Special thanks to the eagle eyes at Wonkette, who’ve spotted a big one.
Extraordinarily cheezeball artist Jon McNaughton has brought forth a gathering of greats, as the ghosts of presidents past hover around sullen, stand-offish looking Barack Obama, variously annoyed or aghast at his literal TRAMPLING ON THE CONSTITUTION!
McNaughton is the kind of crank who rambles along in incoherent Founderspeak for numbered paragraphs, passive aggressively concluding:
Cramming all these figures into the frame seems to have skewed McNaughton’s perspective. Small but perfectly formed James Madison is so upset at Obama’s boot-heel to our liberties that he’s bent over pleading, but appears to be almost Obama’s height. The Forgotten Man is a giant seated on a toy town bench. Such is the occasion that Franklin Roosevelt walks.
McNaughton’s painting doesn’t leave much to chance, featuring ominous clouds, flags at half staff, and an accompanying video lush with piano chords of doom.
Reagan-naming Americans like these proud Hoosiers won’t let the flooding of the oftentroubled Reagan Parkway stand in the way of their ribbon cutting.
The off road ceremony was reminiscent of Reagan’s Second Inaugural, with it’s death cheating avoidance of a William Henry Harrison situation by moving indoors.
The official rationale for the iron wave of Reagan-named people, places and things is his place in the beating heart of the American public.
But those perennial scolds at FAIR remind us of some actual facts about the gaseous vapors of public opinion. Despite strenuous efforts to assert his enduring love affair with the American people, Ronald Reagan’s approval in office scored lower than most post World War Presidents. Lower than Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and sad old Lyndon Johnson.
Even just before his 1980 clobbering, poor Jimmy Carter was found to be personally more “likable” than Reagan in a comparable period.
The book tour, the memorializing, the looming Presidential Library opening, all fly in the face of the fact that his National Action Party has always been a minority taste, his own Presidential victory not withstanding.