At a posh fundraiser for the Democrat’s White House Victory Fund last night — $28,500 a head — at the fancy Lincoln Park abode of Sara and James Star in Lincoln Park, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, appreciatively noted the homemade nametag of former Leo Burnett advertising executive Rick Fizdale.
"They have these wonderful stickers that said, ‘Rick Hussein Fizdale,’" Obama said. "The theory was, we’re all ‘Hussein.’"
"But that accurately captures, I think, the strategy" Republicans are trying to use against him, Obama said. "Come on. They’re going to try to make me into a scary guy. They’re even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right? And so that drumbeat – we’re not sure if he’s patriotic or not, we’re not sure if he is too black. I don’t know, before I wasn’t black enough. Now he might be too black. We don’t know whether he’s going to socialize – well, who knows what.”
At a second fundraiser last night, Obama acknowledged a moment’s hesitation before venturing out Sunday on his bike in not his most flattering photo-op.
“I had an internal debate,” he said. “Because I knew that the A.P. was going to take a picture, and they were trying to portray it like Dukakis wearing that tank helmet. But I wanted to make sure that the children who saw that picture knew that even the Democratic nominee for president wears a helmet when he goes biking. Now, obviously the rest of my apparel was apparently not up to snuff, because I got a hard time from all sorts of blogs who said I looked like Urkel.”