You know, all this talk of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the looming threat of international economic instability sometimes tends to overwhelm our national consciousness, drawing our attention from the more important goings-on of our new administration — namely, the fact that President Obama is the narrator of the audiobook version of his autobiographical account on race relations, Dreams from My Father, and that, in an unprecedented display of presidential foresight, he has left the American people with a few auditory gems to play out of context for the benefit of our own sophomoric amusement.
Reader, amuse thyself.
We’re surprised the McCain campaign didn’t dig up some of these files in a desperate 11th hour attempt to smear the Obama ticket. A mangled audio clip of the then Illinois Senator contending “There are white folks, and then there are ignorant mothafuckas like you. . .” played over a grainy image of Jeremiah Wright — arms raised, goddamning America — would have done much to tease the embers of the not-so-thinly-veiled racism that seemed to follow the Straight-Talk Express as it waddled aimlessly, like a nursing home patient on the lamb, through untended roads of God’s own heartland.