A prank message featuring President Barack Obama's voice on a call-in line for prospective jurors is under investigation in upstate New York.Actually, it's "Dreams from My Father," but since is an AP report we can't always expect accuracy.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports the sometimes offensive recording was compiled in pieces from Obama reading his memoir, "Memories from My Father." It replaced the usual recording telling callers if they should report for jury duty in Orange County.
The sheriff's department is reviewing phone records, trying to determine who switched the message. It was apparently active from late on Friday, July 8, and through that weekend before officials found out and removed it.Naturally, it's racist.
Authorities say the prankster could face a misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment.
In the recording, the caller, purporting to be the president, rambles about drinking and drug use, and uses a racial epithet at one point.Here's an excerpt via the previous link.
James Rollins Sr., president of the Middletown chapter of the NAACP, said Thursday that he regards the message as racist and has alerted the regional and state offices of the NAACP. His chapter will watch closely to see how the county handles the incident, Rollins said.
"... I discovered that it didn't make any difference if you smoked reefer in back of a white classmate's sparkling new van or in the bathroom with some brother you just met down at the gym or on the beach with some Hawaiian kids who have dropped out of school and now spend most of their time looking for any excuse to brawl."
"Help me understand what makes white people so afraid."
"Maybe we can afford to drop the bad-ass (N-word) pose."