and kick Black people from the voting rolls in all the battleground states. Has anyone signed up to be a poll worker?

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

The issue is the Republicans, claiming that they are not running a racist campaign! And why does Obama have a turban on? Hmmm . . . .

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarley

To play devil's advocate, Obama does waffle! He's waffled on issues of foreign policy and the war in Iraq. He's a waffler.

I can understand where people are coming from but I also think they may be a little too sensitive. What about the cartoons in the New Yorker (and other publications) that depict McCain as an old man in a nursing home- is that not ageism? Or is it deemed funny and acceptable because McCain is white?

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZabeth

Sigh, can we just go ahead and vote now and end the madness?

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYme

I remeber writing a comment here after Palin was named as McCain's running mate. I remeber stating that Putin and Chavez among other world leaders were sending high fives through text messages. I guess their messages got through.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Nothing surprises me anymore. I had to laugh when he said Obama was in traditional Muslim clothing. It shows their true world perspective.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Adia

The Republicans and especially the Christian "RIGHT" folks are very slow on the uptake, that there is a VIDEO camera everywhere. Macacca killed George Allen's career in 5 minutes. Rush Limbaugh shaking and gyrating to Mock Michael J.Fox's Parkinson's Disease cost Republicans Missouri and hence the US Senate. Ann Coulter spitting on 911 widows saying they were enjoying their husband's DEATHS, and they would have been divoirced any ways,Putrid GOP delegates spitting on EVERY wounded veteran wearing purple heart bandaids, and finally Michelle Malkin arguing FOR Japanese Internment CAMPS.

DeMoss and Whitlock I hope you both accept ALL the congratulations you receive from your GOP colleagues for giving Obama the White House.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermark

We are a 50 - 50 Nation, with 84% thinking the country is going in the wrong direction. Obama has one of the toughest VP's who could use the waffle images of BOTH Michelle and Barack, in stump speeches and mailers to specific sent to newly registered faith based youths tired of 2 issue Christian Right organizations. Racial Minorities can each imagine their image portrayed as sterotype. Bill Clinton would be terrific on the stump with this issue, and he'd bask in the glory of African Americans re-embracing him.
It takes maybe a swing of 3-6 election points to have an earth moving change in an election.
I think you are seriously mis-underestimating this waffle gaffe, and don't compare it to that faux outrage of lipstick which wasn't directed at Palin and everyone knew it. This has OBAMA'S name and a putrid racist cartoon...this is REAL OUTRAGE, and it's not going to go away. it plays to FRC's KKK mail list buying Tony Perkins already percieved racism, and it plays to the white white white GOP delegates.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermark

@ Zabeth

What's up with the disconnect? How can ageism be "funny and acceptable" because McCain is white?

Also, when you find someone laughing at depictions of McCain in a nursing home or, better yet, marketing a product that plays on age-ist themes then you can ask your question.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNquest

Faith...you’re right about focusing on voter registration and other GOTV efforts. We also need to start talking to our state election offices and find out how many voting machines are planned for each precinct, especially in the minority communities.

If you give the waffle issue legs then it allows the media to focus on race, which we all know is just like red bull to the conservative media, which in-turn distracts the candidates from talking about real issues ala like the take over of Freddie, Fannie, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and possible AIG. I’m sooooo happy they haven’t been playing up comments from the speech made by Elizabeth from the view.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthelildiva4u

Zabeth said:
"What about the cartoons in the New Yorker (and other publications) that depict McCain as an old man in a nursing home- is that not ageism? Or is it deemed funny and acceptable because McCain is white?"

At least the New Yorker was satirizing something that is generally TRUE although exaggerated: McCain is old. Anyone with eyes can see that. However, The New Yorker depicted Obama as a muslim which is FALSE. They depicted Michelle as an anti-American militant angry black woman which is FALSE.

There is a difference between exaggerating something that is generally known about a person and just simply depicting blatantly false images.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLa Belle Femme


I guess my point is ageism, racism, and sexism are all considered politically incorrect –isms. My point is why is there no outrage over negative and equally politically incorrect depictions of McCain? No one cries foul then. I just wonder is it deemed to be more acceptable to take pot shots at McCain because he’s a white male and not part of a protected class. Do you really think people weren’t laughing at the depictions of McCain in a nursing home and that they were created “in all seriousness?”

