New Yorker Cover: Obama as Muslim
Monday, July 14, 2008 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON � Barack Obama's campaign says a satirical New Yorker magazine cover showing
the Democratic presidential candidate dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist is "tasteless and
The illustration on the issue that hits newsstands Monday, titled "The Politics of Fear" and drawn by
Barry Blitt, depicts Barack Obama wearing traditional Muslim garb � sandals, robe and turban �
and his wife, Michelle � dressed in camouﬂage, combat boots and an assault riﬂe strapped over her
shoulder � standing in the Oval Ofﬁce.
The couple is doing a ﬁst tap in front of a ﬁreplace in which an American ﬂag is burning. Over the
mantle hangs a portrait of Osama bin Laden.
"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," said Obama
campaign spokesman Bill Burton. "But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we
A spokeswoman for The New Yorker did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press.
The magazine's editor, David Remnick, said in a statement to the Daily News in New York that he
was surprised by the reaction.
The cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them (the images)
for the obvious distortions they are," he said.
"Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to
the absurd," Remnick said.
Republican John McCain's campaign spokesman, Tucker Bonds, agreed that the cover was "tasteless
Already the cover was generating controversy on the Internet.
The Hufﬁngton Post, a left-leaning blog, said: "Anyone who's tried to paint Obama as a Muslim,
anyone who's tried to portray Michelle as angry or a secret revolutionary out to get Whitey, anyone
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who has questioned their patriotism � well, here's your image."
© 2008 Associated Press.