Are you ready to laugh?
Nelson Shanks, the artist who painted the official portrait of President William Jefferson Clinton, just revealed that he intentionally included a “shadow” in the painting to represent the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the shadow it cast over the Clinton presidency. <Yahoo News, link, via Philadelphia Daily News>
If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantel in the Oval Office, I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.
Not only did the artist sneak a shadow in, he also apparently left off Mr. Clinton’s wedding ring…
And there is one more thing about this painting that I find amusing, and that is the way Slick Willie is standing, hand on hip, turned towards the shadow: to me it looks as though he is standing at a urinal, about to take a piss.
Did the artist intend this as well? He has not said so, but I find this possibility compelling given that Bill Clinton metaphorically pissed all over the White House during his time there, and all over the Rule of Law and national security.
Shanks had another unkind thing to say about Clinton:
The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time.
Uh, no, Mr. Shanks, Bill Clinton, although a legendary liar of the highest order, has been replaced by Barack Hussein Obama, the most dangerous and destructive liar ever to inhabit the United States, let alone the White House.