Drew Friedman: Obama portrait for The New Yorker

 The First
My favorite living portrait artist, Drew Friedman, created the magnificent cover art for this week's New Yorker. The painting is titled "The First." The New Yorker, January 26, 2009


  1. It’s going to be awfully boring if the next President is just a standard, old white dude.

  2. Am I the only one who would like to see the entire Judiciary wing go back to wearing the wigs and make the lawyers dress in robes and wigs as well?

  3. If you ask me, Barack Obama is one of the Founding Fathers! Lucky for us, he’s here now and not 250+ years ago.

  4. i’m all for Obama, and i love Friedman, but is it just me or does he look slightly walleyed in this portrait?


  5. This post is fantastic.

    Aside from the brilliant technical artistry, the emotions that that work evokes are so very long overdue.

  6. Drew Friedman completely stole this drawing from Lalo Alcaraz. The New Yorker and Friedman owes an explanation to Lalo A.S.A.P!!!

    Lalo Alcaraz drawing was online before this issue was prdocued. The image also appeared in a color Sunday cartoon in his daily nationally syndicated La Cucaracha comic strip, as seen locally in the Los Angeles Times, and in over 65 newspapers nationwide.


  7. this New Yorker cover is a RIP OFF. Mexican American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz had done this already way back during the campaign…

  8. I wonder in all my post Obama unity haze, if anyone can comment on my Obama/Washington piece, titled “Obama Washington,” from February 2008, which ran in my editorial cartoon space at Universal Press Syndicate.

    lalo alcaraz

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