Obama Confuses Black 1970s Sitcoms in NC Speech
This could be worse than mixing metaphors. If Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama is going to ad lib in a speech about the economy by invoking black 1970s breakthrough TV, he could at least get it right.
In his Oct. 29 speech in
âIf Sen. McCain is elected, weâll have another president who wants to privatize part of your Social Security,â Obama said. âThat ainât right. Can you imagine if you had your Social Security invested in the stock market these last two weeks? These last two months? You wouldnât need Social Security. Youâd be having a â you know like, what was it. âSanford and Son,â âIâm coming Weezie.â It ainât right.â
But, Obama blew it in his attempt to be â70s hip. âWeezieâ or Louise Jefferson, was a character on âThe Jeffersons,â a show about a middle-class black family. Actress Isabel Sanford portrayed her.
On âSanford and Son,â Redd Foxx played Fred Sanford, a get-rich-quick-schemer who would pretend to have heart attacks in times of distress and say: âOh, this is the big one! You hear that,
Obamaâs speech, full of class-warfare rhetoric, made a folksy push midway through, as he began substituting âthatâs not right,â for âthat ainât right.â
âIf Sen. McCain is elected, 100 million Americans will not get a tax cut,â Obama said. âBut the average Fortune 500 CEO will get $700,000 in tax relief. Average 500 Fortune 500 CEO will get an average of $700,000. Big oil will get $4 billion. Somebody said, that ainât right. Not only is it not right, it ainât right. If Sen. McCain â if Sen. McCain is elected, your health care benefits will get taxed for the first time in history. And at least 20 million Americans risk losing their employer-based health insurance. That ainât right.â
This all could be an attempt by Obama to play to an important constituency.