Obama Waffles — “Tastes Like Jim Crow”

obama-waffles.gifWith the faux outrage over the “lipstick on a pig” comment from the Right, perhaps they could spare a moment to express outrage over the Obama Waffles, a politically satiric breakfast treat in a box sold in conservative circles for $10 a box.  The creator of this oh-so-funny promotional product works at Fox

From the post:

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

This YouTube is NSFW (Rated R for you parents out there):


The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told the boxes were a parody of Obama’s policy positions but had not examined them closely.

Republican Party stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were among speakers at the forum, which officials said drew 2,100 activists from 44 states.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama’s politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

From the AP story:

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.

“It’s the ultimate political souvenir,” DeMoss told a customer.

Asked if he considered the pictures of Obama on the box to be racial stereotypes, 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.”

The socially conservative public policy groups American Values and Focus on the Family Action co-sponsored the summit.  The waffles went on sale Thursday and weren’t banned until Saturday.  Some values, huh?



  1 comment for “Obama Waffles — “Tastes Like Jim Crow”

  1. Homewrecker
    September 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Wow that’s truly tasteless. But naturally it would appeal to the schoolyard bully that lurks inside every Republican; a whole lot of people so white, straight, and insulated from the world that they don’t even get that the joke’s on them.

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