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'Get me more white people'


Sam Roggeveen


10 April 2008 09:34

The New Republic's blog, The Plank, reports that the Obama campaign has been caught out, with organisers for an event featuring Mrs Obama arranging the crowd behind her so that it would look more racially diverse on TV. 'Get me more white people, we need more white people' is the killer quote from one of the organisers. This is indeed rather crude, but such manipulations have been common in American political campaigns for decades. It's not always easy for campaign organisers to corral the requisite racial minorities, though, as New York Times reporter Frank Bruni noted in his book on George W Bush's 2000 Presidential campaign, Ambling into history. Describing the audience at a campaign dinner, Bruni used the memorable phrase, '98 per cent white, 2 per cent kitchen help.'