Sunday, September 14, 2008

Family-style breakfast

Hard to beat an AP cutline for raw disingenuousness, isn't it?

A box of Obama Waffles is seen in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.

To hear the AP tell it, waffle mix was selling like -- oh, what's the word for a hot, flat bread with syrup? -- at the Values Voter Summit in Washington this weekend. Right, that'd be the one with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich among its speakers, sponsored by the "lobbying arm" of the Family Research Council.

Three days into the summit, the organizers discovered that gambling was going on at Rick's cut off sales off the nutritious breakfast treat. Here's the AP on how things went before that:

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."

HAHAHAHAHA! Political satire!

At any rate, this will doubtless ring a bell with many of us as we recall the small-town values of our distant pasts. Given the prominence of pigs and lipstick and Rootless Cosmopolitanism in the past few weeks' political discourse, one looks forward to seeing the sort of play this family-friendly jibe will get.

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