The cartoon in Wednesday's edition of the tabloid New York Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, links two prominent US news stories – controversy over Mr Obama's economic stimulus proposals and a recent incident in which Connecticut police had to shoot dead a pet chimp that went berserk and mauled a woman.Which is pretty amusing, unless you are a race-baiting demagogue who can rely on your followers being too dumb to understand the legislative procedure in their own country.
In the cartoon, drawn by Sean Delonas, a regular Post cartoonist, two officers are staring gloomily at the blood spattered chimp's corpse after one of them has shot it.
"They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," says the other officer.
Unluckily, there’s too many of those around:
The cartoon drew immediate criticism from Al Sharpton, the black activist and community leader.Except….the President of the United States doesn’t write bills. Congress does. True, some of them are black, but most are not.
In a statement, Mr Sharpton said the cartoon was "troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys".
He said that it could be asked whether the cartoonist was "making a less than casual reference to this" and could be "inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill".
Still, the bandwagon’s rolling, so ‘All aboard!’:
David Patterson, the black governor of New York state, later joined Mr Sharpton in asking for an "explanation" from the newspaper.Hopefully, that explanation was along the lines of ‘You’re too stupid to be attempting to read newspapers. Put them down, before you hurt yourself…’
Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the Post, said: "The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut.Indeed…
"It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy.
"Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."