July 14th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
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Obama camp calls New Yorker cover 'tasteless and offensive'

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(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign has sharply criticized The New Yorker magazine over the publication's latest cover illustration that appears to portray the Illinois senator and his wife, Michelle, as terrorist enemies of the United States.

Specifically, the cover, published Sunday, shows Obama in the Oval Office dressed in traditional Muslim attire and Michelle with an "Afro" hairstyle carrying a machine gun. An American flag can also be seen burning in the fire place and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.

Watch: Journalists debate the New Yorker Cover

"The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

"But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

John McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said he agreed with Burton's sentiment.

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Obama himself refused to comment on the illustration Sunday.

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  1. Tim

    We are not a country of whiners and we are not imagining our hurt McSame. We understand your thoughts since you wife is worth $100 Million, you simply don't understand what we are going through.

    July 14, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Vi

    Ahh! A tase of what Hillary endured!

    July 14, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Greg, NY

    Well, regardless of the cover, the article is actually very good. I recommend it.

    July 14, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. JohnBoy

    Obama spent 1/2 his life outside the USA, he is not a complete American.

    McCain 08

    July 14, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Obama overload

    and i thought the Obama presidential seal you brought out was tasteless too.

    July 14, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Susan

    It was absolutely disgusting. Why not she MCBush in a bomber dropping bombs on innocent people! The New Yorker is off my list of reading material.

    July 14, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Ms. RDS

    Like Axelrod said, of course the Obama camp doesn't like it, but they are trying to stay focused on the issue and topics that are important.

    July 14, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. Chicago

    You know. I knew (like most black folks) that this campaign was going to get REALLY ugly. But dang. This magazine cover is beyond offensive.

    July 14, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey I thought it was a pretty good picture of the two. Good representation.. I'm thinking there are a lot of us in America that are anxious about this election and protection of our values. I am sure McCain will protect our values, I am not sure obama will.

    Maybe the editors at the New Yorker know something that we don't know. I am shocked.

    And he is going to Palestine to impart some wisdom. I wonder what he is going to talk about there behind closed doors.

    Give me a break.

    July 14, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Soda Berra

    Cover looked fine to me. Accurateand fully representitive of what any Obama administration would look like.

    July 14, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Reality check #1

    Another tarnish on the Prince's crown. Suck it up Obama , what did you expect with a friendship list such as yours?

    July 14, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. JB

    what a rag. shame on the New Yorker for selling out for attention. I just canceled my subscription this morning. And Im not even voting for Obama. tasteless.

    July 14, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Danielson

    Just when you thought The New Yorker could become even LESS relevant.....

    July 14, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. jen

    There has been a very proactive attempt by the majority of the media to derail Obama. Obviously the media is big business, and McBush is better for big business. It really is a shame what this country has become, and after viewing this magazine cover, and even more so after reading the opinions of folks on many different blogs, today I can say with confidence I am ashamed to be an American.

    July 14, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    Nothing gets more shameful than this

    Yeap! - I think Karl Rove and the GOP behind this.

    The GOP will do anything to hang on to power

    They gave permission to some to sell badges asking–
    will it still be a whitehouse when the black man wins?

    They will not hesitate to use- race and lie about Obama's religion to win.

    July 14, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. "Old" white lady for Obama


    What the hell is a "complete American"?
    Frankly, the fact that Obama has experienced life in other parts of the world is a bonus in my book.

    July 14, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. Republicans are out of touch

    The article may be great but I'd love to see the reactions of each of you who think there is nothing wrong with the pcture if your and your mates' face was on that cover.
    And to Vi – she gave out much worse, not only that she lied continuously.

    July 14, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. arc, Lugano CH

    No doubt a joyous day for the Hillary Camp and many of her putrid minions.

    News reels such as these only give more reason to many Hillary Supporters planning to vote for a continuation of GOP policies as a way to cleverly conceal their self-centered hysterical bitterness, isolationist fear, and lifelong ignorant bigotry by claiming their anger arises from their preconceived notion of electoral injustice.

    Only in America

    July 14, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. Roberta, NC

    Please Superdelegates! Give us a proven leader in August! Clinton for President...or it will be McCain!

    July 14, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Linda. Boston, MA

    It's incredibly tasteless. There's no satire, no joke, no punch line. It's just helping to propagate a stupid, baseless lie.

    July 14, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    At first , I felt the cover was a bad idea. Bad judgement, bad timing. However, it does force those that glance at it to read the article and by doing so they get a true piece of who Obama really is. So in that sense, it's genius is subliminal.

    But of course, some wont see the underlying method.

    July 14, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Pretty much the Puma view of the Bizarro World...

    July 14, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Freida, NYC

    I think that's hysterical!!!!

    July 14, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  24. Kristin

    I don't find it funny at all. It is offensive. Why because a black person is running for president they must be a terrorist or not patriotic? We would not see McCain in a cartoon like that. It’s outrageous and in 2008 I find it disturbing other people would not feel the same.

    July 14, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. Larry Hardiman

    It's time we put an end to these idiots!!! I think the American public should boycott all advertisers in the magazine!

    These publishers have to answer to us!!

    July 14, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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