The New Yorker'scover illustration of the Obamas wigs out the chattering classes.

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July 14 2008 7:21 PM

The New Yorker Draws Fire

Barry Blitt's cover illustration of the Obamas wigs out the chattering classes.

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Only weak thinkers fear strong images. The publication that convenes itself as a polite dinner party, serving only polenta and pureed peas, need not invite me to sup.



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