I didn't grow up in America but I always end up raising eyebrows because I don't know what is consider offensive and racist. I can see this upsetting people but not the New Yorker cartoon, congress was behind the stimulus bill, not Obama.
Anyway here is a fun story. I was talking to my black neighbor, I'm white, we live at the edge of the woods and I tell her, "Hey, I left my light on last night and there was at least 10 'coons (racoons) rumbling over the bread I throw out there last night."
Coons is a derogatory term for blacks and I did not know that. Heh, She was very nice about it too by the way.