Barry Obama, The Oxy Years
Republicans, who for a year have stared with dread at Shepard Fairey's idealized poster
The images show an extremely laid back Obama, wearing either a bomber jacket or natty straw hat, often with a cigarette in hand. Or is it a cig? In one frame the future president is holding it European style -- that is to say, the way one might hold a joint. Was it marijuana, and Obama, a tokin' Negro? Or was the Once and Future 44 simply indulging an elitist affectation?
No doubt conservatives are eagerly scanning Jack's pictures for signs of weed, hoping to turn back the historical clock to 4:20. Today's L.A. Times runs one image not carried by Time, in which a dozy Obama sits on a sofa as a ghostly swirl of smoke caresses his face.