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Monday, May 12, 2008

Way To Not Look Like Crazy Cult Members, Guys

posted by on May 12 at 13:08 PM

Actual illustration accompanying Willamette Week’s endorsement (via) of Barack Obama (which includes references to both “dare we say it?—hope” and “yes, we’ll say it—change”):


(And yes, I know… they’re trying to be ironic, or whatever. Good luck making that case when McCain’s smearing Obama fans as mindless cultists following their Savior.)

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funny, I want a shirt.

Posted by Abe | May 12, 2008 1:17 PM

Oooh! Looks like he's headed to Vancouver!

Is that a unicorn?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 12, 2008 1:18 PM

Barack Obama inspires these sorts of things, ironic or not. Hillary inspires the re-subtitling (I made that up!) of Hitler movies.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | May 12, 2008 1:21 PM

The artist who drew this should be beaten with a length of lead pipe.

Posted by Fnarf | May 12, 2008 1:21 PM

Kanye! Kanye!!

Posted by heywhatsit | May 12, 2008 1:22 PM

Why do I suddenly feel like listening to BeeGees music?

Posted by PopTart | May 12, 2008 1:24 PM

Because you want to dance!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 12, 2008 1:27 PM

Erica, sour grapes make for terrible whine.

I think this illustration is tits. I want a shirt.

Posted by Jeff | May 12, 2008 1:28 PM

If somebody could Photoshop the Ron Paul from the post below this one over the Obama in this painting, I would be eternally grateful.
Paul Bobby

Posted by Paul Constant | May 12, 2008 1:29 PM

I'll admit to being a little freaked by the roses bursting from his groin.

I've never seen a Messiah shoot roses from his Johnson before.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 12, 2008 1:31 PM

Christ almighty he is not... we saw Madonna do that in a video... what are they trying to do at the compass center?.... turn Obama into the cracken coming out of the biblical sea of Stevan Kings Gunslingers fields of seaside roses for the masses???

....if I wasn't trying to be inflamitory here anonymusly

I'd say something from Niel Young and Lynnard Skinnard like "gimme back my bullets"

but since Obama is the dianas generals political name from way back in antiquity

( or close enough to count in horseshoes...)

I'm gonna ask KEXP to play 'Living with War'
by Neil young instead...

...otherwise we risk turning the suoperdelegates into a re-run from "Cartman has a dirty cheif dan george for a tent"

and then you know what that gets you....

... crazy people like Dan Sinnaker running around town screaming at Frank Blethyn because he knows why SHERMAN ALEXIE SAYS MAYBE WE ARE IN OZ RIGHT HERE IN SEATTLE WASHINGTON>>>>>>>>>>



AND CAN HOPE WE DON"T GET FOOLED AGAIN BY THE DEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by anonymus | May 12, 2008 1:32 PM

Just before I looked at SLOG I told a co-worker that with the way Obama "danced" on Ellen awhile back we could all rest assured he is straight.....

THAT got all shot to hell now.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 12, 2008 1:32 PM

Don't ride the white pony!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 12, 2008 1:34 PM

I like what they did with the cum all over his body.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 12, 2008 1:37 PM

Can I get that on black velvet?

Posted by JC | May 12, 2008 1:48 PM

Are you suggesting most Americans don't understand irony? Elitist!

Posted by el | May 12, 2008 1:50 PM

the guy that runs the willamete week is a loon. the pulitzer went to his head.

Posted by SeMe | May 12, 2008 1:57 PM

It doesn't even look like Obama. But he sure is hot. I'd totally do that guy.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | May 12, 2008 1:58 PM

this is even more of a liability to obama than the "mccain girls" abomination was to mccain. wince.

Posted by ellarosa | May 12, 2008 2:02 PM

Hillary people are too terrified to be ironic, or to ever poke fun at themselves. Erica's reaction is an example of the abused child syndrome that so many Clintonites still carry from the 90's. We don't dare even joke about thinks they could hurt us with. We don't dare!

Don't worry though: Mark Penn and his ilk don't have jobs waiting for them on the Obama team, and unsolicited Clintonian advice will be ignored.

Posted by elenchos | May 12, 2008 2:04 PM

Nah. Too easy. Way too easy.

Posted by fluteprof | May 12, 2008 2:06 PM

Whatever. Who pays attention to news writers at alternative weeklies anyway?

