In his presidential campaigns starting in 1976, Ronald Reagan ril up white voters with a fabricated story about a black "welfare queen." (Photo from http://boingboing.net/2010/04/30/ronald-reagans-occul.html).
Barack Obama: Not really a "food stamp" president. (Photo from http://m24digital.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/barack-obama.jpg).
More important to this blog is the white perception of who is on food stamps. Most are not the black “welfare queen” derided and despised in GOP myth. In fact, children represent the largest number of recipients – 47 percent. According to the Department of Agriculture, 41 percent of those receiving food stamps have jobs – they are the “working poor” whose serf-like wages are not adequate to pay grocery bills. The USDA estimates that only 22 percent of food stamp recipients are African Americans. The largest group receiving food stamps? Whites, at 36 percent. (About 10 percent are Hispanic.)