As I looked upon the chair

As I looked upon the chair
I saw a pres who wasn’t there!
He wasn’t there again today,
Thank the Lord he’s gone away!

The poem, such as it is, is my own adaptation from William Hughes Mearns, but the picture I owe to SDA and Clint Eastwood

AND NOW THESE AS WELL: Many more takes on the portraits at Powerline: THE WEAK IN PORTRAITS: OBAMA EDITION, but without the poetry.

 

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45 Responses to As I looked upon the chair

  1. JohnA

    You have adapted it from an old ditty, but I grant that you have added significant creativity – something missing from the portraits of the ex_POTUS and ex_FLOTUS.

  2. stackja

    Wiley identifies as gay.

    Explains much.

  3. OldOzzie

    Superb and Thanks Baldrick – a Winner as well

  4. Up The Workers!

    I note that in Baldrick’s version of the painting, Obama still has his jocks on.

    That clearly explains the important role of Joe Bidet in the Obama Maladministration.

  5. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    At least a wall of wallpaper would have stood up to Iran and moved when Syria crossed over that line in the sand.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    The memers have been working overtime!

    The Weak in Portraits: Obama Edition

    The good news is that the Obama portraits are already coming in for heavy mockery from all sides, and hence providing Power Line with a surfeit of material for a modified, special Tuesday edition of “the Weak in Pictures.” We begin with the real articles, and then descend from there.

    😀

  7. Tel

    Obama talked the good talk in 2008, ending wars, not starting new ones, I’m pretty sure “draining the swamp” got a mention all the way back then… and I will once again point out the other choice would have been John McCain.

    Once he became President, the story changed quite a bit. His signature deliverable was Obamacare which was an attempt to mix socialized medicine with free market insurance, while trying to pretend that no one would be worse off. Very disappointing, but I still think John McCain would have been worse.

  8. John Bayley

    Very disappointing, but I still think John McCain would have been worse.

    I tend to agree, but then again I think that the choices have been stuck between “poor & mediocre”/”leaves a lot to be desired” for quite some time now.

    Dubya/Kerry
    McCain/Obama
    Romney/Obama
    Trump/Clinton

    In other words, it’s been a pick between cuck & big government conservative/statist/socialist/crook/bufoon (I realise that for some people here Trump can do no wrong, but let’s be real please!)

    And that seems to be the case pretty much wherever one looks, not just in the USA. Our upcoming choice between Malcolm and Peanut Head falls squarely into the “poisoned chalice” category, too.

  9. H B Bear

    These affirmative action hires really aren’t working.

  10. Malcolm

    You really have to be perverted, naive and be obsessed with Obama to put up such a clearly fake photo. Your hero would say fake news and in this case he’d be right.

    Obama is a much better public speaker, and much more humorous speaker than Trump. He was also a far better president. You know I’m right Kates, one day you will admit your error of Trump advocacy.

    Here is the real painting: https://goo.gl/images/U8G3yv

    So why don’t you check your sources for their veracity Kates? I hope your academic work shows more rigour, although I doubt it. You really are a crank.

  11. wozzup

    Very ironic. It looks as if Leftists are as shit at art as they are at governing. All in all, a very apt choice of artist – history’s worst portrait painter for history’s worst President.

  12. Oh come on

    Awww Malcolm still butthurt?

  13. H B Bear

    Obama is a much better public speaker, and much more humorous speaker than Trump.

    Ah yes, the soaring oration of the Kenyan, the Teleprompter-in-Chief. But what happens when things go wrong?

  14. Infidel Tiger

    Malcolm sounds like he would be a riot at parties.

  15. Oh come on

    Who the hell conceived the Bill Clinton crotch thrust picture?

    As for the spoofs, I like the Franken sex weasel grope one the best.

  16. candy

    I like the portraits of the Obamas. Michelle Obama looks feminine, pensive. The flowing skirt is a really nice touch.
    And B. Obama is given a strong face on a gentle background. A pleasant contrast.

    Nice artwork, to my mind.

  17. Trump’s portrait will be painted in the style of Goya.

  18. a happy little debunker

    My gods,

    The man is a mutant, with at least 5 fingers on his left hand – AND what hands they are, nearly as big as his forearms.

    BTW – What is up with that chair?

  19. Pedro the Ignorant

    Nice artwork, to my mind.

    Candy.

    Ahahahahaahahahaha.

    Both are bloody awful.

    Tasteless and cartoonish rubbish that look like they were done by 5th graders.

  20. mh

    You really have to be perverted, naive and be obsessed with Obama to put up such a clearly fake photo.

    I hope this is a fake personality. I would not wish to meet them.

  21. Confused Old Misfit

    Aw Pedro! Be fair! Anything that can make anybody think that Michelle Obama looks “feminine” has to have a tiny bit of merit!

  22. Louis Hissink

    Looks like a handy painting to decorate some entry foyer in a DC Mac Mansion.

  23. James of the Glens

    “Nice …”

    My mother taught me to never say “nice”.

