The Obamas on the New Yorker cover

The shocking cover of the New Yorker magazine has been in the news. The CNN article has a good report on it, including the following comment from the magazine. Naturally the Obama camp didn’t buy it.

David Remnick, the longtime editor of the highly-regarded publication, told CNN’s “The Situation Room” that he believes the ironic intent of the illustration will be clear to most Americans.

The website Scholars and Rogues made it clearer. Their blog post makes a brilliant comparison: the satirical humor of the New Yorker cover with the excessive attitudes of Archie Bunker. I agree totally that many Americans miss the irony and identify more with the surface message. I personally find the cover of the New Yorker in poor taste, but for me Archie is always hysterical.

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3 Comments on “The Obamas on the New Yorker cover”

  1. Andrew Keogh Says:

    There is a superior English belief that Americans don’t do irony. Obama and his camp may be being hypersensitive but given some of the stuff that has been dumped on his head, he has a lot to be hypersensitive about. My personal ‘favourite’ is the theory that he is the antichrist – there’s even a website dedicated to this proposition.

    Send for the men in white coats…

  2. B.E. Earl Says:

    Of course we get irony. We “get” the cover of the New Yorker. I don’t even think it’s in bad taste or anything to be sensitive about. The New Yorker specializes in ironic political cartoons. I only started to hear about the “controversy” surrounding the cover when Obama’s camp started making noise about it. Purely to make some noise.
    It’s a CARTOON, fer crissakes! They need to stop being “hypersensitive” as my buddy Andrew states above. If this was shown on an episode of Saturday Night Live, there would have been no issue with it at all. An outrageous cartoon in the New Yorker shouldn’t be looked at any differently.

    I’m voiting for Obama and there isn’t a political cartoon out there that will change my mind on the subject.

  3. mikeb302000 Says:

    Thanks for the comments, guys. I’m rootin’ for Obama too, unless that rumor about his being the antichrist turns out to be true. Then I’m outa here.


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