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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blue Indiana Loves Obama

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obama holds blue indianaThen President-Elect Obama wears a purple suit as he holds the blue neighboring states of Indiana and Illinois in his hands. Even though my home state of Indiana's vote count didn't get called until later in the night when Obama already had enough electoral votes, I was so happy that it finally turned blue for the first time since 1964. It was just so nice to see that swath of blue states in the upper midwest and northeast not being tarnished by little old red state Indiana right smack in the middle like it usually is. I think a big factor in the Obama win was the Democratic primary that got so much attention and saw Obama making so many stops in Indiana. The closeness to Illinois did help, especially with the northwestern portion of Indiana, but I really think us Hoosiers appreciated Obama coming to see us so much. As a life-long Hoosier I can tell you that we're not used to feeling that relevant to the national political scene. Obama even visited the state during the general election and has already held a highly publicized town hall in Elkhart, IN, as President. INDIANA LOVES YOU, OBAMA!! KEEP COMING BACK and you'll get our votes again in 2012!

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John "McCrypt" McCain Wears A Skeleton Suit And Refuses To Eat The Sugar Skulls Of Sweet Change

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john mccain and sugar skullsDuring the 2008 election campaign I often imagined John McCain, not in his underwear, but in a multi-colored skeleton suit. I think this has something to do with his advanced age and the fact that he seemed like such a "downer." he seemed like such a "buzz kill" who wanted to deflate the balloon of all the optimistic idealism of so many voters who wanted Obama to win so badly. I mean, really. Who could be so dead inside to actually vote against Obama? Why must the Republicans try to be "party poopers" and hold fast to their dead, out-dated ideas that have already failed? I heard someone else refer to John McCain as "John McCrypt," alluding to his oldness in both body and mind, and it made me imagine him standing in the doorway of his own crypt, just standing there doing nothing while the sweet, tasty sugar skulls of hope and change sit right next to him. Why can't John McCain just take a bite out of the sugar skulls and take the skeleton suit off, leave his crypt and have fun with rest of us Americans who support our new President?

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Happy People Love The Obama Electoral Map

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john mccain holds footballsHere we see lots of happy Obama supporters standing behind the 2008 General Election final electoral map. The people are happy because they know that they are the ones who got Obama elected. For the first time in my life I can actually say I witnessed a campaign and election that felt like it was truly won by the people. For the first time in my life I can say I actually liked the candidate I voted for, that he was more than a candidate, but was the symbol of a movement. Moreso than hearing Obama speak I was always so moved by the looks on the faces of the people in the crowds, their hope and sense of awe at the fact that they were truly a part of American history.

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Is Peyton Manning A Republican?

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john mccain holds footballsHere Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning, is seen hanging out with Senator John McCain. Does this mean that Manning is a Republican and that he voted for McCain this past November? I'm not certain but it wouldn't surprise me if most, if not nearly all, white quarterbacks in the NFL voted for John McCain. I know that New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, was invited by George Bush to be present at one of his State of the Union addresses, so it makes me wonder if there is a tendency amongst white NFL quarterbacks to vote Republican. I can see how alot of the high-paid QB's in the NFL might be afraid of the Bush tax cuts for the rich that Obama intends to let expire. Alot of them also strike me as the macho types who hold conservative values and don't care a whole lot for gay people or for being nice to people they consider weaker than them. Peyton Manning went to college in Tennessee which is a red state. His home state is Louisianna which also went red so how ironic, then, that he has to wear a BLUE Colts uniform and play in Indiana which is now a blue state too!

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Quarterback John McCain Stands Frozen As He Gets Sacked By Obama's 365 Electoral Votes

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john mccain holds footballsThe states of Hawaii and Alaska surround Senator John McCain as he stands in his skeleton suit holding a football in each hand. The game of football and the ball it uses are a repeated theme in my art. I like to use footballs to represent some sort of action or motion, to signify some sort of progress toward a goal. John McCain is seen here holding a football in each hand, which to me symbolizes stagnation. Each football cancels the other out; one makes the other indecisive. McCain doesn't know which ball to throw, let alone which receiver to throw it to. This also represents McCain's connection to George Bush during the 2008 election in that he never did represent change. He wanted America to be stuck in basically the same policies as the previous administration which is why you see him standing there frozen and about to get sacked by Obama's 365 electoral votes!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bill Clinton In White Cotton Briefs Gives Speech In Favor Of Lettuce

