The 12-word message created hubbub in both the mainstream media and the blogosphere, sparking a discourse on racism that ran the gamut from rough to ridiculous. Online commentary included admonitions to "lighten up, people," as well as accusations that "Baracknophobia" is alive and well in the Republican Party.
—Jennifer Harper, Anti-Obama pin jabs Texas GOP, The Washington Times, June 19, 2008
Whether it's listening to "crazy" preachers, tenuous connections to '60s radicals, or seeing his wife dole out "terrorist fist bumps," some in the U.S. media just can't poke enough holes in the senator fast enough in order to watch him sink.
—Adam A. Donaldson, The Tao of Obama, as seen by a Canadian, Guelph Mercury, July 7, 2008
—Josh Greenman, Hil makes Illinoise in Chicago and Rudy rouses the right wing, Daily News (New York), June 29, 2007