When It Rains, It Pours
While the political establishment sought new and different ways to explain the gifts a Sen. Ted Kennedy endorsement brings to the Barack Obama's campaign, the Time Magazine's and the Salon's missed one key endorsement the winner of South Carolina's Democratic Primary received Monday: Shepard Fairey.
Fairey, the acclaimed poster artist and illustrator whose Obey Giant posters have plastered billboards and electrical boxes from Santa Monica to Highland Park, focused on Obama's progressivism in his endorsement.
I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician. He was against the war when it was an unpopular position (and Hillary was for the war at that time), Obama is for energy and environmental conservation. He is for healthcare reform.
So, what does this mean for Obama? While it doesn't carry the Kennedy mystique, Fairey's endorsement sends a message that this election is reaching all sectors of society. We are used to seeing posters from Fairey that are political ('Obey' is subversively anti-authoritarian), but rarely (but not never) has he created mainstream political messages for the masses.