• Barack Obama and John McCain Agree to Disagree with New Yorker

    According to both Barack Obama's and John McCain's campaign the tasteless and offensive cover image on this week's New Yorker — drawn by satirist Barry Blitt — is both "tasteless" and "offensive"

    The Obama campaign quickly condemned the rendering. Spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: "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."

    McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds quickly e-mailed: "We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it's tasteless and offensive."

    Well, at least they agree on something.

    Obama reportedly first saw the offensively accurate portrayal of himself Sunday afternoon, when a reporter showed it to him a press event in Tehran or San Diego or someplace…

    "Have you seen it? If not, I can show it to you on my computer, [said the very sympathetic reporter.] It shows your wife Michelle with an Afro and an AK-47 and the two of you doing the fist bump with you in a sort of turban-type thing on top. I wondered if you’ve seen it or if you want to see it or if you have a response to it?"

    Obama, shrugging incredulously, replied: "I have no response to that."

    Aha! Then he admits it! Admits that, um, he, uh, doesn't have a response to it.


    Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, New Yorker


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