VIDEO: Bob Herbert: “Phallic symbols” seen in McCain’s “Celeb ad

Posted by: ST on August 4, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Well, first it was “racist” as well as reminiscent of “rape yo daughter” and “scare elderly Jews” overtones.  Now? McCain’s “Celeb” ad is supposedly … subtly pornographic.  Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters reports:

The NYT columnist, a guest on today’s Morning Joe, expanded on the theory set forth in his column of this past Saturday, Running While Black, that the McCain campaign ad mocking Obama as a Paris Hilton/Britney Spears-type celebrity was actually “designed to exploit” racist anxiety about black men and white women. Herbert lumped the McCain ad with the “call me” ad the RNC ran against Harold Ford, Jr. in his Tennessee senate race.

It was in describing the McCain ad that Herbert’s symptoms surfaced.


BOB HERBERT: You guys have seen the ad a number of times, I am sure, and you have it here in-house.  First thing you see are a couple of images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, right?  And we see an image of Barack Obama right after that, comes quickly right at the beginning of the, you remember that, right?  Do you remember any other startling images right there at the beginning? 

–Silence on the set.–

HERBERT: Alright. There is an image right there in that very beginning of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and there is an image of the Washington Monument. Look at the beginning of that ad again.  And you tell me why those two phallic symbols are placed there [snaps fingers]—pow!—right at the very beginning of that ad.

Here’s video of the segment:

Poor Bob Herbert.  He sees perverted, racist Republicans around every corner, it would seem.

And oh yeah – that wasnt’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa either, genius.

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21 Responses to “VIDEO: Bob Herbert: “Phallic symbols” seen in McCain’s “Celeb ad”


  1. Chris in NC says:

    Obama is a flaming dildo in my book so I guess he’s right…

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    This makes it easier to disregard the MSM. So kudos to Herbert and the rest of the hysterical pants wetting ninnies.

    Incidentally, Herbert ought to ask his analyst for a refund. He really ought to have dealt with this egregious case of penis envy long since.

  3. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Yeah, well, Steve – you are Sneery’s sockpuppet. So there. Take that! NYAH! NYAH! NYAH!

  4. DaMav says:

    The sad thing is that there really are racists out there and racism is a pernicious evil thing.

    Unfortunately when the liberals get finished appropriating the word as a means of attacking anything they disagree with it is so distorted as to be meaningless.

    What kind of progress does it represent when showing a white woman and a black man in an advert is automatically considered maliciously racist? This sounds like a mentality out of the KKK in the 20s.

  5. NC Cop says:

    Let us not forget that the left even turned on Clinton, accusing HIM of being a racist. If that does not tell you how far gone these Obama people are, I don’t know what will.

  6. Fred Beloit says:

    If Olbermann is right, though I don’t think so, a question comes to mind: Why would Obama pick a phallic symbol like the Prussian victory monument for the site of his speech in Germany?

  7. Robert Miller says:

    I think that the democratic party being the party of teh KKK sees racists behind every tree. Just read somewhere that “skinny” is the new code for black.

  8. Jo Graham says:

    Probably because it fits his mental image of how important he thinks he is? Obama’s arrogance borders on the far side, like outer space far side. Do sane moderately intelligent folk really endorse this candidate????? Where do these people come from, I guess they just crept from under the rocks for this candidate right or have we seen this behavior before???

  9. Beachbabe NC says:

    Im sorry. I am going to comment on the above video… Why in the world is this ad getting so much hype? It probably shows the Leaning Tower of Pisa because it is in Italy. To me Italy is fashion, fashion is Paris Hilton. It shows Brittany Spears because in the media her and Obama are the ones being talked about. All it says to me is that this guy ( Obama ) is so caught up in the celebrity part of this, it is questioned if he is really ready for the White House. The Washington Monument is a symbol of D.C. Either that or it is what it is… Obama may be a dick.? :”>. UGH Novemeber please get here so this misery can be over. I dont see them picking apart an Obama ad. Why is that?

  10. Skeve Stubinna says:

    MD, that was uncalled for. You owe Steve an apology.

  11. Stuve Skebinna says:

    Yeah, MD, I agree. It was really tacky.

  12. LMAO, “Stuve” and “Skeve”!

  13. Steve Skubinna says:

    Hey, thanks for the support guys. I dunno what’s up with MD. Maybe he’s mixing his meds again.

  14. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Hey, thanks for the support guys. I dunno what’s up with MD. Maybe he’s mixing his meds again.

    Just when I had you helplessly wriggling in the crushing grip of Reason, you roll out (on under-inflated tires) a Distraction from the Real Issues of Hope and Change. I know that I look different from the guys you see on the $3 bills, but such mocking of my funny-sounding name is racist. Or something like that.

  15. Lorica says:

    subtly pornographic

    Only a mind predisposed to this would see this in McCain’s ad. – Lorica

  16. Steve Skubinna says:

    Nice try, Mwalimu Hussein Daudi.

  17. NC Cop says:

    Nice try, Mwalimu Hussein Daudi.

    Ooooooo, no you didn’t!!!! :o

  18. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Steve – Ye hath mocked the Holy and Sacred Middle Name of He Whose Middle Name Must Not Be Mentioned! Blasphemy! Lo, ye sinner! Ye hath scorned the path of Hope and Change for Distractions from Real Issues. Michelle be not proud of thee! And Sneery shall sit in judgement upon thee, for he be a humble Servant of the Chosen One who aspireth to nothing more that to be a concentration camp guard in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Hopenchange. Vengence is ours, sayeth Dennis Kucinich.

    And the lion shall lie down with the lamb, and a little child shall lead them to a government after-school program to learn that all cultures are equal except the United States. The ocean levels shall descend, and everyone shall have free medical care. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and they shall beat their swords into Blackberrys and iPods, and they shall drive on fully-inflated tires. Neither shall they leave carbon footprints, nor eat meat anymore.

  19. Literally LOL with tears in my eyes at this thread! =))

  20. forest hunter says:

    What’s that line about truth in jest again?

    You guys really do rock!:))