Instead of focusing on the issues facing the country, this is what we’re talking about.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZabeth

Yep, shows the world view alright. It must be nice to be able to "not think about" how your product might be interpreted and see it as "just jokes".

Must be nice. (This user gazes into the distance, while his ancestors cry)

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNehesi

I said on another blog that I was gonna put a notice on my blog about a boycott against Books-A-Million because of their support of this foolishness, but really when you think about it, is this incident any really any less racist than all of the other incidents? I mean, come on. America is a very racist country. No one should be surprised by any of this. At the end of the day when it comes to the issues that need to be addressed, is it really that crucial. While we're sitting here arguing about this, the obama waffles people are making a quick buck and the economy is going in the tank.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTasha212

Speaking of the McCain and even Alaska, check this out

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/" rel="nofollow">Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!

Check this Sunday rally in Alaska out. This rally was bigger than the pro-Palin rally, with more women! Video and photos included. Someone find their Myspace page or somethin! Get THOSE women on Oprah...

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLibertyRocks

The New Yorker was poking fun at critics who use racial stereotypes to distract from the issues.

The Dumb and Dumber brother were using racial stereotypes to distract from the issues.

Big Difference.

"What about the cartoons in the New Yorker (and other publications) that depict McCain as an old man in a nursing home- is that not ageism? Or is it deemed funny and acceptable because McCain is white?"

1- That was done by Vanity Fair not the New Yorker.

2- It was poking fun at the New Yorkers stance not McCain.

3- White had nothing to do with it since EVERY ONE GETS OLD.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClnmike

OOPS, somebody tried to get smart with another commenter and make a personal attack in the thread because someone had a different opinion and I ACCIDENTALLY hit the delete button. The next time it happens I might slip and label your comments as spam and if it happens again, who knows why may happen.

Stay on topic people. FYI you all are NOT the topic. Talk about the stupid waffles and world peace please.

Thank you very much,

What About Our Daughters Customer Service Department

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Lol, my bad, I definitely dont want to be ban, but that was way to easy of a pick.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClnmike

then again, this is America isn't it?

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDantresomi

I find it ironic that some of the same people who are outraged about the Obama waffles were unconcerned about the men who produced and sold Hillary Clinton nut crackers and T-shirts depicting Hillary Clinton in very sexist posing. This entire election cycle has illuminated the fact that both white people and black people in this country are racist and sexist and are trying to do better. Expecting for this election to be about "issues" is somewhat wishful thinking because for the first time in this country's history we have the dynamic of voting for a person of color or a woman, and November 4th will tell us which barrier this country is willing to breach first.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBlackScorpio

Well all the attention is on the economy now anyway, and if/when it shifts, I'd rather talk about Obama waffles than Sarah Palin (since the McCain camp said this election isn't about the issues, I'm sure they'll keep pushing her to the forefront to bank off her popularity). I think if the makers had not used racial imagery people would not be as angry about this. If they had used a picture or regular image of Obama, then I would buy their argument that it's just making fun of they way Obama waffles. Instead they have Obama in Muslim garb (something we all know he's denied being) and in stereotypical Mexican dress. I don't think it'd be so popular if it wasn't racist/controversial.

I haven't seen the McCain cartoon, but from the description of it, I don't think there's no outrage over it because he's a white male. I think there hasn't been much outrage because ageism is still acceptable. Ageism is more comparable to weightism, or discrimination against overweight individuals, than it is to sexism or racism. It's still okay to make jokes about fat people and old people. There never been much outrage over the fat jokes about Al Gore, Monica Lewinsky, Oprah, or Bill Clinton either. In a way, McCain can be grateful that old jokes are the only ones they can make. They'd really be raking him over the coals if he was fat.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKiely

the waffles box wasn't from the McCain campaign. I honestly believe there should be a literacy and intelligence test before voting. some people believe anything.

obama is not black. he is african, arab, and caucasian.
the quote from gov. palin about dinosaurs is fake.
i have read so many lies from wannabe pundits on blogs who are repeated what they heard somewhere.

calling republicans "rethugs"? does nothing to advance debate and shows you have no grasp of the issues.

that's all

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterme

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