Bernie Mac at an Obama fundraiser via the Sun Times:
Inside, about 600 people milled about, drinks in hand, waiting for the Democratic [presumptive] nominee. He was introduced by Bernie Mac who began by talking about the movie he did with Chris Rock about a black president, Head of State.
Fine so far.
He promised to help Obama and that he would be there "like the Jackson Five" and ended his irreverent riff with a joke involving the women in the families and living with two "hoes"
[Where's the detail from the normally on-the-ball Lynn Sweet?]
A heckler started protesting, asking for Mac to step down and let Barack come on.
"Everybody is concerned about whether the Democratic Party will be unified in time," he said. "We don't have an option but to make sure that we are united and make sure that we succeed…we can't afford to be divided by race. We can't afford to be divided by religion, or by region or class. Or by gender," he said, pausing for effect. "That means, by the way, Bernie you got to clean up your act. This is a family affair… I'm just messing with you," he said.
Indeed. And I'd say Bernie Mac helped the party take another giant step toward unity last night! And that was only the first of two fund-raisers, too...
Hey, come on! Where's your sense of humor?
NOTE Hat tip SunnyLC.
"My little nephew came to me and he said, 'Uncle, what's the difference between a hypothetical question and a realistic question?'" Mac said. "I said, I don't know, but I said, 'Go upstairs and ask your mother if she'd make love to the mailman for $50,000.'"
As the joke continued, the punchline evoked an angry response from at least one person in the audience, who said it was offensive to women.
"It's not funny. Let's get Barack on," a man shouted from the crowd, which paid $2,300 each to support the Illinois senator.
Sir? Barack was on. The event was a fundraiser, and Bernie Mac was representing him. Eh?
And to reiterate: I'm not a prude, I can work Blue, and I laughed my fucking ass off at The Aristocrats. But this is an Obama campaign fundraiser in an election where Obama's campaign was fuelled by misogyny. So this is just stupid. Even if you believe none of it's real, and the whole thing is a fantasy in what passes for the minds of what some Obama supporters like to label the dry pussy demographic, it's still stupid. Stupid, sloppy, undisciplined. And Obama's passive response doesn't help any. Unless he wants to drive women away, of course, in which case it's brilliant.
If Obama won't listen to Axelrod, maybe Michelle could take him aside?