Obama was right: Another hateful, bigoted attack from … the New Yorker?

posted at 7:52 pm on July 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when Barack Obama told a Jacksonville, Florida audience this?

“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

Once again, Barack Obama has been proved right … but once again, not by Republicans.  The New Yorker could never be confused with National Review or the Weekly Standard, but its cover looks like a MoveOn conception of both:

The Obama campaign is condemning as “tasteless and offensive” a New Yorker magazine cover that depicts Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife.

An American flag burns in their fireplace.

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

The Obama campaign quickly condemned the rendering. Spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: “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.”

So Republicans must be thrilled with the New Yorker, right?  Well, not exactly:

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

Here’s the cover:

Obviously, the New Yorker wanted to go for satire, poking fun at what they see as the image of the Obamas among conservatives.  Just as obviously, the editors of the New Yorker showed very poor judgment in approving this cover.  A satirical cartoon on the inside would have been more appropriate, but having this on the cover shouldn’t just offend the Obamas, but also conservatives who have a number of substantial issues with Barack Obama.

This makes the third bigoted attack from the Left on Obama.  Two weeks ago, it was Ralph Nader acting as the arbiter of black authenticity, and last week it was Jesse Jackson wanting to castrate Obama.  One side in this cycle certainly seems obsessed by identity politics, but so far it isn’t the Republicans.

Update: “Third bigoted attack” was tongue in cheek, people.  Get a clue.  The New Yorker is attacking conservatives, but Obama’s the one taking offense (and for good reason).  Obama warned that the Republicans would obsess over his ethnicity, but so far only the mainstream Left has made it an issue.


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I’m gonna frame that sumbitch.

Alden Pyle on July 14, 2008 at 8:06 AM

The American Flag in the fireplace is probably the most accurate! I wonder how long it will take the “Saviour” and his wife once elected to suggest a new flag for the nation that is more “international” in nature? To which the left will have massive orgasms…

sabbott on July 14, 2008 at 8:46 AM

It’s interesting that Michelle is portrayed carrying an AK-47, a Soviet/Russian weapon.
Special Forces Grunt on July 13, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Well, Obama kicked off his political career at the house of the 60′s radical duo that set off bombs at the pentagon, and they aren’t ashamed, wish they did more – “Revolition!” – and at the Obama Houston campaign office the local volunteers hung a flag with the image of Che Guevara, in tribute to the “Revolution!!!” .. he carried a AK-47, didn’t he?

For every satire, there needs to be a few elements of the truth to make the sting all the more sharp.

wise_man on July 14, 2008 at 9:04 AM

If Obama had laughed, it would be satire.

Instead, he carped.

McCain should emphasize again and again, all week, how much he thinks the image is wrong, just wrong.

(But keep showing the picture to everybody.)

profitsbeard on July 14, 2008 at 9:53 AM

How perfect is this?

If FOX News produced this cartoon, the screeching would be heard into the next century. We should thank The New Yorker.

Could the Obama cartoon riots be that far off?

Urban Infidel on July 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Could the Obama cartoon riots be that far off?
Urban Infidel on July 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM

I could see all of his lemming supporters who have changed their middle name to “Hussein” in solidarity be the people who would riot and chant/hold up signs that read: “Death to anyone who insults Islam Obama”.

wise_man on July 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

A picture is worth a thousand billion words.

Symbols missing: halo, hammer, sickel and a serape

“Hon, did you know that I had a sidekick job at the New Yorker?” ~ ~ Bill Clinton

Entelechy on July 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Why are “Michelle”‘s legs crossed?

The perspective stinks. Like Obie himself.

Spanglemaker on July 14, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Satire? Are they sure.

The fact remains, given that the Obama crowd squirming under the rear wheels of that big Mercedes bus, are symbolized on that cover. Everything implied is a fact of their, now claimed, prior existences.

From the dredges of the Chicago Weatherman crew, now enshrined in academia, some of whom proudly pose standing on the flag, to the Rev Wright’s church and more importantly its publication, Trumpet magazine, now scrubbed clean from its church website.

Michelle looking like a Black Panther of old is not a stretch with her support for Black Liberation theology, the morphed tax free gambit sprung from the ideology of the previously violent Panthers.

Osama, hanging on the wall? What’s the problem. He’s a victim, much like so much of the world that is not white, according to the revered Rev Farrakhan, Muslim preacher of extraordinary hate and bigotry. These are the people who openy cheer any set back to the US. A Farrakhan openly praised and bowed to by Obama’s congregation of twenty years.

Satire. I think not. A publishing Freudian slip of sorts, indicating a very clear swamp that Obama claims to have now crawled out of and duly showered off.

The dirt still shows.

patrick neid on July 14, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Obama was right: Another hateful, bigoted attack from … the New Yorker?

