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.
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.”