He’s Dead – Americans Celebreate the Death of Osama bin Laden

He's Dead

Someone mentioned something about the death of Osama Bin Laden this morning (that would be around 9-10PM EST), but it took me a while to realize what exactly he was talking about. He had gotten a message from someone on his phone, via Twitter, email, Facebook, or IM, and mentioned it in passing. I was way too tired to realize what he was talking about. It’s only when I got home, at around 1:30PM that I understood what had happened. The US, thanks to some CIA and Joint Special Operations Command managed to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.

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Jedi Master Obama

Kottkes modified Jedi Master Obama image
Kottke's modified Jedi Master Obama image

Here’s our President attacking an unseen Sith Lord or perhaps someone condemned by a death panel.

Great little photoshopped image by Kottke. Someone had to do it. If you are wondering what the President was doing, he was playing with a plastic lightsaber that was given to him by a fencing club on the lawns of the White House. Here are the full details of what happened.

Tantilizing Look at the Barack Obama Camp During Election Night

President Elect Barack Obama

35 incredible images of Barack Obama over at the Big Picture. These are my favorites.

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Politics Of Satire


The New Yorker‘s July 16th cover is under fire for its depiction of Senator Obama and his wife Michelle. Some right-wing Christian Republican militants have been saying that Senator Obama is a secret Muslim.

Art Spiegelman defends the cover of the New Yorker.

“The intention is to satirize not Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, but, in fact, to hold a pretty harsh light up to the rumors, innuendos, lies about the Obamas that have come up — that they are somehow insufficiently patriotic or soft on terrorism,” he says.

Those are the words of David Rennick, a New Yorker editor.

Spiegelman’s last cover for the New Yorker, published on the 24th of September 2004.

My initial thoughts upon seeing the cover were as follow: I didn’t know that the New Yorker was a Republican publication. Indeed, I thought it was more liberal. A few moments later, I understood the satire. And of course the New Yorker is liberal. But for a moment, I tried to make sense of this image.

One thing is for sure, people will want to talk about this. The Christian right will use it for their own purpose.

I think that the subtleties that Rennick and Blitt wanted to showcase are lost on most people.

Asked about the image, Obama shrugged his shoulders. But his (and McCain’s) spokespeople have made clear their disapproval, claiming most readers would judge the image “tasteless and offensive”.

More from Art Spiegelman, famed cartoonist and creator of Maus.

New Yorker, under fire?

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