*in the form of a visual précis*
Peter Beinart, in his satiric cartoon-styled drawing of Barack Obama for his TIME magazine article released on November 24th, 2008, depicts an ironic and farcical image during the time in which Barack Obama presented a set of ideals similar to that from the New Deal during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt specifically established to aid and support the minorities and lower classes of society. The visual utilizes contrast in body proportion and the arrangement of the subjects in the cartoon in order to further emphasize the ulterior meaning of the cartoon, and Beinart was able to create an ironic and criticizing perspective of Barack Obama with his surreal, liberal ideals. Beinart was able to support this statement by first using the two main and significant aspects in this cartoon with both the use of body proportion and the arrangement of the subjects, then through the use of putting Barack Obama in a pose mimicking one of that of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt to emphasize the ‘irony’ and ‘standards’ Obama had in order to achieve the necessary and desired results; then with the arrangement of the subjects in the photo, Beinart wanted to create an analogy between President Barack Obama and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which he participated in the space race against the USSR during the time of the New Deal. And that with Roosevelt’s success, Obama is expected to be either just as successful or even better. Beinart’s purpose is to express to American society, through irony and satire, to see the similarities between the ideology of President Barack Obama and President Franklin D. Roosevelt and that though Obama’s ideas may be liberal and promising that if the desired results are not obtained, then there would be significant consequences. He adopts a feeling of condescension and zeal for the general American populace and specifically the U.S. federal government.
Does President Barack Obama have similar views and ideals like those of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt? And if so, would Obama be considered as a socialist like many people viewed Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was in presidency?
What do you think?