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America’s Greatest Artist Jon McNaughton’s New Painting May Be Too Subtle

There's no rollover explanation of the wedding cake with two dudes on it. We'll never know what it symbolizes now!Like the dude in that great Gahan Wilson cartoon, Jon McNaughton just paints what he sees. And judging by the apparent popularity of his work with at least some segment of Real America, his optic nerve is wired directly into the right-wing id. Still, one wonders: is it possible that McNaughton may at some point commit an act of artistic overreach, some grandiose hubristic mess like Francis Ford Coppola’s One From The Heart, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, or Jerry Lewis’s The Day The Clown Cried?

It is perhaps too soon to judge whether McNaughton’s latest achievement, “Obamanation (One Painting That Says It All),” will be the artist’s crazy-old-man-yelling-at-a-chair moment, but at least we can say with absolute certainty that it is accurately titled: it contains “sixty symbols” of “the subtle, mindless, radical and dangerous atrocities of the Obama administration.” Mr. McNaughton says that he produced this work in “an undisclosed studio” so he could “paint privately, without interruption” and possibly because he is such a powerful enemy of socialism that he feared Obama’s death robots would vaporize him with their abortion lasers or something.

But Mr. McNaughton is not afraid of criticism! He also has a challenge — nay, a DARE — for the viewer, and this challenge is far more intellectually challenging than the challenge of finding Waldo or looking for the hidden “Ninas” in a Hirschfeld caricature!

To those who scoff or wish to trivialize this painting, I challenge you… I DARE YOU… study the links of the various symbols and metaphors that you see. There are over 60 in the painting. No person can analyze this image and learn about these facts and still, in good conscience, vote for Obama in 2012…

Take the Challenge! If you still choose Obama, congratulations…you’re a part of the Obamanation

If only people would open their eyes to Mr. McNaughton’s obvious truths! We find his earnest certainty of this rather endearing, because it reminds us of that one time we posted an image of Mitt Romney with a funny caption on our Facebook page and then all our Mob Wars friends knew they should not vote for Mitt Romney. (And speaking of Mittens, he is depicted here, kneeling for some reason behind Obama’s shoe-desecrated desk and holding a $1 bill, which The Artist says is “to imply—lets talk about saving our economy!” Because there’s no way that dollar could remind anyone of any other Romney image, right? Oh, also, Obama eats dogs but hypocritically joked about Seamus. The horror!)

Anyway, McNaughton also made a video that will make you laugh, so here that is:

There are just so many wonderful things embedded in the rollover explanations on Mr. McNaughton’s fine-art painting thing; too many to mention in this post (and that is what the Wonkettariat is for, after all). Oh! There is a bridge in the upper right corner! “Bridge (You didn’t build that!). Yes, President Obama, I painted this by myself.” Yes, because painting an image of a bridge is exactly like how entrepreneurs build their own bridges and roads and…uh…this doesn’t even make sense as a misquote of Obama, does it?

Perhaps someone will do alternate captions for “Obamanation,” like David Willis (of the fine webcomic “Shortpacked!”) did for “One Nation Under God” back in the day. We will simply point out that cramming too many “symbols” into a single image can lead to idiocy like this: See that little tiny plant sprouting out of the concrete (by the sad drunk beer-summit cop’s foot)? McNaughton has this biologically improbable explication:

You will notice that the oil spill quietly funnels into a crack in the ground and eventually leads to small green sprout. Just as the oil will eventually become clean waters and wetlands again, so shall our country become clean again. But this may, like the small sprout, require an act of God.


[McNaughton Fine Art]

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  1. Barbara_

    "Free abortion on demand"
    Why didn't the artist give a phone number or address for this location? This would have come in handy.

    And ladies want to carpool?

    1. AbandonHope_

      You know what? If I get banned right now, I really don't give a damn. You're being an obsessive little fuck, and you need to shut up.

      1. CapnFatback

        Oh, you won't get banned; you're on the right side of history.

        EDIT: Er, I meant herstory, of course. Or hysteria. Either works.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Don't invite that cop, though. He's already had a few and he's a weepy drunk. Don't want him to spoil the party mood.

