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Ya can't make it up (Obama in turban and Michelle w/ Afro toting AK-47 on The New Yorker cover)
POLITICO ^ | 7/13/08 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 07/13/2008 4:50:34 PM PDT by XR7

The New Yorker says it’s satire. It certainly will be candy for cable news.

At a press availability Sunday afternoon in San Diego, Senator Obama was asked, according to the diligent Maria Gavrilovic of CBS News: “The upcoming issue of the New Yorker, the July 21st issue, has a picture of you, depicting you and your wife on the cover. Have you seen it? If not, I can show it to you on my computer. It shows your wife Michelle with an Afro and an AK 47 and the two of you doing the fist bump with you in a sort of turban-type thing on top. I wondered if you’ve seen it or if you want to see it or if you have a response to it?”

Obama (shrugs incredulously): “I have no response to that.”

Priceless stage direction by Maria.

The magazine explains at the start of its news release previewing the issue: “On the cover of the July 21, 2008, issue of the The New Yorker, in ‘The Politics of Fear,’ artist Barry Blitt satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.”

I’m sure Senator Obama is oh-so appreciative for The New Yorker’s help.

UPDATE -- Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton says: “The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

UPDATE to the UPDATE -- McCain spokesman Tucker "Outward" Bounds quickly e-mailed: "We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; blueturban; election2008; electionpresident; husseinobama; newyorker; obama; rats
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To: Brilliant
Don’t be ridiculous. I can’t see Michele with an AK-47. She’s more a molotov cocktail kind of gal.

I see her as that and a Jane Fonda type, visiting and supporting our enemies while our troops are in harm's way, and blaming America first.
51 posted on 07/13/2008 6:04:39 PM PDT by adorno
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To: Stentor

No, not one, conservative news magazine could get away with a cover line this without facing the 24-7 wrath of the MSM. John McCain would pontificate against it, and a Bush Administration spokesman would denounce it, along with the leadership of both parties. But of course a liberal magazine can do it without payback.


52 posted on 07/13/2008 6:12:48 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: XR7

I guess that I’ll have to start working on it. The Obe cover should have a portrait of Cyn on the wall behind the Mrs. to balance Osama behind the Mr.


53 posted on 07/13/2008 6:24:03 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (it ain't over 'til it's over))
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To: ncfool
Actually most of those people are under the bus.
54 posted on 07/13/2008 6:47:13 PM PDT by rdl6989 ( I'm a carbon based human being, a Carbonated-American)
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To: XR7
I knew I'd seen Michelle before.

It's Angela Davis!!

55 posted on 07/13/2008 6:47:15 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: XR7

In the new issue of The New Yorker there is a long piece about what makes Obama tick. The author, Ryan Lizza, went looking to find out and found that the ticking is just Chicago politics as usual. No change, no new direction. Just plain ole’ politics. It’s a long piece so I’ve taken only bits and pieces of it that are relevant to understanding the messiah.

They start with someone who was beside him early on in his political career but became quite disillusioned by him:

Preckwinkle soon became an Obama loyalist, and she stuck with him in a State Senate campaign that strained or ruptured many friendships but was ultimately successful. Four years later, in 2000, she backed Obama in a doomed congressional campaign against a local icon, the former Black Panther Bobby Rush. And in 2004 Preckwinkle supported Obama during his improbable, successful run for the United States Senate. So it was startling to learn that Toni Preckwinkle had become disenchanted with Barack Obama.

Preckwinkle is a tall, commanding woman with a clipped gray Afro. She has represented her slice of the South Side for seventeen years and expresses no interest in higher office. On Chicago’s City Council, she is often a dissenter against the wishes of Mayor Richard M. Daley. For anyone trying to understand Obama’s breathtakingly rapid political ascent, Preckwinkle is an indispensable witness—a close observer, friend, and confidante during a period of Obama’s life to which he rarely calls attention.

