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Google apologizes for offensive image of first lady

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Search engine behemoth Google is apologizing for image-search results delivered for first lady Michelle Obama that show the No. 1 image of her online to be a racist caricature.

"We apologize if you've had an upsetting experience using Google. We hope you understand our position regarding offensive results," says a house ad from "the Google team" served up in conjunction with image results for queries on the first lady's name.

"Search results are a reflection of the content on the web. Our search results simply reflect what's out there," Google spokesman Scott Rubin explained. "According to the way our algorithm works, when we try to deliver the most relevant search results based on other pages that link to it and so on, this is what is returned."

He said it was possible that the image ranked so high because people were linking to it to condemn it, but noted that there was no way for the company to know for sure. Page rank is the result of "more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms," according to Google.

"Because the image is offensive to many, we felt it was important to explain to our users why an image like that would appear," Rubin said.

The racist image was previously removed by Google in response to a complaint by Search Engine Roundtable, which objected that "If you conduct a search in Google Images for [Michelle Obama] you will see a racist image in the number one result."

But the image wasn't removed for being racist -- it was taken down because the site hosting it was also serving malware to user's computers, Rubin said. The image has since been reloaded onto another site that is not serving malware and under Google policy will remain there unless there is a further policy violation.

The Google team uses the house ad to hold the image at arm's length. "Sometimes Google search results from the Internet can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries. We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google," it says.

"A site's ranking in Google's search results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query," the statement goes on to say. "The beliefs and preferences of those who work at Google, as well as the opinions of the general public, do not determine or impact our search results."

The company also used the house ad to clarify its policies on removing offensive content: "We do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it. We will, however, remove pages from our results if we believe the page (or its site) violates our Webmaster Guidelines, if we believe we are required to do so by law, or at the request of the webmaster who is responsible for the page."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  November 24, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
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This edition of the Republican conservatives is worse than the last.

Posted by: kacameron | November 25, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

What was that lipstick on a pig reference again Obozzo?

Posted by: Bcamp55 | November 25, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

And the Racism issue continues. One should realize that even Google can't prevent it. ..

Don't believe us? Just go "safe search off" and you will even see more monkey photos appearing on google

Racism is over the internet and not even BIG G can stop it:

Posted by: magnumfinger | November 25, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Well this is what "free speech" means in a free and democratic society. If we begin to pull down such images, are we any better than the Islamic Fundamentalists who complained of the images of Muhammad? While I think racist images are out of bounds and abhorrent in a civilized society, it is up to civilized people whether they wish to look at or use them.

Posted by: RedRat | November 25, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Google apologized ? Why ? Let me remind you it's a SEARCH ENGINE it's supposed to find information based on criteria given by THE USER. Some things are good and others are not. simple.

How come there is no outrage at whomever the website(s) that have this image are ? If this sites remove that image as they should, then you shouldn't have to worry about your search finding it. Google should not have to adjust itself every time another website does something wrong like this. There are thousands of websites in the internet. ridiculous.

Finally, presidents and their spouses have been criticized at one time or another in print, cartoons and other media. It comes with the territory. The Obamas should be no different. Some people think that only positive treatment is equality. Real equality is being treated the same as everyone else in EVERY way both positive and negative. You can't give Obama special treatment and say that only their picture is offensive but its ok to keep the other pictures of other people. This attitude in itself is discrimination.

Posted by: mynotesfortoday | November 25, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

why are colored people so sensitive and insecure, you have to admit that you look like apes, do what michael jackson did, change the color of you skin and your facial features and then you won't be compared to monkeys.

Posted by: eportillo655 | November 25, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Text book example of hypocracy and double standards here...

It makes me sick to think Google should have to apologize for this garbage. What about the 5,456,232 monkey images of George W Bush? The media made a mockery of him... What about Palin? Nobody cares about making fun of her (or her kids for that matter!)

What the hell is wrong with people?!