    2. drewehartnyc

      @Barbara_ Hello. I am a long time reader of Wonkette, but have never commented until now. Barb, when I read an article, the first thing I do is look for your comments – I love your sense of humor and find you one of the most enjoyable aspects of this site. I don't know what Extemporanus is talking about nor do I care – I ignore people like him and so should you – keep the humor up! Love from NYC (well sort of love, I am a gay boy, so I think girls are icky),


    3. Chet Kincaid_


      So, your research has shown that if one is insanely jealous over the valueless upfists and pee-points someone else acquires in an arbitrary commenting system, and that person is a little Internet-unsavvy and a little naive about giving away too much of herself online, then stalking her and ridiculing her in multiple media can goad her into making some inadvertently unfair accusations. Well done! You are the J. Edgar Hoover of comment data-mining! The coordinated effort it took to deliver the goods on this notorious Internet criminal is…quite something. Have you got everybody's comments indexed in your precious files? I've forgotten something I said 7,000 comments ago.

      I think I liked you better when you got your yucks making cracks about "little girls' swimsuit areas."

      1. CapnFatback

        Let's see if you're peeking in.

        Chet, I hope you don't disregard as mere lip service my admission that over the years, I have enjoyed your snark. No doubt, I love that you wear Chicago–my hometown also–on your sleeve. And when your sanctimonious dressing-downs come from a place of nobility and are supported by the circumstances, they are a delight to read. However, when you rebuke with tongue in cheek without fully understanding the context, when you invent wholesale a person's intention for action and couple it with–hilarious, to be sure–hyperbole, when you dismiss the ugliness of the truth ("that person is a little Internet-unsavvy and a little naive about giving away too much of herself online"–cue Scooby-Doo "HUH?" double-take) and cover it up with a fucking character shot disguised as a snarked comment ripped from context, well, now, you have exercised such denial and projection that you could very well change your name to Reince and gin up a campaign to profess that Barack Obama should be ashamed for getting us into Afghanistan.

        Of course, I could be misunderstanding your intentions. Perhaps you meant yours to be a reply to the lead comment of the thread.

        1. SorosBot

          Uh, no; I thunk we can all understand how a bunch of assholes have been horribly stalking and harassing Barb, and trying to chase her off of the comments here, for no reason except, as far as I can tell, for the crime of being funnier than them on the internet while having the temerity to have a vagina instead of a penis. And quite frankly, all those shitheads should just fuck off and knock that shit off.

          1. CapnFatback

            I'm glad that you decided to share what you thunk, SB, as I tried to reach out to you before. Your assertions are wildly inaccurate. The imagined misogyny would be just darling–as I am fairly certain there are Vaginal-Wonks among those whom you may consider "the enemy"–if throwing around claims of it so cavalierly weren't quite dangerous. Here's where I'll play Clinton to your Romney. A challenge to you, my friend:

            1) Show me evidence that misogyny is in play.
            2) Show me evidence that this "bunch of assholes" is acting out of jealousy toward "funnier" comments. I'd also love to hear your opinion on what makes a comment funny.
            3) Define "stalking and harassing." Because I'd bet I could make a better argument about who has been engaging in "stalking and harassing" than you can.

            I cannot for the life of me understand how you and others are so good at calling out the bullshit when it comes billowing out of the mouths and Twitter feeds of those on the right–how demanding everyone is for claims based on logic, and reason, facts–and yet you could post such scurrilous and spurious tripe like what's above without a second thought. C'mon, you're better than that, man.

    1. mrpuma2u

      Someone brought a Yule tree and assault rifles to the last meet-up? I gotta get me in on some of that action.

        1. MittBorg

          Hey, sweetpea! Unfortunately, not yet. They did an initial spray of the furniture, and a bunch of beetles fell out with their frass and died all over the floor, so that's what I've been doing for the past few days, vacuuming (ew) the little fuckers up and trying to breathe. We went with the environmentally safe alternative, but don't let anybody tell you it won't fucking TRY to kill you. The cats are all freaked, too. And the guys are coming back this weekend to dig a trench somewhere around (Jeezus, I'll have to put on pants, for fucks sake) and pump stuff in to get the subterranean bugs. Little dead things keep falling out of the furniture. Yich. Well, the non-teak furniture. Teak is pretty resistant.

          One of the doors has serious rot, so it's gotta be replaced. (bugs. Termites, to be exact. Assholes.) And some of the windows too. Not thrilled about this, but hey. Life is what it is. Right? C'mere, gimme a hug and make me feel better like the sweet pretty lady that you are! (squeezes the LittleStar most mightily)

          1. redarmyzombie

            Yeesh! That, ah, must have been quite some bug problem.

            A couple years back when my sis was moving out of her apartment, we put some pine-sol on the floor, and two hours later there were dead roaches EVERY-where!

          2. MittBorg

            YERK! It is not permitted to use the word "roach" in my presence. I have a real *thing* about cleanliness in human-infested space.

