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Obama Calls New Yorker Cover Offensive

New Yorker Cover Called "Offensive" By Obama Camp. Is It?

This week's satirical New Yorker magazine cover showing Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and Michelle dressed as a terrorist has been called "tasteless and offensive," by the Obama campaign.

The illustration hits newsstands today and shows Obama wearing traditional Muslim garb and his wife dressed in camouflage, combat boots and an assault rifle strapped over her shoulder, standing in the Oval Office doing the "terrorist fist-bump" in front of a mantle-top portrait of Osama bin Laden, next to a burning flag. No stone unslammed, it seems.

The Obama camp statement says:

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.

The magazine, however, said the cover:

Combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are. The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover.

No word yet on apologies for the rest of the New Yorker cartoons. Who's side do you see — is this pointed satire, or tasteless and offensive?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It's a satire. The New Yorker is notoriously liberal.
yadiet yadiet 8 years
I think this is wrong! I can't believe someone actually did this and also painted the face of Osama in the back!! This person should be fired!
down2earthdiva down2earthdiva 8 years
wtf?! @ comment # 4.....wowwww
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
ScooterN what the hell are you talking about???
blindedbyblonde blindedbyblonde 8 years
Scooter I am originally from Texas and swing a little more toward conservative and its just my opinion. We all cannot agree but we should be able to respect the opinions of others. Try not to assume you know me or my opinions based on a little comment I left behind on a website, because it shows your ignorance!
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
jude c, I agree 100% to all your responses to scooter.
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
for blindedbyblonde What is says is: like most liberals you only see and hear what you want to. By your words bible belters are ignorant racists. But Northern educated folks like Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Jeremiah Wright Al Sharpton etc. couldn't be considered racist, because 'there like black you know, duh!' "and black rage isn't a form of racism", right? Your not blinded by blonde, just blinde by liberal brainwash.
blindedbyblonde blindedbyblonde 8 years
Its satire poking fun at the idiots (not the Obamas) that actually believe this portrayal. Its sad because ignorance and prejudice still run rampant in this country and unfortunately i see most of it in the bible belt areas..what does that say?!
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years against_obama_in_his.html
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
Far too good not to share with all! God Bless America, NObama in '08 Keep your change!
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
Sorry I meant to say I DON'T think or believe, Obama is a terrorist. My typo mistake. God Bless America, NObama in '08 Keep your change!
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
For the record... I do think Obama nor call Obama a terrorist. I do think as president would pose a serious national security threat to our security and that of many allies. Our personal 'Achilles Heel' in the battle on terrorism. God Bless America, NObama in '08 Keep your change!
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
And not all of his notable supporter's are foreign, just foreign ideologically e.g. Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam support him enthusiastically too! Yeah Team Obama! God Bless America, NObama in '08 Keep your change!
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
Oh, an oversight on my part Fidel Castro has also said 'He's an Obama supporter too". How can so many terrorists be wrong? God Bless America, NObama in '08 Keep your change!
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
Jude, If you took my use of the word B#tch as referring to you personally, I was not! I was referring in my frustration with the lady pollster who got all "well you must be a racist, because your NOT voting for Obama, like Oprah and all the Hollywood elite tell us we should". So if you thought I was referring to you I apologize. Other tha that, I do not see where you could find yourself justified in flagging me, in your own words, that I delved into a personal attack. I have no animosity towards you. You and all others have your right to your opinions... as do I. I was resentful that you would flag me because you just don't want my opinion heard. I would never do that to you, I would stand up and say let the lady be heard. There is still room to disagree, here. Even room in this chat forum to call me a Troll, for disagreeing with someone, without being flagged evidently. And i know that wasn't you Jude. And for what it's worth, I've already forgiven in my heart the one who did. We (Christians) do that because, in the Bible it clearly says one must forgive whether the offender asks or not to be forgiven, so we can be forgiven ourselves. Yes, in my opinion, I think it would be best if all who claim to be or want to be Christian, should (if they could) follow the word of God. However, even God knew that was not going to happen. John 3:16. No, I could not care less if everyone believes like me. No. I don't think everyone has to be a "perfect" Christian. But here's something for you to chew on. When the enemies who have sworn to destroy us (Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, Ha-mas,Chavez,Kim,Putin) solidly back a candidate (Obama) who's running for our highest office, I could be wrong, but I think these people are not looking after our best