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Hi. I’m a PC. And I’m Freddie Mac

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Remember Oliver Clark? No? He was the nice, young African-American man (or, as Joe Biden would say, “clean”) who was the second questioner at the most recent presidential debate. He asked about the bail-out, and John McCain prefaced his answer with, “You probably never heard of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac before this.” Remember that? Remember how you cringed a little because McCain seemed to be patronizing the kid? And how you felt like you wanted to say something like, “Listen here you old bitch. I read the fucking papers, dude. Anyone who has picked up a paper or turned on the Internet the last month has heard of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. What do you take me for, asshole?”

Well, yeah. So, Oliver Clark said something like that, only nicer, on his Facebook page, when asked how he felt about McCain stated, “You’ve probably never heard of Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae”:

Well Senator, I actually did. I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person. I have a bachelor degree in Political Science from Tennessee State, so I try to keep myself up to date with current affairs. I have a Master degree in Legal Studies from Southern Illinois University, a few years in law school, and I am currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration from the University of Memphis. In defense of the Senator from Arizona I would say he is an older guy, and may have made an underestimation of my age. Honest mistake. However, it could be because I am a young African-American male. Whatever the case may be it was somewhat condescending regardless of my age to make an assumption regarding whether I was knowledgeable about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

To be fair to Senator McCain, however, I think most folks assumed Freddie Mac was the character Justin Long plays in all those Mac commercials.

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Maybe it was just because the debate was held in Nashville that McCain assumed he was surrounded by yokels.

It also struck me as weird when he said that, because if you went to college chances are you most likely have at least heard the names 'Fannie Mae' and 'Freddie Mac.' I guess this just goes to show McCain knows his target demographic are either uneducated schulbs, or over-privileged brats who didn't have to deal with loans to begin with.

I watched the debate in Nashville (from inside the convention building, though not the hall itself, because I am just THAT COOL), and every single black person in the room found that remark UNBELIEVABLY condescending. "Yes, because no black man has a mortgage, or reads the papers!" Either McCain believes that of black people, or he believes that most Americans, regardless of race, wander through life THAT cluelessly. How could you not have heard of these institutions? Really? Even Fox News mentioned them from time to time, even before the meltdown.

Maybe McCain watches the "Jay Walking" segment on the Jay Leno show, or maybe he watches reruns of "Street Smarts" late at night. I once saw a woman who thought there were 100 planets in our solar system. Those shows make me think that most Americans *are* that dumb.

However, someone who asks a question at a debate about the bail-out probably knows a thing or two about the financial world.

I believe that McCain stated that probably hadn't heard of FM/FM before the current crisis.

Yes, Chris, that is what he said. But that is a hell of an assumption - these institutions have been very prominent, very powerful, and very much in the news for years. Obviously, we all know a little more about how they operate now that they have come so near collapse, but most homeowners were aware of them, and most educated people were aware of them, and most people who regularly read / watch the news were aware of them.

Senator McCain assumed that his black male questioner hadn't heard of them, so he was assuming the man was (a) not a homeowner, (b) not educated, and (c) not engaged enough in the world around him to follow the news. Either it was a racist assumption, or McCain just generally thinks his "friends" at these town halls are rubes.

It occurs to me to wonder how long it had been since a black man last asked a question at one of McCain's "Town Hall" meetings....

Didn't you wonder how an apparently intelligent, articulate African-American could be "undecided" or "uncommitted" in this election, so as to qualify to sit in on that exercise in political theater? Maybe McCain realized that a young black man in that setting must have been either crazy or lying - in any case, I suspect he was just pandering to the great masses of stupid people who might still consider him a viable candidate. Go, Mavericks!