            No these were powder-post beetles. The spousal unit is an entomologist of the amateur variety and recognized them by their frass. Imagine our delight when the bug dood showed up and agreed with the assessment. I wouldn't have given a shit except they were in my great big bookshelf which contains over a thousand books, most of which are mighty, weighty, "AHT" type bookie-thingies, you know, with the fancy-ass paper and AHTY covers and shit, and they would make a godawful pain in the ass of a mess if they all came cascading down onto a giant pile of beetle frass. Expensive, too. I might have to give some of them up soon. (sobs heartbrokenly)

            Apparently our "rural" enclave is a veritable paradise for wood-eating bugs. Mostly the outside is redwood which is good and resistant, but things like doors and windows, which USED to be made of heartwood redwood, are nowadays made of farmed fir and pine, which are just like little hand-printed beetle dinner invitations. The bookcase was Mexican pine, and I never did stain it because I liked the oiled rubbed look. Shoulda oiled the whole fucking thing to death. We saved it though. Now I'm thinking about which books to give up. (sobs some more.)

          3. redarmyzombie

            Yeah, my sister used to live in a hellhole. If I remember correctly, there was a family-run catering service directly underneath her apartment, which URGH!! *shivers*

            I am so sorry, Mittborg. Books are a terrible thing to waste. Is there no way to save them?

          4. MittBorg

            Oh, no, they're mostly fine. The beetles just damaged the wood some, but we got it in time. At least the guy said it wasn't too bad, haha. Of course, when you're vacuuming up frass by the ton, it always seems worse. I just meant I'll have to give them up because I have too many books. It's just ridiculous how many goddamn books there are in this house. Every room has at least two bookshelves, they're mostly floor to ceiling, and books are crammed and stacked in various formations. It's not good for the books (damages the spines), and really there's no point in having a thousand books that you will never read again, no matter how beautiful they are to look at.

          5. redarmyzombie

            Oh, well, still a sad thing nonetheless. Perchance you have a friend or relative who'd be willing to take them? One who isn't a shithead, of course. I have NO shortage of those in my family…

            But yes, books. I love books. Worked at the library while in high school, and I loved every moment of it, even when I was bored beyond tears. Why? Books, that's why!

      1. An_Outhouse

        doh! of course it is. He's sneaky that way, incapacitating the public safety officers so his thugs can do what they will.

  2. ElPinche

    I guess that's supposed to be me with a shovel..except I'd be sitting next to that cop with that yummy pitcher of Tecate.

    Btw, it is possible to make a painting in ALL CAPS.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      No, no, no. It's carefully constructed SYMBOLISM. It's all so incredibly and thoughtfully SUBTLE.

      So are the rambling, standard talking-point CAPTIONS, explaing IN GREAT DETAIL exactly what each and every SYMBOL means.

      This is how you have to do it your target audience is made up entirely of MORONS.

  3. FakaktaSouth

    Well, he's definitely coming from the Republican's most honest side with their best symbol of all – Not a female in the whole group. Not even being a murdering rape victim. Just, invisible, like we are supposed to be.

      1. MittBorg

        It's really hard to hear when these ladies start flapping their vagina lips. You can't tell WTF they're saying. Ladies, take off your panties and say that again. Bet we can ALL hear you then.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Half-a-face, short hair with a trench coat? Who would legitimately rape that? Okay then, I'll defer to your superior art-analysis.

    1. Arborista

      I'm not going to that web site to see what crazy things the crazy artiste says about stuff, but since I'm old-fashioned, I think art should speak with its own voice. Regardless of what the subtitle says, I'm pretty sure that the patient on the gurney is a victim of a botched illegal abortion…

      I'm actually kinda glad that our gender hasn't been defiled by this man's "artistic vision".

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I thought about that, but then I figured it was either a victim of the war in Afghanistan PresO started, or a victim of Obamacare's, um, making it half way possible to die on an actual gurney?

        1. AbandonHope_

          Perhaps its a victim of the war in Iran that the Big O didn't start. You know, like, the soldier was so crushed he couldn't go kill some Muslins he just keeled over, dead.

          Makes about as much sense as the rest of this cacophonous train wreck, anyway.

    2. MittBorg

      Well, see, unlike those dumb DIMocratic broads, you KNOW this shit, and make yourself invisible, like you're supposed to be.

      Those goddamn bitches actually took their VAGINAS up there and paraded them on stage under hot klieg lights and stuff.

