Sacred Images

Obama’s Football Photo-Op

May 22, 2012

Team Obama tweeted this photo of the president tossing a football in Chicago’s Soldier Field above the words “clear eyes, full hearts” on Monday. The tweet was a reference to the now defunct television show Friday Night Lights. On the show, a Texas high school football team routinely cheered “clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose!” […]

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Just Your Average Joe-bama

May 21, 2012

The kitchen table chat is a staple visual metaphor for politicians. In this photo, President Obama appears to be making a point to Val and Paul Keller. The couple recently refinanced their underwater mortgage under a federal program. The Kellers remain undecided about who to vote for—unlike their fruit basket forming Obama’s “O” logo in the background. NBC […]

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Axelrod’s “Black Jesus”

May 19, 2012

President Obama was nicknamed “Black Jesus” by his former senior campaign adviser David Axelrod, according to Edward Klein’s new book, The Amateur (p. 59). The Obama painting above—entitled “The Truth” by Michael D’Antuono—was scheduled to go on view in New York’s Union Station on the president’s 100th day in office in 2009, but the artist […]

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Barack Gump (aka Forrest Obama)

May 18, 2012

President Obama has routinely assumed the personas of former U.S. presidents. In this photo, Obama is channeling an iconic image of John F. Kennedy known as “The Loneliest Job.” Now the Obama White House has “amended” JFK’s online biography—and the bios of many other of the past century’s U.S. presidents—with a closing “Did You Know?” section in […]

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May 15, 2012

Newsweek visually punctuates Obama’s support for gay marriage by updating his ubiquitous 2008 halo. The increasingly sensational periodical merges the divine floatation device with the rainbow colors of gay solidarity. Andrew Sullivan attempts to make the case that “Obama’s life as a biracial man has deep ties to the gay experience” in the accompanying article. Bookmark […]

April 16, 2012

President Obama’s visit to Florida Atlantic University last week may have served as a preview of his reelection campaign’s coming attractions. The president hasn’t appeared particularly messianic battling the Supreme Court over Obamacare, faulting a Republican House for the poor economy, or blaming “Big Oil” for high gas prices. “An America Built To Last” and “Fair Share” don’t sound quite […]