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Obama joker poster artist unmasked: A Kucinich supporter!

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Obama joker poster artist unmasked: A Kucinich supporter!
Obama joker poster artist unmasked: A Kucinich supporter!

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When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "Batman" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?

Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain?

Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.

Alkhateeb had been tinkering with the program to improve the looks of photos he had taken on his clunky Kodak camera. The Joker project was his grandest undertaking yet. Using a tutorial he'd found online about how to "Jokerize" portraits, he downloaded the October 23 Time Magazine cover of Obama and began digitally painting over it.

Four or five hours later, he happily had his product.

Obama-joker-time On Jan. 18, Alkhateeb uploaded the image to photo-sharing site Flickr (shown at right). Over the next two months, he amassed just a couple thousand hits, he said.


"After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ," Alkhateeb said. "From my perspective, there wasn't much substance to him."

"I abstained from voting in November," he wrote in an e-mail. "Living in Illinois, my vote means close to nothing as there was no chance Obama would not win the state." If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
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I guess that's why it is no longer at the bottom of the forums.

I speculate 'Why so socialist ' was never on the original

How embarASSing
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25. Funny , I remember posts here blaming it all on the republicans.. Updated at 8:51 PM

in fact I just went back in archives to one such thread..go look yourself..

and here were some of the posts..(I did not include who poster names)

Maybe we all need to take in some air and think about what we say about others?????


-I'm worried and I blame Sarah Palin for opening this door

-yes. these are racist sore losers. they believed Rove when he said permanent Republican majority. Now they feel castrated and want to hit something.

-We can't forget the legacy of the right wing - Using the National Guard to kill union organizers
- Creating racist groups that murdered blacks and civil rights workers
- Using the police to beat up and harass gays
- Using the Red Scare to destroy the lives of left-wingers
- Using religion to incite people to murder abortion doctors

The right-wing is capable of being extremely dangerous.


-Right Wing Extremist kill. Yes, I am very nervous.

-Yes. The right wing is implicitly encouraging the most deranged of its followers.


point made.


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