For effs sake: now it's racist to talk about POTUS and the umbrella?—
Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) May 19, 2013
Yes, it is now racist to talk about President Obama and the umbrella. In fact, let’s just add “umbrella” to the Big Book of Racial Code Words. It was bad enough when rank-and-file right wingers (like Howard Kurtz) noted the unbelievably bad optics of President Obama summoning a pair of Marines to hold umbrellas over him and the Turkish prime minister. “They’re gonna look good next to us,” he improvised.
We know that conservatives don’t understand metaphor, but even Sarah Palin couldn’t overlook the timing of the president calling in the Marines for shelter following a week of scandals, including testimony from Benghazi whistleblowers who testified to being abandoned while under attack. Wrote Palin, “glad you finally called in the Marines … shame it was just to hold your umbrella.” Did Palin know her criticism was necessarily driven by racism? Because there’s no other explanation.
umbrella-gate is nothing other than racist cognitive dissonance — an ugly reaction to the reversal of a conditioned power dichotomy.—
Wieland (@lawscribe) May 18, 2013
How pathetically racist do you have to be to be upset by a white man holding an umbrella for a black man?! Dear God.—
Jacksonian March (@cnvii77) May 18, 2013
hey, folks who don't think the Commander in Chief should have a service person hold an umbrella for him? we get it, you're racist.—
pnuts mama (@pnuts_mama) May 18, 2013
MSNBC hasn’t been very quick about getting to the bottom of those other pseudo-scandals but managed to put up a photo montage of white Republican presidents beneath umbrellas held by others. The Huffington Post also managed to dig up a photo of — wait for it — Palin herself being escorted underneath an umbrella. And the Washington Post is on it. Now that’s investigative journalism.