McNaughton’s Group

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:

“The information is historical. If it is not familiar to you – Google it.

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.

Lost Leaders

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Your Washington Times continues to perform magnificently as the daily diary of the Confederate Dream. Their latest is an esquisitly detailed roundup on all the festivities unfolding in this, the Jefferson Davis Bicentennial Year.

The creepy efforts to ape real President’s commemorations will be at full force in 2008. There appear to be at least two reenactments of Davis’s swearing in as secessionist President, and strained efforts to tie Davis to Black History Month have been presented with a straight face. The festive schedule will climax with the the reopening of the Davis Beauvoir home in Gulfport Mississippi, the “Mount Vernon of the Confederacy.”

katrina.jpg Beauvoir was largely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,

proving there is a God. davis-wrecked.jpg

The neighboring Davis “Presidential Library” was flattened. davis-library.jpg

Its all being rebuilt at a cost of $20 million, provided in part by serial bankrupt Donald Trump and the federal government, over the objections of the NAACP.

But for all this, the first Davis oath reenactment attracted a few hundred. The post-Katrina relaunch of Beauvoir was so sparsely attended they used odd cropping to hide the size of the crowd. davis-dedication-side.jpg

The Lost Cause appears to be getting loster.


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Washington State now boasts the replica of a structure built for a Presidential event which never occurred, standing proudly at a different location.

The “McKinley Stump” is in evocatively named Recreation Park. It stood in various parts of town

It was created for President McKinley, but never used by him. Theodore Roosevelt did speak from the stump, as did William Howard Taft before he was President. No word on what role America’s Fattest President might have had in starting the deterioration.

Fashion Backward

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The campaign t-shirt is not one of the higher art forms. For that matter it’s not one of the higher forms of campaigning. But they get made and worn nevertheless.

Not always, though. Past Presidential candidates may have been restrained by lack of ready access to the mills of Asia, or the knowledge that few of their supporters would look attractive in the items. But by harnessing the power of the web, some visionaries have dared to dream the dream of a William Howard Taft t-shirt. taft-for-pres.jpg

The Des Moines Register calls our attention to, source retro-president.gif of this salute to an earlier, less visibly sweaty era.

Neil Swanson launched the notion.

“What if someone could have a Truman or FDR or Nixon T-shirt, just like the vintage sports shirts and hats? They didn’t have T-shirts back in the day, obviously, so why not create some?”

Lesser lights get their moment as well, although reviving Dick Gephardt’s Chrysler star logo gephardt-for-president-tshirt.jpg isn’t likely to make anyone misty for what might have been. The best graphics are Republican –

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…and Richard Nixon. nixon-tshirt-repo.jpg

The overall lesson is relief that most of these sorry graphics did not get wider exposure “back in the day.” And the certain knowledge that Obama’s small-town-electric-co-op looking logo obama08_thumblogo150.gif has company in blandness.

Top Ten Presidential Holiday Gifts



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For only $150.00 you can get this handsome Baccarat paperweight. It features Woodrow Wilson looking for all the world like the President-For-Life of a former Soviet republic.





Often mocked, never bettered, the Nixon birthplace birdhouse. A classic at $45.00




Vice Presidents before Dick Cheney often felt slighted and ignored, and were forced to find themselves something to do. In tribute to those dark days, the United States Vice Presidential Museum offers this Dan Quayle shot glass. $3.77.


lincoln-nightlight.jpg He may belong now to the ages, but he can still help tuck you in at night. The Lincoln Nightlight, $27.50.


reagan-first-lady-pill-box.jpg A sly dig at Betty Ford’s addictions? On offer for $24.95 in the Reagan Library’s “Nancy Reagan’s favorites” gift section, the First Lady Purse Pill Box. It can be a headache to be first lady. This silver pill box helps you find the right remedy ever-so-elegantly


davis-confederate-christmamas.jpg Because repeating “um, you lost,” won’t silence Confederate apologists, $12.00 gets you ten Christmas cards and envelopes with this touching Christmas scene of the Jeff Davis family from the “Confederate White House.”


harding-wide.jpg An undistinguished presidency yields endearingly odd sports apparel from Bridgeport Connecticut’s Warren Harding High School. $21.99 or multiple variations at similar prices.



nixon-2doll.JPG For $40.00, a talking Nixon doll with some explaining to do.


taft-patch-no-nickname.jpg “No Nickname”? Because “America’s Fattest President” couldn’t fit on a patch? Yours for only $4.27.

bush-pillow.jpg You’ll accept no substitute for victory over sleeplessness with this 18″ square Commander in Chief throw pillow! President Bush has never looked so butch, and you’ll never feel more comfortable. For $18.99 you can take your pillow with you on trips like El Jefe does!