Remember Benghazi only happened because the State Department had no money for security. And the military had no money for planes. And Obama had no money for his campaign and had to rush to Vegas to fundraise with Beyonce.
Among the artworks selected for inclusion in the "Art in Embassies" exhibit in Stockholm, Greenfield notes Paul Rusconi's "Barack Obama, 2008." Although the auction house put an estimate on this work of $5-7,000, taxpayers walked away with it for a mere $ 20,000.
Acquired directly from the artist. This work is unique. Digital screen inks on Plexiglas with c-print mounted to Sintra in the artist’s wooden frame. 48 1/2 x 62 in. (132.2 x 157.5 cm). Artist’s blindstamp on metallic label adhered to the reverse.
I cannot help but be reminded of another exhibit in Stockholm... back in 2004:
The exhibit consist[ed] of the photo of the female Palestinian suicide bomber who blew 21 Israelis to their deaths in a Haifa restaurant on October 4 ... planted on a boat floating serenely on a large pool of red water.
Labeled “Snow White”, it was shown in an exhibition that opened Friday night, January 16, at Stockholm’s Museum of National Antiquities, part of [a] ... conference on genocide hosted by the Swedish government.
After wrecking the exhibit and calling it “a monstrosity and an affront to the grieving families,” the Israeli ambassador was hustled out of the museum and informed he would be summoned to the Swedish foreign ministry next Monday to explain his actions.
In Jerusalem, the Israeli foreign ministry official Ran Curiel called the Swedish ambassador to warn him that if the offensive exhibit is not removed, Israel will reconsider its attendance at the conference. Sweden, he said, would not be allowed to hide behind the principle of artistic freedom to justify terrorist murders of Israeli citizens.
A diplomatic storm had blown up in hours.
The designers happened to be an ex-Israeli Swede called Dror Feiler and his Swedish wife Gunilla Skoeld Feiler. Dror is president of a group called “Jews for Palestinian Peace.”
Far away and long ago... and yet, not so much.
And for all you Joe Lieberman Zvi Mazel fans out there, while he is obviously no longer the Israeli ambassador to Sweden, he does write at the JPost -- and lately often about Egypt, where he served as Israel's ambassador from 1996 to 2001.