    3. Tingomonkey

      The sad thing is, that if there's something that is obvious about this painting it's that the "artiste" is insane, but not in the Pollock way, this is the insanity of a very dull person.

    4. Not_Mother

      The lone, blood-on-her-hands, activist female in this masterpiece is standing in front of the U.N. with a "grateful" sign that reads "free abortion on demand–thank you President Obama." The guy I thought was Bernie Madoff standing right next to her is…Soros! And who could miss the yellow caution sign ( riddled with bullet holes) of the eye-legal mother dragging at least one daughter into the Promised Land? Dude covered most of the bases.

  4. CapnFatback

    McNaughton's symbolism is so rich. The kneeling priest, contemplating taking birth control, smartly portrays the religious right's bafflement with how ladyparts work.*

    *Re-posted from Wonkville.

    1. tessiee

      Do you mean the silver-haired man kneeling in front of the lectern, who appears to be puzzling over a pack of birth control pills?
      I thought that was supposed to be Bill Clinton.

  5. elviouslyqueer

    I'm still trying to work through the symbolism of Jeremiah Wright. Is he an actual cock, or does he symbolize Barry's deep love of cock? I haz a confuse!

    1. T3rbo

      Yeah, what the hell got into this guy's brain? I kept moving my mouse around, thinking I was in the wrong spot. The 'artist' should really adjust his meds. Or stop huffing gas, whatever.

  6. WhatTheHolyHeck

    Man, that veteran with the flag sucks. He can't even mourn his lost benefits without the aid of a teleprompter.

  7. AbandonHope_

    I can't wait until Obama wins and this fucker's head explodes with all the others. I will laugh, and laugh, and laugh, all the way to the Gay Muslim Mexican UN Abortionplex.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      I just hope we get enough of congress back so the Republicans don't have the opportunity to run this country into the ground by doing nothing but endless symbolic votes to criminalize abortion de-fund the health insurance reform.

    1. YasserArraFeck

      Like bringing out a line of handpainted rolls of tough, yet soft and absorbent toilet paper? He could become "The Painter Of Light Where The Sun Don't Shine"

    1. schvitzatura

      God's little bacteriological wonders p. aeruginosa will eat the oil and excrete clean water and wetlands from their teeny tiny little bug bums.

    1. actor212

      I could have sworn Caravaggio footnoted his cherubs. And if I'm not mistaken, Wyeth went to great pains to paint an entire paragraph about how Christina had polio in his famous "Christina's World, As Told To Andrew Wyeth"

  8. SoBeach

    "Some may say this painting is controversial…"

    …Who? Who will say that? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Others may say it's a childish rant composed by man of below average intelligence.
      Still others may say the only wall fit for this shit on canvas work is an executive bathroom at Koch Industries.

      BTW—Why is a plane flying into the UN building? Do wingnuts think crashing jetliners into buildings in the the name of rightwing ideology a good thing?

    2. tessiee

      "Some may say this painting is controversial…"

      and some may say it's preaching to the choir.

      the latter group would be correct.

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    How come black guy gets the shovel? Little bit of projection going on there, methinks. And where is his hoodie?

    1. fatbob54

      It's because he's sitting down. If he'd just get up off his blah ass he'd find some work, but no, he's lazy.

    2. Doktor Zoom

      Don't you see? It is about the failure of the Stimulus, which was supposed to be for "Shovel-Ready" projects but actually did NOTHING! Haha, it is a visual pune, or play on words, involving a shovel! And no actual pun!

    1. T3rbo

      Have you looked at this idiot's other paintings, the ones where he can't just slap a bunch of nonsense on canvass? Think about how terrible a painting with just that obama featured would be. This guy has to stick to massive amounts of bad in one frame so you don't notice the lack of talent or technique.
      This is total crap: I am guessing that a bunch of kind hearted people bought this goof's paintings at church sales, and the guy got the wrong message. They probably thought the 'artist' had something wrong with his brain, and look what happened.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Wait, that has no captions at all! I do not know what to think about it!

        McNaughton, McNaughton, why hast thou forsaken me?

  10. ChillBill

    I went to a customer's office last year to work on some "issues" they were reporting with my company's software. I was forced to spend the day with this Robin Williams, child molesting looking motherfucker, stuck in a 3×6 office cubicle. He kept complaining about how the software did not work, crashed or installed properly, but he did not have any evidence to prove it. And yes, he had a big Jon McFuckingNaughton painting, which basically covered half of his cubicle.

    1. freakishlywrong

      How oh how did you refrain from not punching him in the crotch, Chill? Other than that pesky "jawb" thing?

