The surest way for a nobody to quickly become somebody is to say something foul or do something racially offensive targeting President Barack Obama.
Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, in 2009 made international headlines when he rudely said, “You lie!” as Obama addressed a joint session of Congress. It was a level of public disrespect that no president had experienced that anyone could recall.
No one could rule out that the disrespect was tied to Obama being the nation’s first and only black president. Other congressmen have called Obama “uppity,” “boy” and Newt Gingrich called him the “food stamp president” during the GOP primary.
The latest person to get elevated to such racial infamy was a Wolfeboro, N.H., town police commissioner. He used a racial slur when referring to Obama and once accused, defended it.
The Concord Monitor reports: “In his response to the complaint, which was later printed in the local weekly paper, Copeland wrote, “I believe I did use the N-word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic). For this I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
The publicity from Copeland’s comments caused him to resign. It’s a fitting end until the racial nastiness about Obama surfaces again.