Jon McNaughton, a conservative artist with a penchant for creating politically charged paintings, has just released his most controversial painting yet...
The painting depicts a smiling President Obama playing golf -- while a fiery, nuclear explosion is clearly visible in the background.
The name of the painting? Obama's Foreign Policy.
In a post to his Facebook followers, McNaughton wrote: "I felt a need to paint a new image to capture the delicate situation we face as Americans." Then, after listing a number of countries in turmoil he adds, "Since Obama has been President he has played over 200 rounds of golf. THIS is not a game."
While McNaughton certainly has a talent for controversy, he may have gone a little too far on this one. Yes, President Obama has played over 200 rounds of golf, but even President Bush said that he shouldn't be criticized for that (and President Eisenhower played over 800 rounds of golf)!
Furthermore, it's unfair to blame one person for all the problems in a particular country (nevermind dozens of countries). President Obama is the President of the United States, not the President of the World. Besides, political issues (at home and abroad) are always far more nuanced and complicated than we'd like to believe. It's hard to make the right choice when millions of other people have differing opinions on what is right.
Still, McNaughton's painting is a strong image that will undoubtedly stoke the fire for conservative critics.