ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Obama calls the controversial New Yorker cover an "attempt at satire" that “probably fuels some misconceptions" about him.
The cover illustration of the ‘New Yorker’ depicts Senator Obama in a turban, giving a fist bump to his wife, Michelle Obama who has an afro and is holding an AK-47. The American flag burns in the fireplace behind the couple, and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.
"I know it was the New Yorker’s attempt at satire. I don’t think they were entirely successful with it. But you know what? It’s a cartoon," Obama told CNN’s Larry King, "and that’s why we’ve got the First Amendment."
The Illinois Senator said that the depiction did not personally offend him, and that he’s seen worse in his run for president which has made him get "a pretty thick skin."
Obama has been plagued by smear campaigns over the course of his campaign saying he was a Muslim and spreading rumors that he does not pledge allegiance to the flag. Obama spoke to the larger implications of the illustration.
"In attempting to satirize something, they probably fueled some misconceptions about me instead. But, you know, that was their editorial judgment," Obama said but adding that it is the New Yorker’s right under the first amendment.
Obama said that the way he fights the rumors is by getting on TV and, "Telling everybody I’m a Christian and I wasn’t raised in a Muslim home. And pledge allegiance to the flag. And, you know, all the things that have been reported in these e-mails are completely untrue and have been debunked again and again and again. So, all you can do is just tell the truth and trust in the American people that over time, they’re going to know what the truth is."