by Makey, Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 07:27:59 AM EDT
The cover of this week's New Yorker (coming out tomorrow) depicts Obama as tribal, Michelle as a 70's Afro-coiffed machine-gunned First Lady...they are burning the American Flag in the fireplace..and there is a picture of Bin Laden on the wall that looks somewhat like Obama..WTF!! This is a liberal mag..and obvious to us..it is supposed to be satire..but how many people who hold or are leaning towards these convictions about the Obamas..will believe this is a verificiation...What were they
....damn....In one singular move, The New Yorker is about to undue 19 months of campaigning. Fuck.
Taps talks about it being a recruitment poster for those on The Right. I can't believe this. If I had a New Yorker subscription...I would cancel it. They may think it is 'Ironic', but this is why I always bitch about Democrats. This gives Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity a green light to do the same thing, just as Hillary's attacks are being used to bring down other parts of Obama's case. I'm not 'offended' by the image.
I actually think it is funny and ironic, especially the flag burning and the terrorist fist jab, but I am outrageously offended by the bad strategy of it. I mean, I see Rivers' point in the comments, that it could be scary-brilliant by pre-empting everything that would come, but I'm upset with it right now. Obama is just about to leave the country on his first foreign policy trip. No one knows what is going to happen, but given our image abroad, I think his appeal may be exponentially greater OVER SEAS than here. I think it is going to get crazy attention. So why would anyone want to distract from that? Obama is going to rule the next two weeks of news cycles with POSITIVE coverage of his trip abroad and the hope that the world sees in him. Obama has an 85% approval rating in France. Restoring respect for America is one of Obama's biggest draws as it helps all of us financially and security wise. America not trusting him on foreign policy is a chief barrier to his victory. This trip goes a long way to start overcoming that. And what does the most liberal magazine in the country do? They throw out something to derail all of Obama's carefully laid plans. Fuck you, New Yorker. Fuck you.
I Just showed this to my wife. She said "If you wouldn't have told me that was satire, I would have thought it was serious. I don't know anything about the New Yorker." She also said "The irony will be lost on stupid people". This is why we should be upset.