There’s been a lot of hoopla in the last day or so about this cartoon fromThe New York Post:
The furor that has risen up over this cartoon (based on the ridiculously tragic case in Connecticut where a chimpanzee mauled a woman seems to be related to the idea that the “Stimulus Bill” is President Obama’s work. Since (A) the Obama Administration wrote the “Stimulus Bill”, and (B) President Obama is black, then (C) The chimpanzee in the cartoon represents President Obama.
Therefore, the cartoon is (gasp!) RACIST.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, King of the Race-Baiters, perhaps summarizes this train of thought well:
“The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that “Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.”
“Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama (the first African American president) and has become synonymous with him it is not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?”
There are many, many others I could quote here; but Rev. Sharpton snarkily encapsulates the tempest in a teapot furor raging across the Internet and broadcast media.
Which is, uh, funny, to say the least, considering neither President Obama nor his Administration wrote the “Stimulus Bill.” NANCY PELOSI WROTE THE DAMNED THING:
As congressional Democrats take the lead in responding to the sinking economy, subcommittee and even some full-committee chairmen — who normally wield significant influence in writing legislation — have been forced to wait on the sidelines as monumental bills are written in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office. That often leaves room for cursory input from lawmakers who have carved out expert niches for themselves.
Many of these members are complaining louder and more often to Democratic leaders that a return to regular order, where bills are written in committee, is long overdue. And some warn that if the closed-door, truncated legislative process doesn’t end with the economic recovery bill, frustration could boil over, perhaps onto the floor.
Did you catch that last sentence? The “eonomic recovery bill”, also known as the “Stimulus Bill,” was being written in Nancy Pelosi’s office as of the writing of this column on January 15th 2009.
NOT Barack Obama. No, no.
So while Obama didn’t even WRITE the damned thing, he not only (a) reaps the credit for it, he also (b) cuts his enemies off at the knees with secondhand accusations of “RACISM” from a New York Post cartoon.
Sneaky little bastard, isn’t he? Travis the Chimpanzee is dying for Obama’s sins, you might say.
Tempest in a teapot. But I kind of expect this hyper-aggrandization and incorrect factualization from Al Sharpton.