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Creator Of Obama ‘Hope’ Poster Endorses Bernie Sanders

Audacity of Art

The man who created the iconic Obama “Hope” poster that seemed to be everywhere during the 2008 campaign is supporting Bernie Sanders in 2008:

Artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who designed the iconic “Hope” poster during then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, is backing Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

“I’m supporting Bernie Sanders, because I want to push principles, not personalities,” Fairey said in a video released by the Sanders campaign on Wednesday evening.

“I’m tired of portraits,” he continued. “I want to make images about people of substance, about the issues they care about.”

The Sanders campaign also released a new T-shirt designed by Fairey with an artistic rendering of Sanders’s “Feel the Bern” slogan and a call for a “political revolution.”

Shepard also said in a statement accompanying the T-shirt that Sanders is the candidate running for president who “embodies the principles of justice, equality, liberty, and access to the American dream.”

“Bernie needs help from people like you and me and I think he’ll look out for the needs of people like you and me,” he added. “Pick up a t-shirt and help support Bernie Sanders!”

Clinton’s campaign spokesperson aimed a Tweet at Shepard last night:

For the better part of this week, the Clinton campaign has sought to portray Clinton as the candidate who wants to carry on the legacy of President Obama, and Sanders as the candidate who is essentially rejecting it. This is by and large part of the campaign’s shift to energize support from African-American and other minority groups that have been heavily supportive of President Obama. Whether it will work is something we shall see over the next two weeks.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook