"This certainly is not what I expected," said Marvin McGwire following a speech by presidential candidate Barack Obama last evening in York, Alabama.
McGwire's feelings echo the sentiments of the majority of the mostly white crowd gathered to hear Senator Obama speak on the future of America and the need to elect him president.
Hazel Kinchin, a 78-year-old great-grandmother, was also shocked and saddened. "He didn't talk about ribs, fried chicken, watermelon or nothin'. I could never vote for a man who sells out his race like that. I wouldn't even be surprised if he can't dance. If you ask me, the man's a phony!"
Behind Mrs. Kinchin stood Harvey Shearer, a 55-year-old machinist, nodding his head in agreement. "He never even asked where the white wimmin were at. I just couldn't believe my ears. He was articu...articul... -- spoke pretty good. Hell, he almost sounded white. How disgusting. Not what I expected at all. I'm voting for McCain now."
If this crowd was any indication, it's clear that Senator Obama is really going to have to turn on the stereotypes and perhaps watch Blazing Saddles several times if he expects to win any deep south states.