Posted by tsm | May 12, 2008 2:06 PM

Is someone at the Mercury not doing his or her job? Why is someone at the sibling paper attempting to do the Willamette Week smear job? And a week before the Oregon caucus? Obama on the cover? OMG WTF.

If the GOP really thinks this cover is the best defense for the GOP, the GOP are already this screwed.

And I think that cover is the funniest shit I've ever seen. It's all about the unicorn in the background.

Posted by mackro mackro | May 12, 2008 2:11 PM

Wait. Are you telling us that this is Barack Obama?

I thought it was the adult Emmanuel Lewis, all grown up and hunky....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 12, 2008 2:11 PM

@22 wins.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 12, 2008 2:15 PM

Yeah, because if there's something Americans don't accept, it's cults.

Posted by Sirkowski | May 12, 2008 2:19 PM

... even his shirt collar is "popped".

Posted by ray ray | May 12, 2008 2:26 PM

Ben Harper for President!

Posted by DOUG. | May 12, 2008 2:28 PM

I don't understand your logic.

If I'm understanding you correctly, your perspective is that Obama supporters should not make jokes poking gentle fun at the idea of Obama-as-savior because it's supporting the Republican idea that Obama fans are mindless cultists.

However, you yourself actually say that Obama fans are mindless cultists all the time. Why on earth would it be more damaging for Democrats to make a silly joke than for you to make the same accusation in all seriousness, over and over again?

Posted by S.L. | May 12, 2008 2:44 PM

Let the revolution begin!

Posted by Vince | May 12, 2008 2:46 PM

Is that a pootie tang belt buckle he is holding?

Posted by Fortuna Mandolin | May 12, 2008 2:49 PM

You work for The Stranger, Erica. Try some ironic self-mockery for a change.

And if Obama supporters are all naive, starry-eyed Moonies why does he get the university-educated vote at higher levels than Hillary Clinton? Something doesn't match up.

Posted by Jason | May 12, 2008 3:06 PM

look again, this clearly can't be obama: he's not walking on water.

Posted by j-zeezer | May 12, 2008 3:12 PM

Crosscut tried ironic self-mockery last week and Erica hit for it.

Posted by elenchos | May 12, 2008 3:12 PM

He actually looks more like what I would expect Jesus to look like then most Christian depictions would have me believe.

Posted by El Seven | May 12, 2008 3:12 PM

Is that horse semen on his body and the horse is chasing him for a second money shot? Also, are miffed Michelle and redfaced reverend Wright upset that it wasn't a black horse that spooged Barack's muffins? Just wonderin'.

Posted by John | May 12, 2008 3:22 PM

At this point, anyone who still supports Hillary Clinton, still thinks she's a good, loyal Democrat, or at all progressive (hard working, white, people anyone?) should hardly be accusing anyone else of having a "mindless cultist" following. Look at West Virginia for Christ's sake - the Clinton people have definitely asked for and now received their own flavor of Kool-Aid.

Posted by Ed | May 12, 2008 3:26 PM

Thanks Williamette Week. I've been hunting for some comic relief.

Posted by Susanfrom29 | May 12, 2008 3:36 PM

"To me, there's no doubt, there's a movie to be made on this campaign, and made even objectively, Hillary would be the villain and Obama would be the hero."

That's a quote from an interview with Rod Lurie, director of The Contender and Commander in Chief, two of the most important films about women in presidential politics. The interview just went live at

Posted by Maassive | May 12, 2008 3:40 PM

is that a personalized cell phone in his right hand, or a new kind of candy bar?

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2008 4:10 PM

Too black.

He looks better caramel.

Posted by Arianna | May 12, 2008 4:13 PM

Michelle, in all the exaggerated curves of 70s afro pop culture, deserves her own.

Posted by dave | May 12, 2008 4:14 PM

All I can say is thank god for OREGON and the progressive minds that reside there. Because after Hillary's manipulation and deception directed clearly at the left side of the bell curve, the intellectually undernourished and the lower middle classes in West Virgina, America will truly need a colonic to cleanse and detoxify ourselves of the stench of Clinton's Old Politics. Oregonians, it is my plea that you go to the polls in such large numbers and vote like there is no tomorrow to make a clear and convincing case that the thinking and spiritually enlightened folks are well aware of THE FRAUD which is Senator Clinton. She may fool em in Appalachia because times are so tough there right now that they have no choice but to believe the last white, blonde (hair dye), blue eyed (fake contact lenses), red lipped (enough to make Gennifer Flowers or Monica Lewinsky blush) lady standing. The mask that Hillary wears is all by design. She is a shape shifter who has molded herself into the working class hero. The depth of the FRAUD is frightening.

