It was an image meant to raise hackles, and it did: a cartoon on the cover of the New Yorker showing Barack and Michelle Obama - dressed as a Muslim and a gun-toting militant - performing what rightwing commentators have called a "terrorist fist bump", while burning the US flag in the fireplace of an Oval Office decorated with a portrait of Osama bin Laden. The magazine hit the newsstands yesterday. But its editor, David Remnick, evidently anticipating a liberal backlash against the cover - described yesterday as incendiary and irresponsible - gave an interview to the Washington Post ahead of publication. He said the image was meant to be seen as humour, poking fun at the smear campaign against the Obamas. The accompanying cover story does not discuss the internet smear campaign which has portrayed Obama as a radical Muslim, but traces his rise through Chicago politics in the s. The satire was evidently lost on the Democratic candidate's campaign and on his opponent, the Republican, John McCain. Both condemned the cartoon.
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Barack and Michelle Obama could lead a master class on love, parenting, and taking the high road. While they're just mom and dad to daughters Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17, to us, they double as relationship role models. After all, there's a reason why their first date ended up on the big screen in the biographical film, Southside with You. After dating for three years, the couple officially tied the knot on October 3, Obama revealed during a November segment on Good Morning America that from the very first kiss, "it was love, and he was my man. Obama got the surprise of a lifetime when her husband showed up to her first tour stop in Washington, D.
Sure, they occasionally bicker and have disagreements which they are totally honest and open about , but their union has pretty much been totally free of scandal and drama. And we have the sweetest Barack and Michelle Obama pictures to prove it. And on top of it all, they are way too photogenic at the same time.
The affectionate fist bump between Senator Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, before his victory speech last week in St. Paul became an instant source of fascination among commentators in the news media, who for days have tried to decipher the meaning behind this supposedly odd gesture. But perhaps none went as far afield as E. A pound? A terrorist fist jab?