Posted Sept. 16, 2008 – Like hotcakes, Republicans snapped up boxes of waffles with the image of Sen. Barack, portrayed as the racially stereotyped Aunt Jemima caricature.
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Attendees at the Values Voter Summit, a conservative political forum, couldn’t get enough of the $10-per-box Obama Waffles, until summit organizers decided to cut off sales, saying they didn’t realize “offensive material” was being offered.
Reminiscent of the old Aunt Jemima pancake box, Obama is portrayed with bulging white eyes and big ruby-red lips; instead of the mammy rag, the Democratic presidential nominee’s head is wrapped in an Arab headdress, stoking the false rumor that he is a Muslim. (Obama is actually a Christian.) The back of the box shows Obama garbed in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero. Below that image is a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles," which purportedly can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." And, "while waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?" the recipe suggests.
According to The Associated Press, the waffle mix is the brainstorm of Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, from Franklin, Tenn., who says it was only a political joke at a rented booth at the summit, sponsored the Family Research Council.
Among those attending the three-day event were Republican Party faithful, including Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, who spoke at the forum. A picture of CNN’s immigrant-bashing commentator, Lou Dobbs, is shown on the creators’ Web site with a box of Obama Waffles. Dobbs is quoted on the site saying, “My wife is gonna love these.”
More than 2,000 people from 44 states showed up, and the duo Whitlock and DeMoss was selling them as fast as they could put them on the shelf.
The Associated Press describes the scramble to cop a box of Obama Waffles like this: “Wearing white chef's aprons, Whitlock and DeMoss were doing a brisk business at noon Saturday selling the waffle mix to people crowded around their booth. Two pyramids of waffle mix boxes stood several feet high on the booth's table.”
When asked by reporters whether they thought the image was racist, Whitlock said, “We had some people mention that to us, but you think of Newman's Own or Emeril's – there are tons and tons of personality-branded food products on the market. So we've taken that model and, using political satire, have highlighted his policies, his position changes." Added DeMoss, "It's the ultimate political souvenir."
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