    2. Terry

      You should have told him that his computer issues were obviously a virus developed by muslins and socialists that he picked up while reading patriotic web pages.

    3. tessiee

      Ask him if his computer was plugged in, and if he tried turning it off and back on, like the help desk guys always do.

      It probably wouldn't have helped you, but it would have aggravated him.

  11. UnholyMoses

    My son did something similar, but it was centered on Star Wars, with some dinosaurs thrown.

    Because, ya know, they're dinosaurs.

    We put it on the fridge.

  12. Stevola

    I saw a lot of Bush failures in that "painting." But what he really seems to be saying is that President Obama has a big cock.

  13. Ruhe

    Of course Mitt is holding a dollar! Did you forget the final image of Atlas Shrugged? John Galt, while holding his temporary girl friend Dagney by his side, triumphantly traces the dollar sign with his finger onto the broad and newly freed American sky? And the message of that gesture is clear: America will now conform to my crazy fantasy of it.
    That seems to be how this painting works too; a petulant, irrational demand that the world conform to your own inner "A Boy and His Dog" fantasies.

    1. tessiee

      "That seems to be how this painting works too; a petulant, irrational demand that the world conform to your own inner "A Boy and His Dog" fantasies."

      *kisses bunched-together fingertips*
      Sheer perfection.

  14. OneYieldRegular

    50 shades of awesome! (Btw, I just saw Heaven's Gate again for the first time in decades, and found it actually surprisingly great, just the kind of thing to feature in an anti-Romney film festival. Apparently some more of its original five and half years length has been put back in).

      1. Steverino247

        It is in my neighborhood, or at least it was. God, it was like every one of my neighbors was raising chickens…

    1. tessiee

      To remind us that Chick-Fil-A are fine, gay-bashing Amurrcans, and nobody should ever eat eggs, because they're chicken abortions.

    2. schvitzatura

      It's Malcolm X's and it has come home to roost on Bamzie's podium?

      Before the banty rooster crows twice you will disown me 3.14159 times…

  15. BklynIlluminati

    It is so nice that we allow the psychotics to paint as therapy. Paint the crazy out McNaughton just let it all out with your brush buddy

  16. Kid_Charlemagne

    As the painter says, "it was painted in an undisclosed studio" otherwise he would not be able to concentrate on his work with all the howls of derisive laughter from other actual artists.

    1. actor212

      Y'know, the Unabomer used to handcraft the wooden boxes to mail his bombs in from his little undisclosed shack in the Oregon woods…The FBI agents who ransacked the shed said that his handiwork was pretty artistic and elegant.

      Maybe there's more to this painting than we're crediting him for.

  17. Poindexter718

    The only accurate image in the entire work is Bam's big cock, which is clearly a source of both envy and longing for the hackneyed "artist."

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      I was just thinking about how similar his "style" is to Soviet modernism right down to revision of symbols to fit his "historical" narrative. I just find it funny that the very people who bitch the most about Stalin and constantly fearmonger about his legacy are the ones who most emulate his style. I mean, it's all there, the hypocritical attacks on "leaks" which "comprimised agents" (really, coming from the people who defended the outing of Valerie Plame?). Idiots like this are dependant upon people having amnesia, it's fucking amazing the stupidity of wingnuts. Yes this art is DEFINITELY Soviet modernism, right down to the right wing views and smug superiority (not to mention the underlying racism).

    2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Not to mention it's fucking ugly…just like Soviet modernist style was…there was a time this guy would have been treated like a nutjob as he deserves to be. Instead his airing of the crazy and Faux Nuuz talking points (really, Fast and Furious was an Obama-originated operation?), Muburak and Gaddafi were "good?", Mitt Romney is holding money for any other purpose aside from masturbation? BP SHOULDN'T have been required to pay money to clean up its damages to the environment, the people and the animals its ridiculously greedy profit seeking FUBAR'ed? Oh, and theres the birther shit…it's like every deranged racist bigot on Free Republic got together and circle jerked onto canvas but omitted their Klan love. This has all the elements of hysterical right wing bullshit right down to (oil spill) + (?) = green plant?

  18. prommie

    You know, The Nutty Professor really is genius, its just fantastic, its a kick in the nuts to Frank Sinatra, Jerry's acting when he's sending up the cool players is incredible. The French are right about this. They are generally right about everything, the 4-day work week, cheese, 10 weeks vacation, and Jerry Lewis, too.

