Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss were attempting to lighten the mood in politics by selling “Obama Waffles” at the Value Voters Summit. But they were asked to leave the conservative political forum, after protesters found the waffles’ box racist. See more photos of the Obama Waffles, as well as an Obama Waffle video after the bump.
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The product, Obama Waffles, was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. The Obama Waffles were sold for $10 a box from a booth at the Values Voter Summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council. You can see a video of the creators of the Obama Waffles below.
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were both speakers at the forum, which drew about 2,100 activists from 44 states.
On the Obama Waffles box, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was pictured in a Muslim turban and says “Point box toward Mecca for tastier waffles.” Three protesters from American Atheists apparently found the packaging offensive.
DeMoss, who helped create the product, said that some people had been offended by the top of the box, showing Obama in a turban. But that it was meant as political satire.
“Does he have Muslim roots or not? That’s a legitimate question. That might offend somebody, but you know what, that’s part of the political satire and we’re raising the question,” DeMoss of of Franklin, Tennessee said. “I’m not questioning where his soul is today, he denies he has any Muslim roots at all. There seems to be contrary evidence to that.”
A caricature of Rev. Jeremiah Wright is portrayed on the side as a missing person above “Popular sayings: ‘God d*** America’ and “Made in the US of KKA.” Obama broke ties with his former pastor after portions of Wright’s sermons were aired in the media.
“He waffled on the friendship and it’s like, well wait a minute,” DeMoss said. “You were comfortable for 20 years sitting in the pew, but now you’re saying ‘I don’t want anything to do with you.’”
DeMoss wasn’t exactly certain how many boxes of Obama waffles were sold at $10 a piece but said, “They’re selling like hotcakes.” One man from Ohio bought 10 boxes before his booth was shut down. He began making the boxes six weeks ago and said Books-A-Million already plans to sell them on their shelves.
“We’re just trying to have a satirical look at it. We’re trying to add some humor to the entire exchange,” he said. “Letterman and Leno, the New York Times and Newsweek did a piece on how you can’t make a joke about him. We’re like ‘Why? It’s the public square.’”
Above the nutrition facts, it says “Limitations of use: Not for use in military settings; product has not been field-tested. Results may be undesirable.”
To make “Barack Belgium Beauties,” the box says to pre-heat waffle iron and “Environmentally conscious consumers should pay two ozone-offset carbon credits to Al Gore’s GreenWorld fund.”
Underneath, it includes a “Barry’s Bling Bling Waffle Ring recipe rap”:
“Yo, B-rock here droppin’ waffle knowledge
Spellin’ it out, ’cause I graduated college
Some say I waffle so fast, Barry’s causin’ whiplash
Just doin’ my part, made wafflin’ a fine art
For a waffle wit style, like Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
Spray whipped cream around the edge
Shake it first like Sister Sledge
Then say wit me, I can be as waffly as I wanna be!
(That goes out to my Ludacris posse)”
The back of the box includes a drawing of John Kerry saying “I know a thing or two about wafflin’ and I approve this mix” and Michelle Obama saying “For the first time in my adult life I’m proud of an American waffle.”
Obama is depicted with a Mexican sombrero above “Open Border Fiesta Waffles.” The description says, “The greatest danger of all is to allow walls to divide us. It’s time we opened our borders and our wallets to all who desire a taste of reedom. So put out the welcom mat and enjoy this multicultural celebration.”
The fiesta waffle description includes a tip: “While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language? Recommended serving: 4 or more illegal aliens”.
Anyone with a sense of humor should find the Obama waffles packaging amusing, but some people are too serious.
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