McCain Actually Put Obama's Face on Dollar Bill

Today I noticed a few resident dumbasses repeating the "Obama played the race card against McCain" smear as they are wont to do, so I thought I'd set the record straight.  The fact is, McCain has run a commercial with Obama's face on the $100 dollar bill.

Is the media buying McCain's story that Obama played the race card, using his description of McCain doing things analogous to putting his face on a dollar bill?  Of course, most everyone has taken it as an analogy and McCain, as well as some of the media, have been looking to crucify Obama for it.  The thing is, McCain actually DID put obama's face on a dollar bill -- over a month ago in a little-seen web video.  The point is, Obama's analogy -- whether he realized it or not, and maybe he heard about the video and only recalled it subconsciously -- isn't even an analogy, it's true!

Plus, Team McCain turned him pansy yellow, made him all starry-eyed, then blew him up. aw/ ml

Were I more gifted, I'd embed the pictures cited by the article, but you can see them at the above link.  You may now go back to your regularly scheduled trolling.

Tags: mccain, obama, smears (all tags)



What scares me the most

is that Obama's campaign didn't even seem to know this.

this story broke on the blogs 2 days ago but McCain's web ad goes back well before

by TarHeel 2008-08-02 10:50AM | 0 recs
Re: What scares me the most

My guess is that they were aware of it around the time it was actually aired, then with the onslaught of 24/7 campaigning sort of just forgot about it.  You're right that they could have sharpened their response, though.

by rfahey22 2008-08-02 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: What scares me the most

If Obama didn't know this, then he was talking without posessing evidence.

by kingsbridge77 2008-08-02 06:29PM | 0 recs
he talked about it before

mccain did it....

but he should have CITED it as actually happened when mccain accused him of race stuff.

it appears his campaign had no knownledge it actually happened

by TarHeel 2008-08-03 05:18AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Actually Put Obama's Face on

Here is the commercial in question.
Not only was Obama put on a bill, he was put on Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty as well.

McCain is proving that no level of stupid is too far to stoop for his campaign.

by Kysen 2008-08-02 10:53AM | 0 recs
ok but I wanna know how this is racist

because the "dollar bill" remark accused McCain of racism. I want Obama to win, don't get me wrong. But he will only do it if he avoids playing the racial victim.

by Lakrosse 2008-08-02 10:59AM | 0 recs
Re: ok but I wanna know how this is racist

What?  Here's what Obama said:

[N]obody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky.

From that, McCain accused Obama of "playing the race card."  Obama didn't say anything about racism, and in fact accurately described McCain's own smear commercial (whether he was 100% conscious of it or not).

by rfahey22 2008-08-02 11:03AM | 0 recs
stop playing dumb,

as what does he mean "look like" Presidents on the hundred dollar bills? Well, Obama can only mean a few things, since we cannot see eye or hair color on the dollar bill, but his hair type is different, nose is more African, and of course, his skin color is different than the other bill Presidents. Obama clearly meant race.

by Lakrosse 2008-08-02 11:06AM | 0 recs
Most of them are much older than he. n/t

by Liberal Monk 2008-08-02 11:11AM | 0 recs
stop being pedantic

Was he wrong?

by upstate girl 2008-08-02 11:13AM | 0 recs
Re: stop playing dumb,

Let me ask you, what is the politically correct way to refer to McCain's dollar bill ad, since you're so concerned about it?  What words would you change?

by rfahey22 2008-08-02 11:14AM | 0 recs
Come on now

You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky.

1,2 and 4 have already occurred directly from McCain. You think it's unfair to warn people that #3 is likely? It seems you're saying you can't ever be allowed to anticipate racism, even given past history.

On further reflection, I think the Kenyan Outfit picture is a good example of #3 that was NOT racial.

by Neef 2008-08-02 01:53PM | 0 recs
I see what LaKrosse is getting at.

It's so unfair to criticize Republicans for trying to exploit Obama's "differences" because it's not really racist unless they're wearing pointy white hoods and have "White Power" tattooed on their arms.  

Obama's real problem is that he needs to win the support of hard-working white Republican strategists, who oppose him for all kinds of reasons that don't have to do with his being black.  Like, his being too skinny, for instance.  And, besides, all these so-called attacks on Obama's race in July are just strengthening his candidacy for October, so we should thank the Republicans for pointing out how "different" Obama is.  (Different in ways other than just, being... ya know...)

by Dumbo 2008-08-02 05:15PM | 0 recs
Re: stop playing dumb,

Whatever McCain meant by putting Obama's face on a bill was not nice. And Obama threw it back at McCain, whatever it was. If you think race was involved in the first place, OK. But Obama didn't imply that. You're implying this. The republicans do imply that Obama doesn't look like a president. Why, they don't make clear. How will voters interpret it? They're not responsible for that, no no! But seemingly, Obama is, for you...

by french imp 2008-08-03 12:16AM | 0 recs
Re: ok but I wanna know how this is racist

you're not helping by only telling half-the truth. frankly that's NOT why McCain was able to arguably effectively label Obama as playing the race-card. Obama specifically mentioned his being black in the later part of the quote you didn't include. Moreover there have been shamefully mixed messages out of the Obama campaign about this --- essentially admitting that Obama was referring specifically to race. like it or not, that sort of sloppy campaign message is going to leave openings for slimy McCain jabs to work. ignoring that as I think your diary does is frankly not going to help win against McCain.

by swissffun 2008-08-02 11:46AM | 0 recs
Re: ok but I wanna know how this is racist

I want Obama to win, don't get me wrong.
Oh yeah, you've made that really clear. With friends like this, etc... etc... etc...

by MS01 Indie 2008-08-02 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: ok but I wanna know how this is racist

Yeah he's just a BB, Barack Backstabber

by venician 2008-08-02 11:18AM | 0 recs
Re: ok but I wanna know how this is racist

If you were a child I could explain it to you.
If, as an adult, you don't see the darkening image as not racist?