  19. Nesnora

    Please link to the Cthulhu photoshopped one too. I have it saved in huge, glorious wallpaper format. Who did that one? This painting really needs the same love.

  20. JustPixelz

    There's so much symbolism! But um, what does the rooster on the podium represent? WAIT! It's a cock. Obama brought cock to America. That bastard!

  21. Doktor Zoom

    It's just like Jefferson said: The tree of liberty must from time to time be watered with toxic sludge and tarballs.

  22. BaldarTFlagass

    I remember doing the "Hidden Pictures" puzzles in Highlights Magazine when I was wee. Guess this operates on the same intellectual level?

  23. thefrontpage

    McNaughton is to art what Meghan McCain is to intellectual political commentary and analysis.

    McNaughton is to art what….

  24. GeorgiaBurning

    Bin Laden's picture should have a black border, shouldn't it? If we bring back the WPA, McNaughton gets a job painting straight lines along the center of a road someplace

    1. JustPixelz

      Yes it should. Obama oversees the killing of bin Laden. That's one of his failures. But I'm not an artiste, so maybe I'm off-the-mark on this stuff.

      My litany of Obama's failures are:
      Should have closed Gitmo. In the Declaration of Independence we indicted King George for "transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences". Under a different King George, we did much the same thing but without the actual trial.

      Should have told Mitch McConnell to go fuck himself.

    2. tessiee

      "If we bring back the WPA, McNaughton gets a job painting straight lines along the center of a road"

      I think that would be well beyond his level of competence.

  25. Terry

    McNaughton kind of went for the visual equivalent of word salad here. There is no theme or order to this thing. He's stepped from wing nut to just plain nut.

    1. T3rbo

      Sure there is a theme: things racist old white men believe because they are too old to use Google to fact check

  26. prommie

    His earnest certainty reminds me of this man I see on the sidewalk all the time here in Trenton, wearing a pair of glasses with one lense missing, who is always involved in some violent argument with some invisible person. His flamboyant gesticulations are very entertaining.

  27. Arborista

    If you believe that symbolism in art is at least somewhat an expression of the unconscious mind, how do we interpret the elevation of Obama into the top third of the painting? And we only see Obama depicted from the chest up, so clearly the artist connects Obama with a superior intellect and/or elevated spiritual love or agape.

  28. elviouslyqueer

    I don't get the inclusion of Qaddafi and Mubarak, unless McNaughton is secretly hoping that Barry will be overthrown as per. And if that's the case, then I'm sure our beloved paint-meister won't mind a little visit from the Secret Service.

  29. Estproph

    All vomiting aside, it's scary that we have people in this country that think this is an accurate representation of anything other than a fever dream.

  30. LibertyLover

    Oh, lookie– he even got the teleprompter in there….

    The artists says that Obama is the most dangerous? Who started 2 wars and almost drove the economy over the cliff? Who let Lehman Brothers fail ( a company over 100 years old?)

  31. MozakiBlocks

    I took a look at Mr McNaughton's website and although I am not a psychiatrist nor do I play one on TV, I can say with great confidence that this man is clinically insane.

  32. fatbob54

    The soldier eating cake is supposed to symbolize the repeal of don't ask don't tell? Does that mean the military gets their cake and gets to eat it too? They get to kill people and have buttsex? I'm confused…

    1. prommie

      Its a gay wedding cake, silly. I think the trick is to always go with the most obvious, even downright stupid, interpretation, when considering this guy's work.

      1. shelwood46

        If you eat a gay wedding cake, you become gay? Does it make you gay? This is like watering plants with oil, isn't it?

  33. SigDeFlyinMonky

    Mudflap art. It evinces a certain cute naiveté like a shaman trying to ensure a successful hunt with ritual.

    1. prommie

      I have seen cave paintings, I have admired the beauty and evident humanity and soul of those artifacts from the distant dawn of human culture, and this shit is nowhere near even the level of shamanistic cave paintings.

  34. DocChaos

    This guy's stuff just keeps getting wilder, I can't wait to see what he does for Obama's second term. It's going to make Pieter Bruegel look like Thomas Kincaid.

  35. TootsStansbury

    Impressive! Wonder what he had ro eat ro produce colors other than the varying shades of brown?

    Edit: I've mamaged to teach my phone naughty words and that "to" should correct to "ro" cool.

  36. Mahousu

    McNaughton’s art work is much easier to understand if you think of every single character in it as just being Elvis in disguise. Or a poker-playing dog; that works, too.

  37. Oblios_Cap

    Obama’s death robots would vaporize him with their abortion lasers or something.

