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Obama's Posters: Message in the Image
American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2008 | Peggy Shapiro

Posted on 04/15/2008 5:42:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

There is something unsettling and very familiar in the Obama poster campaign which has plastered his image over the country. The posters depict the same graphic closeup of the candidate with one block word either "Hope," "Change" or "Progress" at the bottom. I knew that I had seen this before, and then it came to me that this image appropriates the graphic style of totalitarian Soviet propaganda. It recalls the idealzed portraits and personality cult of the "Beloved Leader" such as Stalin and Lenin. The leader, face illuminated by a "holy" light, looks off to the horizon and sees the truth that is not available to his mere mortal followers, who must look up to his image.

The one-word message offers a simple (simple-minded) promise of a utopian existence. These stenciled words bring to mind They Live, a 1988 film, in which secret alien gods take over Los Angeles and control the inhabitants by subliminal billboard messages which display the word "Obey." Coincidentally or not, the website for the artist, Shepard Fairey, who designed Obama's posters is called Obey and boasts on its homepage, "Manufacturing quality dissent since 1989," and the artist bills himself as an agent of "worldwide propaganda delivery."

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; election; elections; fairey; hillary; jeremiahwright; obama; shepardfairey; theylive
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1 posted on 04/15/2008 5:42:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Brilliant analysis. Careful, America, you are toying with annihilation.
2 posted on 04/15/2008 5:55:13 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: Kaslin
His image and posters should be covered over with this phrase:

THE TRUTH ABOUT BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY

3 posted on 04/15/2008 5:55:18 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Kaslin

Well, this should help people wake up. The thought that pops into my head is that of the “Leader” in the movie “Sleeper” - - wheelchair, seeing eye dog, etc.


4 posted on 04/15/2008 5:55:46 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: Kaslin

They can’t use his actual theme: “Death to America”


5 posted on 04/15/2008 6:00:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Kaslin

6 posted on 04/15/2008 6:02:04 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Kaslin

Wow. Go to the site and compare the posters. Creepy!


7 posted on 04/15/2008 6:03:27 AM PDT by keats5 (tolerance of intolerant people is cultural suicide)
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8 posted on 04/15/2008 6:08:41 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it and I know it.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

WOW, that’s just SCARY.


9 posted on 04/15/2008 6:09:36 AM PDT by piytar
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To: BenLurkin

10 posted on 04/15/2008 6:11:14 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Creepy.

Note that Lenin's ear is in full view -- Obama's are obliterated by shadow. The Obama graphic also has a somewhat feminine quality.

All part of the "perfect" propaganda image of a highly imperfect human being.

11 posted on 04/15/2008 6:11:58 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: Wyatt's Torch

12 posted on 04/15/2008 6:12:40 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it and I know it.)
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To: piytar

Isn’t there a FReeper here who has a ‘shopped pic of that same poster with the word “obey”? Seems I seen it lately on another thread. I’m surprized it isn’t posted here yet.


13 posted on 04/15/2008 6:12:51 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (???!!!*** Proud kid of a SACO vet)
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To: keats5

I know, I saw them


14 posted on 04/15/2008 6:13:56 AM PDT by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

I need one of those posters to use for target practice.


15 posted on 04/15/2008 6:13:58 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: claudiustg

That looks like something right out of 1984. Creepy.

}:-)4


16 posted on 04/15/2008 6:14:32 AM PDT by Moose4 (If you get robbed, raped, or killed in Durham County, NC today, thank a probation officer.)
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To: Kaslin

Somebody ought to creat a yard sign with the Lenin and Obama poster pictures side by side.


17 posted on 04/15/2008 6:16:35 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Kaslin
Status quo is Change.
Regression is Progress.
Despair is Hope.

Big Brother

18 posted on 04/15/2008 6:17:01 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ErnBatavia

..................MUSLIM..................
19 posted on 04/15/2008 6:17:52 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Just look at that smirk on that snob


20 posted on 04/15/2008 6:19:31 AM PDT by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Moose4

Change...

21 posted on 04/15/2008 6:22:31 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it and I know it.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

22 posted on 04/15/2008 6:22:46 AM PDT by meandog (Please pray for future President McCain--day minus 278 and counting! Stay home and get Baraked!)
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To: Kaslin
The artist's most famous work:


23 posted on 04/15/2008 6:24:07 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (The average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. - Ratatouille)
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To: Kaslin

Hope...

24 posted on 04/15/2008 6:26:13 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it and I know it.)
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To: Kaslin

Just WOW!! I hope Rush has seen this little ditty this morning! This needs to get wide coverage. Once again American Thinker does the work that the DBM should be doing!!

