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Obama Joker artist unmasked: A fellow Chicagoan
LA Times Blogs ^ | August 17, 2009 | Mark Milian

Posted on 08/18/2009 1:05:18 AM PDT by MestaMachine

When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "Batman" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?

Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain?

Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.

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Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he's plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics.

"I think he's definitely doing better than Bush was," Alkhateeb said of Obama. Alkhateeb's views on foreign relations align with the Democrats, he said, while he prefers Republican ideals on domestic issues.

Alkhateeb's assessment of Obama: "In terms of domestic policy, I don't think he's really doing much good for the country right now," he said. "We don't have to 'hero worship' the guy."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alkhateeb; chicago; duplicate; firasalkhateeb; joker; jokerposter; obama; palestinian
He did the original, but he ain't the one who did the posters. The poster poster remains anonymous.
1 posted on 08/18/2009 1:05:19 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: MestaMachine

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2318413/posts


2 posted on 08/18/2009 1:09:35 AM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: Mojave

Yeah, I know. Already asked the mod to take it down. I looked for it before I posted it but didn’t see it. My bad.


3 posted on 08/18/2009 1:12:32 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Please delete this article. It has already been posted. I missed it.
Thanks


4 posted on 08/18/2009 1:16:16 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: MestaMachine

I don’t know if the mod’s delete articles at 4:30AM (1:30AM their time). I think it’s only a dupe if it’s posted during normal FReeping hours. :O)


5 posted on 08/18/2009 1:40:56 AM PDT by library user
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To: MestaMachine

So much for the Democrat media cries of “big ultra-conservative grassroots groups” conspiracy.


6 posted on 08/18/2009 1:45:08 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: library user
I think it’s only a dupe if it’s posted during normal FReeping hours.

Maybe to be a real dupe it has to have posted twice or more in breaking news. This one only made twice, (so far,) in front page news.

7 posted on 08/18/2009 1:53:39 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Everyone signing up after Nov 28, 1997 is a newbie.)
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To: library user

These ARE my normal freeping hours.


8 posted on 08/18/2009 2:26:00 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

This guy must have been cowering in his dorm room since the poster poster started posting posters of the Joker poster.
Ha! Say that real fast three times.


9 posted on 08/18/2009 2:30:33 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: MestaMachine

I’m glad you posted it as I hadn’t seen it before.


10 posted on 08/18/2009 2:39:08 AM PDT by South40 (Islam has a long tradition of tolerance, ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: South40

me 2......double posting cops need to chill


11 posted on 08/18/2009 2:51:21 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: South40

I hope they never catch the poster poster. A VERY worthwhile endeavor, so it is. he deserves a medal, whoever he/she/they is.


12 posted on 08/18/2009 3:08:32 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: MestaMachine

The true impact of the Obama image isn’t the face, it’s the ‘Socialist’ moniker that drives the impact.

Barry O is a socialist.

That’s the dirty little secret that the MSM washed over so well in the last election. From his wife’s thesis, to his life long associations with with leftest and socialist, to his 20 year association with a church and preacher that offered a mixture of hatred, racism, anarchy and socialism.

Barry O is nothing more than a puppet to the left-wing agenda. A well groomed and intelligent teleprompter reader, who’s ability to mesmerize was completely overblown and over sold by a main stream media hell bent on beating George Bush, even if he wasn’t running for office.

Jimmy Carter may just well become the second worst president in the history of the United States.


13 posted on 08/18/2009 3:14:20 AM PDT by jerod (They were pro-abortion, for gun control & wanted a cleaner environment at all cost - The NAZI party)
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To: MestaMachine

Boy talk about a tortured route to try to blame it on Repubs.
We are suppose to believe he supported Kucinich BUT he supports Repubs on Social issues. PAAALLLEEESE.
Is the msm that desperate. I still don’t see in the latest version that he is a Democrat.