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bill clinton speaks against salmonellaHere is pictured former president Bill Clinton in a clean, fresh pair of white cotton briefs which were given to him by Barack Obama after he clinched the Democratic nomination. It is well-known that Bill was bitter about Hillary's defeat and Obama had to give him this gift of "a change in underwear we can believe in" in order to get him to campaign for him during the General Election. This was also during a time when tomatoes were thought to be tainted with salmonella in the summer of '08, and when our political leaders in Washington were encouraging Americans to just put more LETTUCE on their tacos to make up for lack of tomatoes and to keep up the nation's morale during this terrible time. Bill Clinton is seen here making a speech in favor of lettuce as he says to his listeners, "Lettuce not be upset at the lack of tomatoes in our tacos. Lettuce instead come together and rally around this head of lettuce I have before me which represents our hopes and our dreams as we feed it to our families in place of that which is now diseased."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bill Clinton In His Boxers As He Saves The Tomatoes

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bill clinton and 9/11I distinctly remember watching the news during the 9/11 crisis when Bill Clinton was shown walking the streets of New York City while many people walked up to him asking for help. It was honestly a very moving scene. I became misty-eyed as, for just a moment during that horrible time I felt transported to the 90's when everything was so upbeat and positive and when Bill Clinton, while often seen wearing nothing but his boxers, was adored by many Americans.

So it was during the salmonella crisis of the summer of '08 that I got the idea for this image of Bill Clinton in his boxers, triumphantly holding up a tomato as if to say, "It is okay, the tomatoes will get better. You will soon be able to put tomatoes in your tacos again without having to worry about ingesting Mexican workers' fecal matter." There is a subtle message being put forth in this picture in the form of the Venezuelan flag, perhaps hinting that maybe we should start getting our tomatoes there instead?

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Bill Clinton "Craps" On His Legacy While Visiting Mexico To Do A Speech On Salmonella

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asian woman in obama underwearHere is a picture of former President Bill Clinton being ravaged by the effects of salmonella on a trip to Mexico this past summer to do a speech on that very sickness. There is truth in the fact that in my exploration of a creative vision through the mystical, metaphorical power of Mexican food, I must sometimes delve into the icky world of the workings of the digestive tract. In my "Obama Taco Underwear" painting series I have chosen to do this sparingly, but I feel this image of Bill Clinton using the restroom with a sombrero atop his head to be essential. It was made this past summer during a period in which many pundits were talking of how, through his bitter comments to the media regarding Hillary losing the election, he was said to be "crapping" on his legacy by isolating many Democrats who once thought of him fondly. I personally find it potent symbolism in the history of Bill Clinton in relation to Obama, Tacos and Underwear, and it's something I may return to again at some point as I progress with the series.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Obama Has the Heart Of A Taco As He Holds Nation's Heart In His Hands

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bill clinton likes cheeseTonight President Obama Holds the nation's heart in his hands as he gives his first major speech to the country since becoming Chief Executive. He speaks to congress in what is a highly-anticipated address during a period where there is alot of economic uncertainty. This picture is actually part of a larger Obama painting I made this past summer where I talk about Obama's relationship to Bill Clinton during the primaries. In the original painting the heart is supposed to be Bill Clinton's and it was intended to serve as a point of discussion for how Clinton's heart surgery in September 2004 affected his behavior during the primaries and perhaps forced him to say things that got him into trouble. Of course, what people wish is that the heart Obama holds in his hands were Timothy Geithner's heart, that Obama had somehow sacrificed him to the Money Gods because it seems that nearly ALL the pundits and Wall Street investors have absolutely no confidence in Secretary of the Treasury Geithner AT ALL. Every time Geithner even whispers a word, the Dow plunges 500 points!

If you'll notice, while Obama holds a human heart that serves as symbolism for many things, his own heart is that of a taco! I often think of President Obama having the heart of a taco. He said his favorite food is hot, spicy chili from Texas and this serves, to me, as a perfect symbol of unity between nations! What can be better than to have the heart of a taco that has meaty Texas chili inside of it? You have American chili stuffed inside a Mexican taco, sprinkled with green lettuce, red tomatoes, orange cheese and annointed with tasty white sour cream, so many colors to represent our country's great melting pot of people. Let's hope that President Obama's "Taco Heart" gives him the energy and stamina he needs to give a good speech tonight so he can instill confidence in the market and make the American people feel a bit more at ease about our economic future.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Bill Clinton And The Political Symbolism Of "Good Cheese Gone Bad"

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bill clinton likes cheeseI like to use cheese alot in my "Obama Taco Underwear" painting series because I like how its color makes me think of the positive, radiant energy of the sun. This positive energy, of course, has a big connection to the positive, optimistic message that President Obama gives to the nation. When you see Obama up there speaking it is almost like a "radiant cheesy glow" surrounds him. It is like he is surrounded by blocks of fresh, golden yellow cheddar cheese, so tasty and rich as the cheese emits a soothing blanket of light all around our President. And no, please spare me the "cut the cheese" jokes by saying that either Obama or a member of his staff (perhaps Geithner?) is near him farting, and that this is where the "radiant cheesy glow" comes from. Hahahahaa.

