New Yorker Obama cover: “Tasteless and offensive”

This is something you might expect from a hard right slime squad, but not from the supposedly liberal New Yorker. It shows Obama in the Oval Office in Muslim garb with his wife as an AK-totin’ radical with a picture of bin Laden above the fireplace with the flag burning in it.

I’m speechless. What were they thinking?

[The Obama] campaign issued a statement by Bill Burton which Mike Allen of reported as, “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.”

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds quickly e-mailed: “We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive.”

We look forward to future satirical New Yorker covers. Perhaps they could portray Obama as Stepin Fetchit or as a murderous Communist or, hey how about this laff riot, being lynched by a white mob. All in good satirical jest of course. Right.