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A Style of Obama Poster Not Likely To Be Widely Imitated
NRO Campaign Spot ^ | March 14, 2008 | by Jim Geraghty

Posted on 03/14/2008 4:12:05 PM PDT by jdm

It's a free country, and if Barack Obama's campaign wants to make money from posters ($70 a pop!) designed by the artist Shepard Fairey, they can go right ahead. (The candidate himself thanked the artist, and said that his "images have a profound affect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign." You know, because they're put on stickers and posted all over public property.)

And I'm sure I'll be told that the artist uses Communist propaganda imagery in an ironic way, or a satirical way, or in a way of making a pro-freedom political statement that I'm too obtuse to get.

It's not even that I don't like the style of his art— I was surprised to see he did this very striking poster for the movie "Walk the Line" which became the DVD cover.

But I can't help but wonder if it wise for a campaign to use an Obama poster that seems so stylistically similar to Fairey's posters that feature Stalin and Lenin, Saddam Hussein, Stalin and his cabinet, Stalin and Lenin again, and again, and Mao, Lenin again, Stalin again, Mao again...

Like with the Che flag in the Texas office, doesn't it seem a little odd that nobody around the people making this decision took a moment to say, "uh, guys, are we sure this is the image we want to associate with our candidate?"

Paging Jonah Goldberg.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communists; fairey; fearlessleader; nobama; obama; obamatruthfile; obey; posters; ripoff; shepardfairey; starkravingsocialist
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$70 for an Obama poster? I thought his supporters were all oppressed and broke!
1 posted on 03/14/2008 4:12:06 PM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm
said that his "images have a profound affect on people,

They sure do!

I'm still shaking my head.

2 posted on 03/14/2008 4:14:33 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: LasVegasMac
Profound effect on people, indeed.

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Alfred H. Obama
3 posted on 03/14/2008 4:17:29 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: jdm
images have a profound affect on people

Yeah, turns them into fat, blithering idiots.

4 posted on 03/14/2008 4:18:57 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: newheart
Even more profound effects:

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5 posted on 03/14/2008 4:19:09 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: newheart

LOL!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 03/14/2008 4:20:35 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: newheart

LOL


7 posted on 03/14/2008 4:20:35 PM PDT by jdm (Contrary to popular belief, the search function works just fine.)
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To: jdm

CHANGE

8 posted on 03/14/2008 4:23:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: jdm

When I first saw it, It reminded me of Che.


9 posted on 03/14/2008 4:23:22 PM PDT by imskylark
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To: jdm

Looks positively Orwellian.


10 posted on 03/14/2008 4:25:42 PM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: jdm

Down with Big Brother!


11 posted on 03/14/2008 4:30:17 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: jdm
$70 for an Obama poster?

Gee. And I'll let people print this one out for free. :-)


12 posted on 03/14/2008 4:30:26 PM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: jdm

13 posted on 03/14/2008 4:30:42 PM PDT by AndrewB
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To: newheart

BWAAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
That says it all!
THATS AWESOME~!!!


14 posted on 03/14/2008 4:31:12 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot ("Contrarianism" is Creativity for the Untalented)
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To: jdm

Innovative approach to raise money! This guys’ “Yes We Can” video has at least guaranteed he shows up ahead in Dem Convention in every numerical category. From their own, Arkansas Mafia and Party Elders may hand it to Hildabeast, that’s a different story. However, this approach deserves Credit! The idea is to make yourself more appealing and make money and there is nothing wrong with that.

As far as similarity to other posters - that’s the artist’s style. It doesn’t change from picture to picture. That’s true for all Artists.

Mac Should STEAL this idea. Take the TOP GUN route!

Cool Jets with his faint image in Background, it would be worth a shot!


15 posted on 03/14/2008 4:33:39 PM PDT by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: newheart
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16 posted on 03/14/2008 4:37:57 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: uglybiker

I like McCain’s temper.

Really.


17 posted on 03/14/2008 4:38:07 PM PDT by JRochelle (John Thune for VEEP.)
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To: jdm

We should post this link on every thread to do with the campaign, hillderbeast or “O”
With the line:

Remember Martin Luther, Jr.’s Dream! NOW is the time to follow it!

http://www.nationalblackrepublicans.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.DYK-Unveiled%20Democrats%20Racist%20Past&tp_preview=true

http://www.nationalblackrepublicans.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.BlackGOP&tp_preview=true&x=9180878

Shhh - don’t give away the secret


18 posted on 03/14/2008 4:45:06 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: jdm

Red shadowing on the face = bad

19 posted on 03/14/2008 4:47:52 PM PDT by Toskrin (Bringing you global cooling since 1999)
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To: jdm
WOW!

I heard of ObeyGiant.com a long time ago.

For a while now I thought Obama's posters looked familiar, now I know why.

20 posted on 03/14/2008 4:48:30 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: jdm

The guy likes Red.


