When Obama impersonator Reggie Brown took the stage Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, the audience howled as he joked about how he only celebrates half of Black History Month and that his mother loved a black man, "but she was not a Kardashian." They were practically rolling in the aisles at a bit about how presidents age in office, in which a stylish "before" photo of President Obama and the first lady was followed by an "after" photo of actors Redd Foxx and LaWanda Page playing Fred Sanford and Aunt Esther from Sanford and Son.
But when Brown started in on the 2012 Republican candidates — he said Newt Gingrich's campaign is dropping "like Anthony Weiner's pants in an AOL chat room," and that Tim Pawlenty could turn to "Obamneycare" for the spinal transplant he needs — Brown got the hook and was walked off the stage by a party official.
What, jokes about the president's racial heritage are funny, but satirical jabs at the campaigns being run by Republicans are off-limits? We're not sure what rankles more: the gut-busting laughter at the race-based Obama jokes, or the hypocrisy they showed when they thought Brown had gone too far.
See part of the routine in the video above and read more about it at NOLA.com.
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Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large of The Root and a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based editorial consultant. Follow her on Twitter.