Distributed by Florida neurosurgeon and member of the AMA House of Delegates, Dr. David McKalip:
He was contacted by TPM Muckraker:Mmm hmmm. So that's all that he was saying -- that Obama's health care proposals would make health care worse. It had nothing to do with putting his head on the body of some savage negro-doctor! Nothing at all! But it is pretty funny, amIright? AmIright? C'mon! You got to see the funny.
McKalip said he believes that by depicting the president as an African witch doctor, the "artist" who created the image "was expressing concerns that the health-care proposals [made by President Obama] would make the quality of medical care worse in our country." McKalip said he didn't know who created it.
But pressed on what was funny about an image that plays on racist stereotypes about Africans, McKalip declined to say, instead offering to talk about why he opposes Obama's health-care proposals.
"I have a busy day," he said eventually, before ending the call.
Maybe if we could work watermelons into it somehow people would see how flawed the national insurance exchange concept is...
Dr McKalip initially publicly bristled at charges of racism, then backed down and apologized publicly, then sorta-privately blamed it all on the liberal media. Awesome.