"Obamanation" by Jon McNaughton (2012)

"Obamanation" by Jon McNaughton (2012)


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what's with the army guy eating the wedding cake, and the cop drinking the beer ?


>army guy eating the wedding cake Two guys on the wedding cake topper = Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 ​ >cop drinking the beer "Beer Summit" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry\_Louis\_Gates\_arrest\_controversy


You seem like the guy to ask... What's up with the rooster on the podium?




Bacock Hussein Oballsack


Americans need to "wake up" and do something. Sort of like getting unplugged from the Matrix.


Damn that is so lame... Definitely needed some garrisonesque labels to pick up on that Thanks


What Obama said about the arrest wasn't even that bad and it led to the biggest drop in white support of his presidency, that's fucking WILD. God forbid he supports a black man


The soldier with the wedding cake was taking me a minute, until I realized it was two dudes on top of the cake. So since this painting is from 2012, that bit is referring to the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the military in 2011, which made it legal to be openly gay while serving. It used to be in the US military that it was illegal to be gay and they’d go full CSI to track you down. Like military investigators would stake out gay bars to watch for troops, do sting operations, all that. And they explicitly asked you on entry paperwork if you were gay, so if you said no and they caught you blowing a dude, you’d be charged with enlistment fraud on top of everything else. You’d likely serve time and then get a bad discharge that would follow you for life. But Bill Clinton in the 1990s couldn’t get away with totally legalizing homosexuality, so as a partial measure he introduced Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which meant it was still illegal to be gay in the military, but they weren’t allowed to ask you and you weren’t allowed to tell them. And though it wasn’t in the popular name, in my military training they emphasized “Don’t Pursue”, meaning that you should only turn someone in for being gay if totally unavoidable evidence came up. So basically you can’t turn a guy in for having a lisp and some swish or blasting Britney Spears out of his pink Miata or hanging out at Manhole’s downtown (they literally told us “maybe they just have good drink specials, not your business”). So basically leave “probably gay” troops alone unless you flat-out catch them banging someone of the same sex. Long explanation but I thought younger readers might find it interesting perspective. Point is DADT lasted until 2011, then being LGB was legalized, so the artist is lamenting that.


Lol, "The Manhole".


What is “swish”?


The cop with a beer is a reference to Obama’s “Beer Summit” in 2009. A really famous Harvard professor, who was black, came home from an overseas trip and was having trouble with the front door of his house sticking. So he and his driver were trying to work it open, a neighbor called the cops to report a burglary in progress. Cops showed up, the professor was furious that he was accused of burglarizing his own residence and accused the cop of profiling him for being black, and it turned into this whole big dispute, professor got cuffed and taken downtown, then released once it was clear no crime was committed. It was kinda big news, Obama publicly commented that the cop’s behavior was stupid, the right wing got upset, so Obama ended up inviting both the cop and the professor to come to the White House and have a beer to talk it out. Which sounds pretty congenial, but apparently the whole event ended up being the single most detrimental event to Obama’s polling among white people, which is crazy looking back on it. Lots of very topical tiny details in this artist’s paintings. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates_arrest_controversy


thanks for the info :)   > Obama ended up inviting both the cop and the professor to come to the White House and have a beer to talk it out. "y'all want to just come to my house and have a beer over it ?"   > Which sounds pretty congenial, but apparently the whole event ended up being the single most detrimental event to Obama’s polling among white people, which is crazy looking back on it. ah, the good ol' days.


It was amazing how hypocritical that was. Obama, a lawyer, said it’s stupid to escalate a situation and arrest someone for disorderly conduct in their own home, and Republicans howled that Obama insulted all police. Then Trump calls out individuals by name and says the entire FBI is untrustworthy and how cops are thugs, and they said nothing at all.


Because they don't care. They hated Obama because he was a well spoken educated black man. He could have facilitated the return of Christ on earth and they'd hate him for it.


That’s definitely not why most people didn’t like him. That’s just what you were taught in order to make you have a reason to dislike the people who dislike him. I find it funny you follow a propaganda sub and still can’t identify basic forms of propaganda.


Dude Republicans shit all over Obama for wearing a tan suit to a press conference. They hated Obama for the most illogical things, mostly because he was a democrat *and* a well spoken black man


There is a lot more than the tan suit controversy. You just picked that because it’s insignificant. Democrats hated on trump for walking down a ramp slow. I’m sure we could both do this all day. But the argument with Obama and the suit was he wasn’t dressed appropriately for the seriousness of the occasion. Which dems are always so up in arms about being presidential. Not sure why why you didn’t care then about it. Most likely because you weren’t told to care. See how it works?


