During the 2008 Presidential Election, street artist Shephard Fairey cemented a name for himself by designing the red-and-blue ‘Hope’ poster.
His artwork received such a viral response, President Obama even wrote him a letter thanking Fairey for creating the image.
Now, well into Obama’s second term, it turns out Fairey is far from enthusiastic about the way Commander-in-Chief has run the country.
Esquire Magazine has more in an interview with Fairey on whether he thinks Obama lived up to the hype:
Do you think Obama has lived up to your “Hope” poster?
Not even close.
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. I’m not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step…
When you live in a place that has a lot of good things that make life easier, it’s easier to take them for granted. But what frustrates me to no end are people who want to blame Obama or blame anything that is something that if they were actually doing anything as simple as voting, it might not be as bad as it is.
As 51% of Americans reportedly do not approve of the job Obama is doing, it appears that Fairey is joining a majority of people who are frustrated with the leadership in the White House.