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July 15, 2008

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Happy Chandler

While I don't think it really counts as offensive (but I can't blame Obama for trying to score points by it), I can't quite count it as great satire. It's more descriptive of what people really are saying, not providing terribly much commentary about. What many people object to is the fact that the illustration could have easily been produced, in earnest, by someone trying to paint Obama in this way. It really shows the difficulty of being satirical in today's world that continues to shock, especially with the lines that are crossed in the name of poverty.

After all, who realized that this Onion article would prove to be prescient?

T Scott

The cover certainly gave the MSM an excuse to spend the day avoiding any discussion of anything substantive. The most amusing part of the whole thing is that anyone would think that there would be anyone whose view of Obama would be influenced by the New Yorker cover, whether they get the joke or not. Does anybody seriously think that there's someone somewhere who might have been inclined to vote for Obama, but because of this cover is going to change their mind? Please.

I was disappointed that the Obama camp took the quick knee jerk response of complaining about it. They should have take a couple of deep breaths and laughed. The story would've disappeared in an instant.

Jon Thomas

Marcus,

I think the thing to remember is the short attention span of the American populace during this election campaign. Does anyone remember Mike Huckabee winning the Iowa cacuses and being the great hope of the Republican party. I suspect that in six weeks another issue will arise, which will cause this New Yorker cover to be as memorable as the cover that appeared the week before.

I also agree with posters that this cover will change no minds. The man from Texas I heard being interviewed on the radio who won't vote for Obama because he is socialist will not be affected one way or another by the New Yorker. The Obama supporter on Manhattan's Upper West Side may be angered by the cover, may cancel his subscription but will still vote for Obama.

I hate to agree with George Will, but he is correct that Americans have a great tendency to create "synthetic indignation" over issues the don't rate it.

How about turning that indignation into talking to someone who thinks Obama is a Muslim and working to clear up their misunderstanding.

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