Hope: Mix Your Own Obama Poster

I’m sure you folks have seen this poster of Obama floating around:


Well, I decided it would be fun to remix it. Here’s the base:


First I decided to try a different word. Change came to mind (but that’s covered by Progress), so I settled on hope:


Next I decided I rather liked the slogan at the top of Obama’s campaign site. So I decided to work that into a “Believe” theme. I elongated the poster to accommodate the quote:


Barack Obama’s greatest strength is his ability to move us. More voters are turning out, and they are turning out to support Obama. The challenge will be for Barack to continue that inspirational momentum throughout his Presidency, and to lay the groundwork on capital hill for that mobilization to have a practical impact. This is why Obama actually deserves the JFK legacy (Caroline Kennedy at the NYT via The Huffington Post):

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

In the 2008 race, Obama is the hope candidate.

(Images edited in The Gimp on Kubuntu)


12 Responses

  1. Well I would vote for Obama were it not for Ron Paul’s presence in the election. I can relate to Obama on a more personal level than I can to RP. The vote i cast is based on the candidates experience with the political monster and monetary policy. Aside from that Obama appears to me to be the second most honest candidate.

  2. I agree I would vote for him second, now. He is a good speaker, I guess, change this and change that, but he never seems to be very specific. But he doesnt ant to get rid of the fed and irs, so he cant be too good.

  3. And replace with what exactly? Unless you want the goverment to collapse completely without a progressive tax system good luck with that. This is not 1808.

  4. Ive heard with no income tax the government would still collect as much money as it did 10 years ago. All you gotta do is cut spending. But you’re right it isnt 1808 so that wont happen. Government becomes the bloated unstoppable monster.

  5. How exactly. Unless you slash everything across the board by how much, 50%, 75%, 80%. Taxation is one of the ways a modern nation-state survives.

  6. Sorry ralfast but that is a perception that is incorrect. Full robust markets are the way our nation survived for a very long time. And our nation has suffered at the hands of that very perception you believe. (Taxation is one of the ways a modern nation-state declines.)

  7. With a way smaller population, and a series of booms and busts, bust that where not recessions but depressions. As for taxation, it is one of the bedrocks of the modern nation-state, as the evolution of taxes clearly shows. It is how the money is collected (which sectors and why) and how it is spent that dooms nations.

    Remember that the Founding Fathers fought against taxations WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. They where not against taxes per say, only the way they where imposed by an outside power without the input of the citizens or at least their elected representatives.

  8. This is irrelevant to Obama as a candidate, but that poster in particular creeps me out. Stylistically, it’s a freak hybrid of pop art and fascist propaganda. What could be worse than a combination of Stalin and Warhol, I don’t know.

  9. The founding fathers werent taxed on their personal incomes, as far as I know.

  10. So?

  11. “They where not against taxes per say, only the way they where imposed by an outside power without the input of the citizens or at least their elected representatives.”

    The above statement is precisely how taxes are imposed today. The federal reserve is composed of private banks (outside power). There is no input of the citizens (IRS). And all this was granted to these private companies (the IRS and the federal reserve) by Congress (our elected officials) in secret.

  12. Michael D,
    Hmmmmm. You might not have too long to make that choice.

    [ignoring thread about the wisdom of having taxes and a federal goverment]

    It reminds me of the Che posters I used to see, oh, everywhere in college. I think it has just become iconic. Its like Chairman Meow posters. Something that once stood very specifically for one thing, has come to be a general motif that people recognize.

    But yeah, it is a bit creepy.

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