The president of a San Bernardino County Republican club resigned after apologizing for distributing a newsletter with a caricature of Barack Obama on a fake food stamp surrounded by ribs, watermelon and fried chicken.
In a letter sent Wednesday to members of the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated, Diane Fedele said she was sorry for showing “poor judgment and lack of insight and sensitivity.”
Fedele denied racist intent but in her letter defended the message: “The point, that has been lost in the subsequent discussion over images, was that Obama will ‘take from the rich and give to the poor’ and that we ALL would be buying food with his ‘Obama Welfare Dollars.’ An ideological statement, not a racial one.”
The best part of all of this? The fact that the original image was reportedly made by a Democrat in order to satirize the Right’s over-the-top attacks on Obama:
The Riverside Press-Enterprise said the cartoon was created by Tim Kastelein, a 31-year-old Minnesota Democrat who said he made it in a satirical attempt to make fun of right-wing pundits afraid of a Democratic presidential candidate.