October 5, 2007

BLACK, NOT LIKE ME:

Obama talks arugula - again - in Iowa (John McCormick, 10/05/07, Chicago Tribune: The Swamp)

"All the national press, they said, 'Oh, look at Obama. He's talking about arugula in Iowa. People in Iowa don't know what arugula is,'" he said. "People in Iowa know what arugula is. They may not eat it, but you know what it is."

Well, maybe.

A highly unscientific survey of three Iowans who listened to Obama's speech suggested at least some in the crowd were a little confused by the leafy green.

"I've heard of it, but I don't know what it is," said Richard Newton, a laborer and volunteer firefighter from Independence. "But I understood what he was talking about."

Kay Hoffman, a hospital clinic assistant from nearby Aurora, Iowa, said she had never heard of it before, suspecting it might have something to do with Obama's Hawaiian upbringing.

"I don't know what it is," she said. "Maybe it's a Hawaiian thing."


Is the arugala refrain just in case there's someone in the crowd who thinks he isn't an effete elite?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2007 4:52 PM
Comments

He's arugululating. It's a Muslim thing. Like firing your gun into the air.

Posted by: Qiao at October 6, 2007 9:21 AM
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