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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 06:08 PM

How Attacks On Obama's Race And Religion Turned Into Jokes

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/how-attacks-on-obamas-race-and-religion-turne

“Salaam!” Nothing stays below the surface for long any more.




Ben Smith
Posted Apr 29, 2012 4:23pm EDT
“I was born, of course, in Hawaii,” President Barack Obama began last night from the stage of the annual piece of dinner theater that is the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Then he winked, bringing down the house.

In his routine, Obama — as he has before — poked fun at rumors he was born in Kenya. He laughed gamely when comedian Jimmy Kimmel flicked at another rumor, that he’s a crypto-Muslim, with his greeting: “Salaam.” He joked that his second term’s secret agenda would involve hip-hop: “In my first term, I sang Al Green; in my second term, I'm going with Young Jeezy.” He joked about eating dog as a boy in Indonesia, an alien detail conservatives have delighted in raising in recent weeks.

Last night’s comedy routine didn’t just tap newsy mini-scandals — one at the General Services Administration, the other at the Secret Service — for which such events are designed. Obama and comic Jimmy Kimmel harped on the three most visceral and, once, potent lines of personal attack on Obama, the contradictory stew of questions raised about his religion, his race, and his American identity that have shadowed him since 2007, mostly debunked but never quite put to rest. Their presence at the White House Correspondents Dinner, a good-natured and generally toothless ritual whose players are adept at appearing to cross lines while remaining fundamentally inoffensive, shows how thoroughly they have been neutralized, and how confident are Obama and his handlers that they pose little threat.

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cbayer Apr 2012 OP
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DirkGently Apr 2012 #3
chervilant May 2012 #6
Jamaal510 Apr 2012 #4
SunSeeker May 2012 #5

Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 06:14 PM

1. That's the way to do it, all right

Admit even the most insanely ridiculous things and laugh in their faces about them.

Deny them and they cling even more closely to the conspiracy of silence around "duh troof."

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 06:16 PM

2. I thought he was great and agree that he has really defanged

those who try to use his race and religion against him.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 06:53 PM

3. Stupid hates funny. Stupid doesn't get funny, & doesn't think it's funny. (nt)

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:26 AM

6. Clearly,

they are untouched by our Dear FSM's Noodly Appendages.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 02:40 PM

4. This just goes to show that

the way to get the truth out to people about the GOP is not so much via the media, but instead by comedic talent. Comedy is their enemy.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:36 AM

5. Comedy is the greatest weapon.

And man, does our President have some comedy chops! Can't wait for the debates!

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