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November 17, 2009

THE ENDURING KNOW-NOTHING STRAIN.... Washington Times editor Wesley Pruden trashed President Obama in his column today, which wouldn't ordinarily be especially interesting. The right-wing writer, however, touched on a specific kind of attack that illustrates a larger trend.

In this case, Pruden is all worked up because the president bowed before the Japanese Emperor. Pruden believes Obama doesn't understand "American history" because "the essence of America is that all men stand equal and are entitled to look even a king, maybe particularly a king, straight in the eye."

That's nice rhetoric, which would be more compelling were it not for the various photos of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, and H.W. Bush bowing before foreign leaders during their respective tenures. I've looked for related columns of Pruden trashing these Republican presidents for forgetting "the essence of America," but can't seem to find any.

But the key to the column is the wrap-up:

...Mr. Obama, unlike his predecessors, likely knows no better, and many of those around him, true children of the grungy '60s, are contemptuous of custom. Cutting America down to size is what attracts them to "hope" for "change." It's no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of "the 57 states" is about. He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii, a paradise far from the American mainstream.

This is obviously some pretty offensive nonsense from a shameless hack, but it also speaks to a Know-Nothing strain that lingers in American politics.

Nativism was more common during last year's campaign. Columnist Kathleen Parker, for example, wrote a piece in May 2008 on questions of candidates and "full-bloodedness." She wrote, "It's about blood equity, heritage and commitment to hard-won American values. And roots.... We love to boast that we are a nation of immigrants. But there's a different sense of America among those who trace their bloodlines back through generations of sacrifice.... Full-blooded Americans get this."

The skepticism was, of course, directed at Barack Obama, which is odd when one thinks about it -- his grandfather fought in Patton's Army, and Obama himself is apparently a distant cousin of Dick Cheney. How his "roots" have been deemed inadequate is a mystery.

Unless, of course, you're a conservative who think the president's father doesn't count because he was African; his mother doesn't count because she married a man from "the Third World"; and his birthplace doesn't count because it's a non-contiguous state. It's what makes Pruden comfortable openly mocking the president's "blood impulse" -- as if the president is only technically American, in a way that we shouldn't respect.

It's a shame such reminders are necessary in the 21st century, but I'd like to note that America isn't a country club or fraternity reserved for the white, wealthy elite. Obama's story is a uniquely American story. Some of us take pride in such things. The notion that we must judge citizens based on a right-wing understanding of "natural instincts" or "heritage" -- more generations = more American -- is an idea that offends everything our country stands for.

Steve Benen 2:25 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (85)

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I think you're overanalyzing this, Steve. Wes and his sheet-draped friends are just saying that Obama is tainted by black blood.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on November 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Who is Welsey Pruden and why does he want our president to be rude?

Posted by: freelunch on November 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

It's one of the few games they know.
Side note:
John Adams, in his first audience, followed protocol and bowed before King George. Seems to me if anyone had a right not to, it was him. That's history for you.

Posted by: Johannm on November 17, 2009 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Too bad the President didn't have an all-American daddy, like Wes Pruden did:

Born and raised in Arkansas, Pruden has a deep-rooted affection for Dixie. His father, the Rev. Wesley Pruden Sr., was a leading spokesperson for Little Rock's racist Capital Citizens Council, which fought bitterly against school desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s. During the landmark confrontations at Little Rock High School in 1957, when President Dwight Eisenhower sent National Guard troops to protect nine black teenagers as they entered the white school, Pruden Sr. reportedly told the assembled mob: "That's what we've got to fight! Niggers, Communists, and cops!"

Wes Pruden Snr., a preacher, would have taught Barack Obama about the real America ... with the assistance of a rope, baseball bat, a gasoline can and some matches.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on November 17, 2009 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

As Cokie says, "cringe worthy". That's what conservatism is today.


And, I'm sure the leader of the Republican party approves of such language. Only thing missing is a reference to someone grabbing their ankles.

Posted by: oh my on November 17, 2009 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

I always love when someone who does propaganda work for a foreign-owned newspaper gives a lecture on how Americans should and shouldn't act.

Posted by: andy on November 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: colyerhofe on November 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

Can someone explain the "57 states" thing? is this some misreading of "heinz 57 varieties?" Last I heard we didn't have 57 states. But maybe I'm just not on that email list.

aimai

Posted by: aimai on November 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

Very revealing. What really galls these people about Obama is not just that fact that he is black, but that his white mother was a ******-lover.

