The McCain campaign has been saying that Obama was playing the race card when, last Wednesday, Obama said:
What they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, "He's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name." You know, "He doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.''
But Obama's metaphor -- "He doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills" -- wasn't random; it was a reference.
A McCain ad from 27 June -- more than a month before Obama's remark -- suggested that the very idea of Barack Obama's face -- i.e., the face of a black man -- on the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the $100 bill was absurd.
John McCain started this.
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