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Did Palin really call Obama “Sambo”? 
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 | 02:47 pm [barack obama, commentary, politics, sarah palin]
A few days ago I read on Bent Corner that a waitress who served Sarah Palin after the Democratic primaries overheard the Governor of Alaska exclaim to friends, “So Sambo beat the bitch!” — “Sambo” referring to Barack Obama, who is a black man; “bitch” referring to Hillary Clinton, who is a bitch.
The story originates with Charley James, a writer for the blog LA Progressive, who described the scene:
Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.
“It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille [the waitress], who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole.
Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”
Palin’s fearless public utterance of a racial slur is the kind of thing that can drop a campaign in its tracks, like a moose from a well-placed .300 magnum shot to the lungs. Lucky for her, no one else is coming forward to corroborate this specific demonstration of her bigotry, so the “Sambo” accusation is hearsay. What is very well established, however, is the prevalence of racism among white Alaskans in general, especially against Native Alaskans (or, as we backwards Lower 48’ers innocently call them, “Eskimos”). From KTUU, April 14, 2008:
During the April 9 “Morning Drive,” DJs Woody and Wilcox apparently started bantering with a caller about how to tell whether someone is a true Alaskan.

The DJs included a personal spin on an old saying that many believe crossed a line.

“The one guy says, ‘Well, you are real Alaskan if you have made love to the Yukon River and you have peed in a Native woman,’” Davis recounted.

How is the racism of local radio hosts relevant?  It's a sentiment allegedly shared by the Governor of Alaska.  Charley James once again:
Besides insulting Obama with a Step-N’-Fetch-It, “darkie musical” swipe, people who know her say she refers regularly to Alaska’s Aboriginal people as “Arctic Arabs” – how efficient, lumping two apparently undesirable groups into one ugly description – as well as the more colourful “mukluks” along with the totally unimaginative “[fucking] Eskimo’s,” according to a number of Alaskans and Wasillians interviewed for this article.
Governor Palin has appeared on “The Bob and Mark Show,” a competitor of Woody and Wilcox who take an equally progressive view of Alaska’s indigenous people. Bob and Mark love a good “peeing in a native woman” joke just as much as the next guy, and they don’t stop there. While Governor Palin was a guest on the show in January, Bob repeatedly called her political rival, Alaskan State Senate President Lyda Green, a bitch, questioned whether or not she loved her children, and described her as “a cancer.” And here’s the funniest part: Lyda Green actually had cancer. HA!
Does this mean Sarah Palin is coming on The Snark-Gap Transmission?
Incidentally, Lyda Green is a fellow Republican, and her response upon hearing of Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate was, “She’s not even prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?”
Palin’s appearance on “Bob and Mark,” during which she laughed along with Bob’s vitriolic attack on Lyda Green, made news in Alaska, but wasn’t noticed by the rest of the country until the last week or so. Back then, local radio host Dan Fagan wrote about the incident on the website of the Anchorage Daily News:
When we played the tape on my show the day after it happened, we received 130 calls. Even some Palinbots were disgusted.
The Daily News posted the recording on its Web site and it fired up bloggers.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial writers demanded the governor apologize. The Juneau and Ketchikan papers also ran the editorial.
The Daily News opinion page addressed the governor’s gaffe. They wrote “She came off looking immature herself, almost high-schoolish. It was conduct unbecoming a governor.”
It was conduct unbecoming a human being, never mind a governor.
. . .
The Palin camp says the governor did call Green and apologize. That was the right thing to do. But the governor's statement shows the apology a half-hearted one.
The statement in part reads: “The Governor called Senator Green to explain that she does not condone name-calling in any way and apologized if there was a perception that the comment was attributed to the Governor.”
But there’s strong evidence Palin did condone Lester’s name-calling. At the end of Lester making fun of Green as a mother, calling her a cancer, twice, and saying she has to go; after calling the senator a b[itch], making fun of her weight, and accusing Green of being jealous and hateful; after all of that, Lester ends the conversation offering to visit Palin.

How does Palin respond? “I’d be honored to have you.”
. . .
This is our governor, for goodness sake.
Their governor, and our next vice president, if her champions on the right wing of the Republican party have their way. Though it sounds like many people in Alaska, regardless of party or politics, would be glad to see her go.
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