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Obama and the Mythical Beasts

Yesterday Wonkette noted Los Angeles CityBeat's Oct. 29 cover, which features the candidate of a major political party seated in Arcadian splendor, being attended by two feral cats, a long-horned goat, and a unicorn.

But the Barack Obama/unicorn meme runs much deeper than that. Two weeks ago, Creative Loafing in Atlanta (owned by the same company as City Paper) published a cover featuring Obama riding a unicorn, presumably on some sort of sacred mission (maybe to rescue CL from bankruptcy?).

Then there's this. And this. And, God help us, this (as far as I know, Cherkis has no plans to get the latter as a tattoo, but he should consider it).

I understand the superimposition of what even a year ago seemed like a fantasy (Obama taking the nomination) with mythical beasts. But what happens when fantasy collides with reality? Will we see more unicorns if Obama wins, or will Bob Barr start riding them?

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  • Scott

    You forgot this:

    Appeared on Willamette Week some months ago.

  • Risawn
  • Carrie the Red

    This is really funny, Beaujon -- glad to see a discussion of the Obama/unicorn phenom. At first it seemed to be about the unlikelihood of him winning, but now it's metamorphosed into commentary about his idealistic platform. I think the unicorn thing has been generated by regular ol' liberals who are going to vote for him, but who (after the absurdity of 2000 and the smoldering, horrified disbelief of 2004) are trying to steel themselves for the possibility of him a) losing or b) (worse) winning, then finding out that Washington politics is its own mythical creature that NO ONE can actually change. We're associating him with unicorns in case the Obama vision hits the Washington wall and vanishes in a poof of smoke ... Irony is far easier than committing. Irony is comforting when faced with the bleak possibilities that we could hope, believe, vote, and still fail.

    On a lighter note, I really wanted to design an Obama/Unicorn 2008 bumper sticker a while ago. At least those liberal elite unicorns probably know when TV was invented.

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