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David Brooks on Stepin Fetchit -- A Rhyming Rant

11/05/2010 05:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Culturally, (Obama) will have to demonstrate that even though he comes from an unusual background, he is a fervent believer in the old-fashioned bourgeois virtues: order, self-discipline, punctuality and personal responsibility." - David Brooks in the New York Times, October 29, 2010.

David Brooks has to prove, demonstrate,
That he's not a race-baiter, a great
One for calling blacks shiftless.
Cuz it seems he's not giftless.
He's is gifted at spreading race hate.

David Brooks has to prove, make real clear,
That he didn't intend a race smear.
Got that old "bourgeois virtue"?
David, it wouldn't hurt you
To show virtue yourself: A sincere...

...heartfelt "Sorry, I shouldn't have said
What I did -- I just plain lost my head."
Just say that and perhaps,
If Brooks doesn't relapse,
We will focus on Limbaugh instead.

Oh yes, Brooks has to prove that he's not
A rank racist -- the man has a lot
Of explaining to do.
And when Brooks is quite through,
Well, I still say the man is a snot.