The New Yorker’s ‘Satirical’ Obama Illustration

Some people on Twitter have been Twittering about the New Yorker cover illustration of Barack and Michelle Obama. He’s wearing Muslim garb, and she has what looks like an AK 47 strapped around her. In the background is a picture of Osama Bin Laden hanging above an American flag burning in a fireplace. You can find out more about the illustration here.

The New Yorker‘s David Remnick said the illustration was meant to be satirical. Some commentators are saying people need to lighten up and realize that the cover illustration isn’t meant to be taken literally. Others, though, say, it’s not an appropriate time to make such satirical stabs. What’s your reaction to the cover?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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