  24. Given that most Democrats are little more than cartoon characters nowadays, what do you expect?

  25. manalive

    Obama is a much better public speaker …

    In public Obama spoke – in four word or so – short phrases – in the same way – actor Michael Caine – delivered his lines, both are lost without a prompter.
    The Powerline reproduction of Sutherland’s Churchhill portrait doesn’t do it justice, it was an impressive work, why commission an artist whose style of work is not appreciated by the sitter?
    Churchill was many things but “a talented painter in his own right” wasn’t one of them.

  26. Mother Lode

    Ummmm….this is not fake news. It is detail of the real portrait.
    The official portrait of the last US President before the God Emperor has jizz on his face.
    A fitting end for Barry.

    Gives him that ‘Come hither’ look.

  27. Mother Lode

    Aw Pedro! Be fair! Anything that can make anybody think that Michelle Obama looks “feminine” has to have a tiny bit of merit!

    She doesn’t look more feminine. She just looks less masculine.

    And not much less.

    She still looks like she could one handedly lift up the entire White House at one end when searching under it for a chocolate eclair she mislaid.

  28. Mother Lode

    Obama was an appalling public speaker.

    When reading a speech it was always in short clipped phrases. And there are people who described his speaking as mellifluous? Whatever the topic his speeches always ended up being about him. He was not able to engage in a shared experience – he thought everything little thing he did was momentous. Only his fans would have been interested, and they have already started to forget him.

    And, frankly, his voice itself seemed to cone from someone secret cavity in his head. There was no body to it – although I expect that really only stood out to me because he said so little.

    His wit and quips were only ever pithy. Never insightful. There will be no reason to remember anything he said, except as revealing exceptional ignorance (“The 1980’s called. They want their foreign policy back.” And we now have a special investigation into Russians interfering in the very electoral process) or utter duplicity (“If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”).

    Even Dubya could deliver lines like “the soft bigotry of low expectations”, which encapsulated so much so concisely that we still use the expression.

    And his extemporising was painful. Yammering, stuttering, long ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’, changing thoughts mid-sentence.

    His gift for speaking was just part of the packaging to make it seem like they had a great visionary – almost an evangelical.

    He was an egotistical clusterfuck.

  29. The only thing that anyone should consider is can you imagine what things would be like if Hillary had won?

  30. cuckoo

    Obama was an appalling public speaker.

    He was okay delivering scripted gags at things like the Washington correspondents’ dinner. Just like most Presidents. But I never heard him deliver an unscripted quip that was actually funny. Unlike Trump. Trump made a crack at Davos that had the room laughing and the news report I saw cut the laughter and instead inserted some vision (taken who knows where, when?) showing unsmiling journalists in an audience, as proof that jokes that go down well in Trump rallies bomb in an audience of international sophisticates. Who ya gonna trust? Our montage or your own lyin’ ears?

  31. Confused Old Misfit

    Motherload: I am in complete agreement with you!
    In both posts.
    Pedro: I agree with your opinion of the portraits.
    Although I would classify them as cartoons.

  32. The BigBlueCat

    Malcolm
    #2636677, posted on February 14, 2018 at 9:42 am
    You really have to be perverted, naive and be obsessed with Obama to put up such a clearly fake photo. Your hero would say fake news and in this case he’d be right.

    The difference is, however, that this picture is clearly aimed at mocking the portrait, Obama and the artist, while CNN (and others) actively go about undermining the current POTUS with news stories that are clearly false narrative (classic examples being the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, and the feeding of the Koi in Japan).

    Malcolm, it appears that humour is wasted on you (unless it comes from the Chaser boys and involves conservative journalists and dogs).

  33. Bruce

    And the background vegetation is all wrong for Presidential “choom”.

  34. Jannie

    Michelle’s portrait is kind of cool. Something between Marue Antionette and Postmodern Southern Belle.

    Baracks portrait is kind of funny. Like he is sitting down the bottom of the garden with his faery mates, the green gremlins.

    They are apt historical snapshots.

  35. notafan

    The background wallpaper isn’t suitable for a presidential portrait though I like it in general, would be great in my bathroom.

    No doubt we’ll be seeing it for a while.

    Michelle’s is of some young generic African American, it’s not a portrait.

  36. Tel

    Michelle’s portrait is kind of cool. Something between Marue Antionette and Postmodern Southern Belle.

    The portrait is quite attractive, but looks nothing like Michelle Obama. I guess some degree of idealization was traditional for royalty back in the day… we seem to be coming back to that again. Doesn’t work as well when there’s an Internet full of photos to compare with.

  37. Linden

    The best thing Obama did was to keep dear ole Hilary from ever becoming President, really he should of done the gentlemanly thing and stood down instead of up and let Hilary go first!

  38. Rae

    Steve, I think it’s quite sad that you are so fixated on the former POTUS.

  39. hzhousewife

    They are apt historical snapshots.

    Cartoons which would be quite at home in the Bald Archy’s.

  40. The portrait is quite attractive, but looks nothing like Michelle Obama.

    I will take your word for it Tel, I would not be able to pick her out of a line of similar looking suspects. Even with my glasses on.

  41. Empire

    Look, Barry is a pimp, so his portrait was always going to offend the high brow crowd.

    I have to ask though, the real painting, is it finished?

    Where is the power cable and the electrodes for the chair?

  42. mh

    Obama spoke in a similiar way to the actor playing Chopper in Underbelly Chopper.

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