This "political fart talk" actually leads me to a question and my connection here to Bill Clinton: What happens when cheese goes bad? Most people are aware of Bill Clinton's heart surgery in September of 2004, and how some analysts say it has made him cranky. It can be said that at one time when he was President, Bill Clinton may have also radiated a similar cheesy glow to Barack's. But as evidenced by his need for heart surgery, his arteries have been clogged by spending too much time exposing the nation to his cheese. Even the most delicious, tasty golden cheese goes bad. It clogs the arteries and eventually adversely affects the heart of the individual and then the heart of the nation. Perhaps this is why Hillary wasn't able to ride Bill's coat-tails quite as high as she once thought BECAUSE BILL CLINTON IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF GOOD CHEESE GONE BAD.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

An Obama Change In Underwear Gives Asian Woman Courage To Believe

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asian woman in obama underwearAn Asian woman who is in love with Obama stands next to him in the underwear our new President just gave her. You'll notice that her face is yellow and this is not to indicate skin color but to 1) Represent the yellow color of cheese that is put in tasty tacos and 2) Stand for the cowardice this woman possesses which will start to slowly fade away as her new underwear slowly chips away at her inhibitions. During the election campaign, Obama made many Americans feel partially naked as they found themselves moved by his idealistic rhetoric and lofty platitudes. President Obama awakened within them pieces of their souls that they were embarrassed to reveal to their friends and family, for fear that Obama would lose the election and they would look like gullible fools. I portray alot of people in their underwear to represent this fear and partial nakedness, this risk that many Americans took when they decided to outwardly show their support for Obama, for his idealism and hopeful, optimistic message which many people from Hillary Clinton to Republicans snickered at and made fun of. It is my hope that now that Obama has won the election, not only will Americans be "in their underwear" figuratively, but that they will actually venture forth into the streets of this great nation in their underwear physically to show their continued support for the President and to pay tribute to that feeling we all experienced during the election when our idealism was reawakened, or perhaps was even revealed to us for the very first time.

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Obama Has Mexico On His Mind Underneath A Hot Taco Sun

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mexican flag on white houseHere we have Barack Obama at the bottom of a picture of the White House which has a Mexican flag waving from the top of it. I put alot of Mexican flags in my "Obama Taco Underwear" painting series to show my support of multiculturalism in America in general, but also to help promote awareness throughout the country that Mexico and Mexican immigrants will be playing a larger and larger role in the shaping of our nation. The face of America is going to change dramatically in the next 50 years. In the next 50 years it is said that white people will actually be a minority in this country. I'm not saying at all that this should be a reason for concern amongst white people, but I simply urge everyone to EMBRACE it. Eat a taco. Learn how to speak Spanish. Learn about the Mexican people and their culture as I am slowly trying to do, and though the country will be much different in the future, I think it will be even greater as the races mix, which in my opinion produces alot of hot-looking exotic women.

In this picture, President Obama has a taco for a halo and I put it there in the hopes that he does, indeed, have Mexico and Mexican food on his mind as he stands there on the White House lawn, soaking under a hot Taco Sun.

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Women No Longer Faint In The Midst Of Obama's Stirring Words

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women in obama underwearDuring the primaries, women were swooning and fainting at the then-senator's stirring words and the profundity of the moment. That was before President Obama made his Executive Order right on the White House lawn that decreed all American citizens must change their underwear. Now that women are wearing fresh, sweet-scented bras and bottoms, perhaps they will be able to withstand the moving experience of listening to our President speak. Studies were made after the election on the phenomenon of women fainting during the campaign season. It was determined by scientists that the friction between Obama's optimistic, hopeful message and the pessimistic stains left on Americans' underwear by 8 years of Republican rule caused blood cells to crystalize and stopped blood flow in the body, of which women were for some reason especially susceptible to fainting from.

In this picture you see a Latina woman and an black woman with fresh pairs of underwear on, as well as having multi-colored body parts. These different colored body parts are meant to signify the diversity of supporters President Obama has inspired as well as each color corresponding to a particular taco ingredient.

