NEW ORLEANS — President Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown was good - maybe too good, in fact.
Introduced to the crowd of conservative activists at the Republican Leadership Conference as comic relief to an afternoon of political speechifying, Brown had the tone and intonation of the president down pat and looked eerily like him as well.
At first, he had the crowd laughing with jibes at the president that included a remark about how February was his favorite month because it was Black History Month. "Michelle, she celebrates the whole month, and I celebrate half," Brown said.
Noting that his mother was from Kansas and his father from Kenya, Brown said, "My mother loved a black man and, no, she was not a Kardashian," alluding to the reality-TV family. Khloe Kardashian, who's white, is married to black basketball player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers. Her sister Kim had a long-term relationship with another black athlete, football star Reggie Bush.
"We need to build tunnels and bridges," the faux president said. "That way people will have something to live under or something to jump off of."
The laughter turned to puzzlement and scattered boos, when Brown began targeting Republicans. Noting the mass resignation of Newt Gingrich advisers, Brown said that Gingrich supporters "are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner's pants in an AOL chatroom."
A picture of George Washington after the rigors of his presidency was actually a picture of former first lady Barbara Bush in a Washington-style wig. When he began making jibes at Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Bachmann, the music came up, the microphone went off and the program moderator escorted Brown off the stage.
So for Republicans a black man making racist jokes about black man=funny; same black man making jokes about white GOP candidates=outrage. Black folk must know their place in GOP world.