Posted by: ryanst530 | November 25, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The lunacy about caricatures is getting weird. While I distain the bad taste of the caricature I also distain NOT having the right to view them. We all thought it ridiculous that the penalty for a caricature of The prophet Mohammed is death and that nodrawings of pictures of him are allowed. Now we are worried ourselves about some stupid caricature of the first lady. Bad taste... YES. Punish Google for having its search engine bring it up... NOT AN OFFENSE!!

What ever happened to that famous saying by Nathanial Hawthorne: "I may not agree with what you say... but I will defend your right to say it to the death"?

Posted by: EZReader1 | November 25, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Why the apology? I did't eve see it because I don't do much interneting. Is Google being being pressured/cooerced by various individuals and entities of big business/government to issue apology? Aren't the many caricatures of many people of the world, be it funny or not. Caricatures are caritures and just that. She is only a wife of the president. She was not voted into office. Personally, I think she should not be the limelights other than when dignitaries show up for dinner. She should concentrate on being the wife and mother for family hapiness.

Posted by: SOCIETY1 | November 25, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Double-standards central here! I can't believe the hypocracy... What about the 5,234,112 images of George W Bush looking like an imp on the internet?

Typical liberals... makes me sick.

Posted by: ryanst530 | November 25, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: williambanzai7 | November 25, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Richdoode the point is, is that you typed "Bush monkey" and you got the result you were searching for.
The issue with the offensive image shown on the FLOTUS, is that you type "Michelle Obama" and your initial result returns an ape caricature picture that suppose to be the FLOTUS.
It's not only an image in bad taste, but it underscores the poor search function of Google image search.

Posted by: clsmithj | November 25, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Do a search for Bush Monkey and the first images are of a doctored picture of President Bush as a monkey. Where's Google's apology for that? They shouldn't apologize for either! This is typical for the double standards of the Democrats.

Posted by: Richdoode | November 25, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: thebump | November 25, 2009 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Long before the Michelle Obama pictures, there were dozens of fictionalized pictures on google of Sarah Palin with gargantuan ta-tas and low cut dresses, but this wasn't sexism because, I mean after all, Sarah Palin is a republican. No outcries or apologies back then. The Michelle Obama picture is simply a planet of the apes silliness, and if she were made into a chipmunk or a mouse or a pig we'd still be hearing the same complaint about 'racism'.

Posted by: cerebral_but | November 25, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Its a pitty the American society ( thank God will never be a Civilization) continues to exist with Pilgrim Mentality as if they are something worth high value. Many of the comments are from the likes who degrade America and shown clear embedded ignorance after hundreds of years of immigrating to the Americas.Now is 2009 and many humans still act worse than rats breeding in the sewers. Grow up America and get educated before acting like fools in shame...Your bias opinions reveal the real "Ugly American" image world known created by you the people.

Posted by: tteamoh | November 25, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

is legal yes, is it the right thing to do no. i don't thinks so i thinks the presidents family should always be off limits to the media even if the photo was done by someone else its still posted by a media source. i personalty do not like the job obama is doing as president but as a father and a family man i will give him respect and i would not make fun of his family. but in America if you find something offensive you have every right to change the channel. turn the page and not look. or and protest your feelings

Posted by: getsix1 | November 24, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Google doesn't seem to have qualms about censoring itself in China. It is certainly no champion for free speech or democracy. So why the sudden adherence to "policy"?

Posted by: bog1

Hear hear.. Google wants you to believe they're just reflecting what's on the Internet, but they do censorship just as easily. And that photo is nowhere to be found on a Bing image search. Google just doesn't want to admit their famous algorithms have flaws..

Posted by: john65001 | November 24, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hillaryc1

... you are worst than sad

Posted by: aypub | November 24, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Lincoln and Bush were both represented as chimps by their opponents. Get over it.

Posted by: georgejones5 | November 24, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

And the Racism issue continues. One should realize that even Google can't prevent it.