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The American Dream Of Clean Underwear And Tasty Tacos Comes True For Millions

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the american dream symbolized by tacos and underwearIt is my belief that underwear is by no means a tacky, tasteless thing as long as it is CLEAN. The underwear we wear as Americans must be clean and it must be fresh. When we walk on the streets of this great nation of ours, imagine how everyone would feel if they had on a brand-new pair of cotton briefs. How exhilarating is the feeling when you first put them on?! And add on to that, the eating of crisp, crunchy tacos as we sit outside on our porches; in our backyards; in the lawns of our neighbors eating tacos and wearing fresh cotton briefs as we start to feel the manifestation of that dream so many have spoken of, how happy we as a nation can truly be if we work together to alleviate our differences! Mexican tacos and American underwear truly can work together to create great art and hold even greater fiestas!

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President Obama Holds America's Underwear In His Hands

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obama holds americas underwearPresident Obama holds America's underwear in his hands and the whole world sits and watches as they wonder what he is going to do with it. Will he give it away to poor people who haven't had a fresh change of underwear in years? Will he give it to the Republicans in a gesture of friendship, only to have them defecate in it and give it back to him? In the end, no one really knows what Obama will do with this magical, symbolic pair of underwear the American people gave him when they elected him President back in Novemeber. My guess is that suddenly the underwear will disappear. No one will be able to find it and there will be rumors started on blogs that ask the question: is President wearing the underwear himself?

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Randy Moss As An Oakland Raider Serves As Metaphor of Hope For Our Failing Economy

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randy moss raider artRandy Moss is my favorite NFL player and I made this little representation of him as part of a larger painting a few months ago. It portrays Randy as an Oakland Raider, which is sort of a "black hole" he fell into that served as the worst two years of his otherwise outstanding Hall of Fame career. His 2005 and 2006 NFL seasons as an Oakland Raider were spent on a losing team and his stats for those years were the worst of his career. Randy was criticized for "quitting" on the team and for not trying hard enough. Then Raiders head coach, Art Shell, said that Randy had "lost his legs," that he just wasn't fast enough anymore, and that his career was nearly over.

Well, of course, Randy Moss showed everyone wrong when he was traded to the New England Patriots where during the 2008 season he caught a record 23 receiving touchdowns and helped lead the Patriots to the first-ever 16-0, undefeated regular season and ALMOST a perfect 19-0 Super Bowl-winning season.

I think we should all look at Randy Moss during his Oakland Raider days and see how it relates to our now-ailing economy. Sure, things look bad now but keep thinking that after a couple years, after two "losing seasons" or so on a bad team, perhaps the economy will get back on its feet again just like Randy revived his career with the New England Patriots. Football is indeed the sport that serves as the best metaphor for life and I think we could all learn alot about our economy by studying the career of Randy Moss. Don't give up hope because record-setting numbers are just around the corner, people!

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Obama Stands Far Away From The Flag Of Mexico

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obama and the mexican flagHere is a picture of President Obama standing faaaaar away from the Mexican flag as it sinks deeper and deeper into a lake of nacho cheese sauce. Many people say that it is Mexico and not places like Iraq and Afghanistan that will give Obama fits during his presidency. Many analysts feel that Mexico is on the verge of a total cataclysmic collapse into anarchy. The drug lords and cartels are slowly taking over the whole country. More and more Mexican immigrants are crossing the border, committing violent crimes and stealing American jobs. This is another reason why I like to focus on Mexican food because I feel that the Latino population will play a more and more critical role in our nation's success or failure. Obama is now faaaar away from the Mexican flag as it sinks. Don't you think he should draw a little closer to it and pull it out of the nacho cheese sauce before it is too late?

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Obama Supporter Performs Baptism On Republican While Wearing "Sombrero of Hope"

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obama supporter baptizes a republicanIt is true that I like to use Mexican food to symbolize what President Obama means when he talks about the "common ground" that people need to find in our country in order for Republicans and Democrats to get along. Many Republicans, of course, are not happy with many of President Obama's ideas and policies, so this picture of a sombrero-wearing Obama supporter baptizing a Republican in a lake of nacho cheese seems to me a good metaphor for what alot of the right-wing is now going through by having to deal with Obama in order to get the nation through its current economic crisis.

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Jeremiah Wright Loves Nachos and Jesus

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jeremiah wright loves nachos and jesusJeremiah Wright brought religion and racism to the forefront of the American consciousness during the 2008 Democratic primaries. His exclamations of "Goddam America!" sent shivers down the spines of many Americans who never thought they had done anything wrong to black people. In their minds, Jeremiah Wright spewed out nothing but hate and it got me wondering: what if I could find something that Jeremiah Wright loves that everyone else loves? And that something was NACHOS!! It is through Jeremiah Wright's love of nachos that Americans can better relate to him and why he never was really a problem for Obama against McCain during the General Election. Now do you understand the electoral powerful of Mexican food?

