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Friday, January 16, 2009

I Don't Understand Why I Can't Use The N Word!

Steve King is both playing the victim on how he's not allowed to say Barack Obama's middle name and calling Obama "bizarre" for using it himself in polite company:

While acknowledging that the terrorists aren’t dancing in the streets, King has moved on to the whole “Hussein” controversy.

He doesn’t like the fact that the president-elect will be sworn in using that middle name during Tuesday’s Inauguration.

After telling the Associated Press last year that Obama’s middle name was among the reasons Islamic terrorists would rejoice over his election, King says he’s since been careful to avoid using it. Thus he found Obama’s decision to allow it be mentioned on the steps of the Capitol “bizarre” and “a double-standard.”

“Is that reserved just for him, not his critics?” King asked.

The congressman says he doubts Obama’s sincerity when he explained that he chose to use his middle name so as to be historically consistent with past inaugurations, when America has heard the full names of its presidents echo from the inaugural stand.

“Whatever his reasons are,” King said, “the one he gave us could not be the reason.”

It couldn't possibly be that Obama is perfectly happy with his middle name, and that the restrictions on its use were a one-sided conversation among Republicans who wanted to win and Republicans who wanted to race-bait? The strongest voice about not using Obama's middle name that I remember was Karl Rove.

Not to mention that this guy was the one saying that terrorists wouuld be dancing with joy if Obama were elected. It really is terrible that King's right to be racist has been taken from him.

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