BALONEY, the New Yorker cartoonist didn’t get it wrong at all. Matter of fact, they pretty much summed up what barack Hussein Obama, and his wife Michelle are all about.

Among a few things: THEY BOTH HATE AMERICA, HATE OUR FLAG, HATE OUR SYSTEM, HAVE SYMPATHIZED WITH OUR ENEMIES, WERE TETHERED 20 YEARS TO BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY, HAVE TOTAL AMNESIA ABOUT 9/11, WILL SURRENDER THIS COUNTRY TO ISLAMOFASCISM!

byteshredder on July 14, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Sorry if it is already mentioned:

Cartoon Riot for insulting THE prophet!

Sir Napsalot on July 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

This is hilarious on so many levels. One of the key moments in this ridiculous campaign.

Now we really need National Review to step up to the plate, with a cover cartoon showing a decrepit John McCain being driven around in a wheelchair by Doctors Bush and Cheney, running over the Constitution, and headed toward an infirmary marked “100-year-war-for-oil.”

rockmom on July 14, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Yawn.

If I may suggest, if they do a cover with McCain on it, put him in a sombrero.

moonsbreath on July 14, 2008 at 1:27 PM

I could see all of his lemming supporters who have changed their middle name to “Hussein” in solidarity be the people who would riot and chant/hold up signs that read: “Death to anyone who insults Islam Obama”.

wise_man on July 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Sort of like the popular (among the crazies) T-shirts with the “Obama or Die!” slogan?

AZCoyote on July 14, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Why didn’t they include a “Che!” poster in the cartoon? Oh, that’s right, because this is supposed to be satire…

Texas Rainmaker on July 14, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Does the cartoon have a caption contest?

Alex_SF on July 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

This just can’t GET any better…”but it’s satire”

PatriotPete on July 14, 2008 at 3:11 PM

The AK-47 is in particularly good taste…

sabbott on July 14, 2008 at 3:14 PM

LOL! the truth hurts.

elduende on July 14, 2008 at 3:36 PM

I’m wondering why they didn’t put any of the real characters on the page – Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezco, …? They could have portrayed them “satirically”, as angels whispering into BHO’s ear.

progressoverpeace on July 14, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Finally some accuracy from the MSM!

Have the islamofacists and the wackos on the left called for the artist’s head yet?

Bubba Redneck on July 14, 2008 at 4:46 PM

I would love for Mama Michelle to have a slip of the tongue and call the artist who drew this an INFIDEL…live….on CNN……in front of millions!

pilamaye on July 14, 2008 at 5:47 PM

The best part is that the picture is the rich liberal’s way of looking down their noses at conservatives who actually see him fairly closely resembling this picture.

But…it will play over and over and over again in places where folks don’t get the high brow, smug, humor; common folks will just see this picture on a big high faluten New York magazine and believe the Hussein’s are the extreme muslim jihad couple. Thanks New Yorker.

Alden Pyle on July 14, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Why is it that ALL the ‘poor taste’ caricatures come from the progressive side of the aisle? (New Yorker and Clintonistas on Obama) as well as all the truly tasteless stuff thrown at George and Laura Bush, John McCain, Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney etc. Meanwhile the MSM tends to ignore the source and extreme cases so as to not offend the general public that might feel some sympathy for the attacks.

jerseyman on July 14, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Shouldn’t Obama be wearing a keffiyeh as well?

Marc01 on July 14, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Well now they get it – what Conservatives have gone through since like somewhere before the wheel and fire.

His wife looks like Angela Davis or that black militant female character Faye Dunaway gets involved with in Network.

Yawn.

If I may suggest, if they do a cover with McCain on it, put him in a sombrero.

moonsbreath on July 14, 2008 at 1:27 PM

As I much as I hate to admit it – that’s hilarious!!

AprilOrit on July 14, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Here’s my disparagement of the hoorah, at Kevin Drum’s blog on the website of the Washington Monthly.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_07/014079.php#1293845

Kralizec on July 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Several of my JFK / Truman Democrat friends who pay their taxes and carry their own weight have become openly weary of the race card played at every turn, have become openly critical of Billy Clinton’s past and present sleaze, annoyed with the (former) choice of angry Hillary and ever more doubtful of Obambi’s ability to do much beyond yammer and pimp discontent & quick fixes like a discount marionette.

A good friend who used to be extremely Liberal and big on government programs began divinity school shortly after his recent retirement, in part to rethink his ways, and in part to become more active in his church through sermons and direct support. As he approaches his sixties he’s begun questioning The Sixties and where the Great Society has led pop culture. That fellow’s mindset may not be common on the Left Coast or in New Yawk State but in his part of the Heartland he’s visibly leaning towards a Reagan mode of realizing the Democrat Party current leadership of hate and blame has completely left him and alienates and attacks his core principles.

viking01 on July 14, 2008 at 11:44 PM

I’m sorry, the more I look at the cartoon, the more I laugh… OUT LOUD.

