Did the Huxtables have a teleprompter addiction, take lavish vacations after telling everybody else they should sacrifice for the greater good, wear $540 sneakers, want to fundamentally transform the country, feel an incessant urge to pinch every kid in the US with BMI calipers and have a pastor who said “God damn America” too? The AP thinks so:

Many in this generation liken the Obamas to the real-life version of the fictional iconic black couple, Cliff and Claire Huxtable, the doctor-lawyer duo who, along with their family, represented the colored version of the American dream. Actress Phylicia Rashad—who played the role of Claire—shared the stage with Obama on Sunday, receiving an honorary doctorate degree.

When The Cosby Show was on the air I remember hearing people say the Huxtables “weren’t really black” and that the show’s producers had to crank up the anglo in the fictional family so they would appeal to a wider audience. Around the progressive water cooler, should comparing the Obamas to the Huxtables really be considered a compliment?

That said, there are certain similarities. Here’s just one example:

Barack Obama: I don’t want them punished with a baby.

Claire Huxtable: Why did we have four kids?

Cliff: Because we didn’t want five.


4 Responses to “Associated Press Likens the Obamas to Claire and Cliff Huxtable”

  1. backwoods on May 16th, 2011 12:41 pm

    The Associated Press probably also likens themselves to an unbiased news agency.

  2. Clu Seatoe on May 16th, 2011 1:26 pm

    One of the most glaring of dissimilarities is that you’ll NEVER hear Mao chastise the blacks for breeding children into one parent (Mom) homes while the father disappears back into the asphalt jungle.


    Back story for those who are too young:
    In the 1950’s, on early TV (yes children there was a time when there was no TV), there was a police program based in NY called “Asphalt Jungle.”

  3. SignPainterGuy on May 16th, 2011 8:18 pm

    Bill Cosby (Cliff Huxtable) has made a fortune as an entertainer and as a spokesman for common sense !
    Phylicia Rashad (Claire Huxtable) is an extraordinarily beautiful, believable actress who, to my knowledge, has never been other than a pleasure to the eyes and ears !

    BO and MO, have never been other than insults to eyes, ears and common sense !

  4. SignPainterGuy on May 17th, 2011 1:59 am

    I remember friends talking about it, but it came on when my parents wanted to watch something else on "THE" TV. That`s right, there was a time when ONE TV was a luxury and almost no one had two or more !

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