Those of you who obsessively followed the Tea Parties that occurred back in April will probably remember this video of a CNN reporter getting into a verbal altercation with a Chicago teabagger:
Apparently Chicago, despite its overwhelming tendency toward liberalism (and therefore its ability to out-vote rural Illinois to make this a blue state), has just as many vocal libertarians as the rest of the country.
Knowing this, I was a little nervous the other day when wore my favorite t-shirt:
Yep. That's my favorite shirt. I happen to think it's pretty funny, but there are those on the streets of Chicago who do not share that view. When I was walking home from class (U.S. Foreign Policy. Best class everrrrrr), a creepy old white man blocked me on the sidewalk so that he could yell in my face that he wasn't sure he was going to "survive Obama." Had he not immediately run away, I probably would have asked him if he was afraid he was going to get death-paneled. Alas, I did not have that chance.
Obviously I understand that there are those who might find my shirt more incendiary than hilarious (although every other vocal reaction I got to the shirt that day was from people who found it funny), but it's a shirt. I'm not standing on a street corner bitching about Bush despite the fact that he's long gone (and good riddance). Nope, I'm just a university student wearing a shirt. Scary Old White Guy (as he will henceforth be known), however, thinks it's appropriate for grown men to yell at strange girls on the street. Thus, I think it's fair to conclude that he is a teabagger, and that I just got teabagged.
I would have liked to engage Scary Old White Guy in conversation, but as Anderson Cooper always says: