Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic “Hope” poster that became the unofficial symbol of Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, has said that he is disappointed with the Obama presidency.
In an interview with Esquire magazine posted Thursday, Fairey said that Obama was “not even close” to living up to the ideals expressed in the “Hope” poster.
“There have been a lot of things that [Obama has] compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he’d support],” Fairey said.
The artist did say, however, that he thought Obama was a “quality human being,” but that the president was in a position where his actions were largely dictated by things outside his control.