14 posted on 08/18/2009 3:18:26 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: Nathan Zachary

Yeah this is the Kucinich position:
So says Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley in an interview with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann about Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush – a document that Olbermann calls “a remarkably lengthy and thorough record of high crimes and misdemeanors.
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Democrats are pathological liars....FAKE DOC AT SJL TWNHALL......gEORGIA TWNHALL dEM STATING fox TELLS EVERYONE TO DISRUPT TWNHALL MEETINGS........NOW THIS GUY..i VOTED FOR KUCINICH BUUUT I REALLY HAVE REPUBLICAN SOCIAL VALUES.

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We need a daily updated list of dem and fellow traveler lies.


15 posted on 08/18/2009 3:33:07 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: MestaMachine

Don’t worry about the double post.

The other story was over eight hours ago.


16 posted on 08/18/2009 3:54:28 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: MestaMachine

Thanks for the post - I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise!


17 posted on 08/18/2009 4:12:32 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: MestaMachine

And, the poster poster is a genius. I hope he remains anonymous.


18 posted on 08/18/2009 4:33:52 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: MestaMachine

Personally I think you’re the poster poster since this article has been posted twice. ;^)


19 posted on 08/18/2009 4:41:12 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: MestaMachine
So now the press have to write stories about people who mock the president?

I'll be the ten millionth person to say it--if they took this stance when W was president...

20 posted on 08/18/2009 5:25:05 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: MestaMachine

Firas Alkhateeb? Oh, so its a fellow muzzie? No problemo.


21 posted on 08/18/2009 5:51:23 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Forget going Galt. Its time to go Braveheart.)
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To: MestaMachine

I hope this guy is clean; you know they’ll be doing a Joe the Plumber on him. They’ll be looking at his BC, school records, passport applications . . . .


22 posted on 08/18/2009 5:56:45 AM PDT by Genoa
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To: MestaMachine

Mr. Alkhateeb: A free marketer for in the US.....

....A socialist when it comes to “Palestine.” Well....he has it half right.


23 posted on 08/18/2009 6:09:42 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: MestaMachine
Should have kept this secret.

Why?

The Brown Shirts will be coming after him...

24 posted on 08/18/2009 6:19:31 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: MestaMachine

Wow! You mean it wasn’t a blue eyed devil??? Hey— Chicagoans know this guy! hahaha!


25 posted on 08/18/2009 6:22:48 AM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: saganite
Personally I think you’re the poster poster since this article has been posted twice. ;^)

More likely, he's just another poster poster poster.

26 posted on 08/18/2009 6:31:55 AM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: Genoa

Dems do hateful Bush posters.
Dems make wish for Bush assassination, even making movies about Bush being assasinated.
Is fine.
Free speech.

One Obama poster done and the Dems in total outrage (and the usual hate).

Diogenes, looking for an honest Dem leader, would be fishing in a dry well.

Politics, too often, attracts the worst people.
The power hungry, the extremist, the corrupt.

Another reason for all elected and appointed positions to be chosen by random lot, ala jury duty.
Thus improving our govt leadership from corrupt&incompetent, to merely incompetent, a 100% improvement.


27 posted on 08/18/2009 7:15:17 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Mainstream Media cheered: Ascension of Castro, Chavez and now Obama.)
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To: MestaMachine
Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he's plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics.

You just can't make this stuff up. The Dims won't go after this guy with the abandon they would a white or Republican.

28 posted on 08/18/2009 8:32:11 AM PDT by TheThinker
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To: thulldud; saganite; PhilDragoo

No. I am a but a humble post poster. I post posts. The poster poster posts posters. When the post posting gets tough, the poster poster gets going.
And a mighty fine job he does of it too.


29 posted on 08/18/2009 2:10:13 PM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: MestaMachine

I posit that everyone who posts the poster poster posts is ex post facto a poster poster himself even though the original poster poster is in fact the poster child for these posts. But I’m over it already. In fact you could say I’m post poster poster. This is my last post on the subject. I’m burned out. A post toastie if you will.


30 posted on 08/18/2009 4:04:53 PM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: MestaMachine

Hmph. Somebody is gonna report you to the Postmaster General.


31 posted on 08/18/2009 7:51:31 PM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: thulldud; All

And thus ends a glorious and most enjoyable posting of posts to this post.
Thanks everyone. It was great. No harm in a little fun to break some of the tension we all feel.


32 posted on 08/18/2009 8:14:37 PM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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