Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Is Obama a Wuss?

So he doesn't like the recent cover of the New Yorker magazine:

Ok. There is no reason he should like it. I don't have a problem with his not liking it. But by complaining about it, he's ironically drawing attention to it. And why is this even a big news story anyway?

Rolling Stone magazine last month did this nasty cartoon of John McCain:

I think we can safely assume John McCain was not thrilled with this. Yet I don't recall hearing him whine about it. Republicans often have to put up with really vicious cartoon portrayals. They don't whine about it, and the mainstream press never does stories about it.

The American Thinker blog has a great post about this:

The Incredibly Thin Skin of Barack Obama
[...] One look at this and the Obama campaign hit the roof. Despite the fact that The New Yorker was lampooning conservatives by portraying some on the right's overheated descriptions of Obama, spokesman Bill Burton for the Obama campaign said "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

Well, I don't agree. I find it pretty rich even if they are poking fun at conservatives. But what should trouble anyone is how thin Obama's skin truly is if he can't take a little satire from his friends on the left!


So Obama plays his race/cultural card against a friendly publication while many of his allies on the left dutifully follow his lead and condemn the piece because most of them fear that those of us who live out in flyover country "won't get" the satire.

Thin skinned Obama and his tone deaf, elitist allies; what a combination. [...]

Exactly! At best this shows Obama as being inexperienced in politics. At worst, it shows he can't take criticism, the way that other politicians routinely do. Why should he think he should be exempt? Politics isn't an arena for sissies.

And if he doesn't want to be thought of as a Muslim, he would do well to stay away from being outraged at cartoons. ;-)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only reason that this Mr. & Mrs. Obama satire DOES have impact — and may very likely spread — is because like all good satire, or good humor for that matter, there’s more than a germ of truth in it. Otherwise, the satire would utterly roll off the Obamoids’ backs, having no impact.