February 2, 2009

Newsweek: Obama Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

“The analogy isn’t exact. But the war in Afghanistan is starting to look disturbingly familiar.” — from: Newsweek cover story: “Obama’s Vietnam.”

Holy ’60’s.

After all the cheery analogies to FDR and Lincoln, Newsweek’s employment of “Vietnam” associates Obama, in big, bold letters, to LBJ or Nixon.

At the same time the cover blackens the hope message (as if drawing heavily from the current deep economic gloom), however, you can still see Obama — with next-to-nothing marring the inside of the letters of his name — remaining largely above the connection.

Pete Seeger: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (YouTube)

(Newsweek cover. February 9, 2009. “Obama’s Vietnam,” Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and John Barry lay out the growing parallels between the war in Afghanistan and our struggle in Vietnam. Plus: Fareed Zakaria offers a four-step plan to help fix the situation in Afghanistan)

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