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November 15, 2008

Your Turn: The New Yorker's 44 Cover

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With the election not even two weeks old, president-elect Obama is being elevated to lofty heights through artistic inspiration. In light of the “Obamanomenon,” I’m curious about this new cover of The New Yorker.

Elegant in its peacefulness, its spirituality (the “O” like the new moon) and Obama’s power duet with Lincoln, I do have some concerns about deification. Is Obama coming off here as a celestial body or, thinking halo, as some kind of angel?

How do you read this graceful work?

(image: “Reflection” by Bob Staake. New Yorker cover. November 17, 2008)

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