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Bludgeoning Barack and Bush

This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover of the July 21, 2008 issue by artist Barry Blitt, shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist.
This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover of the July 21, 2008 issue by artist Barry Blitt, shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist. Associated Press

The New Yorker magazine is making headlines with this week’s cover, which features a satirical cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama bumping fists in the Oval Office.

Barack is in a turban and Michelle is wearing cammo and an assault rifle. A portrait Osama bin Laden hangs over the fireplace, where an American flag is burning.

The butt of the New Yorker’s joke isn’t Obama but those who hold the paranoid view that he’s part of a terrorist plot to take over America by starting at the White House.

Editorial cartoonists are having a field day. We’re running a gallery of their work on Thursday’s Voices page, plus commentary by Susan Parker.

The Calgary Sun’s Thomas Boldt, who signs his cartoons simply Tab, has turned the satire around with a mock New Yorker cover that skewers Bush, or maybe it pokes fun of liberal views of the president.

At any rate, it shows Bush in the Oval Office, bumping fists with the grim reaper. The Constitution burns in the fire place beneath a portrait of a barrel of oil. For good measure, Boldt tosses in a couple of torture devices.

Between the NewYorker cover and tomorrow’s cartoons, just about everyone’s ox is gored. Either they’re all beyond the bounds of fair comment or all are acceptable satire.

What say you?

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