In honor of Barack Obama’s 100th day in office, an artist has painted what is just one more rendering of Obama as Jesus Christ complete with crown of thorns. ‘The Truth’ will be unveiled on April 29th in Union Square in New York City. Read more about it below, see photos and watch a video.
No, it’s not some clever blogger’s photoshop or cartoon. It’s a real painting by artist Michael D’Antuono and it’s called ‘The Truth’ in honor of Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office.
The acrylic painting depicts The One appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross with a crown of thorns on his head. He is opening the curtain (much like biblical symbolism of ‘the curtain ripping’ at the crucifixion) revealing the Presidential Seal.
The popular artist, insists he isn’t claiming The One is Messiah, but only inviting ‘individual interpretations’ of his painting. And he generally paints non-political subjects, but felt the need to make a statement.
“Aided by the media, politics has taken a nasty turn in the last decade and I firmly believe that this is one of the underlying causes of our nation’s current problems.”
Once on display in Union Square, the painting will be seen by one viewer at a time behind a voting booth-inspired set up. Kitschy!
Some are saying this painting is controversial. But we’ve seen all this messiah-worship before. This is nothing new except for the fact The One has a flag pin on this time. heh.
“The most important thing we now know about Barack Obama, after nearly 100 days in office, is that he means to confront that way of life directly and profoundly, to exchange sand for rock if he can. Whether you agree with him or not — whether you think he is too ambitious or just plain wrong — his is as serious and challenging a presidency as we have had in quite some time . . .
Perhaps Obama’s most dramatic departure from the recent past is his public presence: cool where George W. Bush seemed hot, fluent where Bush seemed tongue-tied, palliative rather than hortative. Bush would never admit a mistake, but Obama said the words plainly — ‘I made a mistake’ — when his appointment of Tom Daschle as health-care czar tanked, one of the few significant setbacks during his time in office.”
Yes, it IS a mildly amusing article full of fluffly phrases to make Obama sound quite extraordinary. But as you can see, they simply can’t praise The One without beating up former President George W. Bush. Pathetic really.
Update: Artist Michael D’Antuono has cancelled the planned public unveiling of his latest work “The Truth” at NYC’s Union Square Park on The One’s 100th day in office due to overwhelming public outrage. The artist’s decision was based in part to the thousands of emails and phone calls; online blogs and other public commentary received in the first 48 hours following its release.
More photos and a video of ‘Obama as Jesus Christ’ are below.
The Truth Painting: Obama as Jesus Christ Video