Add satire to the long list of things that Obama and the Obama campaign claim that we cannot talk about their candidate. Barack Obama, I think thou dost protest too much. Do you not understand satire and sarcasm? Or does the Obama campaign protest because they think it hits too close to home in their depiction? If Obama and his campaign believe their assertions that they New Yorker is making about the many unfounded and rumors on the internet as being absurd … then why do they have a problem with this absurd cover? Maybe Obama does not think its satire … maybe he thinks its real.
Once again we are presented with some insight in to the novice that is Barack Obama and his reaction to one simple satirical magazine cover.
So now the Obama campaign is against the First Amendment and “Free Speech”. Some one may want to notify Obama that there is freedom of the press and free speech in the United States. You know Barack, that country with 60 states and the one that your wife Michelle has never been proud of before, that you wish to be President of. Where was Obama’s outrage over the political satirical cartoons that have graces the covers of magazines and the pages of newspapers of George W. Bush for the past 8 years? Hmm?
The Obama camp is outraged by the cover of the New Yorker. They claim its tasteless and offensive. At least they cannot claim that it is a smear job from the “Right Wing Conspiracy”. Both Obama and McCain need to chill. Its called politics and free speech. You know what they say about not being able to handle the heat.
Barack Obama’s campaign decried Monday a satirical cartoon on the cover of The New Yorker magazine showing the Democratic presidential hopeful wearing Islamic dress while his wife holds a Kalashnikov.
The influential weekly defended its cover, titled “The Politics of Fear,” as a critique of unfounded allegations during the campaign that have attempted to paint Obama, who is Christian, as a closet radical Muslim.
“Our cover ‘The Politics of Fear’ combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are,” said New Yorker editor David Remnick.
The fact of the matter is that all things negative against Obama have been deemed off limits. Late night talk show comedians have had a field day with John McCain; however, jokes of Obama are no where to be found.
Comedy has been no easier for the phalanx of late-night television hosts who depend on skewering political leaders for a healthy quotient of their nightly monologues. Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and others have delivered a nightly stream of jokes about the Republican running for president — each one a variant on the same theme: John McCain is old.
But there has been little humor about Obama: about his age, his speaking ability, his intelligence, his family, his physique. And within a late-night landscape dominated by white hosts, white writers, and overwhelmingly white audiences, there has been almost none about his race.
Listen to the excuse that the leftists make on the Talk Shows as to why there is no Obama material. Talk about making excuses for their messiah. Obama has made tons of gaffes (HERE, HERE & HERE) along the way, the liberal TV just doesn’t want to show them.
“The thing is, he’s not buffoonish in any way,” said Mike Barry, who started writing political jokes for Johnny Carson’s monologues in the waning days of the Johnson administration and has lambasted every presidential candidate since, most recently for Letterman. “He’s not a comical figure,” Barry said.
Is Barack Obama to thin skinned to be President of the United States? He certainly seems to be in at ever time he is criticised or made fun of, Obama over-reacts. However, the reality is … is Obama intelligent enough to be President? As The Vodka Pundit reminds us from the New Yorker article, they are not making fun of Obama, The New Yorker is making fun of “lowly white hicks”. Doesn’t Obama get that?
The New Yorker cover isn’t great satire. It’s not even good satire. At best, it’s cheap sarcasm – if you’ll forgive the redundancy. Blitt’s art merely encourages you to sneer, as Hitchens noted, at the “lowly white hicks.”
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