There are always going to be fringe people from the opposite party that will hate on anything they opposition does. And the ramp thing wasnt even a big deal, it was more used to drive discussion concerning Trumps hypocrisy rather than just mindless nitpicking. The ramp thing was in the beginning of the election campaign cycle where Trump had been shitting on Biden due to his age and 'fragility', then proceeds to walk down a normal grade ramp like a geriatric and then tweeted that it 'was really slippery' afterwards (when literally no one gave it a second thought outside of twitter memes). Kind of a silly situation, but Trump more or less brought it on himself. The Obama tan suit thing was totally ridiculous though. I am not a big Obama fan, I liked him as a person but I dont really remember him being that great of a leader or strong on policy (besides the ACA). However there have been multiple times presidents had worn tan suits, Reagan, Clinton, Obama and Biden have all worn tan suits at various points and none of them have been criticized except for Obama. And its not like 'tan suit gate' was just a daily headline, it ran for the whole week with Fox News and Co running story after story about how a goddamn tan suit made the US look weak, rather than rightly criticizing the 50+ years of disastrous foreign policy that have *actually* made us look weak.


The walking down ramp slow was for issue regarding his health and fragility. Which is similarly to people who question Biden’s old age/health issue. Trump caused more controversy than like all the past presidents from Bush Sr. to Obama combined. It is ok to criticize the president for his failing or raise concern when it is warranted. But for some reason like 30-40% of people in this country cuddle Trump like delusional parents that could see no wrong in the spoiled child that they raised while finding tiny faults and blaming a relatively well behave kids for things that are not within their control. That is a serious problem and why that spoiled child will continue to misbehave.


**[Henry Louis Gates arrest controversy](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates_arrest_controversy)** >On July 16, 2009, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested at his Cambridge, Massachusetts home by local police officer Sgt. James Crowley, who was responding to a 911 caller's report of men breaking and entering the residence. The arrest initiated a series of events that unfolded under the spotlight of the international news media. The arrest occurred just after Gates returned home to Cambridge after a trip to China to research the ancestry of Yo-Yo Ma for Faces of America. ^([ )[^(F.A.Q)](https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiSummarizer/wiki/index#wiki_f.a.q)^( | )[^(Opt Out)](https://reddit.com/message/compose?to=WikiSummarizerBot&message=OptOut&subject=OptOut)^( | )[^(Opt Out Of Subreddit)](https://np.reddit.com/r/PropagandaPosters/about/banned)^( | )[^(GitHub)](https://github.com/Sujal-7/WikiSummarizerBot)^( ] Downvote to remove | v1.5)


If you look closely at the top of the cake, it's two men dressed in tuxedos. So it's criticizing [the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that was implemented in the US military in 2011](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_ask,_don%27t_tell). The man in the military uniform seems to be unhappy or disappointed that he is being forced to eat the cake. The police officer drinking the beer probably refers to the [Henry Louis Gates, Jr arrest controversy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates_arrest_controversy). Mr. Gates, a well known African American professor at Harvard University, was arrested trying to enter his own home. President Obama hosted both Mr. Gates and the arresting officer at the White House, where they sat down and had a beer together.


I understand a lot of these since I was following the news pretty regularly in 2012, but there are a couple interesting ones I can’t figure out: * the Muslim guy burning a book. A Quran wouldn’t make sense, and it looks like two short words so is it “Holy Bible”? And is the toilet part of the same reference (the allegations of throwing a Quran in a toilet at Gitmo)? * who’s the guy to the left of the golf clubs, with his back to us and a bottle in his hand?


I was guessing the guy with the bottle was a Flint reference, but that was 2014, so maybe John here was just anti-fracking until Republicans were in office?


The person holding it does appear to be a black man, but it's a beer-type bottle which would be a kind of odd thing to check your tap water with. So I'm not sure that's it.


Didn't US troops burn a bunch of Qur'ans in Afghanistan, and then throw them into the common trash cans so the Muslims would find them all chopped and burnt, which caused a massive problem for the US?


