TRAIL MIX: Obama and ‘New Yorker,’ McCain and Teddy Roosevelt

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Top stories from the campaign trail, as delivered by newspaper Web sites.

‘New Yorker’s Muslim Obama Cover Incendiary or Satire?
Top of the Ticket
Los Angeles Times
By Andrew Malcolm

As noted by Andrew Malcolm in his post at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket, “now comes another unwelcome development for Obama’s camp. The cover of this week’s New Yorker magazine depicts Obama in one-piece Muslim garb and headdress fist-bumping his booted, Afro-wearing wife Michelle in camo clothes with a rifle and ammo-belt slung over her shoulder beneath a portrait of Osama bin Laden while the American flag burns in the fireplace — in the presidential Oval Office.” The post-publication question is whether or not readers will see the cover as a satirical depiction of the image of Obama promulgated by the right, or as a “tasteless and offensive” caricature of a man who may take the country’s top job. Read Malcolm’s post for reaction from both the Obama and McCain campaigns.

Obama to Donors: I’m Skinny but I’m Tough
The Trail
The Washington Post
By Perry Bacon Jr.

Obama “showed off his sharp elbows” at a fundraiser in San Diego stating “Well, I’m worried we Democrats — sometimes we get too soft. We’re always on the defensive, and these folks are going to play mean and they’re going to play nasty,” according to a post by Perry Bacon Jr. at The Washington Post’s The Trail. Obama’s response to the Republicans’ “mean” and “nasty” ways? “Listen, I’m skinny but I’m tough.” Also, check out Bacon Jr.’s post to find out what Obama recently had to say about McCain’s perspective on Iraq.

Schwarzenegger Said He Would Accept an Obama Appointment
The Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal
By Melanie Trottman

The Terminator-turned-California-Governor may soon be back — but with a different job title. As posted by Melanie Trottman at The Wall Street Journal’s Wire, “on ABC’s ‘This Week’ with George Stephanopoulos, Schwarzenegger wasn’t shy in his response to a question of whether he’d consider an energy-related cabinet position in a Barack Obama administration.”

John McCain Looking to Teddy Roosevelt
The Swamp
The Chicago Tribune
By Jill Zuckerman

John McCain enjoys long hikes, bird watching, and isn’t shy to extract cactus thorns from his friends when necessary. Indeed, “in many ways, McCain’s Arizona weekends are a reflection of himself, but also one of his favorite presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, a naturalist, taxidermist, hunter, explorer and father of what later became the National Park Service,” according to Jill Zuckerman’s post at the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. In fact, McCain speaks frequently about Roosevelt and is a “real admirer of T.R,” noting that he hopes he can “uphold some of his traditions of standing up for average citizens in this hotbed of influence by special interests.”

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