Boy, people are so easily upset these days. As I recall it was Zsa Zsa Gabor, that came out with the great line “The only worse than being talked about, is not being talked about”. In Ms. Gabor’s world, press was everything, there is no such thing as bad press. Any press is better than no press.

Alas our illustrious Democratic presumptive nominee disagrees. The Obama camp is up in arms over The New Yorker Magazine, and their choice of cover illustration.

“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

What poor sports they are! So Obama is dressed in Muslim garb, Mrs Obama is toting an AK 47, there is a picture of Osama Bin Laden hanging on the wall, Oh and the setting is the Oval Office. I for one don’t understand what the problem is.

Tasteless? Well yes I suppose it is. But, if you want to play in the big leagues you have to be able to take the hits. And lets face it, the Obama flip flop on the FISA vote has done nothing to endear him to the tech savvy voter, and that voter is likely a New Yorker reader. Too bad, so sad.

One wonders what The New Yorker will do next. My favorite ides is a caricature of John McCain in a Nazi outfit, and a tag line “If I can’t be president there is always Formula One”.

Simon Barrett

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