Shepard Fairey is not a happy man.
The artist who created Obama’s iconic “Hope” poster – which became a symbol of his run for the Presidency in 2008 – was expecting America to be some sort of liberal utopia now. Instead, Obama has disappointed even his most ardent supporters, and the man who helped define his image is feeling betrayed. In a recent interview with Esquire Magazine, Fairey makes his feelings clear:
Q: Do you think Obama has lived up to your “Hope” poster?
Fairey: Not even close.
Q: How come?
Fairey: Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he’s compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he’d support]. I’ve met Obama a few times, and I think Obama’s a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control. I’m not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step.
Of course, Fairey doesn’t go full common-sense on us. He is a liberal after all, and he can’t totally blame Obama for this mess. Apparently, the problem is we are too stupid:
We also need a public that isn’t so uneducated and complacent. I hate to say Americans are ignorant and lazy, but a lot of them are ignorant and lazy. But what frustrates me to no end are people who want to blame Obama or blame anything that is something that if they were actually doing anything as simple as voting, it might not be as bad as it is.”
Actually, he’s right. An uneducated and complacent America gave Obama two terms to wreak havoc. If more good people would have voted as he suggested, we would have a President Romney now, and things wouldn’t be as bad as they are.