GREAT JOB!!


25 posted on 04/15/2008 6:26:46 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: libstripper
Ya mean like this? It's a quickie.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

26 posted on 04/15/2008 6:27:13 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (???!!!*** Proud kid of a SACO vet)
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27 posted on 04/15/2008 6:27:49 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: ErnBatavia

LOL!!


28 posted on 04/15/2008 6:28:29 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (feh)
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To: Kaslin

Spot on - it *is* in the Soviet style. I thought those graphics were parodies with that in mind....are they the real deal?


29 posted on 04/15/2008 6:28:57 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: meandog
He even has his own Obama Youth.

Although they did change the name from "Obama Youth" to the more innocuous term "Youth 4 Obama." I guess they didn't want to be so outright about it...
30 posted on 04/15/2008 6:30:27 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: Kaslin

The posters are definitely creepy; but are they actually coming out of the Obama camp? The artist who got famous for his stupid “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” campaign doesn’t seem like someone that you’d want working on your campaign posters.


31 posted on 04/15/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT by Junior_G
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To: claudiustg

The cult of the great leader. Expect progressively worse irrationality from his supporters.


32 posted on 04/15/2008 6:31:52 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Unapologetically European)
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To: claudiustg
You beat me to it. Just put a fake smile on Adolphs face and you have a match with the new man of change.


33 posted on 04/15/2008 6:33:59 AM PDT by jetson
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To: ozark hilljilly

Just like that. Now it needs to be turned into a yard sign.


34 posted on 04/15/2008 6:34:53 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: nascarnation

35 posted on 04/15/2008 6:35:53 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it and I know it.)
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To: libstripper

well, thanks!
I just whipped that up, and on only 1 cup of coffee!
I wish I could find a better match for the “change” font, tho.
The whole thing needs a little cleaning up.


36 posted on 04/15/2008 6:37:39 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (???!!!*** Proud kid of a SACO vet)
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To: Kaslin

37 posted on 04/15/2008 6:40:42 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: Kaslin
Michelle Malkin has a couple good versions.


38 posted on 04/15/2008 6:42:59 AM PDT by knuthom
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To: Kaslin

Obama thinking: “Just look at all those typical white folks who are so ridden by racist guilt that they will elect even me...”


39 posted on 04/15/2008 6:50:50 AM PDT by nicola_tesla ("Life is Tough... It's Worse When You're Stupid".... John Wayne)
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To: Kaslin

And I thought Hillary was dangerous.


40 posted on 04/15/2008 6:50:54 AM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: ozark hilljilly
I noticed that many of the Soviet posters were about something and actually had a message. With the Obama posters it's just Obama, the pure cult of personality relating only to itself. The Stalin posters at least have some sort of context.
41 posted on 04/15/2008 6:55:33 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it and I know it.)
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To: JZelle
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42 posted on 04/15/2008 6:57:28 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (???!!!*** Proud kid of a SACO vet)
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To: claudiustg
I just saw this one photoshopped on a blog with the word "NOPE" at the bottom. Works for me.

OK, well we see his ears in this one. Any idea what the star inside the circle logo is about?

43 posted on 04/15/2008 7:00:20 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: claudiustg

Learn to love Big Brother


44 posted on 04/15/2008 7:01:34 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (???!!!*** Proud kid of a SACO vet)
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45 posted on 04/15/2008 7:03:17 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

Ok, that’s creepy!
(good detective work, btw.)


46 posted on 04/15/2008 7:05:50 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (???!!!*** Proud kid of a SACO vet)
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To: Kaslin
"Hussein Obama’s big mouth, small brain, condescending, America-hating, grandkid-baby-terminating, born-alive-infant-abandoning, America-hating-wife, kooky-moonbat-America-hating-pastor, racially-divisive, race-baiting, crotch-saluting, America-flag-disrespecting ... chickens ... coming home to roost ...!"


47 posted on 04/15/2008 7:10:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Kaslin
WOW! I hope this is finally the last nail in the marxist's coffing

Read about "Obey" here. Besides being a propagandist, he's a cheap plagiarist to boot.


The skull and crossbones T-shirt marketed by Fairey’s OBEY fashion line.


The death’s head logo of the Nazi Gestapo

48 posted on 04/15/2008 7:19:51 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ozark hilljilly

Way creepy!


49 posted on 04/15/2008 7:20:43 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: browardchad

Interesting observation about the ears. Suggests Obama doesn’t listen? He’s embarrassed about the Dumbo ears?


50 posted on 04/15/2008 7:22:03 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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