Who says you can't enjoy Jim Crow-style caricatures, Arab bashing and delicious powdered waffles at the same time? Attendees of the "Values Voter Summit" know you can, since they got the chance to pony up 10 bucks for a box of Obama Waffles, which achieve the rare culinary feat of being both scrumptious and tasteless at the same time…
Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap…
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 image of the classic 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.
Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian.
The Values Voter Summit, (which presumably owes George Orwell royalties on its name,) featured a lineup of speakers whose names literally define "values," such as Tom DeLay, Rush Limbaugh, and Lou Dobbs — who must have thrown in a request that the Obama Waffles degrade Mexicans as well…
On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." The recipe includes a tip: "While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?"
Apparently the sombrero won Dobbs over, since he was later caught on camera buying a box for his wife.
But unfortunately for the other Values Voters, the Obama Waffles were pulled from sale after event organizers noticed — three days into the event — that they displayed "offensive material."
Either that or they wanted to hide them before Michael Steele arrived for his speech. Awk-ward!
Tags: Barack Obama, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Tom DeLay