21 posted on 03/14/2008 4:51:00 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: InterceptPoint

And Reds too apparently...


22 posted on 03/14/2008 4:54:42 PM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: jdm

I don’t know much about art, but I know Lenin-era propaganda art when I see it!


23 posted on 03/14/2008 4:57:14 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: jdm

Fascist posters for a NICE fascist.


24 posted on 03/14/2008 5:09:14 PM PDT by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: jdm

 

25 posted on 03/14/2008 5:09:41 PM PDT by counterpunch (Kick McCain upstairs)
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To: martin_fierro

lol. Is that a liberal version of the rapture?


26 posted on 03/14/2008 5:13:40 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (There's no 'F' in 'Conservative GOP Candidates'.)
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To: martin_fierro

I amazed that one got airborne. But then, that’s the power of Hope.


27 posted on 03/14/2008 5:19:01 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: jdm

My SIL, a junior in college, is taking a graphic design class. The book they are using had a section about 20th Century propaganda posters. When you see them together in a book, whether they are Soviet, Cuban, etc., you do start to see a pattern.


28 posted on 03/14/2008 5:21:36 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one recipe at a time http://www.youtube.com/Tamar1973)
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To: Corin Stormhands

29 posted on 03/14/2008 5:34:08 PM PDT by null and void (It's 3 AM, do you know where Hillary is? Does she know where Bill is? Does Bill know what 'is' is?)
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To: null and void

30 posted on 03/14/2008 5:40:45 PM PDT by counterpunch (Kick McCain upstairs)
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To: counterpunch
Middle-named is more on point, as we are not allowed to say “HUSSEIN”

Very good image, though...

31 posted on 03/14/2008 5:44:33 PM PDT by null and void (It's 3 AM, do you know where Hillary is? Does she know where Bill is? Does Bill know what 'is' is?)
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To: jdm
Photobucket

hmm...

32 posted on 03/14/2008 5:46:42 PM PDT by rake ("more rubble, less trouble" VD Hanson)
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To: jdm

That’s seventy bucks that could be spent on the poor, but as Obama would say, the poor you have always with you,etc.


33 posted on 03/14/2008 5:49:30 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: jdm

I’m amazed the libs can’t see where their cult of personality is leading them.


34 posted on 03/14/2008 5:50:47 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: newheart
Photobucket
35 posted on 03/14/2008 5:53:50 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: AndrewB

Are you in LA? These posters are everywhere ... but for the last 8 years.


36 posted on 03/14/2008 5:55:27 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: null and void

Are you aware that “Barack” is an islamic word for “blessed” in arabic?


37 posted on 03/14/2008 6:01:47 PM PDT by counterpunch (Kick McCain upstairs)
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To: martin_fierro

Is that the new lapel pin to replace the US flag?


38 posted on 03/14/2008 6:12:50 PM PDT by olezip
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To: jdm
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Change!

39 posted on 03/14/2008 6:14:01 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: null and void

40 posted on 03/14/2008 6:41:18 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (When life gives you lemons...don't forget the vodka...)
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To: jdm

Sorry, but that artist is sorely lacking in creativity.

What’s he got... like 5 colors and no imagination?


41 posted on 03/14/2008 7:07:23 PM PDT by KarenMarie
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To: jdm

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1985563/posts


42 posted on 03/14/2008 7:16:16 PM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: counterpunch

And also mohammad’s horse. (A dark horse candidate?)

Question: Sir, we read in the Koran that Mohammed had a horse called Baraq. We also read that this horse had wings and the face and breasts of a woman and the tail of a peacock. . Most interestingly, we read in the Koran that Mohammed road Baraq 700 miles over night, that’s 80 miles an hour, to Jerusalem, dismounted and ascended to Heaven to chat with God. My question sir, is if you are elected President, given our energy crisis, can you help us get some of these horses? And sir, will they look like Angelina Jolie or Margaret Thatcher?


43 posted on 03/14/2008 7:28:57 PM PDT by null and void (It's 3 AM, do you know where Hillary is? Does she know where Bill is? Does Bill know what 'is' is?)
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To: jdm

I got your poster right here

44 posted on 03/14/2008 7:39:18 PM PDT by Nateman (I made that graphic with Linux .)
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To: Nateman

Abomination.

Obamanation.

Tous les deux.


45 posted on 03/14/2008 7:44:21 PM PDT by Radix (Sarcasm? Yeah we got that too!)
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To: martin_fierro

46 posted on 03/14/2008 7:45:08 PM PDT by counterpunch (Kick McCain upstairs)
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To: Constitution Day

47 posted on 03/14/2008 8:36:50 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: BunnySlippers

:-)


48 posted on 03/14/2008 9:18:33 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: martin_fierro; Lucky9teen

49 posted on 03/15/2008 10:41:06 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Change we can be laughing at.)
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To: counterpunch

50 posted on 03/15/2008 10:42:35 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Change we can be laughing at.)
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