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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  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    the dems made fun of Bush too... get over it
  • by wr Location: nc on Dec 24, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    I was recently honored to be the only white man in one of my best friends' daughters'wedding . I couldn't learn the strut step while walking up the the ailse. I took some real good natured ribbing but was able to laugh at myself. I've heard racial comments from both whites and blacks
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Oct 20, 2008 at 11:31 PM
    There are just as many black racists as there white. I don't think a man should apologize for something he did not do. Now I also believe that you have to see a person who they are by the way they act and treat other people. I think this race thing is just a bunch of bull that gets blown way out of proportion. If you let the true people who love each other live and treat each other how we are supposed to it would be great. There will always be morons out there to get the mess stirred up and keep hate alive. We just have to be better than the next one and be more intelligent than the next one. I have taught my kids color is not the key,it is the way the person acts what is on the inside that matters. We all bleed red! And I think it is my 1st amendment right to discuss what I believe in online! that is what makes America great! To be able to say what I feel as long as I don't go overboard or say things to offend people! God bless America ! McCain Palin!!!!!
  • by ???? Location: NC on Oct 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM
    African-Americans? How many of you were born in Africa and migrated to America? huh? Likely not 1% of you! I am so sick of African, Asian, Mexican/ Americans. By GOD if you were born in America, you are Americans PERIOD, no matter what color your skin or ethinic heritage is.If U have becomee a citizen, U're still just an American! Just because our skins may be different hues, that should not give U special "rights to welfare, shcools and programs"! Everybody should get off their seats of "do Nothing" and go to work. My skin is white and it wouldn't bother me to be associated with chicken and watermelon. It's a staple of my southern culture and I love them both. It's time to quit all this "you can't say this because I'm black or white and it'll hurt my feelings junk. Get a GRIP and GROW up.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 20, 2008 at 08:32 PM
    Thank You Little Woman.....one young woman has been my friend since second grade, our sons are in the same class. And two years ago when she lost her baby I crawled on the hospital bed with her...and i didn't say a word, i just listened to her cry. The ONLY thing that separates us is skin color, that made of interesting to one another. But there was so much more that united us. I would never do anything to offend her. You can't pick your race, but you can pick how you treat people...........my circle of friends are full of people that don't hurt feeling, aren't petty, no politics and just want some adult time to blow some steam. I have found that. I am truly blessed! I hope you all find that special educated friend...it's amazing!
  • by Teve Location: gville on Oct 20, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    This whole watermelon, ribs and fried chicken topic is overblown. Now, if collard greens and chitlins had been included.........
  • by Little Woman on Oct 20, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    To Obama 08 4 Prez!, Hey girl don't talk like that. I am a white woman and I think you are great. You have it together a lot more than most people on here. If a white person is you friend they will tell if you hurt feelings. I would just say hey woman that was not nice :) God made us all the same you know that.
  • by Sally Location: Washington on Oct 20, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    Ridiculous, I feel the same as you do along with so many other people and the people are getting very tired of it.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 20, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    Reading these post have been very educationally to me. It's odd to see things from the "white person's" point of view. I didn't know a lot of you felt this way. I have a group of friends that meet up every once and a while, and there are a few white people in our group. We always pick on them about the way they dance. They laugh..we laugh..and that's it. But you think we could be hurting their feelings and they aren't saying?
  • by Ridiculous Location: Gville on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    Josh-That's the way its been for years. Blacks always want to point their finger at us saying we are racist, but when they make their racial statements about us its just "Freedom of SPeach". Just think if the Liberals get in office we will be at fault for everything! Vote McCain/Palin
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