The artist who turned Barack Obama into a Stalin-style poster icon is now very disappointed in our great leader. In a recent interview with Esquire, Shepard Fairey pulled no punches about the presidency he heralded with his commie-kampf depiction of the ultimate red-diaper baby.
Do you think Obama has lived up to your “Hope” poster?
Not even close.
Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he’s compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he’d support]. I’ve met Obama a few times, and I think Obama’s a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your 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.
Well, OK, maybe Fairey pulled his punches a little.
How long ago 2008 seems, back when the Hope-and-Change candidate was posing with Greek columns and beaming upon the Brandenberg Gate in his pursuit of the presidency.
Shortly thereafter, the Nobel Prize committee crowned him prom king, and next thing you know, well, here we are.