The artist behind the iconic ‘Obama Hope’ poster says the president failed to meet expectations.
Shepard Fairey, who’s now a Bernie Sanders supporter, says that after Obama won the presidency, he went “quiet on a lot of things” he promised while running for office.
“I think history will be fairly kind of his presidency but I want things to move further in the direction that he promised as a campaigner,” he said. “He’s been more outspoken in the last 18 months.”
“I think he’s going out having done some good things and said some good things, but there were about six years there where I think he could have done more.”
Fairey said he had “high hopes” for Obama and that the president couldn’t blame his failures entirely on congressional gridlock.
“If he had been as outspoken as he was as a campaigner, I would give him a pass on not being able to push through some of the progressive things I hoped he would, but he was quiet on a lot of things,” he added. “That to me was unfortunate.”
Similarly, German journalist Klaus Faissner pointed out that Obama transformed from an “electrifying candidate” into a “Bush on steroids” who promoted drone strikes, mass surveillance, and a totalitarian relationship with the media.
“Obama signed more orders for drone assaults than Bush Jr. had done in the entire eight years of his presidency,” he said. “These were drone strikes which caused catastrophic levels of non-combatant casualties, which America simply wrote-off under the euphemism of ‘collateral damage.’”
“Like his predecessor, Obama threw all his weight behind GMO agriculture; he didn’t give the slightest thought