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Man Pushes 'The Big O' as Hand Salute for Obama

Rick Husong, the owner of Los Angeles creative agency Loyalty Inc., is pushing "The Big O" as hand salute for Obama by urging people to download it and put it on posters and T-shirts. He wants to make a graphic impression similar to that of artist Shepard Fairey.

Thebigo Some aren't impressed: "Among the hundreds of comments posted on the Whispers site were those comparing it to a gang gesture, a Nazi salute, or worse. 'This is how Sieg Heil got started. And, no I'm not saying Obama is Hitler. I just think people should be careful about slipping into a personality cult for a charismatic leader,' wrote Jake of Tennessee."

Creator Rick Husong: "Our symbol 'O' is about much more than Barack Obama. It's a symbol of unity, hope, solidarity, and an end to the divisiveness that has plagued this country for too long. It is the peace sign of our generation; a sign for those who are tired of the fear, the hatred, the greed, and the ignorance. There will be resistance, democracy requires it, but we believe that the good in the American people will persevere."

(via americablog)

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  1. Uh .... eww!

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Aug 13, 2008 9:35:34 AM


  2. Everyone knows the Big O is Oprah and only Gayle can call her that.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 13, 2008 9:39:21 AM


  3. Be weary of anything that comes out of an ad agency, particularly one called Loyalty Inc. "The peace sign of our generation"... oh please. Enthusiasm is great for Obama but not when it's this contrived and self-serving. I'm sure the agency will be using this as a case study for when they pitch the Red Bull or Axe Spray accounts.

    Posted by: Stupid Loyalty | Aug 13, 2008 9:39:36 AM


  4. Be weary of anything that comes out of an ad agency, particularly one called Loyalty Inc. "The peace sign of our generation"... oh please. Enthusiasm is great for Obama but not when it's this contrived and self-serving. I'm sure the agency will be using this as a case study for when they pitch the Red Bull or Axe Spray accounts.

    Posted by: Stupid Loyalty | Aug 13, 2008 9:40:50 AM


  5. Doesn't this provide confirmation that Obamamania is nothing more than a cult phenomena? By the way: why does Obama want to remove federal oversight of the Teamsters Union that has been in place since 1989 to monitor mob influence? While I find the continued coverage of Obama's celebrity amusing I really would like to know why this politican from the South Side of Chicago is making deals with the Teamsters that would benefit organized crime. Is it okay to ask questions like this -- you know, of the substantive variety -- in a campaign? More important: is it reasonable to expect Obama to answer such questions beyond his customary chanting of slogans?

    Posted by: HOGB | Aug 13, 2008 9:41:42 AM


  6. Okay, do you love the comments about "cult of personality," blah, blah, "Hitler"?

    Let's take a step back and look at the "cult of personality, corruption, disdain for the U.S. Constitution" that has existed throughout the Bush Administration! It's amazing. All of the Rethugs who wrote books deifying/canonizing George W. Bush as the greatest president. Hitler had Goebbels, Bush has Rove. Stalin had Pravada. Bush has Fox News (and Rush Limbaugh).

    Oh, shocking, I compared Bush to Hitler! George Bush hasn't killed millions (well, maybe a few 100,000 Iraqis died but that wasn't genocide). Bush didn't throw away the Geneva convention and legitimize secret camps where torture occurs. Uh, well...

    But that's the thing, it's OK to use such ridiculous words as "cult," "fascism," or "Hitler" to describe Obama but one dare not use such terms to describe a Republican.

    Last week, Dan Abrams eviscerated the duplicitous, scumbag Ben Stein, a longtime Republican operative, for tossing out such memes against Obama.

    http://snafu-ed.blogspot.com/2008/07/stein-beck-compare-obama-to-hitler.html

    Why are so many Americans dumber than bricks and willing to accept this crap?

    I'm sure the Dixie Chicks were feeling some of the cultish devotion when devotees of Herr Bush threatened to kill them for daring to say Bush was a failure.

    Posted by: noah | Aug 13, 2008 9:49:58 AM


  7. Does seem like the Hitler propaganda posters. For an agency, sure seems like they need to do some homework.

    Posted by: Pete | Aug 13, 2008 9:54:41 AM


  8. The whole "nazi" thing has been used so many times since the real nazis to describe somebody that somebody else doesn't like that it has lost all meaning

    HOGB

    Where is the Obama campaign involved with this? It was a stupid idea from a singular and indipendent ad agency trying to jump on the bandwagon.

    This has little to do with cultishness and more to do with idiocy of an individual.

    Also....try 1992= independent Justice dept review board set up to monitor the teamsters to root out corruption as vs your 1989.

    How much do you really know about this subject that has your panties in a twist when you don't even know the proper year.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 13, 2008 9:56:55 AM


  9. It's a bit creepy. And "Loyalty Inc."? WTF?

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 13, 2008 9:57:32 AM


  10. The Hitler comparison is way too far, but a big "ZERO," that about sums it up.

    Posted by: h_w | Aug 13, 2008 10:00:16 AM


  11. JimmyBoyo:

    "In 1989, members of the Teamsters union and the federal government entered into a consent decree subjecting the union to potentially unending federal oversight."

    I suggest you check out thelaborers.net generally, and this link in particular -- http://www.thelaborers.net/lexisnexis/articles/100columlrev2157.htm -- if you generally are interested in the subject.

    Posted by: HOGB | Aug 13, 2008 10:12:30 AM


  12. Looks like those hands are grabbing a big cock for a blowjob.

    Posted by: RaYBOB | Aug 13, 2008 10:19:02 AM


  13. Interesting, if you hold a glove fist upright, the clenched fingers make a "Big M", will they do the same symbolic poster for McCain?

    I am hearing "Hitler" and "Nazi" coming up more and more frequently as a descriptor for an Obama issue. Someone is feeding those threads into the media as punch points. It's sickening to me that this is how low [opposition] will go to smear the other candidate. And yes, I do suspect that these feeds are nothing more than crap that some conservative think tank came up with as a way to try and stop the Obama momentum. This "Big O" symbolism not only looks like garbage , it's also trademark infringement for Overstock.com.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 13, 2008 10:20:15 AM


  14. HOGB,

    What's with the new screen name? Were people no longer responding to your silly ad hominem provocations as ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT, so you retired it, just like THATSRICH?

    Nobody cares about the Teamsters crap or Pelosi's suggestion that Chet Whatshisname should be Obama's VP.

    Sucks being a troll when nobody will play with you, doesn't it?

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 13, 2008 10:22:42 AM


  15. "South Side of Chicago"...

    HOGB,

    What does his working in poor communities in Chicago have to do with squat? Do you know anything about South Side of Chicago? And, are you implying that somehow being from Chicago makes someone more inclined to some kind of behavior?

    Hmm...So, are the executives who ran Enron from Chicago? Is Dick Cheney from Chicago? Is recently indicted Sen Ted Stevens of Alaska from Chicago?

    Since Obama grew up in Hawaii and went to college in New York and Cambridge, do those count?

    You imply that Obama is trying allow the mafia back in to control the Teamsters. I did a Google news search and couldn't find anything. Could you provide some facts to back up your assertion?

    Gay Republican robots: how much good has George W. Bush done for gays? Oh, that's right not much. Under his administration, his staff members tried remove anti-discrimination policies in the federal government, fired well trained linguists from the Military, used anti-gay propaganda to win elections, etc.

    And John McCain? He's been happy enough to endorse the anti-gay marriage movement in California (got to build up support amongst the bigots), is against ending DADT, does not support federal law to prevent discrimination in housing and employment (ENDA), and, well, he's a Republican.

    ---------

    People. For f*ck's sake, stop mindlessly repeating this cult crap. It's a political headgame. The Republicans slimed John Kerry in 2004. They will lie, cheat, and steal and release the names of covert CIA agents to get what they want.