Perhaps your views toward folks with a darker melanin are a little more bigoted than you realize...

by nogo postal 2008-08-02 02:31PM | 0 recs
You and others say you want Obama to win...

even as you regurgitate McDesperate's smears against him.

by Glaurung 2008-08-02 10:52PM | 0 recs
Put Obama's Face on a greenback

okay, that's funny, score one for McCain.  It's a fair mock and Barack should laugh.  

by anna shane 2008-08-02 11:18AM | 0 recs
Post your picture, then

We'll taunt you for your physical attributes, and you'll get a laugh out of it. Right?

by Sumo Vita 2008-08-02 10:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Post your picture, then

you don't get it. Barack should say, nice design, but don't try to pass one, cause it looks real but it's forged. Not everything is a nasty attack, some can be turned into compliments.

by anna shane 2008-08-03 09:26AM | 0 recs
Charm won't thwart personal attacks.

Not in a schoolyard, and certainly not in an anything-goes duel with the G.O. "mudslingers-r-us" P.

by Sumo Vita 2008-08-03 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Charm won't thwart personal attacks.

sure they will, they always do.  Returning a joke with a better one though would not be seen by McCain as charming, just us.  

by anna shane 2008-08-03 04:27PM | 0 recs
Think swiftboaters.

The purpose of swift repudiation is to put the other on notice, swiftly, and to disgrace and discredit the attack. Taking the higher ground isn't of much help when you're being beaten to a bloody pulp.

by Sumo Vita 2008-08-04 07:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Think swiftboaters.

mocking isn't the higher ground, it's actually rather mean, but effective.  McCain will use the idea that Barrack is out of touch, not with him but with working Americans.  Barrack had been using that dollar bill line for over a year, he needed to retire or or be prepared to be mocked.  He then needed to mock back.  It's hardly the higher road.  The point is, that his response has to be effective, to show that what McCain did was funny or weird, but doesn't reflect on Barrack.  I know, we're all trying to help him, and you have a different idea of what will help.  And, no one knows for sure, you may be right.  

by anna shane 2008-08-04 01:23PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Actually Put Obama's Face on Dollar

For a further bit of confirmation, here's a WaPo Channel '08 mention of the ads release at the end of June: 8/2008/06/mccain.html

by moreperfectunion 2008-08-02 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Actually
ah anna...
should I start with the 20 best Hillary jokes?
All coming from Rush inc. of course..
by nogo postal 2008-08-02 02:36PM | 0 recs
Don't feed the trolls

..or play into their hands. This isn't about Hillary - and for many of them, probably never was.

by Sumo Vita 2008-08-02 09:58PM | 0 recs
I'm voting for Obama but puting his face on a

dollar bill is fair game and it isn't remotely racist. Obama did in fact play the race card in my opinion, perhaps preemtively, but he still played it. He played it against the Clinton's as well.

Obama's face, voice, personallity are all fair game. I think he will beat McCain, in small part, because of those attributes. But Obama and his supporters need to develop a thicker skin and not turn everything into a race issue because it will backfire.

by mmorang 2008-08-02 02:55PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm voting for Obama but puting his face on a

Whether they do or not, the McCain camp, like the Clinton one before it, will accuse them of doing it.

by Jess81 2008-08-02 03:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Iapology to mmorang

Yeah,,,maybe you are correct..
Because McCain is a fail..the Rove GOP won't use race.
They would never, say, run a commercial using two white women whose recent celebrity status is:
The Paris Hilton sex tapes..
and Brittany's exploits including the famous "no panties" shots...connecting them to a "black" male.

ya need the "if Obama is elected will we call it the "Black House"? Jokes...

The darkening of Obama's face in the bill ad  certainly is NOT racist...just a little more ROVE humor...

Yep we Obama supporters just don't get it.

by nogo postal 2008-08-02 06:20PM | 0 recs
"Bless His Heart,"

Here in the south, that's usually a prelude to mean-spirited personal attacks. Is this what "I'm voting for Obama" has devolved into?

by Sumo Vita 2008-08-02 10:05PM | 0 recs
So personal attacks are fair game

But calling someone out for them isn't?

by Sumo Vita 2008-08-02 10:06PM | 0 recs
Okay to play the war hero card?

Of course, it's okay for the McCain camp to continually play the war hero card because, well, that's a fact of his life.

But when a war hero of equal credibility calls him on it a little bit, holy shit, the McCain camp goes ballistic... and also set in motion a smear campaign on Wesley Clark.

If Barack wants to play up any fact of his life, including his being black, that's his option and right to do so.

The McCain camp doesn't like it because they know a huge portion of the electorate just might identify with and vote for him because of his ethnic minority reality. Scares the hell out of Senator McMelanoma.

Much as I'd like to see Obama set a new standard in modern-day campaigning by running a completely positive issues-only-based campaign, we're still mired in the Republican era of cesspool politics.

Campaigns are street fights now, cage matches even, thanks to the likes of Newts, Delays, Bushes, Roves, Limbaughs, Hannitys and other assorted Savages.

I don't care what Obama has to do to win. He just absolutely has to win this contest.

If it takes kneeing Melanoma-Man in the balls or gouging his eyeballs out or even humiliating the man in a public debate for his failing mental capacity by virtue of his advanced age... then that's what needs to be done. If it's slyly dealing out a race card, then that's what needs to be done.

Last man standing wins, Barack. Go get him.

by RickWn 2008-08-02 07:38PM | 0 recs


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