Somehow, despite all available evidence that there might be something odd about the overwrought media persona popping up around then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008, people are still, slowly, bizarrely, discovering that “campaign Barack” was a carefully crafted facade cocooning a mediocre public official. Celebrities have been abandoning the President as they’ve discovered he has a less-than-serious commitment to the kind of progressive ideals they all love and cherish. Progressives themselves have become so disillusioned with the reality of the Obama Administration, they’re lining up behind Bernie Sanders.
One notable defector has been Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the original Obama “Hope” poster that graced telephone poles and upper loft windows in Chicago’s hipper neighborhoods, and came to be the symbol of the enduring American rebirth that was only possible with one man’s election. Now, many years and many PATRIOT Acts past that day, Shepard Fairey has, indeed, given up on “Hope.” 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.
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.
It’s amazing to think that people who understand that a man is running on a platform of increasing the reach of government would be so naive as to believe that platform doesn’t include a massive increase in domestic surveillance. After all, how will they know how to control your life if he doesn’t know how you’re living it? But I digress from my schadenfreude.
Shepard Fairey lays the blame, mostly, on the American people, who he says are complacent in their own demise and who he would like to see vote in bigger numbers, something that clearly did not help him achieve his agenda the first time around. He may mean that he doesn’t like that people voted for a Republican Congress, but he’d be ignoring the fact that Obama was swept in on a Democratic wave that included both the House and Senate, and didn’t do much with what power he had, even then. But I also don’t expect Fairey to be a political genius. After losing all of his hope in his savior Obama, Fairey says he’s likely to support Hillary Clinton in the next election cycle. Because nothing says “a dawning new era of hope” like a seventy-year-old plutocrat in a legacy campaign.
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