Obama Opponents Seize New Yorker Cover

By Kelly Moeller

Jul 14, 2008 2:46pm

"Sum Of Our Fears?" asks one conservative website, approvingly re-printing the controversial New Yorker cover of the Obamas. "I chuckled upon first glance and thought, ‘Yup, that about sums up how I feel about the Obamessiah and his ilk.’ …Evidently the artist did the drawing to sum up all ‘conservative’ fears of this man. The artist is correct. But I don’t call them fears.  They are concerns.  The picture show’s all things we now to be true about them – except the picture above the fireplace."

And over at StoptheACLU.com, another conservative writes that "this caricature hits the proverbial nail on its proverbial head. No single illustration could more perfectly convey the legitimate — I repeat, legitimate — fears and concerns that so many of us have about the prospects of an Obama Presidency…We can only hope that this shocking New Yorker cover takes on a life of its own, and is seen by millions of potential Obama supporters. Maybe, just maybe, where our thousands of words have failed, a picture can succeed."

The always-interesting Ta-Nehisi Coates writes that "the problem is that it’s very hard to satirize the rumors around Michelle and Barack. Satire needs overstatement. But the cover doesn’t actually overstate the beliefs of the scaremongers. Indeed its the sort of image you’d expect to see at one of the nuttier websites or publications, and so in that sense it doesn’t work very well….My point is that that this cover actually does reflect–not exaggerate, not satirize–the views of a sizeable portion of Americans. That image is exactly what Fox News thinks of Barack and Michelle."

While I’m linking to Coates, he has an interesting take on Jesse Jackson as well.

- jpt

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