Apparently the big one in 2012 (the year this painting was made) was the US military stated that a bunch of books at the prison library at Bagram were being used to pass messages between prisoners, so they burned any books with hand-writing in them, which ended up including Qurans. At least in the mainstream version it doesn’t appear they were deliberately trying to incite anyone, but I’m sure there are various theories: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Afghanistan_Quran_burning_protests


**[2012 Afghanistan Quran burning protests](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Afghanistan_Quran_burning_protests)** >The 2012 Afghanistan Quran burning protests was a series of protests of varying levels of violence which took place early in 2012 in response to the burning of Islamic religious material by soldiers from the United States Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. On 22 February 2012, U.S. troops at Bagram Base disposed of copies of the Quran that had been used by Taliban prisoners to write messages to each other. As part of the disposal, parts of the books were burned. Afghan forces working at the base reported this, resulting in outraged Afghans besieging Bagram AFB, raining it with petrol bombs and stones. ^([ )[^(F.A.Q)](https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiSummarizer/wiki/index#wiki_f.a.q)^( | )[^(Opt Out)](https://reddit.com/message/compose?to=WikiSummarizerBot&message=OptOut&subject=OptOut)^( | )[^(Opt Out Of Subreddit)](https://np.reddit.com/r/PropagandaPosters/about/banned)^( | )[^(GitHub)](https://github.com/Sujal-7/WikiSummarizerBot)^( ] Downvote to remove | v1.5)


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Muammar Gaddafi just vibin' on the right.




Gone but not forgotten


Internet, try not to glorify brutal dictators challenge. (Impossible)


I am 100% serious and not sarcastic at all. Glory to President-for-Life Gaddafi in his eternal struggle against Switzerland, the Great Satan.


Man, Jon McNaughton's art is a treasure trove of wild conservative propaganda and talking points. My favorite is the one where Jesus is holding the Constitution. You can look up all of his artwork on his website. The stuff he paints about Trump is hilariously cringey, so grit your teeth a bit before diving in.


His art style really reminds me of religious flyers you find strewn around at bus stops or other public places. The ones with Jesus telling you can turn your life around.


It's like if Norman Rockwell was a Supply-side-Jesus Evangelical.


Bioshock infinite style propaganda


You're probably thinking of [Chick tracts](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_tract). Ironically, although Chick tracts are line-drawn cartoons, their messaging is often less cartoonish than McNaughton's paintings. Chick tracts often involve stories of loss, despair, hope, and redemption in simplistic but nevertheless moving ways. Although I don't agree with the beliefs they espouse, they can be very [entertaining to read](https://www.chick.com/), though they unfortunately tend to include racist, sexist, and homophobic messages.


I think that’s why I think this is terrible propaganda. Good propaganda images tend to pretty focused and direct. This is more propaganda vomit, all the stuff you’ve consumed splattered on canvas.


I agree, but it’s a fantastic historical artifact of a point in time from one faction’s point of view if you can decipher all the symbolism (as some of these comments are doing). I feel like the people who write AP US history exams in 50 years are gonna love this guy


There's even a [interactive one](https://jonmcnaughton.com/one-nation-under-god-interactive/)




That’s how I feel about Zyklon Ben’s cartoons. I like his art style and I can see how they’d be very amusing to people with his particular strain of brainworms.


So many details; I think McNaughton says somewhere that this painting has 60 different references in it. Note on the floor by the cop is a bust of Winston Churchill. There was this whole blow-up when Obama came in, and he was accused of ditching the Churchill bust and giving it back to the British. So Fox and whoever screamed he was dissing our biggest ally. And in the end it turned out the White House still had the same bust of Churchill it's had since the 1950s, it was just moved to another room, and the bust returned was an extra copy that we gave back because it was explicitly a loan to George W. Bush and not a permanent gift to the US. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2012/07/27/fact-check-bust-winston-churchill




Oh, not just President Obama. I'm pretty sure McNaughton hates all black people.




i love McNaughton, he's the answer to the question of "what if Norman Rockwell was a complete f*cking idiot"


McNaughton’s paintings are just chock-full of crazy details. I could’ve sworn I’ve seen a website where you could hover over each point and it would explain the reference, I think on Jon’s official site, but I’m not finding it. For just a few details that jump out at me, the Fort Hood sign is a reference to the 2009 mass shooting there, which conservatives only care about because the shooter was an Army psychiatrist officer who was Muslim. The scattered rifles at the bottom left are referring to the “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal that peaked around 2012. The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) was trying to curb smuggling of guns from the US to Mexico and basically told a bunch of American gun dealers near the border to just let certain shady dudes buy guns because the ATF was surveilling them and tracking the little fish back to the big dealer. But as it turns out it wasn’t very well coordinated, most of the time they lost track of the smugglers, and ultimately a ton of guys who would’ve be kicked out of the gunshop for suspicious behavior were instead allowed to smuggle thousands of guns for months, many of which turned up in later crimes, and several of which were used to kill US law enforcement. So it ended up being a big scandal and Congressional investigation, and conservatives used it to attack Obama despite the practice having begun under Bush.


