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Barack Obama Biography (Barack Hussein Obama): Democratic Politician & 44th American President
Famous for : Being the fifth African American Senator in the United States and for being the first black president of the USA for the Democratic Party in 2008. Barack is married to Michelle Obama.
Obama details : Born - August 4, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii / Lives - United States of America


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Barack and Michelle ObamaThe New Yorker magazine has created a political storm with the publication of a cartoon cover that depicts the Democratic candidate and possible American president Barack Obama looking like Osama Bin Laden next to his wife Michelle Obama with a machine gun strapped to her back and looking very militant.

The cartoon on the cover of the July 21, 2008 edition of the New Yorker magazine is called "The Politics of Fear" and drawn by the illustrator Barry Blitt. One would expect conservative media to publish similar images, but the New Yorker is considered a liberal publication.

Cartoonist Barry Blitt shows the Obamas in the oval office looking like a pair of terrorists. Barack is dressed in traditional Muslim clothing with a turban and sandals. Michelle Obama is wearing camouflaged military clothes, army boots, a belt of bullets, an AK-47, and a giant afro hair style. The potential US president and first lady are fist bumping, while the American flag burns in the fireplace, below a portrait of Osama Bin Laden hanging on the wall.

It is a cartoon and it is meant to be funny, but in a climate of fear, untruths, and outright lies a lot of people are not laughing. Damaging rumors have already been spread in the media about Barack Obama having Muslim connections, that he is unpatriotic, and that his wife Michelle is "angry and bitter."

One could argue that readers of the New Yorker magazine might see the humor in the cartoon which makes fun of right wing conservative media and the untruthful caricatures that they have presented Senator Obama as. But the New Yorker's magazine cover will now be used by conservative media outlets to propel the myths and stereotypes portrayed in the illustration.

The editor of the New Yorker magazine David Remnick said the satirical cartoon cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are." The editor also said "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 the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover."

Remnick also spoke to the Huffington Post and said "I can't speak for anyone else's interpretations, all I can say is that it combines a number of images that have been propagated, not by everyone on the right but by some, about Obama's supposed 'lack of patriotism' or his being 'soft on terrorism' or the idiotic notion that somehow Michelle Obama is the second coming of the Weathermen or most violent Black Panthers. That somehow all this is going to come to the oval office."

Barack Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton said "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."





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