Although many of Obama’s recent supporters have been surprised by signs of political opportunism, Preckwinkle wasn’t. “I think he was very strategic in his choice of friends and mentors,” she told me. “I spent ten years of my adult life working to be alderman. I finally got elected. This is a job I love. And I’m perfectly happy with it. I’m not sure that’s the way that he approached his public life—that he was going to try for a job and stay there for one period of time. In retrospect, I think he saw the positions he held as stepping stones to other things and therefore approached his public life differently than other people might have.”

On issue after issue, Preckwinkle presented Obama as someone who thrived in the world of Chicago politics. She suggested that Obama joined Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ for political reasons. “It’s a church that would provide you with lots of social connections and prominent parishioners,” she said. “It’s a good place for a politician to be a member.” Preckwinkle was unsparing on the subject of the Chicago real-estate developer Antoin (Tony) Rezko, a friend of Obama’s and one of his top fund-raisers, who was recently convicted of fraud, bribery, and money laundering: “Who you take money from is a reflection of your knowledge at the time and your principles.”

http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/07/13/obama-your-typical-politician/


56 posted on 07/13/2008 6:47:46 PM PDT by flyfree (http://www.gopplatform2008.com)
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To: XR7

I do wish McCain would just shut up and let Obambi fight his own battles.


57 posted on 07/13/2008 7:04:52 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: em2vn

As someone who will hold my nose close my eyes and cross my toes while voting for McCain Obama would be so much worse especially since dems will 99 percent sure get more control of congress.

Mccain is our country’s only hope for not a complete and total disaster by 2012. That is sad.

Root for the Cubs. Jim Hendry has political aspirations and he’s the Cubs GM and very conservative. And he could be Illinois only hope for a rep senator.


58 posted on 07/13/2008 7:35:27 PM PDT by rexgrossmansonlyfan (Yes I like Rex Grossman. Someone has to.)
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To: Loyal Buckeye

Like Rush as stated, never underestimate the Clintons for their fondness of smear tactics. Nothing is coincidental as far as they are concerned.


59 posted on 07/13/2008 7:37:06 PM PDT by princeofdarkness (Barack Hussein Obama- The Only Candidate Who Makes John Kerry Look Steadfast and Principled.)
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To: Tzimisce

The ‘New Yorker’s’ Junior Senator is...who?


60 posted on 07/13/2008 7:37:49 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: XR7
The Hussein Campaign ought to consider that the New Yorker cover meets the CBS standard of 'Fake but Accurate', so there should be no problem. IAC, it's way funnier than the Left Wing favorite of George W. Bush being assassinated or impeached.

Why doesn't the McCain Campaign know better than to stick their oar into that mess?

61 posted on 07/13/2008 7:41:09 PM PDT by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: savedbygrace
What’s unsaid is that the scene on the cover is in The Oval.

Oh, and don't miss the portrait of OBL to the right"

62 posted on 07/13/2008 7:42:57 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Know the difference between honoring diversity and honoring perversity? No? You must be a liberal!)
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To: XR7

This made me giddy.

I love the First Amendment.


63 posted on 07/13/2008 7:46:12 PM PDT by wastedyears (Obama is a Texas Post Turtle.)
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To: LayoutGuru2

Still, what it says is: No matter what those wacky right wingers say about him, they can’t keep Obama from winning the election.

And Obama has the audacity to complain about it.


64 posted on 07/13/2008 7:56:15 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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Wow.
Wow.
Wow.

* right-click * save


65 posted on 07/13/2008 7:56:56 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Don't worry about saving the Earth. The Earth will do just fine. Save yourselves.)
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To: Wallace T.

and it is good that they did do it, no matter what they claim their intent was. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this will clearly articulate what many have had a sense of but been unable to either identify or find anything agreeing with them.

No way this helps obama, too much truth in it.


66 posted on 07/13/2008 8:24:53 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Just the right size for a cell phone wallpaper, too.


