This election saw Barack Obama inspire millions of Americans to hope, believe and work for change. However, Obama also managed to inspire millions of haters, who expended an extreme amount of negative energy in taking down the President-elect. Here is our Top 10 Obama Haters of 2008.
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10. Bill Cunningham
Cunningham is one of the original conservatives to popularize the use of Obama's middle name. When he first did it at a McCain event, McCain apologized for him, but would eventually let other members of his staff use it for events. Cunningham has referred to Obama as a Manchurian candidate and said that Obama 'wants to gas the Jews.' Cunningham would also compare Obama to Mao, Castro and Russian communists saying, "Much like Castro took over Cuba, Mao Zedong took over Red China, and the Communists took over Russia, Obama now is poised, according to many of my good friends on the left like Paul Mason and others, to seize power in America, and I hope to be a bloodless coup."
On Fox News, Ann Coulter referred to Barack Obama as B. Hussein five times in two minutes and said "his first big accomplishment (was) being born half-black.' She has also compared him to Hitler, calling his book, Dreams From My Father a 'dimestore Mein Kampf' and called him a socialist who wants to surrender.
8. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson wound up crying when Barack Obama won. However, after Barack Obama gave a speech on Father's Day, telling black men to be more responsible for their kids, Jesse though he was talking down to black people. He reiterated that sentiment to another guest while appearing on Fox News with harsh language, saying "Barack be talking down to n****rs, I want to rip his nuts off." I do believe that Jackson just had a disagreement with Obama that Fox News decided to make public, but still, wanting to rip Obama's nuts off gives him a spot in our Top 10.
7. John McCain:
Despite pledging to run a clean campaign, John McCain ran the dirtiest campaign in Presidential history. By October, 100% of all of McCain's ads were negative. McCain's attack ads compared Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, attempted to tie him to Williams Ayers and Tony Rezko and claimed he wanted to teach sex ed to kindergartners. In the debates McCain showed his disdain for Barack Obama by never looking him in the eye and referring to him as 'that one.'
6. Bill Clinton
When asked why it took two Clintons to beat Obama, Bill Clinton responded, "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here." No one had mentioned Jackson, so it came off like, 'yeah blacks can win South Carolina but Obama, like Jesse Jackson, he never really is going to have a shot.' Clinton also claimed that Obama's Presidential bid was a 'fairy tale.' Well guess what Bill? Fairy tales do come true.
5. Pastor Manning
While Obama had the overwhelming support of the black religious community, there were a few haters. Pastor Manning has called Obama a 'house negro,' 'pimp' and 'long legged mack daddy. Manning has also attacked Obama's late mother, calling her 'trash,' for sleeping with a black man and saying, "Generally the most noble of white society choose not to intercourse sexually with African men. So it's usually the trashier ones who make their determinations that they're going to have sex."
4. Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh attacked Barack Obama's racial background, making a song Barack the Magic Negro, called him a halfrican American and said that Obama was Arab and not Black, seeing how his father was from from the Arab part of Africa(Kenya is less that 2% Arab). Limbaugh also organized operation chaos, urging supporters to vote for Hillary to extend the democratic primaries and bruise up Obama and repeatedly referred to Obama as Osama.
3. Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin took to her moniker, Pitbull with Lipstick, and began to take a bite out of Obama from her first speech at the RNC convention in August, belittling his experience as a community organizer. Palin would go on the campaign trail, inspiring millions of American with her Obama hate, accusing him of palling around with terrorists, and questioning his relationship with former pastor, Reverend Wright. During campaign speeches, crowd members would yell things like 'kill him, he's a terrorist, off with his head' and Palin didn't blink an eye, giving the silent approval of the statements.
2. Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly got into a shoving match with an Obama aide in early January and called the aide a son of a bitch. He later threatened to call in the lynch mob on Michelle Obama because of her 'unpatriotic comments' and called Obama a socialist and a communist on The View. Obama would later show his mettle by dealing with his hater face-to-face in a very testy interview with O'Reilly.
1. Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity spent the whole election season using his program as one big negative campaign ad against Obama. He called Obama's church a cult, called him racist, attacked Michelle Obama as angry and bitter and harshly criticized Obama's ties to Reverend Wright, ACORN and William Ayers. He ran a series on his program called Obama and Friends: A History of Radicalism, which was one long negative smear campaign against Obama and had gave renowned anti-Semite, Andy Martin, a platform to bash Obama.