Toby Harnden
August 5, 2009

[efoods]The poster shows the US president with white face paint, dark eye shadow and smudged red lipstick above the caption “socialism”, in an apparent attack on the US president’s efforts to reform health care and stimulus spending.

It is unknown who created and distributed the image, which some believe has racial overtones because it shows Mr Obama as a black-and-white minstrel in reverse.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, denounced the image and called on those behind it to reveal themselves. “Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery.

“It is mean-spirited and dangerous.

“We have issued a public challenge to the person or group that put up the poster to come forth and publicly tell why they have used this offensive depiction to ridicule President Obama.”

A stark visual contrast to Shepard Fairey’s popular red, white and blue image of the president-elect featuring the caption “hope”, the “socialism” image has appeared as Mr Obama is facing a growing swell of criticism as he attempts to force through his $1 trillion health care programme.

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