Artist Fairey: Obama Hasn't Lived Up to Hope Poster Esquire interviews Shepard Fairey By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted May 28, 2015 5:59 PM CDT 174 comments Comments In this 2009 file photo, Shepard Fairey poses for a picture in front of his Barack Obama "HOPE" posters in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) (Newser) – Esquire interviewed artist Shepard Fairey to talk about his web series Rebel Music, but the part getting the most attention centers on that famous Hope poster he made of a candidate named Barack Obama. A snippet: Esquire: Do you think Obama has lived up to your "Hope" poster? Fairey: Not even close. Esquire: How come? Fairey: Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's 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]. I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control. ... Click for the full interview.