Posted by Christopher London | May 12, 2008 4:22 PM

yeah that Hillary is a devil!

And those poor folk in West Virginia could sure use some more of our ever so superior great nerdy intelleects from out here in Seattle. Why did you know they are so " intellectually undernourished" they actually like HRC more than Obama? Theey don't even understand their own bitterness, nor his masterful explanation of why they cling to guns, religion and now Hilldawg!

Hey here's an idea, let's send all the urban hipsters who love OBama out to visit West Virginia and places like that to educate them and make them well nourished, intellectually. Like today's Peace Corps!

We can teach them about yoga, recycling, proper karmic values, too!!

Then we can let them smell our farts!

Posted by PC | May 12, 2008 4:40 PM

unPC/PC: Please don't try to help Obama win after Hillary quits. I think it would actually be doing the Democrats a favor if you just kept right on pushing to nominate Hillary long after she quits, after the convention, even after November 4. What you're doing sends an important message.

Posted by elenchos | May 12, 2008 4:51 PM

@ 44

To let them West Virginia Clinton lovers smell a Seattle tofu fart would be Karmic indeed. Those people need more than bibles and bullets to get them through the day. Why should people riding the 44 bus to Ballard always be the blessed ones?

Posted by Fag Messiah | May 12, 2008 4:57 PM

Hillary pushed Obama in the River. She's a shoplifter too.

Posted by Mallard Filmore | May 12, 2008 4:58 PM

Meh-Insisting that Obama is trying to present himself as the messiah and his followers are cultist zombies has sort of been tried. Doesn't seem to work that well.

Posted by Beguine | May 12, 2008 5:17 PM

Oh no! Please please somebody hide this right away! If some Republicans get a hold of this, us Obama fans are really gonna be painted as wackos.

Posted by cnnr | May 12, 2008 5:50 PM

You guys are funny, I laughed a lot. I like the illustration, which is ultra-arch, and I loved some of the comments.

I think 15 wins. Brilliant deadpan camp.

Mind you, I'm English.

You guys are all smoking a lot of weed, right?

Posted by Sharkey, Miami Beach | May 12, 2008 6:02 PM

looks nothing like barack obama, but nice drawing.

Posted by obamaluv | May 12, 2008 6:21 PM

Hi. This is Charlton Heston. They buried me alive.

I have Wi-Fi, but no oxygen.

Posted by C. Heston | May 12, 2008 6:54 PM

Where can I buy the T-shirt?

Posted by Daniel H. | May 12, 2008 6:57 PM

What's the big deal? This IS how most democrats see Obama. Don't go ruining their fun by actually helping them see reality instead of the fantasy.

Posted by Mickey | May 12, 2008 7:38 PM

This is SO going on my van! soon as Solid Gold is over.

Posted by DTG | May 12, 2008 7:41 PM

@44 asks, Why did you know they are so "intellectually undernourished"?

Did you know the toothbrush was invented in West Virginia?

If they'd invented it anywhere else, it would've been called a teethbrush...

Posted by Ziggity | May 12, 2008 7:59 PM

It DOES look too much like Kanye. Other than that, I love love love it. I also wish the unicorn were bigger and a rainbow would have been sweet. But I'm nitpicking here.

Posted by Phoebe | May 12, 2008 8:26 PM

Two Words: Last Dragon.

Posted by Leroy | May 12, 2008 9:17 PM

Kayne West, yo

Posted by feom | May 12, 2008 9:55 PM

Heh. They forgot to paint on a flag pin, which I noticed Obama is now wearing. And wow, can we say pandering for votes?

"Obama put the flag pin back on Monday during a campaign stop in Charleston, West Virginia, where he delivered a speech promoting increased federal assistance for military veterans."

Posted by Mike Thompson | May 13, 2008 12:05 AM

way to go stranger. the only reason you're posting this is because you own the paper that competes with willamette week. its a bad illustration i admit, but it matches your lack of tact.

Posted by anon | May 13, 2008 1:16 AM

Obama must be in Chattanooga since the Walnut Street Bridge is behind him.

Posted by Plutonious Monk | May 13, 2008 7:18 AM

Obama must be in Chattanooga since the Walnut Street Bridge is behind him.