But ya know, it accurately portrays them as I see em. Like this!

Kini on July 15, 2008 at 1:30 AM

Why didn’t they include a “Che!” poster in the cartoon? Oh, that’s right, because this is supposed to be satire…

Texas Rainmaker on July 14, 2008 at 1:52 PM

There is a poster of “che” at there headquarters in Houston.

Johan Klaus on July 15, 2008 at 1:41 AM

I am going to use it as screensaver on all the screens in the office.

ethanthom.allan on July 15, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Cheap attempt by the New Yorker to boost magazine sales. I don’t even know anyone that reads the New Yorker.

Question: I wonder if it is going to work?

nazo311 on July 15, 2008 at 11:39 AM

So, that was his wife ?
I thought it was Angela Davis.
j/k

Sasnak on July 15, 2008 at 1:10 PM

A hint for the editorial board at the New Yorker:

If you have to EXPLAIN the joke, it isn’t funny.

Secondary hint:

if you are going to explain by saying things like, “We don’t mean to offend YOU. We’re poking fun at how stupid and ignorant those other guys are. See?” it is helpful to make sure the “other guys” are safely ensconced in a soundproof booth. Umm, people? We can hear you.

Stefka on July 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Obama Releases List of Approved Jokes About Himself
Bid to Help Late Night Comics

Saying he is “sympathetic to late night comedians’ struggle to find jokes to make about me,” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) today issued a list of official campaign-approved Barack Obama jokes.

The five jokes, which Sen. Obama said he is making available to all comedians free of charge, are as follows:

Barack Obama and a kangaroo pull up to a gas station. The gas station attendant takes one look at the kangaroo and says, “You know, we don’t get many kangaroos here.” Barack Obama replies, “At these prices, I’m not surprised. That’s why we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

A traveling salesman knocks on the door of a farmhouse, and much to his surprise, Barack Obama answers the door. The salesman says, “I was expecting the farmer’s daughter.” Barack Obama replies, “She’s not here. The farm was foreclosed on because of subprime loans that are making a mockery of the American Dream.”

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Why the long face?” Barack Obama replies, “His jockey just lost his health insurance, which should be the right of all Americans.”

Q: What’s black and white and red all over?
Barack Obama: The New Yorker magazine, which should be embarrassed after publishing such a tasteless and offensive cover, which I reject and denounce.

A Christian, a Jew and Barack Obama are in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean. Barack Obama says, “This joke isn’t going to work because there’s no Muslim in this boat.”

HT: Commentary Magazine

Wethal on July 15, 2008 at 3:12 PM

I don’t get it, where was this outrage when condi and powell had satirical racist tasteless stuff posted? I heard nothing from the dems in condemning it.

Hell, half the satire stuff I don’t like but I just look past it and shake my head. Yes, I see this as satire, satire on how obama treated the flag pin, how he said he’d “talk” to the likes of iran which to me shows weakness, how his wife acts militaristic in her speeches and flat scary in her reasoning, how whether or not he likes it, he DOES have a background of islam (and let’s not forget the supposedly christian (cough cough) advisor that god damned america)…and that STUPID bump with the knuckles looks like two tag team WWFers going into a ring and beating someone up (aggressive style imo). I’ve not seen a more disrespectful couple run for the white house.

diaphanous on July 15, 2008 at 8:35 PM

They missed a picture of Chavez, one of Galloway, the hammer, sickel and serape…otherwise it’s a thousand million words picture.

I bought five copies of the mag. yesterday, in Hollywood, symbolically. It’ll make great gifts to a chosen few.

And as I said, ultimately, it’s a cartoon, it’s not where the American people are spending a lot of their time thinking about.”

~ ~ B. Obama

Sin palabras…con sueños…

Entelechy on July 16, 2008 at 1:55 AM

…otherwise it’s a thousand million words picture.

Entelechy on July 16, 2008 at 1:56 AM

But what I love about political cartoonists – at least, what I’ll love about them until I open up the paper and see a drawing of my big ears accompanied by something that came out of my big mouth – is that they cut through the conventional wisdom and just tell it like it is. People like Herblock and Tony Auth and others can jolt us awake from our political cynicism with a few ingenious images and a clever phrase that can often speak more truth than a thousand words. And this is the kind of wake-up call our politics needs today more than ever.

The Obama campaign quickly condemned the rendering. Spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: “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.”

“Wake-up call” or “tasteless and offensive”? I say wake up RNC!
http://obama.senate.gov/speech/050411-remarks_of_senator_barack_obam/

yakwill83 on July 16, 2008 at 9:19 AM

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