July 14, 2008
Obama the Muslim, Michelle the revolutionary and bin Laden in the White House *
Doesn’t the New Yorker, that bastion of conservatism, know that politicians are delicate flowers?
If you’ve seen this week’s cover, you know it’s a satirical piece—they often are when concerning politics—and it has the Barack Obama campaign team ticked. Pictured at left, it “depicts Obama in one-piece Muslim garb and headdress fist-bumping his booted, Afro-wearing wife Michelle in camo clothes with an AK-47 and ammo-belt slung over her shoulder beneath a portrait of Osama bin-Laden while the American flag burns in the fireplace—in the presidential Oval Office. It’s got everything incendiary except a vest bomb. Which is what should telegraph to most people that it’s way over-the-top and, therefore, satire.”
But, as the Top of the Ticket blog goes on to note, “politicians don’t like satire because it’s subject to differing interpretations.”
*Updated: Opinion L.A. has a round-up of what some notable bloggers and New Yorker editor David Remnick are saying.