If the upcoming NYT Mag article on Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, is deeply researched and nuanced, I’m afraid the newly uncovered family photo accompanying it will be all-too-happily greeted by birthers eager to equate the President to a Somali pirate.
Of course, the Hawaiian photo appears just a day after the surfacing of this hateful photoshop job, produced by a duel GOP and Tea Party leader in Orange Country. In attracting the attention of a mainstream news blogger (big ratings ahead from the more freewheeling side of the house), Marilyn Davenport writes:
“Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people—mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”
What else is there to say but, let Campaign ’12 begin!
(photo 1: Friends and family of Stanley Ann Dunham via NYT. caption: Barack Obama with his mother in Hawaii. photo 2: Marilyn Davenport (via OC Weekly). caption: The image attached to an email distributed among Orange County Republicans and Tea Baggers.)