In the long history of political campaign posters and ads, some examples readily come to mind. People still talk about the so-called “Daisy” commercial that only ran once on television, yet was so effective at painting Barry Goldwater as a war mongering lunatic that it helped cement LBJ’s already overwhelming popularity.
Others remember the devastating “Willie Horton revolving door” ad that successfully portrayed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis as soft on crime.
Generations from now, a more recent piece of election propaganda will still be reproduced, satirized and taught in schools: Shepard Fairey’s iconic “HOPE” poster, depicting Barack Obama in shades of red, blue and teal, his head upturned.
Created in 2008, the image was soon ubiquitous, unavoidable — and certainly helped Obama capture the presidency.
But eight years is a long time in politics. What does Fairey think about the man he once supported?
According to InfoWars.com:
Shepard Fairey, who’s now a Bernie Sanders supporter, says that after Obama won the presidency, he went “quiet on a lot of things” he promised while running for office.
“I think history will be fairly kind of his presidency but I want things to move further in the direction that he promised as a campaigner,” he said. “He’s been more outspoken in the last 18 months.”
“I think he’s going out having done some good things and said some good things, but there were about six years there where I think he could have done more.”
Fairey said he had “high hopes” for Obama and that the president couldn’t blame his failures entirely on congressional gridlock.
“If he had been as outspoken as he was as a campaigner, I would give him a pass on not being able to push through some of the progressive things I hoped he would, but he was quiet on a lot of things,” he added. “That to me was unfortunate.”
It’s been said that if a man isn’t a socialist in this twenties, he has no heart, but if he isn’t a conservative by his forties, he has no brain.
Fairey is now 46 — older than one might have assumed — and it seems that his disillusionment hasn’t yet taken him in the “right” direction.
However, it is still gratifying to see one of Obama’s biggest cheerleaders openly criticizing his former hero. Conservatives should hope that Fairey doesn’t decide to create a “Bernie” poster, though, given the artist’s success rate.