Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Obama Joker poster
plastered around LA

No one has claimed responsibility for
the posters


By LILY FU, Special Contributor

A poster depicting President Obama as Heath Ledger's Joker character in "The Dark Knight" has began to surface around Los Angeles.

According to LA Weekly , Obama is shown with white makeup on his face and, like the Joker in the Batman movie, he has his mouth slit wide open with the word "socialism" on the bottom.

The poster has been plastered on freeway columns and other public places around the city. See images of the poster .

No one has claimed responsibility for the posters, but many are comparing the look of the poster to Shepard Fairey's famous "Hope" poster , a ubiquitous image throughout Obama's presidential campaign.

Conservatives are already using the poster as an opportunity to attack the president. Thomas Lifson on American Thinker writes , "It is starting. Open mockery of Barack Obama, as disillusionment sets in with the man, his policies, and the phony image of a race-healing, brilliant, scholarly, middle-of-the-roader." Reader WesternMilitant on AtlasShrugged.com said , " We DESERVE this joker. We elected him. I hope we choke on him so we never forget."

But Robert Dougherty on Associated Content points out that linking the Joker to socialism isn't correct . "The Joker was many things, but was hardly a socialist. In fact, the Joker is the polar opposite of a socialist, and anyone who watched 'The Dark Knight' would know that. Socialism is the result of an all powerful central government that runs every aspect of life -- but the Joker subscribes to anarchy, one of socialism's polar opposites

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