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Obama Joker poster hits LA, Atlanta

3 August 2009 24 Comments

Posted by Sherwin

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Posters of U.S. President Barack Obama, made to look like Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker in The Dark Knight, have started spreading throughout L.A., but nobody seems to know who’s responsible for it.

Obama is shown with white makeup on his face and, like the Joker, he has his mouth slit wide open. Below the image is the word “socialism,” although I’ve seen similar pictures on the internet that say “why so socialist?”

A version of the poster showed up in Atlanta.

Obviously, the Obama Joker poster is an attack on the president’s push to reform America’s healthcare system. He is apparently losing some support among the public for his plan and this was cleared with the latest survey conducted by the New York Times recently.

What’s your take on the Obama Joker poster? Is it a good political commentary? Or just another a protest fail?

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24 Comments »

  • Jonathan Miller said:

    what's my opinion? We live freely in America and it FREEDOM of speech! All for it!

  • Matches Malone said:

    Mark Hamill > Barack Obama.

  • Phillip said:

    Ten to one it is just being done by a company hired by the health care companies. Americans are pretty much overwhelmingly in favor of health care reform. It is easy to see how broken things are.

  • me said:

    is medicaremedicaid and social security considered socialism?

  • leevs11 said:

    Want to see me make a pencil disappear?

  • jackofallx said:

    Phillip – so the 85% of those who have insurance who are happy with it, and don't want to change it, are overwhelmingly in favor of health care reform? Learn to do math.

  • robinana said:

    Definitely NOT a protest fail. I think the fact that they mysteriously appeared is pretty cool. I also happen to think the shoe fits perfectly.

  • Joe the Public said:

    Obama is not socialism. It’s stupid to even consider labeling a right-winger like Obama as a socialist.

  • Johan Jager said:

    to me the questionable thing about it is the reference the black & white minstrel show

  • One payer please said:

    Talk to Canadians about healthcare. I have spoken with quite a few and they are unfailingly happy with it. America is being lied to. We need a system exactly like theirs.

  • oodunkin said:

    85%? where are you getting your numbers lol? probably fox news. no one is going to take away your health insurance boo boo. if anything it will lower your premiums. we are talking about a government form of health care that will help those that need it.

  • oodunkin said:

    85%? where are you getting your numbers lol? probably fox news. no one is going to take away your health insurance boo boo. if anything it will lower your premiums. we are talking about a government form of health care that will help those that need it.

  • oodunkin said:

    yes, the united states has been experimenting with socialism since the first great depression. See: The New Deal. wiki it. but that doesn't make us socialist.

  • oodunkin said:

    whoever did this certainly had the constitutional right too. but that doesn't mean it's true, or even that clever really. this is blatant propaganda and whoever thinks barack obama is a socialist is simply ignorant. take a political science class for god sake. look at the website for the socialist candidate that ran in the last election. 2 very different political ideals.

  • KMERRITTBLOG | kimbo 24/7 said:

    [...] These posters have started popping up in LA & Atlanta. Apparently there are some similar ones online with the phrase “why so socialist?” For sake of not discussing politics, I won’t elaborate any further. [...]

  • grwehgr said:

    except there’s nothing socialist about obama’s economic policies. republican-minded people, being for the most part poorly educated, can’t tell the difference between socialist policies and socially conscious policies.

  • Phillip said:

    Hopefully you never get a serious illness so you can see exactly how broken the system is. Yeah, every poll not on fox news shows that Americans want major reform.

  • jeezem said:

    As long as there is commentary and a voice of opposition we are pretty well off. Once they start shutting things like this down – that is when there is a problem.

  • bsingh said:

    some jokers just cant digest d fact that health care and social security should not be so messy as in d usa. whoever has put up d joke has neve fallen sick or is too rich to care n is threatened ……hope obama has d strength to pull it thru.. cheers

  • Joopwafel said:

    Oodunkin, no one is going to take away Private health insurance, its going to go away on its own. Lets start with Canada, inflation/hight taxes raise the price of everything there a great deal, with the American economy in the state that its in, and the president spending like a drunken sailor this seems to be the direction America is heading in. On average, because of Canada's “national healthcare system” Canadians are taxed on average about 10% higher than americans. Only the super rich, in countries like Canada are able to afford comprehensive and well provided medical services (PRIVATELY PROVIDED). The system that Canadians are paying for with their taxes is 1. over crowded 2. full of terrible doctors 3. a huge black hole for Canadian money. In the Netherlands where I'm from we are in the same situation. Televised news will tell you that this system is working, but all it is, is another way for the government to put your money in their pocket while only providing half of what they promised. America is a pro-capitalist society, this is what put you at the top of the super-power list, destroying private industries such as healthcare is going to undermine the foundation of American economic security and cripple it severely. And before you call me a conservative, you should know that 1. not everyone that disagrees with you is stupid and 2. not everyone that disagrees with you is a conservative. And I'm laughing over the fact that Americans, having never experienced the rule of a socialist government seem to know all about it..

  • oodunkin said:

    joobwafel, again you are only speculating that private health care will go away on its own. If it does go away, its because the system is broken and corrupt as it is, that is how America works, its ultimately in the power of the people to decide what is a better system. Yes, America is pro capitalist, and I consider myself a capitalist. But when you live in the most successful country in the world and people are dying because they cant afford medication or medical procedures there is something very wrong with that system of health care. This is not only an economic issue, but a humanitarian issue as well. Yes, taxes will raise for some, but its for the greater good of the country. Propaganda like this is backed by very rich private businesses. And yes I would definitely prefer to take money from a private industry and give it to someone that I can say I voted for. Socializing health care does not mean our entire economy is socialist, but the government must step in when a system doesn't work properly, thats why we have government in the first place. Who are you to speak on canadian health care anyway? I want to know where you are getting your facts. I never said anyone who disagrees with me is stupid, but ignorance (the lack of knowledge) on an issue is what plagues American society. A delicate mixture or capitalism and socialism is what makes a country work, and we are in the current economic situation we are in because of poor regulation of private business. Bottem line, elected officails vs. CEO's. Ill take the decision of an elected official over a greedy business man any day.

  • oodunkin said:

    joobwafel, again you are only speculating that private health care will go away on its own. If it does go away, its because the system is broken and corrupt as it is, that is how America works, its ultimately in the power of the people to decide what is a better system. Yes, America is pro capitalist, and I consider myself a capitalist. But when you live in the most successful country in the world and people are dying because they cant afford medication or medical procedures there is something very wrong with that system of health care. This is not only an economic issue, but a humanitarian issue as well. Yes, taxes will raise for some, but its for the greater good of the country. Propaganda like this is backed by very rich private businesses. And yes I would definitely prefer to take money from a private industry and give it to someone that I can say I voted for. Socializing health care does not mean our entire economy is socialist, but the government must step in when a system doesn't work properly, thats why we have government in the first place. Who are you to speak on canadian health care anyway? I want to know where you are getting your facts. I never said anyone who disagrees with me is stupid, but ignorance (the lack of knowledge) on an issue is what plagues American society. A delicate mixture or capitalism and socialism is what makes a country work, and we are in the current economic situation we are in because of poor regulation of private business. Bottem line, elected officails vs. CEO's. Ill take the decision of an elected official over a greedy business man any day.

  • oodunkin said:

    amen rasta.

  • oodunkin said:

    amen rasta.

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