≡ Menu

Drive-By [Updated]

Don Sensing at Sense of Events asks How many fingers does Obama have? The NYT swoons over the just-revealed portraits of Barack and Michele Obama at the National Portrait Gallery. Well, fine. But I do not recall ever seeing the former president’s left hand with no thumb and five fingers, as his portrait portrays.

UPDATE: Maggie’s Farm joins the piling on this atrocity with The real Obama POTrait – Maggie’s Farm

And Anne Barnhardt sums up the nation’s reaction to this “pResidential Portrait” | Barnhardt

Meanwhile Zincavage at  Never Yet Melted sees Obama’s giving the finger to America as “Typical of Caliban:” Obama hates us, hates America, hates his white family. For a long time he fooled most people. Now that he doesn’t expect to need to fool us to get what he wants he begins to expose himself for who he is.

And the hits just keep rolling in…..

First, the sperm on his face…

Second, Obama in a more relaxed pose…

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Leslie February 12, 2018, 3:06 PM

    Fitting. The whole thing.

  • Anderson February 12, 2018, 3:21 PM

    The extra, stunted, ‘pinky’ finger is truly creepy. Fitting, indeed.

  • Casey Klahn February 12, 2018, 3:24 PM

    In ancient times, and before, the statuary of the gods would add toes or fingers. It signaled their super-impotence. No doubt, we almost had that in Obama, peace be upon him.

    I saw the Drudge link this morning about Barry and Michelle; Michelle’s Pop fiasco and all. I looked up the artist using google search, and saw his over-worked stuff. I tried to add Michelle to the search, but you know google had completely blocked her painting in the searches. Google, in its own godlike capacity, has already erased her portrait from seo. If only it weren’t for that do-gooder Drudge, we might not have ever seen the debacle.

    I did like Elaine deKooning’s Kennedy, though. She had talent.

  • Casey Klahn February 12, 2018, 3:25 PM

    “super-potence,” I meant to say. See that? Barry is a powerful drug that weakens one’s mind. Do not stare at that picture!

  • Terry February 12, 2018, 3:43 PM

    I see his ears have been cropped as well. Very poor face rendering. Does not look like the real Barry at all. Excessive plaster still on the canvas.

  • tkdkerry February 12, 2018, 3:56 PM

    There! Are! Four! Fingers!
    Seriously, there’s only four. That’s clearly the fleshy ( or more appropriately, flabby ) part of the palm made prominent by the manner in which the hand is posed. Besides, there’s no knuckle for a fifth. An instance where a little artistic license would have made the made the painting appear a little more “real”.

  • TJ February 12, 2018, 4:32 PM

    “Super-Impotence”… you got it right the first time, Casey.

    … and what better way to steal the future of a country than with the old five-finger discount?

  • John A. Fleming February 12, 2018, 4:43 PM

    One of the things I have been taught by my artistic family members, is that such an execution error is unforgiveable. To be a great artist, you first have to master the craft. That means you have to draw bodies truthfully and in proportion, without obvious visual oddities. Only then and not until can you enter your Picasso phase and draw wild and crazy deformed figures to make an artistic point.

    There was a contemporary well-known regional ethnic artist, who all the middle-class bourgeoisie in my milieu liked and bought. I though he was ok too. Until my family (thanks guys!) pointed out too many of his paintings had body parts out of proportion, and for no good reason. Once is a mistake. Twice is incompetence. Three times and he’s a grifter.

    Once seen or pointed out, it cannot be unseen. And whatever else the artist was trying to portray, it is overwhelmed by the mistake or the incompetency of the artist. Forever will we see only the mistake, until in our anger and disappointment we cut the work up and throw it in the trash. A most fitting end for the Usurper.

  • Steve in Greensboro February 12, 2018, 5:55 PM

    OK, OK, OK. So the portrait is badly executed and hideous, even after making allowances for the ugliness of the subject.

    But the key thing is that the artist is black, so it is another win for diversity and inclusion.

    Plus maybe the 6th finger is an homage to Hound Dog Taylor, an actual artist, notable for his “Gimme Back My Wig” and for fostering the career of the great Elvin Bishop.

