In Attempt at Humor, Obama Conflates ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘The Jeffersons’

Oct 29, 2008 12:52pm

Before a largely African-American crowd in Raleigh, N.C., this afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said, "If Senator McCain is elected, we’ll have another president who wants to privatize part of your Social Security."

The crowd jeered.

"That ain’t right," Obama said. "Can you imagine? If Social Security funds had been invested in the stock market, Americans wouldn’t even need Social Security!

"You would be having ‘Sanford and Son,’" the senator said, referring to the 70s sitcom featuring Redd Foxx as the proprietor of a junkyard.

"I’m comin’, Weezie," he said, laughing, botching one of the signature lines from the show, in which Foxx clutched his chest in a mock heart attack and prepared to meet his late wife in heaven.

The actual line is, "I’m coming, Elizabeth."

"Weezie" was the nickname George Jefferson called his wife Louise on "The Jeffersons," an altogether different 70s sitcom with a largely African-American cast.

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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