Don't believe us? Just go "safe search off" and you will even see more monkey photos appearing on google

Racism is over the internet and not even BIG G can stop it:

Posted by: magnumfinger | November 24, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Why caricature the women when actual pictures do the trick. Have you seen the photo of her state dinner garb? Man, she looks like she can outbench B.O.!

Posted by: DCer1 | November 24, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I do recall a slew of Bush pics next to chimp faces making the same expression. Whoever did this one doesn't seem as mature or inventive as the Bush series creator... Regardless, public figures are slammed and parodied all the time. Sometimes it's unpleasant (especially to the parodied), but there it is... PS I voted for Obama.

Posted by: postid19 | November 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Google doesn't host the image, just like the Pirate Bay didn't host torrents. There's no difference.

Instead of hounding Google, people should go after the hosting provider. Flooding their servers with GET requests will make it an expensive insult...

Posted by: Nymous | November 24, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

google's explanation is kind of funny: with google's SafeSearch OFF the image does not show up at all in the first result pages!

only with google's SafeSearch ON (it does not matter whether it's set to MODERATE or STRICT) the offensive image pops up.

thus, this is VERY EMBARASSING for google.

Posted by: no_such | November 24, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

(Right on, Sam888! I had those mistake's, too... just kidding.)

There's a fine line between trimming for good search quality and censorship. Most likely the image ended up #1 using some search-engine optimization (like the links to The Decider with the text "miserable failure"), and Google should probably look into defeating those techniques. If, however, tons of people are genuinely interested in the picture (and they will be now for a few days), then it will probably remain up there for a bit, even with a better algorithm.

Posted by: poGhoh3K | November 24, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse


Here comes the grammar police (on a WaPo blog no less). Perhaps "highkey11" just had a senior moment. Too bad you can't (won't?) simply answer the questions.

Posted by: JakeD | November 24, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

subaru driver's what? or do you not realize that an apostrophe denotes the possessive, not the plural?

Posted by: Sam888 | November 24, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse


1) If McCain's wife was photo-shopped in KKK attire ... would the chronicle care?

2) Do all Subaru driver's with Obama and Coexist stickers drive 55 mph in 70 mph zones ... were they crappy drivers before Obama?

3) Rev Al Gore ... if Al can prove with SCIENCE the earth is warming when it's not ... can he prove the Earth is flat, and can he create a following that will give him another $100 million?

4) Pelosi: since Pelosi was told about Waterboarding, but was exonerated by Honest Democrats ... will Rangel, Dodd, Murtha and the rest be exonerated?

5) Countrywide: Did Angelo Mozilo's of Countrywide create the ARM Health Care "Reform" financing package .... will there be a meltdown?
- collect money for 5 years
- Deduct $500 Billion from Seniors
- Score for 10 years ...

6) Will calkid81 post more pictures of Obama's Mom?

Enquiring Minds want to know ...

Posted by: highkey11 | November 24, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Google has removed the image, Michelle Obama looks nothing like a monkey or an ape, more like a nice gorilla.

Posted by: hillaryc1 | November 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I reported the picture 2 or 3 weeks ago as offensive to Google. I just reported it again a few minutes ago when I saw it back up again.

I just voted "yes" to a poll asking if the offensive pictures should be removed. 60% voted "no" comment.

Posted by: jwisman | November 24, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the caricature of African Americans as chimps are ground in the fact that US History with slavery is based on the idea that white slave owners believed that African Americans were less than human and that they were chimp like. Had the pictured showed Mrs Obama as a deer or a frog, there would not be an objection. I am surprised at the ignorance of the conservatives who insist that this is some how similar to people calling former President George W. Bush a chimp. The chimp comparison is based on the former President general ignorance or lack of knowledge about issues of national importances.

Go Obama!!!!!