  • ghostsniper February 12, 2018, 5:57 PM

    Retarded wretches.
    You can see his ho and her “arteest” here:

  • IdahoBob February 12, 2018, 6:32 PM

    I thought his features were accented to make him look more African and less white. Also he looks more intelligent/thoughtful then he does in real life. I am not a fan of Obama but I think the portrait is pretty good in that it makes him look pretty good. I liked Michelle’s portrait too. Kind of ethereal/mordernistic or something but actually OK. I didn’t care for the background or setting the artists picked. But all in all I thought the portraits were OK.

  • Casey Klahn February 12, 2018, 7:16 PM

    Look at your own hand in a mirror, or your iPhone viewer. The topmost wrinkle of your palm wraps around, and makes a double wrinkle at that outside view of the hand. He meant it to be right, that is evident in the painting. Either Obama is a space alien, or the hand is misdrawn by accident.

    My dad, who worked in the woods, was fond of telling a quip that went, “that’s funnier than playing a card hand with a six-fingered sawyer.” It makes you think of possibilities, but a GD sawyer with 6 fingers on one hand ain’t playing straight poker! Hint: most sawyers have 3 fingers.

    What’s with the bush? The bush of liberalism? Whacky tabbacci?

  • John A. Fleming February 12, 2018, 9:56 PM

    Oh good grief, it’s even worse on a 2nd viewing. Look at the usurper’s left side chin. Looks like it’s carrying a deep scar from a knife fight with some cholos.

    I’ve been told that this sometimes happens when a portrait starts out as a tracing from a photo.

    It’s so bad, it makes me think it’s deliberate. A big fu to all the deplorables. We the People failed it. So now we have to look at that pos till time gutters to a stop. So typical. His minion couldn’t just produce the birth certificate, no, it had to be a sneaky bastard about it producing obvious falsities. And his occasional middle-finger-forward hand expressions. And waggling its woody at all the cat-lady media groupies on the plane. Thanks very much all you skanks and rats that tortured us with it these 8 long years.

  • James R Lundquist February 12, 2018, 10:01 PM

    Some observations. The appendage under his extra long pinkie finger is definitely out of place; not natural at all-slight resemblance of a knuckle tucked underneath. The hairline and style doesn’t look like him either; a flesh tone above the middle hairline. The artist has used the flora and fauna in other paintings as well. Take a look at 2 previous works: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/artist-who-painted-obamas-official-portrait-known-for-painting-blacks-beheading-whites/

  • TJ February 12, 2018, 10:23 PM

    — and where’s that cheesy Nation of Islam bow tie?

  • bob sykes February 13, 2018, 4:38 AM

    The black clown show is endlessly entertaining. Both Barak’s and Michelle’s portraits are perfect in a way and the artists were well-chosen also.

  • Snakepit Kansas February 13, 2018, 4:43 AM

    The artist chose for Obamas portrait is known for painting black folks killing whites. Classy.

  • TANSTAFL February 13, 2018, 6:12 AM

    It does not matter if the artist is any good as long as they are a protected class and the quota is met.

  • Redacted February 13, 2018, 7:22 AM

    At least Barry is recognizable. Michelle is not. They look like beginner’s attempts at portaiture. Two embarrassing additions to the National Gallery, he man-splained.

  • Monty James February 13, 2018, 10:40 AM

    Fleming already pointed out the botched chin. Obama’s, and the First Cruiserweight’s portrait, are of a quality one would see in an outdoor wall mural in the ghetto.

  • Monty James February 13, 2018, 11:05 AM

    And someone identified several places where the foliage in the background had been copy-and-pasted:

    The “diversity hire” artist was so lazy they used copy/paste Photoshop instead of painting it.

    J.J. on “Good Times” had more talent.

  • Eskyman February 13, 2018, 11:53 AM

    Soetoro looks angry & malevolent, so the artist got that much right. The finger’s just a nod to the Lizard People; everyone knows he’s not really one of us, and that shows it. The green leafy background is on purpose, it will make this picture stand out; it doesn’t look at all like a man of stature, but more like a picture of a gardener. It’s meant to be a green thumb in everyone’s eye, and it is!

    Michael’s picture looks pretty good, because it doesn’t look like Mike at all. It actually looks like a pleasant person; of course the picture is flat, two-dimensional, and looks like it was done by a grade school “artist,” but them’s the breaks. Of course if it actually looked like the subject, people would run away screaming!

    The sad parts are: these eyesores will be forever in the public view, and the taxpayer paid for them.

  • Donald Sensing February 13, 2018, 12:07 PM

    There, I fixed it!

