After seeing this photo juxtaposing Texas Gov. Rick Perry and President Obama, I am really shocked—and kind of saddened—by just how awful some people are. This latest example of extreme disrespect comes courtesy of Rush Limbaugh’s brother David, who tweeted the photo late last month. He says the image, which clearly has racist undertones, was sent to him by a friend.
I wish that people who don’t have black or brown skin would start calling out the people who are so appalled that America elected an African-American president, that they will say, tweet and email just about anything.
Some people will undoubtedly be bothered by the “boys” reference, which I don’t have a problem with. But the patriot vs. the pimp daddy implication is extremely offensive because it reinforces the belief within the Tea Party movement and among far-right conservatives that Obama is un-presidential and not fit for office or deserving of the respect it normally commands. It is also an inaccurate comparison. Perry was actually 22 when his photo was taken, while the future president was closer to 19 or 20.
I hope Obama is writing about this stuff for his next memoir. Luckily, he developed a thick skin and cool demeanor in Indonesia where the children were at first really mean, and his mother taught him to not react. Little did she know that she was preparing him to deal with the likes of David and Rush Limbaugh.