67 posted on 07/13/2008 9:43:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: XR7

68 posted on 07/13/2008 11:23:23 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (America's Mugabe, the Obamination.will bring Mugabe Change to America!)
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To: XR7

Did Jesse Jackson draw it?

Is there another article about Radical Chic by Tom Wolfe on the inside?


69 posted on 07/14/2008 12:37:27 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: flyfree
He's not the Antichrist. He's a naive, Chicago politician pandering to everyone he meets.

Just as we should be aware - I mean, come on - that Obama's religion isn't Islam.

It's Big Government.

70 posted on 07/14/2008 1:06:19 AM PDT by The Iguana
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To: XR7

Wait a second. Where’s the satirical part. I don’t get it.


71 posted on 07/14/2008 2:24:38 AM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: XR7; Charles Henrickson
With kudos to Charles Henrickson


72 posted on 07/14/2008 3:55:22 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Socialism, thy name is Obama)
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To: Enduring Freedom
Inauguration Date: January 20, 2009


73 posted on 07/14/2008 4:35:31 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Socialism, thy name is Obama)
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To: Enduring Freedom
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2045104/posts
74 posted on 07/14/2008 5:34:38 AM PDT by Raquel (Read my commentary here www.raquelokyay.com)
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To: XR7

Michelle reminds me of Angela Davis.


75 posted on 07/14/2008 5:53:23 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: TomServo

Great minds think alike, just what I was thinking, LOL.


76 posted on 07/14/2008 5:54:54 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: savedbygrace

you’re right, with a picture of OBL on the wall and a flag burning in the fireplace.


77 posted on 07/14/2008 6:09:01 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: XR7

“UPDATE — Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton says: “The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

Yes, we all know that the New Yorker is such a “right-wing” publication.


78 posted on 07/14/2008 6:38:13 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: WoofDog123
It is the nature of politics that one side picks up on the misstatements and flaws of the other. For example, the liberals flogged Phil Gramm's remarks about a psychological, rather than a real, recession for political points, and of course went beyond his specific context. There are plenty of conservative cartoonists who would have done as good, if not a better, job as the artist who drew the cartoon on The New Yorker front cover did. They may be posted in the relative anonymity of a site like FR, or on a blog of someone who does not worry about the wrath of the MSM or the RINO/Democrat political establishment. However, you could not imagine National Review, The Weekly Standard, or even The American Conservative placing such a cartoon on its front cover, or even in the interior pages.

Since even The New Yorker is catching some heat for their front cover, it is evident that satire is riskier, even for liberals, than it was in the 1970s, when The National Lampoon made fun of both liberal and conservative shibboleths.

80 posted on 07/14/2008 9:23:01 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: RonDog; XR7
This too!

The New Yorker Criticized for Satire
Political Blog ^ | July 14, 2007 | Raquel Okyay

81 posted on 07/14/2008 10:06:22 AM PDT by Raquel (Read my commentary here www.raquelokyay.com)
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To: XR7

A sign that the negotiations with Hillary for VP are over.


82 posted on 07/14/2008 12:01:02 PM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: em2vn

“Tasteless and Offensive”

This is from the guy who’s hawking Budweiser? Apt description of his product, his opponent and his campaign.

We have no choice in this election. The Right will be Right Back, 2012.


83 posted on 07/14/2008 2:10:30 PM PDT by KingTurnip
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To: XR7
They sound...er...bitter.
84 posted on 07/14/2008 3:15:35 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Raquel

It’s EVERYWHERE!


85 posted on 07/14/2008 3:38:26 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: CounterCounterCulture

You two do realize that it is parodying conservatives, right?


86 posted on 07/14/2008 3:43:25 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell

Don’t care.
I’m only sorry I didn’t come up with the concept first.


87 posted on 07/14/2008 3:50:50 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Don't worry about saving the Earth. The Earth will do just fine. Save yourselves.)
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