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Father Pfleger's Words Are Like Nacho Chips Being Thrown At Satan!

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father pfleger starts a food fightWe all remember the cruel words Father Pfleger spoke about now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primaries. Even though I was an Obama supporter from the beginning, seeing a Man of Jesus use such racially divisive language in a purported House of God made me sad. In order to soften the blow of Father Pfleger's words, at least in my own mind, I chose to imagine them as nacho chips dipped in flavorful orange globs of delicious nacho cheese. After I made this mental adjustment, instead of my heart sinking at the thought of such pastoral cruelty, my stomach began to growl for some nachos!!

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Hillary Clinton's Golden Spicy Nacho Cheese Hair

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hillary clintons hairIn an effort to further develop my mythology which conflates American politics with the delicious, zesty symbolic world of Mexican food, here you see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's hair being presented as nacho cheese dip. Often times when I see her on TV, I look at her glowing golden locks and want to dip one of my nacho chips in it, pull it out and taste the savory cheese of her gorgeous hair. Hillary's hair is so beautiful, so golden and radiant like the sun and its strands contain within them the nacho seasonings of a thousand Mexican muses.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tim Geithner Sneaks Into Movie Theater

There are some people who say that the new Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner, looks a little creepy and they find it strange that he doesn't like to pay his taxes. I thought I'd make a cartoon exploring this idea by portraying Tim Geithner sneaking into a movie theater.

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McDonald's Worker, Julio's, Brother, Jose, at Town Hall

The career McDonald's worker, Julio, captured the nation's heart when he excitedly voiced his job concerns and enthusiasm for Obama at a town hall meeting in Fort Myers, FL, last week. It's too bad nobody heard about his cousin, Jose, whom President Obama had a similar experience with, and whose question to the President was edited out. In the name of transparency I've decided to make this cartoon to give Jose his due and to let the nation known exactly what happened.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Obama Hosts Letterman Show as Dave Becomes A U. S. Senator

Governor Rod Blagojevich decides to make a second appearance on the David Letterman show and to his surprise he sees that President Obama is the host and that his old buddy, Roland Burress, is Obama's production assistant!

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Mike Huckabee and the Miss Americas

mike huckabee showI had heard that former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, had his own TV show on FOX but I hadn't stumbled across it until last night. Holy cow, does Mike Huckabee have it going on! He had THREE Miss America beauty pageant winners on his show, including the winner of the most recent one. All of these beautiful, gorgeous women then joined the colorful, folksy former pastor and presidential candidate in performing a song. And if that wasn't wasn't enough, Huckabee had a candid, honest and awesome interview with actress and activist Rosie Perez. Huckabee got Rosie so worked up as she talked about her troubled childhood that she actually started crying. It was an endearing, touching interview. Mike Huckabee is a Republican but he's one of those guys that has a certain appeal to nearly everyone. To tell you the truth, as long as they don't have too much power I find myself liking alot of Republican politicians. Some of them like Huckabee and Sarah Palin make for great entertainment due to their strong, interesting personalities. They can be fun to listen to.

One thing Huckabee did during his show was make a call for direct political action against the upcoming stimulus bill. He is, of course, adamantly against the bill as it is written and he urged his viewers to bombard their congressmen and other representatives with complaints in an effort to put a stop to the "socialism" he sees as taking over our government. But all in all, Huckabee's show--at least the episode I watched-- was pretty good. I would liked to have seen him jam on his guitar a little more, though. While the Miss Americas were singing he just sort of strummed in the background.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Nancy Pelosi Urges Americans To Check Their Stimulus

At a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and hurting, it is good to know that Nancy Pelosi is out there with great ideas for creating jobs and for stimulating us in areas where it really counts.

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Give Me Liberty And Clean Underwear

Here is the first installment of my "All-Star Photo-Ops" which will be a regular feature on this blog. These special photo-ops give me a chance to emphasize my patriotic side and to show a little "tough love" as I urge my fellow Americans to make the necessary sacrifices to get our nation going again.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

President Obama, We Need A Bail-Out!

In this first installment of my "Obama Taco Underwear" cartoon series, the Smith family of Pittsburgh and Josh, a laid off turkey plant worker, ask President Obama when they are going to get their share of all this money that is being handed out. President Obama does his best to answer their questions honestly and respectfully in these tough economic times.

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