As you know I frequently visit right wing blogs, so I thought nothing of looking for unflattering images of Obama on Google Image. Caricatures of politicians are commonplace; I am used to the lampooning of George W Bush - British cartoonist Steve Bell was merciless with him, and thought nothing of drawing Dubya as a monkey - Tony Blair too, Gordon Brown, and I am used to cruel cartooning of political leaders going back (in my memory) to the days of Harold Wilson and LBJ. However, I was not really prepared for the vilification that the Right has poured on one solitary, black politician. I was not prepared either for just how damn good the artwork was.
The links here are straight to the images:
Starting of mildly, Obama as Mickey Mouse.
Now it starts to get ugly. Try telling me there are no traditional racist overtones to portraying an African-American as a chimpanzee.
Obama as Hitler, or is this a challenge to the Right to make up their mind?
Another example of the "Hope" poster made into something else.
Barack tacked onto the end of the famous Chinese poster of Marx, Lenin, and Mao.
Obama as a muslim, but maybe not as any muslim.
This one I actually love - Alfred E Obama! But then it's from Mad magazine, and we can exclude it from the rest of the gubbins.
Probably the most libelous image imaginable - "Same shit, different asshole".
Obama as a Nazi Stormtrooper.
Obama in orthodox iconography, with the "Book of Marx".
Well if he's your hero I have no further comment.
Obama as a target - why do I feel that it's only a matter of time? With this kind of stuff around, nothing would surprise me!