Not In My House
By Maria Nevarez- St. John Fisher College
February 11, 2013
This picture clearly and cleverly depicts Barack basically telling Mitt Romney that nobody is taking his place for the next four years, as the saying goes “this is my house”. I chose this meme for a couple of reasons, one being that the election was significant to me because, in the first election, when I voted for Obama, it was the first election that I was able to vote. It felt very important to me because it was also a milestone in a few other ways, choosing between a women and possibly the first African American president of the United States. I watched all of the debates and was invested in seeing if my choice four years ago would continue for another four years. There is a lot of cultural significance to the saying “this is my house”. It has been used in numerous movies, one of which is “Home Alone” where basically, the same situation in a different context was taking place. Other people tried to take what was his, he fought back and won. Taking a look deeper into the meaning of the picture, I think one could take this picture to also mean that Mitt Romney was trying to “buy” the American public and the seat in the coveted white house oval office with his campaign. Whoever did this political meme was clearly an Obama supporter and wasn’t afraid to show it. It shows that no matter what people try to throw at him, he can and will handle it. With respect to the title of this article, I thought, “Not in my house” would be fitting. I’m sure that many people have seen the commercial that I believe debuted on Superbowl Sunday with the basketball player Dikembe Mutombo. However, for those of you who haven’t, it is a Geico commercial where the basketball player goes around and blocks all of the shots people make, whether it is throwing something away or putting groceries into your cart at the store, he blocks them all. In the end, it’s still Obama’s house and it will be for the next four years. Buy the American people? This photo is like Obama saying “Not in my house!” This is just my interpretation, I respect other peoples views and opinions.