Posted by: Virginia on November 17, 2009 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

when i was in high school, one of the most important books that i remember reading was "the ugly american". looks like these guys never learned anything from that era.....

Posted by: just bill on November 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

Notice how delighted the Empress was at Obama?

WE CAN'T HAVE THAT.

It's bad for Amurka.

Posted by: Personal Failure on November 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

Wesley Pruden - douche in a white hood

Nuff said.

Posted by: Darsan 54 on November 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, that 57-states thing is off my radar too. Why is it I always have something more important to do than google it? Possibly because it is, as was mentioned above, cringe-worthy.

Posted by: Sister A on November 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK
born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World
Attacking a president's mother, particularly a president's late mother, is pretty low. I haven't heard something like that since 2001, when the late Barbara Olson, attempting to draw a contrast between the new administration and the previous one, said, "Look at Bill Clinton's mother, as opposed to George W.'s mother. Is your mother a barfly who gets used by men? Or is your mother a strong woman who demanded respect for her ideas and always received it?" Posted by: navamske on November 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

I believe the 57 states thing has to do with a mistake Obama made in a speech many months ago, as a candidate. He made a mistake and he admitted it. It's like the birther thing that will never go away. When will the MSM just say these people are ignorant and move on. Oh, because they are among the ignorant and would not recognize it in themselves. Cokie Roberts, indeed!

Posted by: st john on November 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

What is the Washington Times and who cares what they have to say?

Does anybody read the W Times? Anybody? Buehler?

Posted by: Gridlock on November 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

Can someone explain the "57 states" thing

During the campaign, Obama made some reference to 57 states. He should have said primaries, since the number he was thinking of included DC, Puerto Rico, overseas Dems, etc. But Republicans think it's right up there with Al Gore inventing the internet.

Posted by: Danp on November 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

In short, Americans not in the mainstream are inferior because they do not understand that the essence of America is that all men stand equal.

Posted by: apm on November 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

And we can't remind people often enough that John McCain really was born outside the United States, but of course his bloodline is really American because he, well, you know, doesn't have so much of a tan, so we never heard anything doubting his qualifications.

Posted by: wahoofive on November 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, you haven't analyzed kkk wizard wes anywhere deeply enough...

Michele Foucault explicitly reveals in the first volume of his Histoire de la sexualité that the bourgeoisie have been busy transferring the sacred power of aristocratic blood to our repressive discourse on sexuality.

We "other Victorians" -- beyond the pale, as it were, of the confederate cracker, Mistah Pruden -- realize he is a throw-back, and his critique of the bow is -- how do you say it? -- self-contradictory.

Pruden wants to be Obama's Japanese emperor.
Pruden longs to be Obama's Japanese emperor.
Pruden is a god damn racist asshole.

Posted by: neill on November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

Am I mistaken to think the White House has a director of protocol who is non-partisan and whose job is to tell the president the proper way to act with each dignitary he meets?

Posted by: martin on November 17, 2009 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Oh yeah, and if you think Pruden is bad, check out the comments section on his column at the Washington Times.

Posted by: martin on November 17, 2009 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

It's a shame such reminders are necessary in the 21st century, but I'd like to note that America isn't a country club or fraternity reserved for the white, wealthy elite

And I know pretty much every red-blooded Conservative and Republican would agree with you and heartily concur that it should be.

Just who do all those Others think they are, anyway, coming into our country?

Posted by: bleh on November 17, 2009 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

"[...] no natural instinct or blood impulse [...] He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World [...]"

It's all about "Blut und Boden," eh Pruden?

So surreal that we have our (rudimentary) national debate about which side of the political fence is fascist.

Posted by: Half Elf on November 17, 2009 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

I am not a man given to profanity, but everytime I read such hooey, all I conclude is that some of the "thinkers" of the far right have fucked up brains! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on November 17, 2009 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Let's be completely plain here. I think the reference to Obama's bloodlines is a clear racist dogwhistle.

And what really seems to frost Pruden's lizard is that NOT ONLY does this black guy not know his place ... but that he then goes overseas and does something like bowing to the Emperor of Japan. Or the King of Saudi Arabia.

Deference to foreign kings, while no deference to white people?! Double backhanded insult!