interests. Why should I vote for a candidate they consider would be in their best interests? After all, he's running for president of the USA, my country. Now if you have a problem with Christianity and the so-called moral right. And you think everyone would be better off kissing up to the Islamo-Facists and world terrorists supporting Obama... by all means vote for him. As to this date it's still a free country. Albeit one at war to remain so. But in the future if you find yourself living in fear of being attacked (Alas 9/11) by or being forced to live in a world dominated by global Islamo-Facism, blame yourself, Obama, and the leftists. But if I were any female, I wouldn't want to live in a world where I was forced to wear a burkha, not allowed to speak to anyone, not allowed to drive, not allowed to have any say or control of my life, beaten and whipped publicly with bicycle chains for not doing what men believe I should. But perhaps that's your thing. It's a free country, just not a free world! I feel like detective Columbo here but... Please allow me to ask you a multifaceted theoretical question. If the situation were the other way around and the following occurred. John and Cindy are sitting in their church. Their preacher is going on a triad of Anti-American, anti-black, Anti-semitic, racist statements cursing God's name wildly. How long before he should have walked out, how long before you would have, how long before the Democrats would have jumped all over this like green flies on a fresh cow pie? And how would you and the Democrats have reacted if he replied, "I could no more disown him than I could my own uncle"? God Bless America, NObama in '08 Keep your change!
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
I think it's funny.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yeah... ...and I only have the one goat.... ;) I think you're right, kastarte.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Jude, honey, I think you may be arguing with a troll. Let him win or he'll club you over the head and steal your goat!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh, and by the way, if your definition of a true Christian church is one whose clergy dutifully follows every single tenet of the Bible's teachings religiously and without fail, then I have a feeling the number of Christian churches (and, by your definition, true Christians) would drop rather drastically from what it is now.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"The Bible is the word of God...God is without sin and pure...He cannot lie. Therefore it is fact!" In the minds of people who believe in the Christian doctrine. Religion is an issue of faith. Just because you have faith in the "word of God" doesn't mean that everyone in the world should believe it. There is no empirical proof. That's why it's called "the Christian faith" and not "the Christian science." You want rebuttals with pictures, videos, and links? You got 'em right here in my blog: "Thanks for having my posts flagged... you liberals squirm and try to block out the facts when presented." I had your post flagged because it devolved into a personal attack. We try not to do that here. As you may have noticed, my initial response to you was also deleted, because I got a little too feisty in return. And I understood and accepted that completely. That's one of the things that keeps our community here civil, so that we can have productive debates rather than name-calling each other until kingdom come. Once again,
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years The Reverend Wright may call himself a Christian and use the phrase God D@mn America! In his sermon in the presence of Barack Hussein Obama, his family and other followers. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Oh, and by the way, the Bible is not "facts about Christianity." The Bible is the basis of Judeo-Christian doctrine. Not verifiable facts. The Bible is the word of God...God is without sin and pure...He cannot lie. Therefore it is fact! Oh and Thanks for having my posts flagged... you liberals squirm and try to block out the facts when presented.
ScooterN ScooterN 8 years
Cards to read: Asked whether Obama normally puts his hand over his heart while listening to the national anthem, Obama spokesman Bill Burton replied by e-mail: "Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. In no way was he making any sort of statement, and any suggestion to the contrary is ridiculous." These are the UNITED STATES, not the "like us when u feel like it states" If Obama can't respect our flag, through EVERYTHING our country is going through... then he's not a true American and doesn't deserve to be our president. NObama in '08 Keep the change!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh, and by the way, the Bible is not "facts about Christianity." The Bible is the basis of Judeo-Christian doctrine. Not verifiable facts. You can believe what you want, but don't expect others who don't share your beliefs about intangible and unprovable religious doctrine to hold the Bible as an authority the way you do.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
So what you're saying is that no one who attends Trinity is a Christian. Cannot be called a Christian, cannot claim to be a Christian. Fine. As for the rest of it--your other attacks on Obama, such as that he refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance, did not meet with wounded veterans, and etc., etc., I suggest you visit That will show you conclusive proof refuting every accusation you have. You could also wait around a few hours until I get off work and can post more links here (hoping that the posts don't get flagged). When I say there are pictures and videos and conclusive documentation of what I assert, I have proof. I do not bluff.
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