July 22nd, 2008
06:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Vanity Fair out with New Yorker parody

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/22/art.vfcover.cnn.jpg caption="Vanity Fair is out with their own takeoff of the New Yorker cover"](CNN) - John McCain’s campaign complained Tuesday morning that the press wasn’t treating the presumptive Republican nominee like they had covered Democrat Barack Obama. Tuesday afternoon, they got an unexpected jolt of equal treatment: their own parody magazine cover, modeled on the controversial illustration that graced last week’s New Yorker.

Earlier: New Yorker editor defends cover

In the picture, which debuted on Vanity Fair’s Web site Tuesday afternoon, John McCain and wife Cindy are shown in the Oval Office giving each other daps, the fist-jab greeting that Barack and Michelle Obama traded on the cover of the New Yorker.

Other elements have been tweaked so the illustration – like the New Yorker cover – reflect stories and stereotypes the candidate and his wife would most like to leave behind. Cindy McCain isn’t clutching a machine gun – she’s cradling vials of pills. There’s no Muslim garb in sight, but the Arizona senator is leaning on a walker. The American flag isn’t burning in the fireplace; instead, the Constitution smolders.

In place of the portrait of Osama bin Laden in the original art, the liberal magazine has opted for a likeness of President Bush.

Watch: Obama responds to New Yorker cover

“We had our own presidential campaign cover in the works, which explored a different facet of the Politics of Fear, but we shelved it when The New Yorker’s became the ‘It Girl’ of the blogosphere,” wrote the editors, in a tongue-in-cheek statement posted on the magazine’s Web site. “Now, however, in a selfless act of solidarity with our downstairs neighbors here at the Condé Nast building, we’d like to share it with you. Confidentially, of course.”

But don’t go looking for the cover on a newsstand near you: it will remain a virtual production, posted on the Web site alone.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. What!!!

    Turn about is fair play. Let see what both candidates supports have to say about this.

    July 22, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Obama - The Right Vote

    Bad week, McCain. Your shine is now officially off....

    July 22, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    Wow, one liberal rag uses a stupid cartoon to create a fake victim hood of their Messiah that they will later blame on conservatives who had nothing to do with it at all and then another attacks the moderate running for president for no reason at all. Yeah, there is tons of hate in America, but almost all of it resides on the left. If you disagree with that then you just admitted that you hate something as well, facts!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Abby

    wow- "John McCain’s campaign complained Tuesday morning that the press wasn’t treating the presumptive Republican nominee like they had covered Democrat Barack Obama. Tuesday afternoon, they got an unexpected jolt of equal treatment"

    – Aint that the truth- for the record, I think its unkind to make fun or light of Cindy’s addiction which she beat and the ageism isn’t cool at all but the BILL OF RIGHTS In the fireplace is such appropriate satire.

    July 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Right on, Vanity Fair! Your issue on Bush, Cheney, Addington and Yoo's war crimes will be required reading in American schools years from now...

    July 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    WOW IM SPEECHLESS!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter from FL

    That's some funny stuff. As long as the media pokes fun at both candidates, I'm fine with it. Fair and equal!

    July 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Non-Conformist

    Be careful what you ask for Mc Cain

    here's the media coverage you've been whinning about ....

    July 22, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Lisa

    John Mccain looks about 105 years old, with Bush in the background.

    July 22, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. ali

    now,that's funny!

    July 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. JTSpangler

    I can already hear the uproar from AARP and NA.

    July 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Shane

    THEY SHOULD MAKE IT TO PRINT. THAT IS TOO FUNNY

    July 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Jay

    ha ha ha ha! too funny!

    July 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Sheri

    This picture of McSame and Cindy McSame cannot even scratch the surface of what they displayed of Barack and Michelle Obama which was very outrageous and most of all hurtful and offensive to us Americans.

    July 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Alex

    good

    July 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Jodi

    This is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh, Vanity Fair – I needed it.

    July 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Xavier

    That enough equal media attention for you McCain?

    July 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Judgement over experience

    To all the repuglicans out there who thought the Obama and Michelle cover was great, karma is a bit... ain't it? This is a much truer representation though than the Obama and Michelle cover. Cindy was addicted to pain killers, John did vote for the patriot act thus killing our constitutional rights, he is old, he can barely remember his name and he is a strong supporter of bush policies. I think I will frame it.

    July 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Ian MN

    hmmmm........they should have had one of Johnnyboy's mistresses hiding in the closet. haha

    July 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. YOU ASK FOR IT!!!

    CNN) – John McCain’s campaign complained Tuesday morning that the press wasn’t treating the presumptive Republican nominee like they had covered Democrat Barack Obama. Tuesday afternoon, they got an unexpected jolt of equal treatment: their own parody magazine cover, modeled on the controversial illustration that graced last week’s New Yorker...........are you SATISFIED !!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. RCLGuard

    The Obama cover was satire. This cover is true.

    July 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Vi

    Obama, beware the media. They love to build you up and then knock you down. Prepare soon for "The Rise and Fall of Obama."

    July 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Linda

    Sorry Vanity Fair! John McCain will laugh laughed it off as the work of a crank, but poor Obama and his supporters! the cover from The New Yorker was printed on people mind already! can't help it!

    July 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. bern

    Actually, it ain't funny either.

    July 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. former republican

    john mccain is too old.

    July 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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