Posted by: Bokonon on November 17, 2009 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Presidents Eisenhower,Nixon, and George H.W. Bush are no longer considered Republicans.

Posted by: Art Hackett on November 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

We must cleanse our bloodlines of any alien taint, and protect the sacred purity of the Master Race!

And these are the guys calling Obama a Nazi. Sheesh.

Posted by: jvwalt on November 17, 2009 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

"but I'd like to note that America isn't a country club or fraternity reserved for the white, wealthy elite."

Since when? . . .

And, Citizen Pruden, some of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower, fought first with the natives, then with the Brits, liked it so much we continued to fight any and all,to this day. Just so you and your ilk could say, do, and act whatever way you damned well please.

Oh, and kiss my ass. . .

Posted by: DAY on November 17, 2009 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

"The notion that we must judge citizens based on a right-wing notion of "natural instincts" or "heritage" is an idea that offends everything our country stands for."

Huh? I don't think our country *stands for* anything. Early laws had different rules for different races and genders. Now it's different.

Seems to me this country *stands for* what people believe it stands for. Your claim for what our country stands for is as much willful assertion as the nativist jerk's assertions. Apparently that is how the smart mainstream liberal propagandists have decided to play the game - to take back the concepts of patriotism, family, strength on foreign policy, etc. from the right's ownership and definition of the terms. But playing the "who is an authentic American", or patriotic, or loyal, or willing to invade foreign countries and kill people, validates the very arguments the right uses. And they are often incorrect, sometimes dangerous, arguments to legitimize.

Yes, the smarmy schmucks who sell political arguments will continue to use those tactics, partly because they work. But they work partly because people use them. (Their efficacy - what we believe, what we prefer, what resonates - is not exogenous).

Posted by: flubber on November 17, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

I guess we are free to do anything we want in America except bow to someone in greeting. The toughest part for idiots like Pruden is that Obama could care less what he thinks.

Posted by: Th on November 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

As far as I'm concerned, the farther Hawaii remains outside Wes Pruden's idea of what should otherwise rightfully constitute the American mainstream, so much the better. What an incredibly ignorant and bigoted douchebag Pruden proves himself to be! He, the GOP and their mutual masters at Rev. Moon's Unification Church all truly deserve one another.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone else remember the GOP floating the idea of a constitutional amendment that would allow naturalized citizens to be president? That was back when they all idolized Schwarzenegger.

My how times have changed.

Posted by: Tea Bagger Jones on November 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

I realize that there is a critical worldwide shortage of irony meters after the last few months, but didn't anyone notice that Pruden complained that Obama was 'contemptuous of custom'


in a post condemning him for following diplomatic custom by bowing to the Emperor.

Posted by: Prup (aka Jim Benton) on November 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

Today's conservatives are an endless ocean of masculine insecurity. Too many cartoons, too many b-rated movies and not enough common sense.

It's quite disgusting to hear, read and watch them constantly whine how white conservative men are always feeling like little wet mops and that they must leech their masculinity and messed up self images from everyone else or they will just die I tell you, just die.

I'd rather be locked in a room with a hundred hormonal teenagers on sugar rushes than dealing with the likes of the insecure whiny conservative men of today.

Posted by: Silver Owl on November 17, 2009 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

So just what is Wesley Pruden's heritage went did they enter the new world did his great great great... fight in the revolution and on which side will he see these comments could they be sent to him would he read them? can he read?

Posted by: keith loomis on November 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

I am sick and tired of Hawaii-bashing.

I was born there before State-hood, so was my mother for that matter.

Does that make me less American than our President?

Heck, let's get real dirty. My grandfather grew up in Japan and and even practiced medicine there before things got hot in the late 1930s.

My sister conceived her son in Japan while living there.

Does this make us un-American?

Bowing by Obama was a sign of respect. Something Mr. Pruden has little of (from me).

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 17, 2009 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Man, oh, man, I wish Obama would go right away to visit the Vatican and kiss the Pope's ring so I can get Republicans on record as being anti-papists.

Posted by: inkadu on November 17, 2009 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

danp, I believe the problem was that he meant to say forty-seven instead of fifty-seven. In the full quote he said that, other than Alaska and Hawaii, he had been to every state except one. Either way, the fact that this is still considered evidence that Obama isn't truly American just reveals how eager they are to slander him, regardless of context or basic common sense (seriously, how stricken with Obama Derangement Syndrome do you have to be to think he wouldn't be familiar with the number of states?).

