Saturday, July 21, 2007

Missing Obama Comma

Mitt Romney is taking heat for this photo of him with a woman and her home-made sign.

TMZ reports:
"Not everyone is a fan of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but comparing them to one of the most dastardly pieces of human excrement of all time -- that might be bit much. Especially for a presidential candidate. TMZ obtained photos of presidential candidate Mitt Romney trying to win over grammatically challenged South Carolinians Thursday by holding a sign that said, "No to Obama, Osama and Chelsea's Moma."

TMZ is wrong. The woman isn't grammatically challenged, though that's not how I would have spelled "momma". TMZ quotes the sign with commas, but the sign has no commas. This is an obvious reference to the Ted Kennedy brain-fart when he called Senator Obama "Osama Obama", but has in various media accounts been reversed to "Obama Osama" and attributed to Rush Limbaugh, who merely made fun of Kennedy and obviously did not originate the term.

So rather than TMZ looking down on some ignorant, grammatically challenged, backwater, Republican Southerner, the supposed ignoramus made a reference that went right over TMZ's head.

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