On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, when President Barack Obama was in Southern California on yet another fund-raising junket to benefit his fellow Democrat politicians, he may have seen bus stops decorated with posters adorned with his face. These were not the Obama Hope posters designed by Shepard Fairey that became icons of the 2008 presidential campaign. These new posters appearing in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park were inspired by street artist Sabo, a retired Marine- turned guerilla artist. Instead of the optimistic fantasy of the Hope posters, these images were starkly urban and reflective of today’s actual scandals and multitude of unresolved issues plaguing America under the Obama Administration’s myopic leadership.
President Obama Confronted By Street Artist ‘Sabo’ Inspired Posters During Los Angeles Fundraising Visit [The Inquisitr; July 26, 2014]
The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy is an exhibit of 30 portraits of world leaders painted by President George W. Bush. The paintings are on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, from April 5 to June 3, 2014.
I place a high priority on personal diplomacy. Getting to know a fellow world leader’s personality, character, and concerns made it easier to find common ground and deal with contentious issues. That was a lesson I had picked up from Dad, who was one of the great practitioners of personal diplomacy.” – President George W. Bush
Street artist Shepard Fairey, 39, was sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,000 on Friday, after pleading guilty in Boston Municipal Court to two counts of destruction of property and one count of defacing property. Eleven other charges were dismissed. The California resident must also notify Suffolk County officials when he visits the Boston area.
Mr. Fairey’s red, white and blue “Hope” portrait of President Barack Obama hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. After the hearing, the graffiti artist said, “Fortunately, I’m at a place in my career where I can get sanctioned spaces, so it’s not an issue that I’ll ever have to worry about again.”
Obama artist admits to 3 Boston vandalism charges [AP; July 12, 2009]