I also remember when Michelle Obama put a hand on Queen Elizabeth's shoulder, and the right was just shocked at such a blatant violation of protocol. Perhaps they didn't understand that she was just demonstrating the essence of America.

Posted by: ibid on November 17, 2009 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

I think you're overanalyzing this, Steve. Wes and his sheet-draped friends are just saying that Obama is tainted by black blood.

That's really all this is -- and it ain't a dog whistle; it's a full-blown scream of impotent rage from the son of a CCC member who can't understand why this isn't the America he grew up in. In case the Kenyan father reference was too subtle for Pruden's readers, the "attracted to men of the Third World" helps everyone understand just what kind of woman Obama's slutty jungle-lovin' mother was.

This is how they talk when normal people can hear them. Can you imagine how ugly they are when they're alone?

Posted by: shortstop on November 17, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Just flat-out repulsive racism. Not even "thinly-veiled" anymore.

I assume that all these racists who don't consider Obama "real" enough or "full-blooded" enough or whatever are withdrawing their support from the Rubio campaign in Florida--I'm pretty sure one or both of his parents were born in Cuba.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on November 17, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

danp, I believe the problem was that he meant to say forty-seven instead of fifty-seven.

I had thought he was talking about the total number of primaries and caucuses, which included territories as well as actual states. Either way, the wingnuts just make themselves look like bigger fools when they try to use that quote to prove that Obama is anything but highly intelligent--unlike most of their braindead heroes. Desperate, pathetic, bitter, racist failures, lashing out any way they can to try and stop the world from changing.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on November 17, 2009 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

This is how they talk when normal people can hear them. Can you imagine how ugly they are when they're alone.
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Top that off with a dose of resentment over the fact they do have to tone it down in public. Anytime you hear someone complaining about 'political correctness' it's because they really want to be free to trash n-----s without fear or embarassment.

Posted by: Paul Dirks on November 17, 2009 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Pruden's "dog whistle" style, as amply noted above, is very clear.

In addition, "teh google" shows clearly that Pruden has verbally fellated "Ahnold" (The Terminator) a number of times. Last I recall, he is an immigrant. But apparently Arnold's "essence" (spewed, I understand, in his early, non-Hollywood films) must have made up for his lack of "natural instinct or blood impulse for what ... America" is all about.

Posted by: Ian on November 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Just send him a bunch of related pictures. Pictures work in educating pre-schoolers. Maybe it'd "work" here.

Posted by: judyo on November 17, 2009 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

"But apparently Arnold's "essence" (spewed, I understand, in his early, non-Hollywood films) must have made up for his lack of "natural instinct or blood impulse for what ... America" is all about."

No, Arnold's just good old pure Aryan stock.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on November 17, 2009 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

I'm the proud protégé of Gckrz; gonads of the universe. Our species colonized this planet many galactic revolutions ago in an attempt to satiate our appetite for humanoid flesh. We have managed the genetic mutation (to some extent) of our food source into cerebrally challenged sapiens. We anticipate that the genetic mutation will eventually overcome the stubborn genetic strain that resists morph. Resistence is futile. We shall enjoy your fricasseed carcass with fava beans and a nice chianti.

Posted by: Chopin on November 17, 2009 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Not everything is about race but you can't convince a PC libbie of that. There are legitimate reasons to resist the influence of the African and Indonesian world on the U.S.

Muslims want to take over here as they have in Europe and we ignore their inroads at our peril. Also African are not as intelligent as Europeans. That's just a fact but you guys don't want to deal in those because you'd rather call it racism.

Posted by: Myke K on November 17, 2009 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Anger, loathing and the pursuit of hate

This whole "bowing" dust up is beyond logic, rationality, pragmatics, and precedent.

It has no value.
It is pure poison.

There is only one good that can come of it:
Put the names of those peddling this sin into a permanent file.
They have distinguished themselves permanently.
And they must be made to answer for it one day...


Posted by: koreyel on November 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

The Republican Party and its enablers--like the Washington Times--

"offending everything America stands for" for the last 40 years, at least.

It's what they do. It's who they are. I hope we are all aware that crap like this is simply the same crap that started the Civil War. The war that never really ended.

Posted by: LL on November 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

It really is painful to believe that people still believe that kind of shit.