    Hope that worked, the raw URL is here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsqcfRD2iHUdhKo3mJXXzrOZNGQWfw

  • Campesino February 13, 2018, 12:12 PM

    Maybe it’s because I’m from the South, but my immediate take on the foliage was that it was kudzu

  • Campesino February 13, 2018, 12:14 PM

    Monty, Monty

    “First Crusierweight”

    Well in recent photos it does appear she outweighs him

  • Campesino February 13, 2018, 12:19 PM

    n ancient times, and before, the statuary of the gods would add toes or fingers. It signaled their super-impotence. No doubt, we almost had that in Obama, peace be upon him.


    Interesting point.

    We have found out recently that the elite families that ruled the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan society at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico had a genetic predisposition for polydactyly. This seen in both fingers and toes. It was portrayed in art and recently verified by a study of their remains and DNA. Must have added to their mojo

  • ghostsniper February 13, 2018, 2:53 PM

    Both “portraits” look embarrassingly adolescent, as normal people have come to expect.
    Tell me again how this stuff is “art”.

  • Monty James February 13, 2018, 3:35 PM

    Ghost, it’s poster art, what would probably be rated as ‘not bad’ if it appeared on an outdoor ghetto wall mural. As a bid to capture the majesty, consequence, and dignity of the Obama administration, I think it pretty much does that. People will be laughing at this incompetent crap for centuries. They would have been better advised to call Marvel Comics and get the guy who does the “Black Panther”cover art.

  • John A. Fleming February 13, 2018, 3:47 PM

    To summarize:
    1. Hands – badly drawn, out of proportion with visual defects
    2. Face badly drawn with visual defects,
    3. Chair out of perspective, and it sits on it all wrong,
    4. Background is photoshopped.

    Two conclusions:
    1. Grifters are flipping us all off.
    2. When they lose their masking support system of minions and sycophants, they turn out to be the no-class scum we always knew they were.

    Tear down that painting and burn it. Just leave a blank. Don’t give him any more of our money for a do-over. Or just use Instapundit’s favorite.

  • Casey Klahn February 13, 2018, 5:46 PM

    After a second day, I looked at Michelle’s painting, and it isn’t perfect, as it shouldn’t be, anyway, but I like it a little bit more. Barry: hate it worse than before.
    They probably want marks for hiring the artist they did, but I say they ought to lose them because he wasn’t female, or LGBT.
    I hate to criticize, but his use of design is overwrought. A little bit less would go a long way.
    I’d take a crack at it, myself, but I’m probably too much of a cracker. ahem…

  • Snakepit Kansas February 13, 2018, 6:16 PM

    My critique is that it was made in the style for MAD Magazine. I like the color contrast, but the colors are far too vivid and unrealistic. The artist clearly has talent, but some of the obvious flaws as mentioned above as the crazy hands and disproportional chair size make me wonder what is going on. Also, the significant set of wrinkles throughout his clothing are a distraction that do not add to the quality of the work. Having a bad photo to work from is only a part of what I do not like about this painting, completely ignoring who was being painted.

  • Casey Klahn February 13, 2018, 8:16 PM

    Gerard: you’re killin’ it, man! Keep the memes coming.
    Snakepit: I like the MAD mag. reference. That’s spot on.

  • Casey Klahn February 14, 2018, 6:28 AM
  • jwm February 14, 2018, 8:58 AM

    King of Wakanda.


  • Vanderleun February 14, 2018, 9:01 AM

    Ah yes, Casey. A trove. A treasure trove.

  • Monty James February 14, 2018, 10:22 AM

    Here you are, Gerard, this is my first attempt using GIMP:


  • Monty James February 14, 2018, 10:27 AM

    Casey, those were awesome.

  • iggy February 14, 2018, 11:46 AM

    His simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity.

  • Anonymous February 14, 2018, 12:08 PM

    And now it appears as though the gay Mr. Wiley (as in “devious” or “cunning”) may not have even actually painted it at all. It has been revealed on the interweb that Wiley has a group of “assistants” that work on the paintings…

  • grace February 14, 2018, 10:26 PM

    Wiley is well known in NYC and a millionaire. Frightening.

  • TJ February 15, 2018, 12:02 AM

    Yes, Snakepit nailed it- the painting looks like Alfred E. Newman.

    “What, me worry?”