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Obama White House loved the magazine cover of him walking on water

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Ever since the Obama White House got rid of that British colonial era bust of Sir Winston Churchill on-loan from Great Britain, they've been on the lookout for new less offensive art.

Now we learn, thanks to Howard Kurtz on CNN, that Obama adviser David Axelrod made a call to the editor of the New Yorker magazine requesting a copy of the Feb. 1 cover of the magazine showing No. 44 walking on water. (No, not the newly-resurfaced Gulf of Mexico.)

The only stipulation: The cover art had to be autographed by artist Barry Blitt.

Here's the exchange between Kurtz and magazine editor David Remnick on "Reliable Sources":

REMNICK: Well, they wanted a signed version of the cover. And, you know, there were other covers maybe they didn't like as well. But I think they got over it. In fact, they got over it a lot faster than some other people.

KURTZ: What did Axelrod's office tell you about Obama's personal reaction?

REMNICK: I think Axelrod and Obama were laughing hysterically over this cover. And the fact to their credit, within a matter of weeks, that they reversed the really sinking trend that they were experiencing, and they passed health care. And the White House certainly reversed its downward trend pretty quickly after that cover. I'm not saying the cover was anywhere near responsible for it.

KURTZ: Well, it's a good thing you didn't have him sinking all the way into the water after Scott Brown's victory.

We'll add below one of the other Obama covers that Remnick alludes to, referencing Obama's alleged Muslim ties from the 2008 campaign.

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It was Churchill, wasn't it?

They should have sent a bust of Mao. Hah.

(AM responds: Yes, indeed, it was Sir Winston. Somehow his name got dropped for a while.)

What about Obozo's bust of Robert Mugabe?

Colonial-era bust? That makes it sound like it's from OUR colonial times. It was a bust given to the United States after the 9/11 attacks. I see the tongue-in-cheek tone of the article, but that was a serious offense to our closest ally and to a man who did no less than save the world from Nazi tyranny.

What is a "colonial era" bust of Sir Winston Churchill

We'll add below one of the other Obama covers that Remnick alludes to, referencing Obama's alleged Muslim ties from the 2008 campaign.

Alleged?

Oil lowers the surface tension of water, you know.

"Ever since the Obama White House got rid of that colonial era bust of Sir Winston Churchill on-loan from Great Britain, they've been on the lookout for new less offensive art."

That might explain Obama returning the statue. He thought it was of one of the founding fathers. I wonder if he will return the Statue of Liberty?

“Ever since the Obama White House got rid of that colonial era bust of Sir Winston Churchill on-loan from Great Britain, they’ve been on the lookout for new less offensive art.”

“Less offensive?”
That implies that the bust of Churchill was, in some way, offensive.
How can a statuette of one of the 20th century’s very greatest men, be in any way offensive?

"And the fact to their credit, within a matter of weeks, that they reversed the really sinking trend that they were experiencing, and they passed health care. And the White House certainly reversed its downward trend pretty quickly after that cover"

In what universe? Not the one where Obama has dithered helplessly over the oil spill, while his poll numbers plunge ever lower.

What is offensive about a bust of Sir Winston Churchill? Obama walking on water is offensive to me. His ego is unbelievable!

Winston Churchill is offensive to socialists.

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virture is the equal sharing of misery"

Churchill is offensive?

The one man who stood up against the Nazis while the Americans were picking their noses is offensive?

The man who blew the whistle on socialism is offensive?

That says A LOT about this "administration".

IslamObamaRamadan IS a Muslim. End of story

Rat vermin corrupted Boss Tweed-Obama and his corrupted Tammany Hall regime is finally being exposed.
Otraitor is a man-child emperor-with-no-clothes. He is a rat vermin traitor with a plummeting popularity rating because he hates America, hates freedom and hates liberty. He works for Goldman Sachs and the banking oligarchs along with Dodd and Frank. He supports expanded wars - but strangely Soros funded Code Pink and Media Matters are silent for this baby-dictator Obama. Obama is weak and the world is destabilizing, he is a slave to the oligarchical collectivists and rules our population with an iron fist with a velvet glove. Obama coddles terrorists, Iran, MS13 gangs, Mexican Narco-State Drug Czars and criminals with sanctuary and open borders.. He cracks down on the middle class - the law abiding tax paying child bearing middle class whom he considers subjects in his regime. His IRS has audited at a rate 300% above normal. His census is a Nazi-like info-gathering attempt. He has outspent all previous presidents in one year. He is big brother, he is a traitor and he is a little man child moron figurehead empty suit that acts childish and thin skinned because he is uneducated. Sure he was indoctrinated with progressive trash, but given what he says and thinks he is a stupid uneducated failure of a man that could not hunt, grow food for himself, nor even change his tire. He knows nothing of math, history, physics or chemistry, his ideas are idiot Alinsky eructations and regurgitations, his speech capability without a teleprompter is pathetic and he is one of the stupidest people to ever grace the Office of the President. This moron man-child Otraitor looks and acts like a thin skinned loser. He is a disgusting traitor and a progressive rat that will rot in hell.
This Obama regime is the modern Boss Tweed Tammany Hall. The depraved nature of the Democrat party and its hidden progressive-Marxist agenda has been a cancer on America for well over a 100 years now, and today, the main stream media is controlled by the progressives so we don't have Thomas Nast drawings exposing what this rat vermin Obama is doing.

Winston Churchill offensive? Really? I have had enough of this bunch.

A bust of Winston Churchill offensive and Obama walking on water is not? Narcissism reigns supreme at the White House

To all of you who are complaining about the phrase, "less offensive art" ...

That was written by Andrew Malcolm. It was not something that Obama said. It was words put into Obama's mouth that were never uttered by Obama. It is Malcolm's dishonest projection. Obama NEVER even insinuated that the bust of Churchill was offensive. And Obama didn't return the bust of Churchill to the Brits, Bush did!

So chill out. If you want to complain, complain to Malcolm.

Great cover of BHO & Michelle...too bad voters didnt take it more seriously!!


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