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Creator of Viral Obama Poster Loses Hope

Creator of Viral Obama Poster Loses Hope

“I hate to say Americans are ignorant and lazy…”

If you were paying attention to American politics in 2008, you couldn’t escape from the viral Obama “hope” poster created by Shepard Fairey. His simple image became a symbol of the junior senator’s presidential campaign and was proudly displayed by Obama supporters on Facebook.

Unfortunately for Fairey, his love of Obama was doomed to wither on the vine.

Adam B. Lerner of Politico:

‘Hope’ poster artist Shepard Fairey says Obama let him down

Shepard Fairey, the street artist behind the famous “Hope” poster that went viral during Barack Obama’s historic 2008 presidential run, said that the president has not lived up to his expectations.

In an interview with Esquire, Fairey acknowledged that “Obama has had a really tough time” but said he’s “not even close” to having lived up to the “Hope” poster created for him.

“I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he’d support],” Fairey added in the interview, posted Thursday.

He tempered his response saying that he’s met the president a few times and that he thinks he is a “quality human being,” adding that his presidential record has been largely dictated by things out of his control.

“I’m not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step,” Fairey said.

That’s funny. I remember when Democrats touted Obama’s fundraising prowess as proof of his ability to be president. Don’t worry, Shepard. I’m sure Hillary Clinton will get big money out of politics. (Pun intended.)

Here’s more from the Matt Patches Esquire piece about Mr. Fairey:

We also need a public that isn’t so uneducated and complacent. I hate to say Americans are ignorant and lazy, but a lot of them are ignorant and lazy. It’s just like what I was talking about with Rebel Music and art. When you live in a place that has a lot of good things that make life easier, it’s easier to take them for granted. But what frustrates me to no end are people who want to blame Obama or blame anything that is something that if they were actually doing anything as simple as voting, it might not be as bad as it is. There’s a lot of finger pointing and very little action and very little research into the dynamics that created the situation that they’re unhappy about.

Uneducated? Complacent? It almost sounds like Fairey is describing the millions of ‘low information’ voters who cast their ballots for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Obama probably would have tried to get money out of politics but to be fair, he had other priorities.

Jon Gabriel of Ricochet:

Perhaps Obama was too busy raising $1.1 billion in 2012 to get around to taking money out of politics.

Featured image via Wikipedia.

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Comments

“He tempered his response saying that he’s met the president a few times and that he thinks he is a “quality human being,”…”

What a complete and total idiot.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to walls. | May 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    That bears repeating.

    walls: “What a complete and total idiot.”

    Couldn’t have been said better.

    Shepard Fairey is a total tool, complete idiot, and he only waited 8 years to vent. Unbelievable.

…adding that his presidential record has been largely dictated by things out of his control.

The Limbaugh Theorem in action.

Remember when candidate Obama, who was so very concerned about the corrosive effects of money in politics, pledged to accept public financing for his presidential campaign, and challenged the not-yet-nominated Republican nominee to do the same, for the good of the country?

LOL. Then, when candidate Obama realized that he could have a significant money advantage over his opponent if he didn’t accept public financing, he pretended that he’d never made the pledge in the first place, and all his “principled” talk about the corrosive effects of money in politics suddenly disappeared.

That’s your “quality human being” right there Fairey. A politician with no principles whatsoever; a man who will lie and cheat and trample the constitution or anything else that gets in the way of his personal ambitions. A hypocritical sleazebag.

But you’re right about one thing, Fairey: many Americans are too ignorant and lazy to acquaint themselves with the facts about the candidates to whom they give their votes. Unfortunately, you’re one of those ignorant and lazy Americans, Fairey.

“…but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step,” Fairey said.

Take money out of politics? Then why does he vote a party that coerces money out of the private sector via the mandates, fiat money, deficit inducing public pensions and cradle to grave entitlements?

Why should he be dismayed by the swarm of political fruit flies and maggots that have taken resident on the carcass of previously productive, private capital?

Henry Hawkins | May 29, 2015 at 11:32 am

A standard billboard is 14′ x 48′, but if you are standing too close to it, you can’t read it.

Obama = Billboard
Shepard Fairey = Standing too close
Conservatives = 500′ away and reading Obama quite clearly.

Obama was supposed to be liberalism’s “Great Red Hope”. People, at one time, thought Lenin and Stalin were “quality human beings”. Obama turns out to be a trashy little man, that is the come to life symptom of a trashy ideology, that has captured one of our political parties and won’t let it go. On the plus side, Obama has brought all the Lefty snakes out of their holes in the MSM, academia and elsewhere. So the kniving idiot has been useful.

Fairey (NPI) is personally responsible for his staggeringly poor judgement of character. When he chose to give Obama an artistic slobber-bath, he voluntarily declined to attempt to understand the character of the man he was promoting. That Obama’s character was apparent to a casual observer is demonstrated by the fact that almost half of the country clearly saw it and proclaimed it loudly to anyone who would listen. That Fairey heard those voices is inevitable. Therefore, he is guilty of not just misjudging Obama’s character, but of misjudging the character of those who warned him of Obama’s character. He is a continuous string of fail unmatched by any except other Obama voters. To get any more fail in him, he’d have to go to prison and have a bulky cellmate named Fail.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Immolate. | May 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    AMEN!

    It didn’t even take a full 10 minutes of research early in the 2008 primaries to document Obama was a fraud and a fake – all the way!

    FrankNatoli in reply to Immolate. | May 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Note that Fairey has his panties in knots because Obama wasn’t Liberal enough, didn’t act sufficiently the lawless tyrant. Some people are difficult to please.

Consider that when Fairey complained that too many Americans were ignorant and lazy, he probably meant us.

    Immolate in reply to mariner. | May 29, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I think he meant those who voted for Obama, but then voted for Republican congress-critters in 2010 and 2014.

Insufficiently Sensitive | May 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

We also need a public that isn’t so uneducated and complacent. I hate to say Americans are ignorant and lazy, but a lot of them are ignorant and lazy.

The ignorant and lazy Americans are the ones who were carried away in a rosy pink haze and, refusing to learn anything about qualifications or actions or biases of one BH Obama, got him elected via a tsunami of misleading publicity and fawning artwork.

That would include the ever-so-enlightened Shepard Fairey.

“… taking money out of politics would be a really good first step,” Fairey said.

The Clintons have taken too much money and have disqualified themselves.

Oh cue those violins since obama let him down. Too bad he wasn’t a better judge of character or had the ability to see that obama wasn’t worth admiring. Shepard is just another loser who wanted the gov to be his mommy and daddy.

PersonFromPorlock | May 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm

“I’m sure Hillary Clinton will get big money out of politics. (Pun intended.)”

That’s no pun, it’s a double entendre. Or even, to paraphrase Terry Pratchett on Nanny Ogg, “a single intender and proud of it.”

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