Posted by: Joseph on November 17, 2009 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

"Also African are not as intelligent as Europeans..." says Myke K. Not intelligent enough to compose a simple sentence without fucking it up, for instance? Oh, and by the way, kiss my ass, you racist piece of shit.

Posted by: wheresthebeef on November 17, 2009 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Profanity and ad homonyms. That's all liberals have.

Posted by: Myke K on November 17, 2009 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

What really galls these people about Obama is not just that fact that he is black,
but "Oh, it's twue! It's Twue!!! IT'S TWUE!!!!!"

Posted by: kenga on November 17, 2009 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder what Native American tribe Myke K., Michelle Malkin, and Wes Pruden claim as their own? After all, if they're not Seneca, Iroquois, Lenape, etc., they're just immigrants.

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on November 17, 2009 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

So, Myke K, are you saying you agree with Pruden? Are you just one of those who can't get over that a majority of Americans elected a black man as president?

Posted by: Michael Carpet on November 17, 2009 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Profanity and ad homonyms.

Don't quit your day job.
just sayin'

Posted by: kenga on November 17, 2009 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Myke K. -- The term is "ad hominem," not "ad homonym." The defense rests.

Posted by: wheresthebeef on November 17, 2009 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

Do you guys have anything substanding to say? Or just insults?

Posted by: Myke K on November 17, 2009 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

I'd like to note that America isn't a country club or fraternity reserved for the white, wealthy elite.

Bite your tongue!

Posted by: Goldman Sachs on November 17, 2009 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

I'd like to note that America isn't a country club or fraternity reserved for the white, wealthy elite.

Weelllll, it isn't the white, wealthy elite Pruden's talking to. It's the white, mostly powerless, struggling, ignorant, biased and resentful.

Posted by: shortstop on November 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World

Oh noes! A white woman was attracted to a black man...and they had Sex! Lord almighty I've got the vapors.

Goddamn racist fuckers, when will these old, backwards white assholes die off?

Posted by: Bobo Fett Up on November 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Andy, glad you brought up the Reverend Moon, the man who, in front of an audience of Republican VIP's in the Senate Office Building had himself crowned Prince of Peace, complete with crown and ermine robes. But of course no good Republican would grovel to foreign royalty (especially of the self-proclaimed variety) would they?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f08clPMODw8

Posted by: T-Rex on November 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Hey Myke K,here is some "substanding" for you: you need to put another "K" in your handle to match your poisonous racism. We are having an intelligent conversation here. You don't qualify for participation.

Posted by: robert on November 17, 2009 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Don't quit your day job...just sayin'

I'm not so sure about that. Isn't he a doctor?

Posted by: Realist on November 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

What's hilarious about all this is Obama's American mother and her family which raised him were descendants of early American settlers, slave owners in fact, and 'traced their bloodlines back through generation of sacrifice'. All of the nonsense about Obama and his heritage gets completely stuck on his Kenyan parentage and ignores his white, American ancestry. As if it mattered.

Posted by: marion on November 17, 2009 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

re: Myke K @ 4:12 PM -
You do realize that it's just going to get harder and harder to parody the anti-Obamaites? To save yourself from burnout, perhaps you could simply cut-and-paste the latest gibberings from the knuckle-dragging crowd?
Unless, of course, you really WANT to delve around in the darkest recesses of your id as a form of self-help psychology? To dredge up muck that approaches the real slime these cretins spew out surely can't be good for anyone's mental stability (example: W. Pruden).

Posted by: Doug on November 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM | PERMALINK

To dredge up muck that approaches the real slime these cretins spew out surely can't be good for anyone's mental stability (example: W. Pruden).

But he believes it. That makes all the diff, my friend.

Posted by: on November 17, 2009 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

and conservatives wonder why they can't get minorities to vote for them.

What astonishes me about this editorial is how nakedly racist it is -- usually they try to sugarcoat their racism or mask it in cryptic code.

What rankles this guy the most, I am sure, is that Obama's mother slept with a black man and an asian man. So that even though she grew up in Kansas, that most blandly american of places, and even though Obama's maternal ancestors have been in this country probably as long as this author's, he's not american enough. I too am the product of a mother whose ancestors have been in this country for over one hundred years. Like his, my father is an immigrant. However, my father is a British immigrant. If I became president, would my americanism be questioned? I'm white, so I kind of doubt it.

