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Tea Party defends 'Obama's skunk description' as satirical amid outrage over comment

Washington, Tue, 13 Dec 2011 ANI

Washington, Dec 13(ANI): The ultra-conservative 'Tea Party' group has said its description of US President Barack Obama as a skunk was satirical, after it was slammed as a racist group.


The Kansas-based Patriot Freedom Alliance had earlier provoked an outcry for posting a photo of a skunk on its website.


"The skunk has replaced the eagle as the new symbol for the president. It is half black, it is half white, and almost everything it does, stinks," The Daily Mail quoted the caption, as saying.


Area President of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Darrell Pope has slammed the caption as a 'blatant statement of racism'.


"As far as I'm concerned it's proof of the kind of organization that they are, which I felt it always had racial overtones in the first place," he had said.


Thomas Hymer, who maintains the website, defended the post as a satire but took it down.


A Tea Party supporter Chuck Sankey said former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin had been the target of worse insults.


Asked about the note to half-black, half-white, as a reference to Obama's dual heritage of having a black father and white mother, he said: "Isn't that the truth? 'What's wrong with the truth?"


The racial outcry came in the wake of Obama saying he 'always believed fixing the economy was a long-term project' during the CBS '60 Minutes' show.


Obama said the American unemployment rate could fall to eight percent from 8.6 percent before he contests the White House re-election.


He admitted that it would take over one term in office to achieve 2008 campaign goals. (ANI)


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