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Category: RTM News Reel Published on Sunday, 07 October 2012 22:42 Written by News One
Never shy about tapping into public perceptions or crafting cultural icongraphy, no matter how slanted, “The New Yorker” has created a cover of the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP opponent, Mitt Romney, that is sure to raise some eyebrows.
The cover is a caricature of the roles the two politicians seemed to be playing that night: Mittens as stern-faced and self-righteous savior of the free world, and the POTUS as, well, an empty chair. The latter being a clear parody of Clint Eastwood‘s spectacularly awkward and spontaneous performance at the Republican National Convention.
Moderator, Jim Lehrer, is depicted as an out-of-focus figure in the background, which is the most authentic image of the cover.
“The New Yorker” was embroiled in controversy in 2008 after they depicted the First Couple as Islamic, militant, fist bumping terrorists. At the time, they argued that the cover’s purpose was to shine the light on the ignorance assumptions and stereotypes that were still prevalent in the world.
Called “The Politics of Fear,” the press release stated that the purpose of the cover was to “satirize the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.”
Though the president’s performance was widely panned at last week’s debate, as he was considered distracted and uninterested, the consensus seems to be that he won on substance, while Romney won on the style. Still, an even funnier cover would have been Romney wiping his face with that giant cheat sheet that he handed off to his son at the end of the debate. Though his campaign insists that it was a hankerchief, Romney has been busted for telling 27 lies in 38 minutes, so one more would absolutely nothing.
As he told the POTUS in the debate:
“Look, I’ve got five boys,” Romney added. “I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. But that is not the case.”
No one believes you, Mittens.
As for “The New Yorker” cover, President Obama is probably less concerned with them drawing him into a chair, than actually occupying the chair in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
- ^27 lies in 38 minutes, (www.google.com)
- ^Stewart, O’Reilly Debate Tackles Political Issues With Humor (newsone.com)
- ^President Obama, Democrats Raise $181 Million In September (newsone.com)
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