January 26, 2010

Obama Stumbles in The New Yorker? Yes, The New Yorker

This Year

Ah, how the mighty have stumbled.... and even gotten their pants leg wet. Things weren't always so much in the "Hey, kids, let's dump on our cool president" mode that's become fashionable these recent weeks. Once upon a time, the kids all loved daddy cool. They even gave him a founder's wig to wear.... once upon a time....

Last Year

Before that there was a long and triumphant march to glory for the Obamas on the covers of the New Yorker. You might have thought that they "idolized" the Obamas at the same time they enjoyed poking gentle fun at them. Here's a brief retrospective of the rise and subtle fall:

Together at last: Two sides of the same cover? February 2008

Strange bedfellows then. Stranger bedfellows now. March, 2008

The "Ha-Ha, Just Joking" Evil Obamas July, 2008

Down to the wire with ankle-biter Sarah Palin. October, 2008

In which who he chooses at a pet is the really important appointment December, 2008

Looming and awesome responsibility on the catwalk. January 2009

Founder and Mt. Rushmore material. Obviously. January, 2009

Bestest Dressted First Lady Ever! March, 2009

And your little dog too! April, 2009

Ho, Ho, Ho? December, 2009

The Audacity of Oops! January, 2010

Posted by Vanderleun at January 26, 2010 7:08 AM
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Unrelated, but of surpassing interest: Dennis Prager calls out Charles Johnson. Heh.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at January 26, 2010 8:20 AM

No way.

Posted by: Cathy at January 26, 2010 8:22 AM

Gerard: Tell me that you are not still subscribing to the New Yorker.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 26, 2010 8:56 AM

Walking on water wasn't built in a day, but it sure fell in a hurry.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at January 26, 2010 8:58 AM

Cue Jaws theme.


Posted by: jwm at January 26, 2010 8:58 AM

I am not still subscribing to the New Yorker, but alas some of my friends still are. I try to get them to go to a 12 step program but they have not yet bottomed.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 26, 2010 9:02 AM

Only a few years ago the New Yorker was a great bargain. Both the news stand price and the subscriptions were kept dirt-cheap. It cost something like $1.99/issue or $7.99 per year.

It was just the right size to read on a flight. At that price you could overlook their attitude and read the other pages.

But when W took office the magazine became all attitude all the time. Not worth a cent or a moment of your time..

Posted by: KTWO at January 26, 2010 9:40 AM

I'm going to be a childish jerk: I'll go see my brother, the arch-liberal New Yorker subscriber, and I'm going to snatch up this copy from his coffee table and dance around his living room, probably going, "La LA La La la LAH!" and waving the cover in his face.

Unlike him, I'm an inveterate barrel-chested gym rat, and he's a classic pencil neck; he'll just have to suffer through it. After all, what ARE little brothers for?

Heh, Heh, Heh

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 26, 2010 4:29 PM

I finally dropped it last year. I'll cop to it - I'm still in cartoon withdrawal. Having a daily New Yorker cartoon calendar helps mitigate the craving.

Posted by: mezzrow at January 26, 2010 5:33 PM

Like mezzrow, I dropped my subscription last year, after being a reader for ~20 years. I, too, miss the comics and the cover art but I got so achingly tired of the Obamamania I could take it no more. My feeling was that the staff had crawled so far up Obama's backside they were viewing the world from behind his eye teeth.
And as Gagdad Bob above has noted, Prager's takedown of Charles Johnson should be satisfying.

Posted by: Susan in Seattle at January 26, 2010 8:31 PM