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I'm Voting for "That One" Pro-Obama Bumper Sticker and Button (But What's the Big Deal?)

For the apparently considerable number of you who are upset with John McCain’s reference to Barack Obama as “That One” in last night’s debate:

I'm Voting for That One Barack Obama Bumper Sticker

That One 08: Barack Obama for President Button

That One '08: Barack Obama for President T-Shirt

Click on any image to nab one for yourself.

I have to say that personally, I don’t understand why people are seizing on John McCain referring to Barack Obama as “that one” as some huge thing. “One” is a bit passive, but as a word often refers to people, as in “One does not eat Shrimp Florentine with one’s salad fork.” “That” is simply a specifier, useful in comparison.

Can someone explain to me what the big fuss is?

11 comments to I'm Voting for "That One" Pro-Obama Bumper Sticker and Button (But What's the Big Deal?)

  • mocha595959

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  • Just go ahead and click on the graphic. That’ll take you straight to the place where you can buy one.

  • Nate

    It’s about referring to a person (a US Senator, to be exact) as a thing, not a person. I’m sorry, but McCain should know, as a politician, what to say and what not to say. He also was condescending to an African-American who asked an economy question of him, saying “You probably haven’t even heard of Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac until this evening.” I’m sorry, but what McCain has been saying is classless and disgraceful.

  • Laura

    I’ve seen a fuss on other websites about McCain using “that one” as a replacement for the n-word, and that he meant it like almost a racial put-down. IMO, I don’t necessarily think that he meant it as a replacement word for a racial slur, but I do think he said it with obvious personal disrespect and disdain for Obama.

    I think it was just another example of the snarky and arrogant attitudes that are obvious in both McCain and Palin. It’s also a prime example of the “ugly American” manners that have made the U.S. one of the most hated countries on the planet within the past eight years.

  • Darebrit

    Are we surprised at McCains irrational generalizations? This is tha way that republicans are taught how to address the hoi paloi by people like carl Rove.

    McCain has in the past two years made at least two public references to “American Workers” being ‘Lazy’. But now exclaims the value and ethhic of those same Americans. He is merely following the party dictat; ‘Praise our followers and denigrate and slander our oponents.

    Republicans are masters of insult innuendo and condemnation of those that they percieve to be of inferior station to themselves (Democrats and others). They do not recognise or accept that they themselves are flawed.

    When a person like McCain dismisses people that he percieves to be inferior, he gives a clear indication of what arrogance in politics is all about.

    See: Bush
    Cheyney
    Rove
    Rumsfeld
    Palen
    Limbaugh
    North
    O’Riely

  • Gary

    I think the fuss is that it was disrespectful and un-statesmanlike. I don’t think he intentionally chose the words; they just came out as they are a part of his character. It’s like saying “those people.” He wasn’t thinking.

    I think after 8 years of the most unsophisticated, disrespectful, and offensive president in U.S. history, we are no longer surprised at this kind of laziness and rudeness. Imagine Dan Quayle referring to Geraldine Ferraro as “that one” in 1984. It would have raised a huge stink.

    I am glad, however, that there is some recognition of the crassness of this comment even today.

  • Tracy

    Well, for anyone who possesses a name, being called “that one” is not only rude, and insensitive (especially for a senator of the United States of America who is actually well known,) but That one denotes that “it” is a thing, rather than a person. Correct vernacular for a person would have been “him” not “that one.” It’s all kinds of mistake. But it was funny and backfired because now Obama supporters everywhere are taking it and running with it.

  • Tracy

    Imagine if Sarah Palin had been called “that one” all KINDS of women would have been outraged.

  • Ralph

    It reminds me of Ross Perot calling the NAACP “you people” in 1992.

    Not a conscious slight, perhaps, but a slight nonetheless. There is a sense of alienation and dehumanization, of identifying someone as part of an outside group.

    I don’t buy the excuse that it’s just an unfortunate choice of pronouns on the fly. If Perot or McCain had been speaking extemporaneously and searching for pronouns to talk about people as fellow Americans–as part of the same in-group–they would never have come up with “you people” or “that one.”

    Aren’t we looking for a president who doesn’t inadvertently blurt out words that enrage, dehumanize, and alienate whole groups of people? It’s called “diplomacy.”

  • v

    Good point Tracy, if Joe Biden called Palin “that one”, the press would be talking about it until the election.

  • Wendy

    Referring to Senator Barack Obama as “that one”, in his face and before the world is plain disrespectful. Brushing him off as someone less than deserving of his name displays a lack of manners, culture and class. We expect more from people in public office and while in public view.

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