Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Newspaper Compares Obamas to 'Sanford & Son'

Photos of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle that surfaced in a Republican newspaper last week have caused a flurry of controversy on Long Island, NY.

The pictures featured in the weekly Smithtown Messenger, created by Phillip Sciarello, features "before and after" photos of six presidents and their wives, starting with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and continuing on to the Obamas.

One picture of President Obama and his wife Michelle show the couple hugging, while the second depicted the 1970s show "Sanford and Son" where Sanford's sister-in-law Aunt Esther, played by LaWanda Page, had her fists up facing comedian Redd Foxx.

Many critics have dubbed the illustration "racist" and "despicable," which has prompted many Democrats to call for the newspaper to be stripped of county legal ads.

The newspaper, which calls the photos "political satire", plans to issue a retraction in tomorrow's edition.

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