Julian implied the other day that I wouldn't make fun of Barack Obama. I have to say that there are very few things in this world that I won't make fun of, and Obama ain't on that list. Sure, I'm a fan, but I have a job, too. The truth is that it's hard to find a way to make fun of the man. I like to poke the sore spots of politicians when they do something hypocritical or stupid, and so far, Obama has a pretty clean record. During the campaign, the opposition tried to find scandals in his past, but nothing gained any traction. They tried to paint him as a black man, or a Muslim, or an Arab, but the majority of the electorate said, "So what?" The worst criticism they found to throw at Obama is that he's too perfect. Well, that I can latch onto! This "too good to be true" image of Obama came to be represented by a unicorn, which Obama rides, throwing rainbows to and fro, alluding to the fantasy of a peaceful and prosperous world he aspires to. If that's the best mud they can sling, I can go along with it.
I first noticed this meme in July, when JibJab used the imagery in the song It's Time For Some Campaignin', although they were far from the first.
As early as January of 2007, Urban Dictionary had the term "Demicorn", a cross between a democrat donkey and a unicorn. The only definition has a positive slant.
Dan Lacey painted this nude Obama on a unicorn during the primary season.
The right wing hammered the point home, painting Obama as the candidate with his head in the clouds, who promised more than he could deliver. PUMA bloggers used it, also. The left wing willingly joined in the fun. As I said, if this is the best they can do to hurt him, bring it on. Creative Loafing used this image in their 2008 Voter's Guide.
Los Angeles CityBeat painted Obama with a unicorn in the Garden of Eden for their October 29th issue.
No one is sure how this came about, found in a window in Portland, surrounded by normal Obama posters.
There's a painting for sale on eBay right now featuring nude Obama on a unicorn taking the controls of U.S. Air Flight 1549. It's called Hudson River Miracle Painting. It might be by the same artist who painted Obama and his unicorn attacking a Wall Street bear.
Stephen Colbert articulated this view of Obama pretty well after the inauguration. His heart is about to burst because it's full of rainbows.
He didn't have to even mention the unicorn, because everyone already had the image.