Jon McNaughton ‘The Forgotten Man’ Painting of President Barack Obama standing on the Constitution (Credit: Jon McNaughton)
In the new painting, a man, sitting in the throes of depression on a park bench in front of a White House, is seen surrounded by 43 presidents. On the other side, Obama is standing on the Constitution ignoring the depressed man while James Madon pleading Obama not to stand on the Constitution.
The painting also features discarded dollar bills and scraps of paper with individual constitutional amendments scrawled onto them.
Initially, the painting was released in 2010 and has resurfaced, causing a stir when it appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's blog for caption contest.
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McNaughton also uploaded a video on YouTube which shows him painting the canvas with a soundtrack that follows a movie trailer.
For a long time I didn't know if I wanted to paint this picture, because I worried it might be too controversial. This man on the park bench represents every man, woman, and child who is an American... he hopes to find the American dream of happiness and prosperity, McNaughton said in the voiceover.
But now because of unconstitutional acts imposed by the American people by our government we stand on the precipice of disasters, he added.
I don't place all the blame on Obama. On my website I try to explain what each president has done, he said. The thing I like about the painting is that it does get people talking.
Watch the video here: