Saturday, August 05, 2017

'The Forgotten Man" by Jon McNaughton, 2010. The painting was recently purchased by Sean Hannity.

"The Forgotten Man"

It’s a dismal-looking picture: “The Forgotten Man,” painted, in 2010, by the Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton and bought, last month, by the Fox host Sean Hannity. But, then, dismalness is its subject. With the White House in a crepuscular background, its flag at half-staff, all forty-four U.S. Presidents are gathered behind and to the sides of a hunky, hangdog young white guy, who sits on a park bench. He is, in the artist’s words, “distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future.” The proximate cause of his blues is a smug Barack Obama, who appears in the scene with arms folded as he steps on the first page of the Constitution. The ground is littered with dollar bills—a reference to excessive government spending. (The painting was occasioned, McNaughton told BuzzFeed, by the Affordable Care Act.) Most of the former chief executives look on blandly, but some heroes among them—mainly Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan—react with evident concern for the young guy and with dismay toward Obama, while a few villains, notably F.D.R. and Bill Clinton, applaud. James Madison leans forward, seemingly bent on rescuing the Constitution from ignominy.
Subsequent McNaughtons include paintings of Obama burning the Constitution, cheerily golfing as an atom bomb goes off behind him, and otherwise misbehaving.

“The Forgotten Man” points to the rise and possible consolidation of a new nationalist, anti-cosmopolitan, anti-élitist élite, one that co-opts modern art’s cynosures of energy and novelty to express and inspire a militantly rightist agenda. (The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl, December 24, 2016. Read more.)

Trump’s Lies

President Trump’s political rise was built on a lie (about Barack Obama's birthplace). His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifying under oath about Trump's “lies, plain and simple.”
There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant.
We have set a conservative standard here, leaving out many dubious statements (like the claim that his travel ban is “similar” to Obama administration policy). Some people may still take issue with this standard, arguing that the president wasn't speaking literally. But we believe his long pattern of using untruths to serve his purposes, as a businessman and politician, means that his statements are not simply careless errors.
We are using the word “lie” deliberately. Not every falsehood is deliberate on Trump's part. But it would be the height of naïveté to imagine he is merely making honest mistakes. He is lying.
Trump told public lies or falsehoods every day for his first 40 days...
(The New York Times, Updated July 21, 2017. Read more + list of lies since Jan. 21)

A New Low
A New Shame

1 comment:

JiEL said...

A TOTAL MORON elected by its same base: USA MORONS that deserve such a BAD president.

USA «SANE» people have to wake up soon and fast because it's getting worst and worst every single day of his «presidency».

He is making «USA MEANER» again as in the times of black slavery.