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Tommy Thompson's son: Send Obama back to Chicago ... or Kenya

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Jason Thompson, the son of former Wisconsin Gov. - and current senate candidate - Tommy Thompson, is backpedaling Monday morning after saying President Obama should be sent packing back to Chicago. Or Kenya, even.

The statement came at a Republican meeting according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

"We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago - or Kenya," Jason Thompson, an attorney at Michael Best and Friedrich, said during a fall brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party.

Jason Thompson's comment about Obama prompted laughs from the crowd, with one woman jokingly adding, "We are taking donations for that Kenya trip."

On Monday, Tommy Thompson's camp addressed the kurfuffle:

"The Governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do," the campaign said in a statement. "Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes."

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This comment underscores what's at the heart of so much anti-Obama sentiment. We pretend that this pseudo high-brow racism doesn't exist but here it is on full display. It's shameful.

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