When the president traveled to Hollywood last week for more fun fundraising with the “swells,” he was greeted by street art that not only mocked him, it made headlines.
Truth Revolt broke the story on Tuesday with a follow-up on Wednesday: “Anti-Obama street art appeared Monday night in Silicon Valley, where President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are scheduled to speak at yet another $32,000 per-couple fundraiser with California’s rich and powerful on Wednesday.”
In one series, titled SiliConMan, the president is pictured in a fedora, smoking a cigarette and winking. The text reads, “Leading from behind, fundraising in your face.”
“Another series plays on the classic iPod advertisements from Silicon Valley juggernaut Apple Computers and features President Obama’s silhouette holding an NSA listening device under the mock brand name ‘iSnoop,’” Truth Revolt continues. “Other posters see the president holding a map of Silicon Valley alongside his famous quote, ‘You didn’t build that.’”
In addition to the posters, a mocking faux-invitation was mailed to all of the Los Altos Hills neighbors of the fundraiser’s host, restaurateur and real estate broker George Marcus, inviting them to “A Feast in Time of Plague.”
The street artists posted more photos of their satirical campaign in an anonymous online gallery here: http://imgur.com/a/KUnUD
“This is not the first time renegade street artists have spoken truth to Democrat power,” the report continues. “On Tuesday, posters appeared around the Los Angeles home of Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the TV show ‘Scandal,’ who is hosting the scandal-ridden Obama for still another high-dollar fundraiser while he is on the West Coast.”
“Bus benches adorned with Obama’s face and the words ‘Benghazi,’ ‘NSA,’ ‘Fast & Furious,’ ‘Solyndra,’ and other controversies started appearing near the studio where the ABC television show is produced.” – Western Journalism
Street artist Sabo, who posts as “Unsavory Agents,” also released his latest in a series of political visual commentary.
Posted on his Facebook page last Thursday was an image of Sen. Ted Cruz, with the following explanation in caps: “IN THE WORLD OF POLITICAL STREET ART YOU HAVE TWO WAYS TO GO, YOU HAVE THE SENATOR’S CLEAN POLITICAL WAY WHICH POLITICIANS LOVE BECAUSE IT’S NON-OFFENSIVE AND THEN YOU HAVE THE KNOCK DOWN, DRAG OUT, BRASS KNUCKLE APPROACH THAT THE PEOPLE LOVE. WHICH APPROACH DO YOU THINK I TAKE?”
Sabo’s earlier depiction of a tattooed Ted Cruz:
Sabo’s “Drones” series also garnered tremendous attention. View them at his website Unsavory Agents.
For more edgy anti-Obama political agitprop, check out The People’s Cube, where Oleg Atbashian, a Ukrainian emigre and former Soviet agitprop artist, turns the tables on domestic progressives/socialists/communists in the USA.
Earlier this year, posters spoofing “Saving Barack Obama” showed up in Los Angeles in advance of Obama’s visit to LA. According to a report published in the Washington Free Beacon, the artwork was “part of a larger campaign by anonymous street artists who are filling cities with political messages that oppose the administration.”
Poster art isn’t the only medium. Last April, guerrilla street artists launched “Debt Star,” a tax-day protest version of the “Death Star.” The ten-foot diameter helium-filled balloon with the letters IRS on it was seen floating beside a federal building in Westwood, California.
And then there were white flags flying atop the Brooklyn Bridge. More political protest?
Speaking of bridges, did you know that each day some 290,000 vehicles enter New York City from neighboring New Jersey? Stats from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released last week showed eastbound monthly traffic and E-ZPass use for 2011 through April of 2014 on the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and Bayonne Bridge. For more interesting numbers about New York’s bridges and tunnels, click here.
Take your selfie to the next level. Turn your image into an emoji to illustrate your text messages.
“What’s an emoji?” you ask.
According to Dictionary.reference.com, an emoji is “a small digital picture or pictorial symbol that represents a thing, feeling, concept, etc., used in text messages and other electronic communications and usually part of a standardized set: ‘She texted me an emoji of ‘money with wings,’ which may mean she’s out shopping.”
The language of love can sometimes be mysterious, requiring a translator. Here’s a humorous video that explains how you can cut through the verbiage to get to the real meaning of love.