Obama, Clinton Appear at Dinner Honoring Racists

Yesterday, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spoke at a Jefferson-Jackson Dinner sponsored by the Indiana Democrats. As it turns out, this is merely one of many Jefferson-Jackson dinners attended by the candidates.

I am shocked and outraged.

As you may not be aware, the Jefferson-Jackson dinners are hosted to honor and celebrate the legacy of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, both of whom were prominent American politicians. You may also not be aware that both Jefferson and Jackson were racists and slaveowners, and both of them were also firm advocates of Indian removal.

Both Clinton and Obama have long ties to both of these men. Obama frequently quotes Jefferson, while Clinton loves Jefferson so much that she married a man whose middle name is Jefferson. They have also both expressed their admiration for Andrew Jackson in the past. Additionally, both Obama and Clinton have attended several Jefferson-Jackson dinners over the course of the campaign–this was not a one time occurance. Heck, Obama even had campaign events in Jackson, MS.

But their ties go beyond merely quoting and showing support for these men. I have recently learned that both Obama and Clinton actually belong to an organization founded by Jefferson, an organization which also boasted Andrew Jackson as a member.

This is clearly a problem for both campaigns, and I hope that enough people express their outrage so that both Obama and Clinton are forced to renounce and reject Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson, as well as any organization that those men belonged to.

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Comments

  1. Steve Plunk says:

    I find this tiresome and pointless. Real discussions of real issues suits us much better.

  2. I’m dying of laughter here. Nice post.

  3. Bithead says:

    (Chuckle)
    Alex, we’ve batted each other around in the past, no question. But here, make no mistake, we agree. Thanks for the laugh of the day.

    Steve, I have to tell you that Alex is making a point abut the absurd way racist connection are made when attacking non-Democrats, but being absurd himself, and doing a splendid job with it.

  4. Bithead, I’m pretty sure Steve was also making a tongue in cheek reply.

  5. C.Wagener says:

    I realize your joking and while I would like to avoid sounding like I have the personality of an actuary, I have to correct the record.

    Jackson founded the Democratic party. Jefferson was a Democratic Republican, a long defunct party.

  6. Bithead says:

    Bithead, I’m pretty sure Steve was also making a tongue in cheek reply.

    Reasonable… which shows how hard a tool sarcasm is to use in this medium. Which, I supopse, works out to a compliment for Alex.

  7. James Joyner says:

    Jackson founded the Democratic party. Jefferson was a Democratic Republican, a long defunct party.

    Almost everyone considers the Democratic-Republicans the predecessor to Jackson’s Democrats. The extent to which modern political parties have anything in common with their historical antecedents is, of course, debatable.

  8. Michael says:

    Reasonable… which shows how hard a tool sarcasm is to use in this medium.

    I believe the HTML 5 spec includes a <sarcasm> tag, which not only blinks annoyingly, but will slap the reader in the face when they don’t get it.

    Unfortunately, it will be 20 years before Internet Explorer supports this new spec.

  9. Beldar says:

    This is, indeed, a funny post.

    It would be much funnier if we could see the reaction of either Jefferson or Jackson — or, for that matter, Woodrow Wilson or Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman or even John Kennedy — to Rev. Wright screaming “God damn America!” or Bill Ayers jumping up and down on the American flag while reciting his standard laugh line, “Guilty as hell, free as a bird, what a great country.”

  10. capital L says:

    Jackson: died in 1845
    Jefferson: died in 1826

    Wright & Ayers: still kicking (although the rhetoric they espouse has been on the schnide for decades).

    Nice post, but it doesn’t exactly dispel my discomfort.

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  13. Steve says:

    Hillary Clinton. Whose ๐Ÿ˜‰ husband (Bill Clinton)

    I can’t believe that Hillary’s greatest attribute that qualifies her to be President of the greatest and most powerful nation is that she’s married to Bill “is” Clinton and not what she has done on her own in the Senate for the past 8 years. The way you talk Hillary should make Bill her running mate and then step aside so Bill can get back into the Oval Office.