Skip to comments.Ya can't make it up (Obama in turban and Michelle w/ Afro toting AK-47 on The New Yorker cover)
Posted on 07/13/2008 4:50:34 PM PDT by XR7
The New Yorker says its 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 youve 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 Obamas campaign.
Im sure Senator Obama is oh-so appreciative for The New Yorkers 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, its tasteless and offensive.
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.
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.
It's Angela Davis!!
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. Its a long piece so Ive 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 Chicagos City Council, she is often a dissenter against the wishes of Mayor Richard M. Daley. For anyone trying to understand Obamas breathtakingly rapid political ascent, Preckwinkle is an indispensable witnessa close observer, friend, and confidante during a period of Obamas life to which he rarely calls attention.
Although many of Obamas recent supporters have been surprised by signs of political opportunism, Preckwinkle wasnt. 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 Im perfectly happy with it. Im not sure thats the way that he approached his public lifethat 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 Wrights Trinity United Church of Christ for political reasons. Its a church that would provide you with lots of social connections and prominent parishioners, she said. Its 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 Obamas 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.
I do wish McCain would just shut up and let Obambi fight his own battles.
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.
Like Rush as stated, never underestimate the Clintons for their fondness of smear tactics. Nothing is coincidental as far as they are concerned.
The ‘New Yorker’s’ Junior Senator is...who?
Why doesn't the McCain Campaign know better than to stick their oar into that mess?
Oh, and don't miss the portrait of OBL to the right"
This made me giddy.
I love the First Amendment.
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.
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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.
Just the right size for a cell phone wallpaper, too.
Did Jesse Jackson draw it?
Is there another article about Radical Chic by Tom Wolfe on the inside?
Just as we should be aware - I mean, come on - that Obama's religion isn't Islam.
It's Big Government.
Wait a second. Where’s the satirical part. I don’t get it.
Michelle reminds me of Angela Davis.
Great minds think alike, just what I was thinking, LOL.
you’re right, with a picture of OBL on the wall and a flag burning in the fireplace.
“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.
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.
The New Yorker Criticized for Satire
Political Blog ^ | July 14, 2007 | Raquel Okyay
A sign that the negotiations with Hillary for VP are over.
“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.
You two do realize that it is parodying conservatives, right?
I’m only sorry I didn’t come up with the concept first.