    Be smarter! Dissect the political arguments. Look at how their sources. Look for common, oft-repeated code words. Misinformation campaigns, putting out falsehoods and distortion of truths is the GOP practice.

    A few years ago, the Atlantic magazine ran a story that explained that to win a campaign, Karl Rove, while working on a state campaign, started a rumor that one of his candidate's competitors was a child molester. It was a bold, sleazy lie. But it spread quickly destroying the man's career.

    Earlier this year, it was revealed that Rove led a campaign to frame a Southern Democratic governor, Don Siegelman.
    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1627427,00.html

    Letting the Republicans spoon feed you a diet of sh@t and accepting it gratefully has to stop.

    George W. Bush rejected a report from the EPA because the report explained all the truth behind Global Warming. He forced the report to be rewritten to suit his political needs and the needs of oil industry money men. That is how real fascism works.

    Bush has also allowed his evangelical followers to dictate science policy to minimize the impact of science discrediting their views. Again, that's how fascism works.


    Posted by: noah | Aug 13, 2008 10:24:09 AM


  16. I'd be damn hesitant to use an "o". It looks like either zero or someone prepping to give head to a rather well-endowed person. Any salute that takes two hands is rather silly, IMO.

    LOL @ the oprah/gail comment, Matt!

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 13, 2008 10:26:21 AM


  17. Obama: If it looks like a cult, sounds like a cult, and smells like a cult, it must be a cult.

    Posted by: No thanks | Aug 13, 2008 10:27:41 AM


  18. "Nobody cares about the Teamsters crap or Pelosi's suggestion that Chet Whatshisname should be Obama's VP."

    . . . and that's why you are just another democratic idiot, Mr. 24Play. By the way: How much does the Obama campaign pay you to attack gay men on this board who dare challenge your crooked and homophobic presumptive nominee from the South Side of Chicago who purchased under-market-value real estate from convicted racketeer Rezko? Do you get paid $1 a post, 24Play? My you must be getting rich with all of your drivel you fucking imbecile.

    Posted by: HOGB | Aug 13, 2008 10:32:18 AM


  19. Noah:

    You apparently didn't look very hard: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/05/05/america/05cndteamsters.php

    Posted by: HOGB | Aug 13, 2008 10:36:30 AM


  20. Frankly, it looks kind of silly and hand gestures as political signs went the way of the Dodo in the seventies (both Nixon and Carter had their own "V" for victory stuff which seemed progressively more silly over time and was easily mocked on TV), though perhaps Reagan's constant thumbs up semiotics was the very end.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 13, 2008 10:40:06 AM


  21. Possible new international sign for "Gloryhole-Friendly" ?

    Posted by: Swedge | Aug 13, 2008 10:59:18 AM


  22. Possible new international sign for "Gloryhole-Friendly" ?

    Posted by: Swedge | Aug 13, 2008 11:00:58 AM


  23. if not a cult would you call it blind allegiance to a slick marketing campaign. does that work?

    Posted by: tofer david | Aug 13, 2008 11:07:02 AM


  24. "And John McCain? He's been happy enough to endorse the anti-gay marriage movement in California (got to build up support amongst the bigots), is against ending DADT, does not support federal law to prevent discrimination in housing and employment (ENDA), and, well, he's a Republican."

    Wow . . . sounds strangely like Democratic President Bill Clinton who actually signed DOMA and DADT into law!

    Posted by: HOGB | Aug 13, 2008 11:08:18 AM


  25. It's so ridiculous that I'm calling bullshit on this. The name of the "agency" and the neo-facist imagery...I think it's a most likely a prank.

    Noah, just because George Bush is the worst president ever and because the wacko right-wing loyalists defend him no matter what, doesn't mean that Obama doesn't have his own twisted cult of personality. One does not negate the other.

    Posted by: paul | Aug 13, 2008 11:11:21 AM


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