Sunday, July 13, 2008

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on the cover of The New Yorker

Here's the drawing of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama now on the cover of The New Yorker magazine.


Let's see....we've got what looks like a picture of Osama Bin Laden over the fireplace, which has an American flag burning inside.

Michelle has an Angela Davis-size afro going, and there's a machine gun strapped to her back.

Barack is wearing a turban, robe and sandals.

They're standing in the Oval Office, doing their fist bump.


Here's The Huffington Post:


The illustration, by Barry Blitt, is called "The Politics of Fear" and, according to the NYer press release, "satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama's campaign." Uh-huh. What's that they say about repeating a rumor?
Presumably the New Yorker readership is sophisticated enough to get the joke, but still: this is going to upset a lot of people, probably for the same reason it's going to delight a lot of other people, namely those on the right: Because it's got all the scare tactics and misinformation that has so far been used to derail Barack Obama's campaign — all in one handy illustration.


Anyone who's tried to paint Obama as a Muslim, anyone who's tried to portray Michelle as angry or a secret revolutionary out to get Whitey, anyone who has questioned their patriotism— well, here's your image.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The KKK never ceases to amaze me.

Suzette said...

I love the joke...halarious!! Thank you New Yorker!! So damn funny. How American, gotta love it!!

The Whited Sepulchre said...

I had no idea this cover was going to be such a big deal when I posted it.

Suzette said...

Really? I was so glad you posted it because I had only heard of it and saw a glimpse of it on Morning news but didn't really get a birds eye view until I visited The Whited Sepulchre. It was most enjoyable and I needed a good laugh at the end of the day.