Posted by: jjack1 | November 24, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I've seen the image. Its not just offensive, its a threat and Google's continued publication of this threat makes Google an enabler. The Secret Service should be investigating this matter and Google's continued publication of the image.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | November 24, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Racists merely prove that they will never evolve past childhood. The First Lady is a godsend after her 4 predecessors (each being national embarassments). However, it's good to know that the dysfunctional forces of ignorance of fixated on thinking about the First Lady and doing nothing to advance their sad lives. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | November 24, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I gather that if it was posted under "George Bush Michelle Obama monkey" it would be OK, but without "George Bush" in the search it's not?

Look, the Democrats and their running dog lackeys taught us for 8 full years that the correct and proper way to depict the President and his family were as Nazis or as monkeys.

Have the rules changed perhaps?

Time for the Democrats to 'splain themselves.

Posted by: muawiyah | November 24, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I find racist pics to be offensive, almost as offensive as censorship.

Will Google let us know how uncomfortable something has to be to the Obamas before it is censured, do we all have to start using Bing or Yahoo, or will the administration pressure them as well to sanitize things so that the only things on their search engines about the Obama's is what is sanctioned by the white house press office?

Posted by: WashingtonTimesisBetter | November 24, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

You can bet its right-wing conservatives who are responsible.

Posted by: dudh | November 24, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The writer is very generous to Google as are are some other members of teh press: Google apologizes, Google buys ads to explain (this is Google's own Adwords for which it pays zilch) - The truth is it is Google's fault. It lives by the sword and needs to die by it. This is a case where someone is taking advantage of the most popular search engine's algorithm (by which it makes money) to explore racism and steretypes that are plainly harmful to the nation's dialog.

And Google should be made responsible to stop this. Not just apologize. That is hogwash and the press is letting it off easy.

The problem is that someone just has to tye in Michelle Obama not Michele Obama and ape or some such.

Google is gettin away with something here thanks to the Press that it shoudl not.

Posted by: rocky | November 24, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The image is still there. Find the IP of the poster, fine them. The number one image of Michelle Obama also lists monkey...the disrespect occurring in this nation is disgusting. No wonder folk in other countries label the United States citizenry as ignorant.

Posted by: scheduler | November 24, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

These racist pictures don't become #1 on google by accident. It's becoming increasing clear that the majority of the Republican party is pining for the days when the Klan ran things. What a sad party that has become of late.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

jchj: "Sigh. MKadyman, Google is not apologizing because it's an image of Michelle Obama, it's apologizing because it's a RACIST image. A caricature of George Bush would not be racist. Stop assigning political motivations where there are none."

WOW! That is the most racist thing I think I have EVER heard someone say without some form of racial epithet in. If you consider something to be racist when applied to one group, but not another, it's RACIST, PERIOD. Your logic is just as twisted as Louis Farakhan's wildly racist statement that "Only white people can be racists; a black man can never be a racist." (said just months before his infamous "Hymietown" remark). Your definition (and his) that racism is only based on the person's skin color is itself racist. Stop applying different standards on people because of their skin color, and then you'll START on your path of being a racist yourself.

Personally, I find the whole "Monkey Picture" issue juvenile and immature, but the fact that so many people find it offensive when done to one group of people, but that it's not offensive when applied to another, THAT'S offensive. It's either offensive from both sides, or it's not offensive on either.

Posted by: WEWard3 | November 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Put in the Google image search "George Bush ape" and you get similar pictures as Michelle Obama. Bush drawn as an ape or compared to one.
Should those be removed, too?

Posted by: Canson | November 24, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Joejack65: in response to "Laura Bush killed a guy".... well, that's not the correct way to phrase it, but it's technically true. When she was a teenager, she was in an auto accident (her fault) where her former boyfriend was killed (he was in the other car), and yes, she was at fault in the accident, though a witness in her car said it was due to distracted driving. It ended up being quite traumatic for her. It's not "new news", as it happened, IIRC, back in 1967-1968.

