GOP Group Depicts Obama With Watermelon, Ribs & Fried Chicken

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A Republican group in San Bernardino, California, has distributed a newsletter picturing Barack Obama on a $10 bill adorned with a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that the apparent linking of Obama to racist stereotypes drew denunciations from various GOP officials after the illustration appeared in the group's October newsletter.

The president of Chaffey Community Republican Women says there was no racist intent. She says it was just food, to her.

She says she'd received the illustration in e-mails and decided to reprint it to poke fun at a remark by Obama that he doesn't look like other presidents.

The Obama campaign says it doesn't respond to such attacks.

A black member of the club says she was brought to tears by the image, and that it's the type of thing that keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party.


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