‘The Black One With the Reading Thing’

Created: March 30, 2010 10:46 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Via Jonathan Chait, we see Vietnam War hero Bud Day — known these days for his support of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his habit of constantly wearing his Medal of Honor around his neck — giving Charlie Crist an endorsement he might regret.

“You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1,” Day said. “You look at their track records and they’re both pretty gritty. Charlie has not got a gritty track record.”

Day confirmed he was speaking of Obama and Rubio.

“You’ve got the black one with the reading thing. He can go as fast as the speed of light and has no idea what he’s saying,” Day said. “I put Rubio in that same category, except I don’t know if he’s using one of those readers.”

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Chait sees a “racist trope” at work in the teleprompter mockery, although for what it’s worth, The Onion has mocked Obama’s use of the device, too. What the relative ethnicities of Obama and Rubio have to do with anything, though — well, you’d have to ask Day. And this is more bad luck for Crist, whose attack this month on Rubio — he joked about him getting a “back wax” with taxpayer dollars — also had racial overtones.