Operation Fast and Furious was 2009-2011. I hate Bush. But that one’s on Obama.


Aye, but Operation Wide Receiver (its predecessor doing the same action) was under Bush, '06 to '08.


What’s up with the Arizona flag?


This is kind of a stretch, but if you look closely at its left side it appears the AZ flag is on fire. I Googled "2011 Arizona wildfire" and got this, so maybe this is the intent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallow_Fire


Thank you!


Well that’s a pretty bad way to start a conversation


Why is bin Laden there? Obama had bin Laden killed.


Bin Laden is the guy in the framed painting, because this was made in 2012 and Osama was killed in 2011. The Muslim guy on the left burning a book isn’t Bin Laden, as he’s younger and wearing a skullcap rather than a turban.


Nah he captured him and sent him to Cuba to live with 2pac and Bob Dylan


Maybe it was painted before Bin Laden was killed


This painting is 2012, OBL was killed in 2011.


no he didn't lmfao. you in the first grade?


Seal Team Six killed Bin Laden in a raid on his compound approved by President Obama.


yeah totally that was because obama was president


I need a breakdown of what all this is referencing lol


Is actually be interested to see similar artwork for every president.


I can’t even. My cant’s can’t even.


This is what happens when a conspiracy theory-riddled mind just happens to be a talented artist.


Seems pretty tame compared to a poster you could make for the trump presidency. I imagine 500,000 covid deaths and mob storming the Capitol.


McNaughton is still painting and has done a number of Trump works. As you can imagine they all make Trump look totally awesome and not at all fat or orange.


because this poster doesn't show all the people obama drone striked. hint: it's way more than 500k


If you think Obama drone striked 500,000 people, that's 500,000 / (8 years \* 365 days) = 171 people a day, nonstop.


I dont understand the hate for Obama's drone strikes. Like of course the military is going to use the latest technology. If your worried that it killed innocent people, it still happened under trump (if not accelerated) it continues with biden. These strikes happened with bush just with guys in the planes.


Look up Obama 90% to get the full extent of how US drone strikes were allowed to use +1-5 or more civilians as collaterals.


They still do in fact trump got rid of how we label enemy combatants


Yep it’s pretty fucked up


Wow sounds like someone is getting paid by George Soros... /s


yeah sounds about right




I found an article from the council on foreign relations that reads " The 542 drone strikes that Obama authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians." So don't drink too much Koolaide it may impair your critical thinking skills. https://www.cfr.org/blog/obamas-final-drone-strike-data


wow what a trusted source. what's next, fbi or cia stats?


Ok you’re too far gone, so this is pointless but yeah maybe their numbers are off by a few hundred thousand. I hope all the conspiracy theories bring you joy and not pain and suffering and broken relationships. We welcome you back to reality when you’re ready to receive it.


you're calling me too far gone when you trust everything the American government says at face value. Ok sheep


So much going on here!


Mmm. Subtle.


I miss Obama. After he left the US is in ruins


I don’t know who this man is who painted it but something tells me he’s a huge trump supporter maybe even eats pizza crust first that criminal. But on a more serious note if I understand correctly is that muslim men bad? Obama did 9/11, gay marriage bad, Oil bad even though I’m pretty sure President don’t have anything to do with BP and something about cops and immigrants?


> I don’t know who this man is who painted it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McNaughton


I lost a friend in Benghazi, fuck this guy and HC




Juche time there.


I don’t get it.


Anyone know what the rooster signifies? TIA


Rip osama?


Say what you will about Jon, but he's a damn fine artist and knows how to be subtle at least


I’m not even sure what half of this is supposed to be criticizing


This is not propaganda


What, pray tell, should this be considered then in your eyes?


Mental illness?


Say what you will about his political opinions but damn I love his paintings, they're really nice


I don’t mean to plug, I just found it funny that the same [play on words](https://www.reddit.com/r/cursedobama/comments/eg3v9f/truly_an_obamanation_with_that_color_set/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) can mean two different things lol.


And how is it going now? Better?




I can really appreciate the art. That's all I have to say lol


No drones?