I'll say. And what a fantastic depiction on this t-shirt. Here's more from the article, "Hope Is Fading Fast: A Devastating Take On The Iconic Obama Poster. Ouch." Oh, and I am sure you can appreciate the neutrality of the title. Ahem:
A new offensive has been launched against President Obama, and if it catches on it may make as much noise as a Birther at a Town Hall. It’s the new “Hope Is Fading Fast” t-shirt from LA streetwear company Freshjive — a sad, disappointed take on the iconic “HOPE” poster by Shepard Fairey. Here’s how FreshJive describes it on its website:
Pre-releasing on Black Friday is the t shirt design, “Hope is Fading Fast”. This is actually the first item releasing without the Freshjive brand name on it. Read the recent post on the World’s Got Problems blog regarding how the Obama administration is maintaining continuity with its disgraced predecessor.
I would say this is an excellent first t-shirt for this l
abel, but that's just me. Seems the author of this story might not feel similarly: Ouch. FreshJive founder Rick Katz (sic)is well-known locally as both a streetwear pioneer as well as a provocateur (he was protested, for example, by the Jewish Defense League with two controversial Palestinian-themed shirts last June). This shirt will probably cause a more conflicted reaction as Democrats debate whether it’s fair or unfair, and Republicans will probably love it. What makes this image significant, of course, is that it comes from the left: In October 2007 Katz (sic) said, “Really in the end what drives me is making that one t-shirt that says ‘Fuck off, Bush.’” Two years later, he seems to be sending Obama pretty much the same message.
Here is FreshJive’s list of grievances against Obama, here is Politifact’s “Obameter” to track campaign promises...
The founder's name is actually Rick KLOTZ, but whatever - he's clearly a disrespectful man going after Obama like this, so why get his name right? I might add, the whole Jewish Defamation League issue is a bit of a red herring, and it makes me wonder why the author, Rachel Sklar brought it up. Oh, why do I say that? Because Klotz is, well, Jewish!
Anywho - this t-shirt design seems to be pretty accurate to me, especially as Obama's poll ratings continue to decline, our deficit, the highest it has been since WWII, continues to rise, along with unemployment being in double digits.
Or maybe it is Obama shattering, SHATTERING, the spending record for first year presidents. Obama spent $3.5 TRILLION in the first year. By comparison, Bush spent $1.8 Trillion, and Clinton $1.6 Trillion. Maybe it's all those parties he's been throwing...But I digress.
I might add, the t-shirt is a timely design - a perfect holiday gift for the Kool Aide drinker in your family! Oh, wow, wouldn't that be fun? Just make sure you have the videocam at the ready.
I sure, um, hope, this is just the beginning of these t-shirts. I would think there is a wealth of possible slogans from which to choose. I bet some imaginative readers can come up wit some other slogans. I'd love to see them!