HOWEVER, as far as the "Michelle Obama as a Monkey" bit... looks like some people take offense at things directed towards their own favorites that they didn't find offensive (or even joined in on!) when done about people they don't favor; the EXACT same thing happened with President Bush and his wife. In fact, there is an entire term ("Googlebombing" devoted to the first major incident of something EXACTLY LIKE THIS that happened to President Bush, where the first search result on his name resulted in "Miserable Failure" about three-four years back. The pictures of President Bush or First Lady Bush from those years were every bit the same as this one. Those who were offended by THESE but not by THOSE need to get a life; it's part and parcel of being a major public figure.

Posted by: WEWard3 | November 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

What? Google doesn't want Michelle to plug her movie Planet of the Apes?

Posted by: Atenora | November 24, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@jchj: Google didn't apologize for the image at all. Their apology was "if you've had an upsetting experience using Google," then went on to explain to the dummies how automated search works.

@bperk420: They changed the algorithm previously because it allowed people to easily game the system, not because of "offensive" content.

@willygreen & katymcintyre: Both correct. Google provides an automated search system, they don't choose content.

Posted by: captkeebz | November 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I want to see the Yahoo! chat boards re-open. There was some really harsh speech on those threads. Then occasionally there would be some really funny comments too, like, "Al Gore invented John Kerry... when he endorsed Howard Dean."

Posted by: blasmaic | November 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the club, Michelle. Try a google image search of "Julia Louis-Dreyfus", for example, and see what the #1 result is.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | November 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't it ring any alarms or offer any clues that the people posting things like this are also the people trying to hurt you personally by secretly downloading malware to your computer?

Nasty people . . . in many ways.

Posted by: wandering1day | November 24, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

It does not look like many of you have been following the story (or the lobbying bucks), but the Obama administration is rapidly becoming one of Google's brands. Obviously that's not something Google would want tarnished.

Posted by: Wallenstein | November 24, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

What Google is really upset about is the fact that the web site serving up the malware was able to game Google's search algorithms to make their image come up first. It's not nice to play games with Mother Google.

BTW, Googlacs. You still have some work to do. If you search for "Michelle Obama" and click on Images, a Related Search pops up called "Michelle Obama Monkey." Not cool, dudes.

Posted by: hisroc | November 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yet the image is still up there as of this afternoon.

Posted by: topperale | November 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Google doesn't seem to have qualms about censoring itself in China. It is certainly no champion for free speech or democracy. So why the sudden adherence to "policy"?

Posted by: bog1 | November 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. MKadyman, Google is not apologizing because it's an image of Michelle Obama, it's apologizing because it's a RACIST image. A caricature of George Bush would not be racist. Stop assigning political motivations where there are none.

Posted by: jchj | November 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Google needs to change their algorithm or let us know how to make sure it isn't first image result. That image is incredibly offensive."

So you're saying google should alter results of what is judged fairly as being popular (look at Page Rank Technology: it's their base algorithm). That pretty much vanilla censorship.

Sure people can gauge the system, but it's our duty in a democracy to make things "unpopular". That's why democracy is a slow process--but works and ensures our freedoms. So lets say a million anti-Obama webmasters linked to this and pushed it up Google's Page Rank? Well, the pro-Obama webmasters should promote a better image. It's a well thought out reaction, heck, that's the same way Obama runs gov't.

In the end, it's a image. Those offended: do a image search on "Bush Monkey" and you'll get PAGES of Bush in the same situation and for some reason I think you'll NOT be offended at those?

If the image in question is the be-all-end judgement of one M. Obama, then we have truly reach a low point in the information
age--it's suppose to enlighten us folks. We know better than that.

Posted by: recharged95 | November 24, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that I voted for Obama and I don't care for the stupid images online about him or his wife. However, when you're in the public eye, that's what happens. Seriously, there were a lot of stupid images of GW Bush and I didn't see anyone apologizing for them! If you were to type into Google "Cartoon Characters Laura Bush" the first thing you get webwise is "Laura Bush Killed a Guy" if you go to pics you get a picture of her looking like the Joker with green hair!