    If he really loved America like the rest of us, O'Bama would do that that. Release the Death Robots!

  38. tessiee

    Wait — Romney is pledging allegiance to one of those soft-serve ice cream light bulbs?
    I thought he was the white guy!

  39. tessiee

    "looking for the hidden “Ninas” in a Hirschfeld caricature"

    Hirschfeld was not only an awesome artist, he was also friends with awesome writer S.J. Perelman, AND he lived to be 100.

  40. rickmaci

    You know who else loved propaganda poster painting with not at all subtle "symbols" of the so called threats to the nation and the scapegoats responsible?

    1. T3rbo

      Oh you totally fucking nailed it-it's a moralizing comic book painting! If this guy didn't generate media attention, we would just refer to him as a terrible artist. Look at this piece of crap

      He gets away with a poor sense of perspective, poor use of light, and just poor technique when he goes DC Comics, but when he can't just slap a jesus on a canvas and call it good, it is obvious that this guy is terrible

      This looks like something from a sweatshirt for sale at michael's that you can buy for $5 after Halloween is over.

      I think you owe DC Comics an apology….

      1. Peckerwood_Pete

        Perhaps… DC's artwork during that period had more gloss. I guess I am just a 70s/80s era DC, old son of a bitch…

  41. tessiee

    "Mr. McNaughton says that he produced this work in “an undisclosed studio” so he could “paint privately, without interruption” "

    As opposed to his usual method, which involves multitudes of admirers crowding around him and begging to touch the hem of his garment.

  42. BlueStateLibel

    Well, somebody certainly flipped his lid!

    Also, I didn't know Obama had a pet rooster, interesting.

  43. tessiee

    All snark aside, I don't think that the "painting of Bin Laden" next to "actual Bin Laden burning the Bible" was well worked out.

  44. T3rbo

    Holy shit, man. This 'artist' managed to fill a painting with symbols, but none of the symbols actually represent anything at all unless you have a ridiculous answer key. A teleprompter? Obammer is bad at making speeches! The UN? The UN IS BULLSHIT AND FOR COMMUNISM!
    And if you check the links provided, it is pretty clear-this painting actually represents every bullshit right wing email ever forwarded. What a masterpiece.
    Proof that Obama disrespects veterans? A right wing email about Obama not saluting during veterans day, even though in the picture, EVERYONE IS SALUTING OBAMA, because Obama is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
    Obamanation: I don't fact check ANYTHING because America. Also, I'm mad about shit!

  45. Generation[redacted]

    Not to pick nits, but the picture of Bin Laden is not entirely accurate, as his head is still intact.

  46. BoroPrimorac

    The guns strewn about on the lower left corner of the painting are a symbol of every nonsense story about Obama the cons couldn't push into the mainstream. If this asshole found a way to draw a "Solyndra" it would've been placed right next to those guns.

  47. MrsConclusion

    The Russian-born artists Komar and Melamid surveyed 1,001 Americans, asking them what objects, subject matter, and motifs they most wanted in a painting. Then they painted one that contained them all. See it here:

    Now this clown has done the same thing for wingnuts. Good job, Mr. Artist!

    1. tessiee

      The link is a very nice painting, but they clearly did not ask anyone in the wonketteverse, or it would have been a painting composed entirely of boobs, buttsechs, and snack trays.

    2. Baconzgood

      There was a music project that did this too. Only they did a song everyone liked and one that everyone hated. The song everyone liked sounded like a Back Street Boys song and the one everyone hated was an Opera with kids singing about Labor Day.

  48. JohnnyQuick

    Would commenting rules allow me to paint a response of this guy skullf**king himself? I'll put it in the mail.

  49. SpiderCrab

    I'm happy that Jon McNaughton's career is moving along so swimmingly. Frustrated artists have been known to have achieved the very pinnacle of anti-social behavior, and that's never a good thing.

  50. SaintRond

    My favorite is the curious little rodent like creature in the corner wearing goggles and brandishing a knife.

  51. pdiddycornchips

    When I saw this, something I read years ago came to mind. I quote here from another failed artist.

    "Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (…) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (…) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (…) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood."

    Cut and pasted directly from the pages of Mien Kampf

  52. Steverino247

    If the painter ever says his four years on the Western Front where the happiest days of his life, somebody shoot him.

  53. NortheastCasey

    Don't forget folks, Jon McNaughton is a Mormon artist, living in Utah with his wife and 8 kids. As a former Mormon, I can attest that much of this painting reflects their doctrine that God himself directed the Founding Fathers on how to write the US Constitution. No word on whether the Founders were aware of being so directed.

