August 04, 2009

The Obligatory "Obama As Joker" Reaction

A lot of people are getting their noses out of joint about a poster popping up around Los Angeles comparing President Barack Obama to the Joker.

Frankly, I don't get it.

One embraces terrorists and madmen, is dedicated to anarchy and the destruction of capitalist society, and sends the population fleeing in horror from his creations.

The other is a fictional character played by the late Heath Ledger.

Update: Racist.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 4, 2009 12:02 AM

If the left is going crazy, it must be something good in it.

Posted by: Joe at August 4, 2009 12:16 AM

However, good comment by Allah

Posted by: Joe at August 4, 2009 12:19 AM

I am looking forward to sticking them up all over Seattle.

From Alinsky:
RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 6: "A good tactic is one your people enjoy." They'll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They're doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

Posted by: iconoclast at August 4, 2009 02:43 AM

Here is a link to the history of the images original source from Time Magazine cover and a high resolution clean version of the la poster.

Posted by: robogal at August 4, 2009 03:02 AM

Why is the left is upset about this? Is this picture any worse than depicting Pres. Bush with blood dripping from his mouth or with a Hitler mustache, or Michael Steele in black-face? Oh, it's because it's their guy getting defaced this time.

Posted by: MikeM at August 4, 2009 08:07 AM

Does the widdle biddy wiberals have hurt feewings??? Awwwwwww. Want a bottle? Or a pacifier?

Get over it. You won, and part of winning is having the opposition point out your faults, errors, and outright stupidity.

Welcome to the world libtards.

Posted by: CWO4 at August 4, 2009 08:21 AM

I particularly liked leftist Earl Ofari Hutchinson's complaint: "Depicting the president as...a socialist goes beyond political spoofery...."

Well, yes, truthfulness does go beyond spoofery.

Posted by: pst314 at August 4, 2009 08:55 AM

Over sized egos such as Obamas and his supporters cannot stand mockery. It interferes with the sense of the inflated self. More mockery please, it is the weak link.

Posted by: Snicker at August 4, 2009 09:20 AM

A wonderful portrait of the commander & thief.


Posted by: lu-ee at August 4, 2009 10:21 AM

That's pretty funny in its implications...has anyone asked the screaming Libs "Why so serious?"

Posted by: Scott at August 4, 2009 10:34 AM

It's becoming obvious there's a divide among the conservatariat, between those who are plugged into popular culture and those who are not. Here is the comment I posted at American Thinker that attempts to shed some light:

From a HotAir Joker thread:

The poster fits perfectly … from the Dark Knight:

“Do I really look like a man with a plan, Harvey? I don’t have a plan. The mob has plans, the cops have plans. you know what I am, Harvey? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught one. I just DO things. I’m a wrench in the gears. I HATE plans. Yours, theirs, everyone’s. Maroni has plans, Gordon has plans. Schemers trying to control their worlds. I am not a schemer. I show schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So when I say that what happened to you and your girlfriend wasn’t personal, you know I’M telling the truth”*Gives Dent Gun*”It’s a schemer who put you where you are. You were a schemer. You had plans. Look where it got you. I just did what I do best-I took your plan and turned it on itself. Look what I have done to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple bullets. Nobody panics when the expected people got killed. Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plans are horrifying. If I tell the press that tomorrow a gangbanger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will get blown up, nobody panics. But when I say one little old mayor will die, everyone loses their minds!! Introduce a little anarchy, you upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I AM AN AGENT OF CHAOS. And you know the thing about chaos, Harvey. It’s fair.”

IrishSamurai on August 3, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Note the last two words of dialogue!

Again from the previous Joker thread:

…Anyway, if you want to understand it - Read this article: Chaos theory and Batman: Part III, in Psychology Today From last year.

From the article:

“The Joker’s chaos does not seem to be chaos, as in “Chaos Theory,” or “Deterministic Chaos.” He is related, perhaps, but the Joker is something bigger. He is more like what some refer to as a “Blue Sky Catastrophe,” (see Guastello’s 2002 book for more on this topic) which is a force that hits an attractor at a vulnerable spot and obliterates it. The Joker is the power of demolition, rather than deterministic chaos. Joker says in the film that he needs The Batman. This is because the Joker’s purpose, paradoxically, is to destroy purpose, to turn all of us from complex yet integrated heroes into empty vessels ruled by chance, like Two Face.”

Does that help?

batterup on August 3, 2009 at 7:49 PM

The poster works at the gut level. "Why so socialist?" is a take on "Why so serious?". If you haven't seen and connected with "The Dark Knight" and understand its relationship to George Bush, you're late to the party. Rather than trying to analyze and intellectualize, understand this: Results trump words. Just as Orwell pointed out that the pacifists of his day were objectively fascist, so Obama is objectively a force of destructive chaos.

Posted by: Jack Okie at August 4, 2009 12:47 PM

Where can I get a couple of dozen?

BTW, I think I've got it now: the opposite of "Marxist" is "racist".

Posted by: Jim at August 4, 2009 07:25 PM

Just remember that the Joker did indeed have plans, even while lying about them. Come to think of it, that is familiar sounding, where have I heard that before? Hope? Change?

Posted by: Georg Felis at August 4, 2009 11:17 PM

Seen these all over burien. huge one in seahurst park mens room.

gee, wonder who did this.

Posted by: Jeff at August 5, 2009 07:17 PM

Oddly, GWB was portrayed as the joker in Vanity Fair a few years ago, and there wasn't a whimper from anyone.

Me thinks the current joker's backers have a thin skin.

Posted by: Bob at August 8, 2009 05:32 PM

The hub-bub over the image is seriously perplexing. So f'n what?

And I agree, there IS no connection between socialism and The Joker, but there need not be for the poster to make a point. Characaturing O. as Stalin or Mao might have been more ACCURATE, but The Joker is a more current and therefore possibly more recognizable image.

It seems to have achieved its goal and has become a part of our culture to boot.

Posted by: DoorHold at August 9, 2009 12:51 PM