I’m still kinda buggin’ in reaction to the Obama portrait unveiled yesterday.
As I said on Twitter last night:
The new Obama portraits remind me of what the befuddled emperor said in Amadeus: “What is this? I don’t understand. Is it modern?… Do you LIKE this…?”
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) February 12, 2018
Yeah, it looks like him. But what is this, a Grateful Dead album cover? Why does he seem to be floating in the middle of a hedge or something (specifically, the 12-foot-high hedge of hibiscus that ran the length of our backyard in Hawaii in 1971… except… the flowers are different), with leaves and flowers threatening to envelop him?
Barry in the Sky with Blossoms?
I guess you’re either on the bus or you’re off the bus.
As I told Bryan in a subsequent Twitter discussion, this really brings out my Tory sensibilities. Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” once said:
A horse is one of only three appropriate subjects for a painting, along with ships with sails, and men holding up swords while staring off into the distance.
Hear, hear. And certainly not something from the fevered imaginings of Timothy Leary. Harrumph!…