  54. Generation[redacted]

    If you place your mouse below the rooster's butt, it says, "Confused Obama Supporters."

    Yes, I am very confused.

  55. BarackMyWorld

    This painting is the world's most detailed and time-consuming cry for help. All the hours it took him to paint this, he could have been in therapy.

  56. Native_of_SL_UT

    Can't I just join Obamanation without doing all the clicking. I read all my brother-in-law's Emails. Isn't that enough?

  57. zippy_w_pinhead

    I've finally put my finger on what this reminds me of- the Circus Circus scene in Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Vegas movie, Needs moar ether and psychedelics

  58. tessiee

    What has paint boy got against Christmas trees?
    Yet more proof that white Christian Americans are the most persecuted group in history, ever.

  59. tessiee

    I like the severed head of the Jebediah Springfield statue next to the wastebasket. Simpsons references are usually a nice touch.

  60. tessiee

    You guys, it's even worse than we first suspected.
    This isn't a painting at all —
    It's Chris Christie's tattoo.

  61. Neoyorquino

    I've painstakingly pored over every last pixel. That painting doesn't include one single crying eagle. And this hack calls himself an artist.

  62. johnnyzhivago

    He calls his company McNaughton Fine Art Company because he couldn't get any banks to let him collect credit card charges for the McNaughton Batshit Crazy Crayon Picture Company

  63. Guppy

    holding a $1 bill, which The Artist says is “to imply—lets talk about saving our economy!”

    Then he can start by using dollar coins instead. They save the taxpayers money through long-term production costs, and they save businesses money by being far easier to count and sort more quickly and more accurately.

    Now there's a metaphor for ya. But does it represent the GOP's feel-good economic policies that ultimately do nothing but hurt the budget and the economy, or does it represent the artist getting too fucking lost in his precious "symbols" to convey through oil-on-canvas what would best work as screed-on-chainmail?

  64. zippy_w_pinhead

    Painting from an undisclosed bunker, the same one Dick Cheney hid in for eight years and where Romney keeps his tax returns…

    1. zippy_w_pinhead

      In fact, McNaughton's most important objective was to use those tax returns as a canvas in order to keep them from the evil clutches of Kenyan Muslim

  65. Willardbot9000_V2.5

    If this guy has such a religious bent why is he wasting his time creating compendiums of right wing bullshit right down the links to all-CAPS nutbar spew as confirmation? Couldn't he do something more productive, like paint cottages with rays of sunshine gleaming down that he claims is god (not Sol Invictus, noooo waaayyyyy). This guy is a douchecanoe in every sense of the word…but wait, he has no power so he's just a garden variety douchebag, the Drudge of painting if you will….

  66. arihaya


    The current president of Iran, Ahmadinejad, points at Obama and tells him not to dare attack his sovereign country. The attack of the US and Israel against Iran may be the catalyst that begins World War Three. How can the US possibly stop the proliferation of nuclear missiles in the world? Our time and efforts would be better used developing defensive measures to stop a nuclear war.

    So this big fat ugly Mormon is angry to Obama because he didn't attack Iran and start the WWIII so that Jeebus can return to earth !!???

    This painter is SICK!!

  67. arihaya

    The big fat Mormon also some how upset that Gadhafi and Mubarak is no longer in power??!!!

    this person is really in serious need of mental therapy

    1. glamourdammerung

      I had a scumbagger whining the other day about how President Obama "had an unarmed man gunned down in front of his family". After I realized they were referring to bin Laden, they pretended to be indignant because I asked them if they were retarded or just on drugs.

  68. Veritas78

    The perspective in this is really shitty. The ground plane, the gurney, and the desk all have vanishing points on different horizons. Did Obama cut funding for art classes, too?

  69. C_R_Eature

    Mr. McNaughton says that he produced this work in “an undisclosed studio” so he could “paint privately, without interruption”

    Ah yes and in the future, Art Historians will reference these pieces as Mr. McNaughton's Works from the Studio with no Lawn period.

  70. outragedcitizen

    If you think this is something you should see his collection of pornographic paintings he keeps hidden in his basement. Because seriously, no one can be that fucked up without being a closet pervert.

  71. randomsausage

    Tell you what though, Obama sure looks pretty happy in this pic. Could have at least had him sneering or some such. Missed opportunity methinks.

    The pic will only be complete when we see a "Liberal-jew-television-executive" crumpling up a contract in front of a prostate Dennis Miller.

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