Posted by: wiz on November 17, 2009 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

This is the most despicable opinion piece I have ever read. The only explanation for the hate riddled article is that Pruden is suffering from dementia. In one demeaning and abusive article he has ridiculed an entire generation (the children of the '60's), the State of Hawaii, the Country of Kenya, Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon who both bowed to the former Emperor, President Bush who held hands and kissed the Saudi King, Jimmy Carter and most egregious of all, he has maliciously maligned our sitting President, Mr. Barack Obama.

Posted by: maggie on November 17, 2009 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

What also got me about Mr. Pruden's stupid racist screed (which reads like it was lifted nearly verbatim from some anti-integration tract from the 1950s) was the inane reference to "the children of the grungy 60s". The 60's?? Sheesh, what IS it with these wingnuts? It's always 1969 with these morons, isn't it? - and always all about the hippies. Dirty F----- Hippies: no doubt pictured as longhaired bearded slobs lighting up joints with burning draft cards as they waited at the airport to spit on returning Vietnam veterans (while wiping their asses with Old Glory).

Can right-wingers ever get past dumb cliches and cheap stereotyping as a political trope? Or is the term "anachronism" too big a word for them to learn?

Posted by: Jay C on November 17, 2009 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Wes Pruden and the rest of the Wingnutosphere:

I'm an asshole and I resent anyone who's not.

Posted by: Al Swearengen on November 17, 2009 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

Racism is certainly alive in the US, and the mainstream media was clearly irresponsible last year to repeatedly suggest that it was not.

But let's also not subscribe to the American exceptionalism that Obama's story is "uniquely American" (unless we want to use that term to include at least two continents): remember the Japanese-Peruvian president of Peru.

Posted by: Coop on November 17, 2009 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

I have nothing new to contribute to the condemnation of the rancid, rabid, racist who wrote the piece being discussed here. But I do have a question... Does anyone know what *the Emperor* did in response to Obama's bow?

Posted by: exlibra on November 17, 2009 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

That's nice rhetoric, which would be more compelling were it not for...

No its not. Its pure crap and indecent. There is nothing wrong with showing other people and other cultures respect. Every decent person knows that.

Posted by: pluege on November 17, 2009 at 8:30 PM | PERMALINK

Any one else thinking of General Jack Ripper and purity of essence?

Posted by: kevin on November 17, 2009 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

Don't quit your day job...just sayin'

I'm not so sure about that. Isn't he a doctor?
Posted by: Realist on November 17, 2009 at 6:01

Mike K is (or has been). That's Mike, with an I. The guy with the Y (Myke)... Who knows :) But both are very appropriate, since, for the not-so-good doctor, it's all about "I" and "me" and "mine", while his satirical Nemesis seems to question everything (Y are U and all your cohorts such arse holes? Y? Y? Y?)

Posted by: exlibra on November 17, 2009 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

Wesley Pruden is one of the nastiest purveyor of right-wing bile and bluster. He would be at home with a Klan sheet draped over his head. If he has redeeming features, he keeps them well hidden.

Posted by: Philat on November 17, 2009 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

Colbert last night recalled the incident when Bush (41) vomited on the shoes of the Japanese Prime Minister and mused about how strong our president looked then.

The wingers have nothing to spew except mock outrage about anything and everything. They only have one emotion -- an insincere one at that.

Posted by: Memory Serves on November 17, 2009 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

What they mean is, he's not as full-blooded an American as the Bush family.

Posted by: Mark on November 17, 2009 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

Wesley Pruden: "It's no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of 'the 57 states' is about."

Kathleen Parker: "It's about blood equity, heritage and commitment to hard-won American values. And roots.... But there's a different sense of America among those who trace their bloodlines back through generations of sacrifice.... Full-blooded Americans get this."

There's a word for people who think in terms of "blood impulse" and "blood equity," not to mention "bloodlines" and "full-blooded."

It is, however, not "politically correct" for liberals to use it.

Posted by: CMcC on November 18, 2009 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

The first Bush bowed too, but then he barfed in the PM's lap. Much better to bow without barfing, I say.

Posted by: rbe1 on November 18, 2009 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

re full-blooded:
No what they mean to say is that Obama isn't as full-stomached as the Bushes.

Posted by: rbe1 on November 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

nice post. thanks.

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