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Old 19 March 2008, 11:06 PM
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Icon102 Barack Obama Family Photo

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Old 19 March 2008, 11:53 PM
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What, nothing to say about the lovely ladies in the front row? Not even a snarky comment about 'fashion'?

Really. If Hakeem is dead and Pookie is in jail, they really can't run around the White House. If Pookie is a fugitive, I doubt he will be making an appearance.

Timmy the gay porn star might liven the place up.

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Old 20 March 2008, 12:09 AM
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Washeteria? Really? Washeteria? Like I'm going to the washeteria to do my laundry??

Now, which one is his brother Roy? Is it Pookie? Or Timmy? I wonder if that's Roy's stage name.
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Old 20 March 2008, 12:11 AM
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Shouldn't it say "Obama family photo"? They're not called the "Baracks," are they?
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Old 20 March 2008, 12:15 AM
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Washeteria? Really? Washeteria? Like I'm going to the washeteria to do my laundry??
Come on, try to be serious. We're attempting to ascertain the veracity of a photograph, as is our sworn duty as snopesters.

The washeteria is where you eat your laundry.
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Old 20 March 2008, 12:28 AM
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Pookie?

POOKIE?

And he's NOT the gay porn star?!
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Old 20 March 2008, 12:37 AM
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Pookie's in the pokey.
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Old 20 March 2008, 01:02 AM
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It's sort of amusing that the captioner added "dead" along with "jail", "crack addict", et al, as if it's Hakeem's fault somehow.
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Old 20 March 2008, 02:23 AM
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According to wonkette.com, the craption originated on mychurch.com blog which is no longer available.

It apparently is an photo of the Obama family in Kenya.
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Old 20 March 2008, 03:08 AM
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Black people in the White House? We can't let that happen.

And especially not a gay porn star! That's as bad as or worse than being addicted to crack or being in prison or being dead!

And I doubt Hakeem will be "running around the White House" in his state.
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Old 20 March 2008, 03:25 AM
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Wow, the sleazy "Swift Boat" attacks are starting early. All of this was very predictable (and was predicted by some Snopester posters). Please keep your eyes open for the continuous Pastor Wright viral videos on the net.

Hate to say I told you so but this is why I have supported Clinton. Hillary has been exhaustively investigated and vetted. Thus, the rightwing smear machine has less ammunition against her. They can only shoot blanks from previous smears.

Obama has lots of creepy, racist mud yet to be thrown. Mud doesn't have to be true to be thrown. His campaign has been naive to think otherwise.
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Old 20 March 2008, 04:28 AM
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. . . Hate to say I told you so but this is why I have supported Clinton. Hillary has been exhaustively investigated and vetted. Thus, the rightwing smear machine has less ammunition against her. They can only shoot blanks from previous smears. . . .
Alas, however, the self-perpetuating nature of hatred is such that, today, there are more people who will automatically default to believing it of Clinton. The "big lie" has been in operation against her a lot longer than against Obama.

At present (even greater alas!) the two are each other's worst enemies. (Fortunately, the Republicans are also in disarray, heaping great wads of hatred against McCain, calling him a "RINO," etc. etc.)

American politics at its finest!

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Old 20 March 2008, 04:25 PM
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It's sort of amusing that the captioner added "dead" along with "jail", "crack addict", et al, as if it's Hakeem's fault somehow.
Sort of, but seriously, I don't want to vote for a candidate who has dead relatives.

Henry "not you too" B
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Old 20 March 2008, 04:31 PM
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Man, I hate to hijack a thread, but I can't see not supporting a candidate based on what a bunch of sleazy asses might call him. That's too close to the "hetero-chair"* concept for my likes. In my opinion, you're letting the smear machine decide your candiate for you before they even take a shot.

*Hetero-chair: the purposely-empty seat in movie theatres between two male friends who wish to avoid being labelled "gay"
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Old 20 March 2008, 04:36 PM
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I don't know, though. If the sleaze means your party won't be able to win, shouldn't you pick a candidate less likely to be sleazed? Though what this means, I don't know; I wouldn't have picked Kerry four years ago as particularly sleazable, and both our current candidates, by virtue of sex and race, have obviously sleazable qualities. So I don't know. I think I would tend to vote against the candidate who might well be the best candidate for the job who is nevertheless obviously open to super-sleazing and who seems destined to go down in flames as a result (such as an ex-porn star, maybe? This isn't Italy!)
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Old 20 March 2008, 04:41 PM
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*Hetero-chair: the purposely-empty seat in movie theatres between two male friends who wish to avoid being labelled "gay"
Do people actually do that? Eeeep. I must be having some kind of crazy gay polyamorous relationship with every male friend I've ever seen a film with.
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Old 20 March 2008, 04:55 PM
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It's not that I don't see your point, but I refuse to support the lesser of two candidates (IMHO) just because a bunch of racist trolls will make their rounds. Once you allow them to influence your decision, they become relevant. which only empowers them.

BTW, just to stay on topic, here's the Wiki page on Barack, Sr. and Ann Dunham, and there are obviously no references to any of the people in the photo.

In fact, I propose the following rule of citation:

"If, in the event of a Google search, at least 2 of the first ten pages link directly to the snopes Message Board thread, and;

if one of the top three pages link directly to the snopes Message Board thread;

The veracity of said claim shall be considered as 'doubtful' until proven otherwise"
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Old 20 March 2008, 05:32 PM
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Sort of, but seriously, I don't want to vote for a candidate who has dead relatives.

Henry "not you too" B
Well, dead people generally are up to no good. Of course they're not up to much of anything else, either.
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Old 20 March 2008, 06:30 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama%2C_Sr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham

Here's my take. I've included two wikis about Sen Obama's parents, and the names of the people in the photo do not match his siblings (half-siblings). It might be common knowledge in the states who the siblings of the man are, but I did not know it.

I'm certain that this photo will go far in deciding some votes for the squeamishly gullible undecided voter.

ETA: spanked by two posts. That's what I get for being called away from my coffee break half way through a reply.

Doggonnit.

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Old 20 March 2008, 07:07 PM
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I'm amazed they couldn't come up with some better fake black names.
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