'Hope' Artist No Longer an Obama Fan

The prez isn't really living up to Shepard Fairey's expectations

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 7, 2010 10:36 AM CDT | Updated Jun 12, 2010 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – How quickly things change. Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster, is no longer feeling quite so smitten with the prez, the New York Post reports. “Washington is too intertwined with corporate America,” Fairey said at a recent show opening. “I had a lot of hope for Obama, but it's not panning out. He's not pushing hard enough.”

In this Jan. 12, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses for a picture in front of  Barack Obama HOPE posters in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.
In this Jan. 12, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses for a picture in front of Barack Obama "HOPE" posters in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
One of street artist Neko's latest works shows a modified replica of artist Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama Hope poster is shown reading 'Kill your idol''  in Madrid, Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
One of street artist Neko's latest works shows a modified replica of artist Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama Hope poster is shown reading 'Kill your idol'' in Madrid, Wednesday, March 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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