Posted by Plutonious Monk | May 13, 2008 7:18 AM

All that's missing is a Jeremiah Wright blimp flying in the background.

Not to mention stigmata...

Posted by Paul Constant's Manly Jesticles | May 13, 2008 10:22 AM

@10 That's the funniest comment I've read this week.

Posted by Buford Gooch | May 13, 2008 10:29 AM

Take it from me, ordinary folks are repulsed and creeped out by this kind of thing and how the press fawns after the Senator. They might be a little TOO worshipful when all is said and done.

Posted by Wargasm | May 13, 2008 12:12 PM

Congrats guys and gals. You made National Review Online.

Posted by percy | May 13, 2008 12:14 PM

Is that some sort of Interweb thingy?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 13, 2008 1:28 PM

I love this picture. Although, I'm a straight guy I have explosive orgasms every time I think about Obama for more than a minute or two. This picture is awesome wank material. Obama is my God and he will be your God, too, if he isn't already.

Posted by Mangina | May 13, 2008 1:49 PM

There is nothing "ironic or whatever" in that editorial. Thus, it would not be a "smear" to point out, correctly, that the people behind that editorial are smitten in a weird and inappropriate way with Obama, as are far too many of those on the left. This message brought to you snark-free.

Posted by roger rainey | May 13, 2008 3:01 PM

The page linked to shows no such illustration, just a photo.

Obama is the second coming of Paul Tsongas. He's not even close to being a leftist.

Posted by Forrest | May 13, 2008 3:50 PM

Here's a link to the artwork on Willamette Week's website:

This was the full-page cover illustration on the 4/30 paper, connected to the WW the primary endorsements. Full story here, including the picture:

If you saw the actual paper, then the cover was even more amusing because there was a teaser quote from another story printed next to the artwork. It read "He cries when he ... " well you get the idea.

This was a quote regarding another local candidate, but unless you checked, you might think it had to do with the photo.

Posted by Willy Week Reader | May 13, 2008 4:48 PM

The artist got the lighting wrong. The sun appears to be shining toward his ass, when it should be shining out of it.

Posted by ellebis | May 13, 2008 4:56 PM

Some nice comments on West Virginia.

Please keep that elitism in play through November, I'm sure it'll work really well with the majority of the population.

All Praise to the Obammessiah, for surely he will rebuild D.C. in his image.

Sure I don't know what he stands for. I've seen an interview in the NYT stating he wants unconditional diplomacy with Iran, and a news story at the NYT stating that any belief he wants unconditional diplomacy with Iran is a Republican distortion (and his website claims we does want this, or at least it did yesterday)...

So I guess he can be everything to everyone. Just ignore the times when he's talking the opposite of when he was saying what you wanted to hear.

At least he's changing politics, and giving hope for the future. By being the same type of double-talking claim anything politician we've ever had... amazing how he can be both the same and completely different.

He's a riddle wrapped in an enigma, cloaked in mystery, and hidden behind the fridge.

Posted by Gekk | May 14, 2008 8:46 AM

Jeez, the Stranger blog somehow promotes much a better and more complete conversation than the Mercury blog does, even if your tone is equally bashing when it comes to all things WW. I just think your post is funny because if the Merc had run this same illustration, you'd write "OMG look how rad this Mercury cover is!" You also failed to mention (or just didn't read) the headline and package art, which was intended to look like a romance novel and was called "For the Love of Politics." No one seems to have gotten that part.

-Casey Jarman, Willamette Week

Posted by casey | May 14, 2008 11:27 AM

Reminds me of this picture

Posted by Patrick | May 14, 2008 1:06 PM

He is on his way to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland to participate in its annual spring event. You go Barack!

The magic is in the hole!

You have to love a place that does Pepto Bismol and Nyquil Doughnuts.

Posted by Doughnut Man | May 14, 2008 2:42 PM

I can't keep up with the post-postmodern-ironic-sarcastic-self-effacing-deadpan-camp that is the readership of alternative weeklies in the PacNW. Down here in Florida, (where we showed up to the polls in record numbers, knowing our votes were worthless anyway, but now we somehow feel disenfranchised) we understand that Obama is not a Muslim and he loves us all like we were his own brothers and sisters. Like a good Antichrist should.

I think Casey a few posts above clears the air. Should've made the romance title part of the image.

Posted by Jetpacks | May 15, 2008 5:47 AM

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