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.
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