That’s the typical American schmuck for you. Americans from both sides of the false left/right paradigm have been conditioned to bitch about anything and everything. Criticize Monsanto under the Bush administration? You’re an evil commie far-left loon! Criticize Monsanto under the Obama administration? You’re a right-wing extremist and racist against starving African babies! Advocate Linux under the Bush administration? You’re a commie leftist freetard! Advocate Linux under the Obama administration? You’re a dangerous right-wing cyberterrorist! Believe 9/11 was an inside job? You’re a crazy far-left loonwaffle troofer! Believe Obama was born in Kenya? You’re a dangerous right-wing extremist birfer troofer! (Editor’s note: I do not buy into the Obama birth certificate conspiracy, and I do not believe that America attacked itself on 9/11. However, I do believe that the government had prior knowledge of an imminent attack. For my views about the Obama birth certificate conspiracy, click here.)
Drew Friedman, the author of The Fun Never Stops, Old Jewish Comedians, and More Old Jewish Comedians, sent us the following visual comment. It is entitled “No Joke.”
Spoof poster of Obama’s face painted as The Joker branded ‘dangerous and mean-spirited’
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 2:25 PM on 04th August 2009
A poster depicting Barack Obama as Batman villain The Joker has been called ‘mean-spirited and dangerous‘ by the U.S. President’s supporters.
The image, which has been adopted by Mr Obama’s critics, shows him wearing the white face paint and smudged red lips of the character most recently played by the late actor Heath Ledger. Beneath the picture reads the word ‘socialism’.
The creator of the image remains unknown, but the website that first published the image crashed yesterday because so many had been attempting to view it. It has since been spotted in Los Angeles and Atlanta after it appeared in U.S. media.
The right-wing editor of the American Thinker website, Thomas Lifson, wrote today: ‘It is starting.
Inspiration: The poster mimics the make-up worn by late actor Heath Ledger in the latest Batman film
‘Open mockery of of Barack Obama, as disillusionment sets in with the man, his policies, and the phony image of a race-healing, brilliant, scholarly middle-of-the-roader.’
But the President’s supporters have condemned the image, calling it ‘mean-spirited and dangerous.’
A spokesman from the Los Angeles urban policy unit said that depicting the president as demonic and a socialist ‘goes beyond political spoofery.’
The image comes as the President faces criticism over his plans to create a $1trillion healthcare programme.
Republican chairman Michael Steele first used the word ‘socialism’ in relation to Mr Obama two weeks ago as he slammed the President’s attempts to push Congress into passing the healthcare reforms.