Words are mighty powerful things. They can heal or hurt, build or break down, offend or please. William Farr found out the hard way that some things you just shouldn’t joke about. Speaking at the National Western Stock Show’s annual Citizen of the West banquet, he apparently pulled out a fake telegram and quipped: “I have a telegram from the White House. They’re going to have to change the name of that building if Obama is elected.”
Now I don’t know if this fellow is a Republican or a Democrat. For his sake at the moment I don’t think it quite matters. He probably got booed out of that building so fast he’s not even sure anymore.
I might be sticking my neck out here, but I don’t think that this is that big of a deal. From what I’ve heard of Obama, I like – quite a bit actually. He’s intelligent, well-spoken and unifying. He has a social conscience, and cares about foreign policy. He wants to improve the life of all American citizens. What’s not to like about that. Maybe it would be good for American politics if they were a little less ‘white’ anyway.
I’m going to assume that the vast majority of people are no longer racist in Canada and the United States. I know there are pockets of kooks out there (of all colour) who judge others by their outward appearance. This joke wasn’t intended to offend I don’t think, (I know politically correctly speaking it was a ridiculous thing to say). Maybe if we are just able to have a little fun with things like this, life could actually get better. Humour often has the power to lighten a situation, and bring people together. Let’s all just lighten up.
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