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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

British NeoCon Tries to Have it Both Ways: Racist and In Denial

The Raw Story » Financial Times columnist: Obama like Felix the Cat, ‘black and lucky
A Financial Times columnist who once angrily defended himself from charges of condoning racism within his own paper, is comparing President Obama to the cartoon character Felix the Cat, because both are "black" and "lucky."

In a column entitled A runaway deficit may soon test Obama’s luck, British historian Niall Ferguson writes, "President Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat. One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black. He was also very, very lucky. And that pretty much sums up the 44th president of the US as he takes a well-earned summer break after just over six months in the world’s biggest and toughest job."

The Huffington Post notes, "Ferguson's column was accompanied by a cartoon and caption that read, 'Felix the Cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat! Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks!'"

Three years ago, Ferguson wrote that he was "appalled by a recent article on these pages that strongly implied that I condone racism."

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