Michelle Obama portrait faces brutal mockery after unveilinghttps://t.co/OKe9koyDkl— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 12, 2018
Federal portraits often aren't that great. There's plenty of evidence of that all around Washington D.C. And famous people are surprisingly hard to paint. There are plenty of strikingly different portraits of George Washington. So the normal response to the Obama portraits would be a shrug, and maybe a few jokes if you don't like them. And maybe even if you do.
But the Obamas are the center of the most delusional cult of personality that the media has yet spawned. And so we get bizarre pieces like these.
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post: The Obamas' portraits are not what you'd expect and that's why they're great
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast: - Michelle Obama's Portrait Isn't a Photograph. Get Over It
Really, do we actually have to do this?
Obama's robot in Disney's Hall of Presidents isn't a phone either. And he looks ridiculous.
It's really okay to admit that something involving the Obamas is flawed. At least it is unless you're in a cult. In that case you have to write your counterintuitive "The portrait's terribleness is what makes it awesome" pieces. And we already got so many of those about everything Obama did that even a New York Times scribe mocked the "It's not a weakness, but a strength" meme.
This isn't journalism. It's not a free press. It's a bunch of cult members rushing out to explain that the flawed thing is flawless. You're the flawed one for not seeing its gloriousness. All hail the beloved leader.
Not hard to see why the media loves North Korea.
The Obama reality distortion field corrupted our country. It reduced the media to shrieking, lying idiots who responded to losing the election by calling for a coup. But those are political differences. When you can't even admit that Michelle Obama's portrait looks nothing like her, that's a denial of reality.
And it's just sad.