Black people need to lighten up and stop seeing racism in every freaking thing anyone does that they don't like! Sheesh! Talk about Racism!

Posted by: joejack65 | November 24, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What goes around, comes around. Or if you like : Matthew 7:1-6. How low will the discourse go ? Given the example of Beck and Rush ... "we gots mo to go" down down down.

Posted by: gzillasam1 | November 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Google is apologizing because it is politically correct to do so. If it had been some offensive photo of George Bush you would not heard a word from Google.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 24, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, Google shouldn't be apologizing for content that someone else posted. That's kind of like holding the phone company accountable when someone calls and leaves you a nasty message. They're the *service* provider, not the *content* provider.

Posted by: katymcintyre | November 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Google needs to change their algorithm or let us know how to make sure it isn't first image result. That image is incredibly offensive. Google isn't above changing algorithms. They have done it before when a search of "miserable failure" resulted in the GWB White House being the top result.

Posted by: bperk420 | November 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

in case anyone is wondering it looks like a picture from "Planet of the Apes"......took awhile to find.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | November 24, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse


Mike did not "equate" the two pictures. He asked a simple question (the answer to which is obvious because Democrats, in general, were NOT upset about the President of the United States depicted as a chimp, or worse).

Posted by: JakeD | November 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who equates a doctored photo (or a cartoon) that shows Michelle or Barack Obama as monkey/chimp/gorilla with image of GW Bush as chimp is being disingenuous.

How convenient for them to ignore history.

Posted by: dadada | November 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Why is Google apologizing?

While I agree that the image is probably offensive, is Google now our arbiter of good taste?

Posted by: willygreen | November 24, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@ged0386 Did you get offended when you guys from the left made these kinds of pics of Bush?

Posted by: mike83631 | November 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

i just looked at the image on google and it is a photoshopped cariacture--not a real photo-

its resembles a picture from the movie "planet of the apes"

its a trashy picture

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

who cares really, when white republicans have nothing left but racism to carry their political agendas you know how desperate they are. P.S cant they do better than a monkey? Thats real original. All you people are doing is writing your own history as bigots all over again. Here you have the opportunity to change the image in america regarding racial relations and america is blowing it. So much for the dont blame me for what my great grandparents felt theory.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

why not publish the image so we can make a decision..........

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Are there racists in America?

You betcha.

However, it's VERY satisfying to know that they have to sit impotently with the knowledge that THEIR president is a black man. ( And there ain't "THING ONE" they can do about it)

So, ultimately, the laugh is on THEM.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | November 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse


Yes, now show us the racist image of Laura Bush. That would be comparing apples to apples. People attach Obama, thats fair game but if racism is fair game to you then show me that racist Laura image. Show me bush with a Hitler mustache. Dont try to justify racism based on repubs and dems. One has nothing to do with the other.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Morphing Michelle Obama with the face of a monkey. It's not even a little funny ... just stupid. Man, the last few month, the far right wing has hopped aboard the crazy bus and isn't getting off. Racist monkey images, the rise of armed militias, Republican party bill-boards in the South calling for a revolution, stock-piling ammunition ... honk, honk ... everyone wave as the crazy bus drives by.

Posted by: joelmcintosh | November 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

So, the article doesn't explain the image or why it's racist? Too delicate for the media to mention? I don't know what the image is, and probably would be offended by it, but we should really worry when the media is so politically correct.

Posted by: MeInTheMiddle | November 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Nothing was offensive during the Bush years, eh libs? Remember the story of the boy who cried wolf?

Posted by: cschotta1 | November 24, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That's REALLY racist. Bottom line, it discredits its creators far more than Mrs. Obama.

This pure hatred of the Obamas is clearly not based on political disagreement and given their basic decency (whether or not you agree with their policies) says something very disturbing about a lot of out "fellow countrymen".

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they morphed it with the face of George W. Bush.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 24, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't this story ensure that the racist image will continue to be #1 return for "Michelle Obama"? Duh ...

Posted by: motogp46 | November 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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