The Forgotten Man by John McNaughton

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Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future. Some of the past Presidents try to console him while looking in the direction of the modern Presidents as if to say, “What have you done?” Many of these modern Presidents, seemingly oblivious to anything other than themselves, appear to be congratulating each other on their great accomplishments. In front of the man, paper trash is blowing in the wind. Crumpled dollar bills, legislative documents, and, like a whisper—the U.S. Constitution beneath the foot of Barack Obama.

For my take on the painting (and to find out who the Forgotten Man is) click here: http://sethadamsmith.com/2010/09/07/the-forgotten-man/

The only quibble I have with The Forgotten Man is that Abraham Lincoln would not have been been all that perturbed by Obama, or anyone else, trampling on the US Constitution, owing to the fact that Lincoln had quite a history of flouting the Constitution himself. Ironically, Lincoln would have been far more upset by seeing a mulatto in any position of political power. For that reason only, Lincoln’s facial expression and stance in the painting makes sense.

Be that as it may, The Forgotten Man is a poignant visual portrayal of our current plight. More about the painting here. Click the image to enlarge, then mouse over each image in the portrait for details.


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