Barnes and Noble states they're innocent of this "joke" that was displayed in their store window, and that it was probably the work of an unknown visitor to their store.
I'll let my friends over at From the Left describe what I, too, felt, when I saw this:
"This episode is just the latest in a string of vicious, racist attacks on Mr. Obama and his wife. The Rupert Murdock owned NY Post got in hot water over a cartoon featuring a chimp being shot by police under the headline “stimulus package.” This was followed by the disclosure the mayor of Los Alamitos, CA had distributed a cartoon showing the White House lawn covered in brilliant green watermelons.
Sorry folks, but I’m just not feeling this post-racial America thing now that we have an African American president. If anything, the signs and images of racism have increased. It’s as if the election of Barack Obama has given every racist clown Carte Blanche to crawl out from under their rocks and don their Klan robes. Racism in America is alive and well, and sadly, even the election of our first Black president has failed to tamp it down."
Do I need to do anymore explaining (as I have over at Gordon's blog, A Political Glimpse from Ireland) on why ape images are racially loaded images and that sort of racism still infects our country.