I don't remember a single W. or Clinton cake, though of course I wasn't following food blogs in the 1990s and early 2000s (however, I just found this creepy cake on the Web). Clearly, the strength and reproduceability of the Shepard Fairey portrait has fueled this trend, as have the rising numbers of artists working in food.
I'm also a little disturbed. Without straying into Mudedeland, I wonder: Are we Dems so passionate about our new president that we need to consume him, even in effigy? By eating Obama's face, are we hoping for some kind of protection or power? Is cake the new black velvet? Is liberal president-worshipping the new conservative flag-idolizing? Is Obama the new Mao?