The New Yorker has a satirical cover with Barack and Michelle in the Oval Office. A flag is burning in the fireplace. Osama's portrait hangs on the wall. Barack wears a turban and sandals. Michelle has an afro, camo pants, and assault rifle. They are doing a fist bump.
The idea, the editors say, is to make fun of people's irrational fears.
The featured story, inside the magazine, is about Obama's career in Chicago. In the story, apparently, he comes across as an ambitious politician, not a real revolutionary.
Ann Althouse thinks the cover is hilariously funny.
The Obama campaign claims it's tasteless and offensive. And the McCain campaign agrees!
When you make fun of fears, by naming them,
sometimes you just end up inflaming them.