Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mutants and Conspiracy Theories

Certainly, I feel as though I’m living in the Age of Mutants; never in my life have I ever heard so many conspiracy theories about any president ever. Perhaps the most persistent and unbelievable one was Obama was born in Kenya thus cannot be president. Even before Obama took the oath of office, people were already pushing this theory, as though Hillary Clinton and the Republican Party would let an ineligible person beat them and become president. Donald Trump jumped on that bandwagon years after it became a popular myth. The problem with basing a campaign on an unfounded rumor is, he looked quite foolish when Obama released his birth certificate. It didn’t help Trump’s dignity one bit that that same week, he was the butt of everyone’s jokes at the Annual White House Correspondents Dinner. Even after Obama released his birth certificate, some insisted it was a fake; I’m not sure why anyone was pushing this idea, that Obama was some sort of alien, an outsider. Certainly I’ve never seen this tactic used against any other president; what is it that’s so different about Obama that inspires this unique treatment?
I based this cover on a group of folks I saw dressed as Magneto, Marvel Girl, and Juggernaut of Marvel Comics fame at The Rally to Restore Sanity on October 30, 2010 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. What a wonderful event that was! Their sign states, “Obama is a Skrull”, the Skrull being a race of shape-shifting aliens known to have replaced known public figures. At least that makes more sense than saying Obama is a foreigner. 

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