Barack Obama’s campaign and its roots are going absolutely batsh-t over the new cover of New Yorker magazine, which depicts Barack Obama in Muslim garb, sharing a terrorist fist jab with Michelle Obama who has an assault rifle on her shoulder; Osama bin Laden’s portrait hangs over the mantle in the Oval Office while an American flag burns in the fireplace.
The liberal magazine’s cover is roundly recognized as satire – I have not seen the accompanying story yet but presumably the art is intended to lampoon right wing-caricatures of the Obamas, and possibly poke fun at America’s bitter minority.
But satire is harmless, right? Saturday Night Live portrayed George W. Bush as a lush, and conservative humorists painted John Kerry as a Frenchman, but those caricatures were allowed to stand with little blowback from the respective campaigns. Public figures get that kind of treatment. So why the eruptions over the Obama’s as Muslim, terrorist, America-haters?
The reason the New Yorker cover is being castigated so energetically is it strikes way too close to home.