• Secret Origins: The Hidden Identity of the Guy Who Made That One Picture That You Always See All Over the Place Lately, You know the One I'm Talking About, Don't You?

    You know how you've been completely unable to sleep these past few weeks, so consumed you've been with the mystery of who is behind those Obama is the socialist Heath Ledger posters?

    Well, put on your sleeping cap and your sleeping cuff links, because mystery solved!

    Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software…

    Using a tutorial he'd found online about how to "Jokerize" portraits, he downloaded the October 23 Time Magazine cover of Obama and began digitally painting over it.

    Firas Alkhateeb? I don't know, man. That's kind of a terroristy-sounding name. I'm not sure how I feel about the creator of the defining image of the conservative movement having a name that sounds like his family originally came from some other country.

    Well, at least we know he hates socialism. So, he can't be all bad. ('Cause all those Middle Eastern countries are socialist, right? "Socialism" means "evil," doesn't it?)

    [A] still-anonymous rogue famously found his image, digitally removed the references to Time Magazine, captioned the picture with the word "socialism" and hung printed copies around L.A., making headlines.

    "It really doesn't make any sense to me at all," he said. "To accuse him of being a socialist is really… immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"

    Aw, man. This guy is certainly no Joe the Plumber, I'll tell you that.

    But, at the very least. We know that he likes mocking the president, so he's gotta be a good conservative. (Maybe we can salvage something here.)

    "I think he's definitely doing better than Bush was," Alkhateeb said of Obama. Alkhateeb's views on foreign relations align with the Democrats, he said, while he prefers Republican ideals on domestic issues…

    Alkhateeb's assessment of Obama: "In terms of domestic policy, I don't think he's really doing much good for the country right now," he said. "We don't have to 'hero worship' the guy."

    If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

    Ah, fuck this. Let's check out Fox News. Maybe Glenn Beck is crying again.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Illinois, Movies, Propaganza, Socialism


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