Duo Responsible for Odd Obama Logo Also Drew This
Lost in all the hubbub last week about the atrocious (and recently redacted) “redesigned flag” that the Obama campaign featured on its website as part of the “Artists for Obama” project, was one of the other four logos chosen by Team Obama.
I can see no way to read this except “We O.” The obvious similarity to “we owe” (as in, massive debt, more taxes, etc.) was not lost on the few sites that noticed the logo.
“The People’s Cube (the conservative satire site) MUST have infiltrated the O campaign, if this is for real,” wrote a commenter on one site. “1st prize for the MOST (unintentionally) HILARIOUS GOOF in recent memory must go to this official Obama Campaign poster. Somehow — but how? — the folks who approved it failed to realize most Americans would read it as ‘We Owe!’ — and would think ‘We Sure Do!’…as in $16 Trillion,” wrote popular author and blogger Eric Metaxas. Other sites made the same point.
So what is it? A goof? A blatant example of narcissism by a tone-deaf president who thinks “he” is “we?”
But…….I’m going to start off my week with a smile by imagining it’s a huge meta-joke by the artists, Gail Anderson and Joe Newton. After all, at the same time that their “We O” logo is being hawked on the Obama website, this image of theirs is adorning the cover of Fortune Magazine’s election special edition:
Okay, to be fair, it’s not a partisan graphic. The Fortune issue is disdainful of both candidates, and Anderson and Newton did an anti-Romney button as well. And it was probably just a job-for-hire for the artists (full cover here).
But still, I find it very funny that millions of people are seeing the “Don’t Vote for Me” graphic, far more, I’m certain, than are paying $35 for the “We O” print by the same duo.
And the other remaining graphic on the “Artists for Obama” page? The one with the cute lil’ heart and bow? Well, that artist, Scott Thares, is indeed a full-blown partisan. Writing proudly (and with the grammatical skills of a two-year-old) on the site of his “company,” Wink, Thares declares (sorry for the unavoidable rhyme):
Artist for Obama is a series of limited edition art prints created and donated by various artists in support of the United States President Barack Obama. Wink is honored to be apart of the this historic series for the 2012 campaign.
The way things are going, we might soon see the “We O” print withdrawn, just as the flag one was, which would indeed make Mr. Thares the sole remaining “Artist for Obama.”
Oh, and check out this graphic that Thares did for Obama in 2008 (aimed at McCain and the GOP). Considering how much worse things are now, let’s give new life to this very perceptive piece of art. I mean, great art stays relevant, right? And what message is more relevant at the moment than this? Good work, Thares. I’ll be sharing this all week.