Obama: 101 Best Covers: Power, Portraiture and Propaganda

Writer and publisher Ben Arogundade looks at President Obama’s time in the White House through a series of newspaper and magazine covers, compares the coverage with that now given to Donald Trump and discusses power, portraiture and propaganda.

Arogundade was in Times Square, New York, on 4 November 2008 to witness the election of America’s first African-American president. He began collecting newspaper and magazine covers of Obama the next day and has amassed a collection in the hundreds. The images show Obama in various guises from feminist to communist, fashion model, Jew, Superman and Hindu deity. 

Arogundade is a writer based in London. His first book, Black Beauty, on society’s historical perceptions of the black image was made into a three-part BBC documentary.

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