I hereby submit, for your consideration, the following, as our nation’s best contribution thus far to the sheer horror that is #HugGate :
BWAAAAhahahahahahahahahaha! /gasps for air/ HAhahahaha! Ha! Heh. Whew! /wipes tear from eye/
(Technically, @lexalexander tweeted this last night, but I’m new to this whole embed-a-tweet thingie and am only just now catching up. Please do forgive!)
Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the fail-clowns on the right are currently creaming their twinkies over video footage so shocking, that it very well might have been the cause of Andrew Breitbart’s untimely death.
In the video, a young President Obama (at the time, he was president of the Harvard Law Review) is speaking at a Harvard protest rally in support of then law school Professor Derrick Bell’s call for more diversity among Harvard faculty.
The big reveal (which Breitbart touted at CPAC as signaling the death knell for President Obama’s re-election chances) is that at the end of the video — you should probably sit down for this — BARACK OBAMA HUGS DERRICK BELL.
BLACK MEN HUGGING? The hell you say!
The nutbags on the right are losing their collective shit because they believe that The Forbidden Hug was hidden from the American public because JEREMIAH WRIGHT AND GODDAMN AMERICA AND ALSO, TOO BILL AYERS:
I understand, to some extent, the fact that the world and everyone in it has been consumed with the news of Steve Jobs’ death. I’m not an Apple head, but I can recognize genius when I see it — and lord knows, there are plenty of Apple heads out there. I’m glad, on a human level, that Mr. Jobs was able to be involved with the work he loved up until the very end, and I hope his passing was easy. Other than that, and with great respect, I don’t know that the world needs me trying what to figure out what to say about his death.
However, two other American giants also died yesterday, two men of whom I had literally never heard before, and it might well be because of Steve Jobs’ death that I paid special attention to theirs, learning about their lives as a result.
The first was Fred Shuttlesworth, the second, Derrick Bell.
Shuttlesworth was a civil rights pioneer, known for bringing Martin Luther King, Jr. to Birmingham, for surviving multiple attempts on his life, and for never, ever giving up. Here’s some NPR’s obituary: