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Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 10:23
I wonder if I posted this already. This is the site that started all the Messiah nonsense. These folks are over the top.

Is Barack Obama the Messiah? (http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/)

I'm currently collecting Obama media. It truly is the most sensational art campaign in the heroic mold since Leni Riefenstahl, though I am prepared to nod to some of the early and also very late Soviet work.

dalem
26 Jul 08,, 10:35
I'm currently collecting Obama media. It truly is the most sensational art campaign in the heroic mold since Leni Riefenstahl, though I am prepared to nod to some of the early and also very late Soviet work.

Isn't it unabashedly crazy?

Real New Soviet Man sh*t.

-dale

JAD_333
26 Jul 08,, 10:38
I'm currently collecting Obama media. It truly is the most sensational art campaign in the heroic mold since Leni Riefenstahl, though I am prepared to nod to some of the early and also very late Soviet work.

The parallel to Soviet heroic poster propaganda is interesting. Of course, the difference in this case is that star struck citizens are turning the stuff out. Or, are they?

Here's an 1840 US poster...the glorious general. It only lacks a ring of cherubs around the border. BTW, he won.


11216

He lasted in office for 1 month. He was the last president who was born a British subject.

Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 10:43
Isn't it unabashedly crazy?

Real New Soviet Man sh*t.

-dale

I could post shots all day but I'll restrict myself to two, though I might start a thread in the media section because I want people to post examples I don't have.
Anyways....

Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 10:44
contrasted with

Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 10:47
Or, are they?

The people who are turning out the material I'm collecting are experts in their fields, and I don't mean screen printing. They may be independent, but the voice of the people they are not.

Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 10:50
Here's an 1840 US poster...the glorious general. It only lacks a ring of cherubs around the border. BTW, he won.


11216



Stored and thank you Jad:) Any others you may have access to/know whereabouts of/are willing to share please let me know.:)

JAD_333
26 Jul 08,, 10:56
Campaigning in Israel at the Wall...

11220


Hope Poster

11219

Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 11:24
Okay, as mentioned above I'm collecting media, specifically posters from the Obama campaign. What I am interested in is any you notice which I don't have, links to aformentioned, or any other posters unrelated to the Obama campaign but which these remind you of or feel in some way are related to these. Jads is a good example or say a malcolm-x poster is an obvious one.

What I am going to do now is post the ones I have, and as I say please feel free to add ones I don't have but note I'm not interested in campaign photos.

Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 11:25
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26 Jul 08,, 11:26
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26 Jul 08,, 11:29
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26 Jul 08,, 11:30
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Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 11:35
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Parihaka
26 Jul 08,, 11:37
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glyn
26 Jul 08,, 12:15
Poster art can be so powerful and impressive. Next time you visit the UK try to visit the Imperial War Museum as they have a vast collection from around the world, some of which were on display last year.

Desdemona
26 Jul 08,, 17:22
Wow, those are amazing images! If you find more, I hope you will post them.

Southie
26 Jul 08,, 17:30
Here's a couple I found.

Parihaka
18 Jul 09,, 01:31
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Parihaka
18 Jul 09,, 01:41
Barack Obama campaign claims two top prizes at Cannes Lion ad awards (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jun/29/barack-obama-cannes-lions)

Barack Obama election work hailed for mix of new media, community and TV advertising at Cannes Lions awards

The campaign that drove Barack Obama to victory in the US presidential election has claimed two top awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Awards.

The campaign, submitted by Obama for America, has been hailed as a masterful combination of new media, door-to-door and community grass roots campaigning with a clever tactical use of traditional TV advertising.

The campaign won two grands prix in the Titanium and Integrated Lions categories.

To win the Titanium grand prix, a campaign must involve a breakthrough idea that is "provocative, challenges assumptions and points to a new direction".

"Titanium celebrates work that causes the industry to stop in its tracks and reconsider the way forward," according to the rules set out by the Cannes organisers.

The integrated prize is awarded to a campaign using three or more media – such as TV, press and the internet - that is "high standard and state-of-the-art".

Earlier in the week, Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jun/25/barack-obama-david-plouffe)gave a seminar about how the different facets of media were used to deliver the campaign.

The Great Schlep (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jun/12/d-ad-awards-black-pencils-droga5), the campaign featuring Sarah Silverman designed to increase Obama's Jewish support, won a Titanium Lion for agency Droga5.

The campaign to boost sales of the Zimbabwean, a newspaper that attacked Robert Mugabe's regime by using the troubled country's almost worthless bank notes to make billboard adverts, was awarded a Gold Lion in the Titanium and Integrated Lions category. The campaign, created by the South African agency TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris Johannesburg, previously won the grand prix in the outdoor advertising category.

The US presidential campaign also featured in the awards in the Film Lion category.

Charles Stone III, the creator of Budweiser's famous "Wassup" TV ads from 2000, was given the unique award of a special jury commendation.

Stone produced a 2008 version, through Los Angeles-based Believe Media, to galvanise support for Obama's presidential bid.

The ad features the formerly happy-go-lucky characters in dire circumstances, such as being posted to Iraq and the stock market crash, since we last saw them in 2000.

Under the rules of entry the ad is not eligible for consideration for an official award as only work that has been commissioned by a commercial client can be judged. However, the jury felt that the work could not go unheralded at Cannes.

"It was an extraordinary piece of work, as a standalone political statement it is perhaps second to none," said Bil Bungay, judge and co-founder of UK ad agency Beattie McGuinness Bungay. "It completely captures eight years under president Bush. But we have rules that every work has to be commissioned [by a client] but we felt it was so significant it needed special mention".

In a year of significantly less buzz and expectation around the traditionally high profile battle for the film grand prix one of the UK's big hopes, ad agency MCBD's epic "history of Britain" TV ad for Hovis could only manage a bronze lion.

Parihaka
18 Jul 09,, 01:44
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This also won an award for Droga5 (http://www.droga5.com/)

Parihaka
18 Jul 09,, 01:56
Barack Obama won using 'old school' technology, says his campaign manager (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jun/25/barack-obama-david-plouffe)


David Plouffe, who masterminded Barack Obama's lauded web 2.0 presidential campaign, today admitted that it was "old school" technology including emails and TV advertising that propelled the campaign to victory and not Facebook and Twitter.

Obama's campaign had been feted as a successful example of harnessing modern digital media, including social networking websites, to win campaigns.

However, Plouffe, speaking at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, admitted that much older web technologies and a good dose of old-fashioned TV advertising were chiefly responsible for the victory.

"It was a historic marriage, in US politics at least, between digital technology and grassroots [campaigning]," he said.

"We did have a big Facebook presence and MySpace. When we started, Twitter wasn't really around, it was at the end. The real drivers were old school, email and web [traditional websites for the campaign]. We did build a social networking [presence] but it was web and email."

Plouffe said that the campaign, which included a massive amount of classic door-to-door campaigning, harvested 13m email addresses. During the course of the presidential race more than 1bn emails were sent and people made 4m donations online. Total online donations topped a record $500m (£307m), with the average amount $85.

However, Plouffe was quick to debunk another myth, that the Obama campaign was a pioneer of online donation, pointing out that John McCain was very successful at it in 2000 in his challenge to George Bush for the Republican nomination. "Lucky he forgot this time around," he said.

While hailing the combination of digital and grassroots strategy, Plouffe pointed out that the campaign was hugely dependent on solid TV advertising.

"It is fashionable to suggest that TV ads are less and less important, but we needed to have balance, and they were incredibly important to the campaign," he said.

However, the Obama camp adopted a different TV strategy to traditional US political marketing doctrine.

The campaign ran a half-hour TV ad in the closing days of the campaign – "it could have been presumptuous, could have turned people off" – but sacrificed traditional 30-second and 60-second adverts in favour of a specifically targeted two-minute TV ad as the economy hit the skids in September.

"We sacrificed reach for targeting," he explained.

The two-minute TV ad, which Plouffe describes as "probably the most important ad we ran", aired in all battleground states with a no-nonsense message about Obama's view on the economic situation and policy.

He said that the advert ran with no music, jargon or sound bites and no graphics other than a website address at the end.

"We talked to people like they were adults," he said. "Nothing is more important than authenticity. People have very sensitive bullshit-o-meters. There was a lot of depth to that ad."

Plouffe said the campaign learned that online video was watched much more avidly by consumers, young and old, than other media.

He paid tribute to online activity from outside the campaign that had an impact. He pointed to the phenomenal impact of clips such as Sarah Silverman's The Great Schlep to galvanise Jewish voters; the music video created by Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, which features stars such as Scarlett Johansson, using lyrics from Obama's speeches; and the 2008 version of the famous Budweiser "Wassup" TV ads which featured the characters in dire circumstances, such as being posted to Iraq.



He said that the advert ran with no music, jargon or sound bites and no graphics other than a website address at the end.Yeah right David.:rolleyes: No mention of the cutting-edge production techniques you DID use:))

Parihaka
18 Jul 09,, 01:56
Man, I would SOOO love to go up against these guys in the next election....

pate
03 Aug 09,, 00:28
Apparently this is a new sticker, a la the Andre the Giant 'OBEY' stickers & the 'OBAMA' one you put up (post #12 this thread), is popping up in LA on light poles; does it count? I know it's not 'official' Obamedia, but hey... Found it on moonbattery

Moonbattery: The Snickering Starts (http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2009/08/the_snickering.html)

Parihaka
26 Sep 09,, 09:30
does it count?

Yes it does: as seen here, we're starting to get serious subversion of the narrative.
Pajamas TV - Afterburner with Bill Whittle - The Power & Danger of Iconography: The Resistance Steals Obama's Weapons (http://www.pjtv.com/video/Afterburner_with_Bill_Whittle/__The_Power_%26_Danger_of_Iconography:_The_Resista nce_Steals_Obama's_Weapons/2317/)

Parihaka
26 Sep 09,, 09:31
http://images1.cafepress.com/product/392049541v4_350x350_Front.jpg

xinhui
13 Oct 09,, 00:56
Obama Becomes Japan’s English Teacher


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By MIKI TANIKAWA
Published: October 11, 2009

TOKYO — When Utako Sakai was changing the background music in her beauty parlor recently, she did not opt for the classical piano pieces she usually chose.
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A CD of President Barack Obama's inaugural speech has sold a half million copies in Japan, leading publishers to flood the market with over a dozen language-learning titles centered on his oratory.

Instead, she picked her favorite CD: “President Obama’s Inaugural Address,” released by Asahi Press, a Japanese publisher of language books. She says the speech lifts her spirits and helps her to learn English all at once.

“All our customers love it,” said Ms. Sakai, who is based in Ayase City, in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo.

The speech CD and its accompanying book have been a resounding success, selling 200,000 copies since its release in January. A compilation of President Barack Obama’s speeches has done even better, selling half a million copies since November, solidifying his role as Japan’s English teacher.

Publishers have since flooded the market with over a dozen language-learning titles, including “Speech Training: Learning to Deliver English Speech, Obama Style”; “Learn English Grammar From Obama”; and “Yes, I Can With Obama: 40 Magical English Phrases From Presidential E-mails.”

Asahi Press followed up its inauguration book and CD with a recording of Mr. Obama’s “World Without Nuclear Weapons” speech, also in book and CD form, given in Prague in April.

The publishers are trying to tap into a foreign-language teaching industry that the Yano Search Institute said was valued at ¥767 billion, or $8.7 billion, in 2008. The figure includes the cost of books, CDs, dictionaries, e-learning programs, standardized English tests, and the cost of private language lessons. The institute, in Tokyo, says the majority of the spending is aimed at learning English.

Most Japanese people, including those studying English, would have difficulty comprehending a speech given by a native English speaker. But “Mr. Obama’s English is easy to understand because he pronounces words clearly and speaks at a relatively slow clip,” said Professor Tadaharu Nikaido, a communication specialist here. “Movies tend to be the most difficult for Japanese, especially when actors mumble their words.”

Mr. Obama sets his range of vocabulary wide enough to accommodate the highly educated and the less educated, Professor Nikaido added, and at the lower end, it sometimes comes within the range of non-native speakers’ comprehension.

But there are probably a large number of buyers who do not really possess the basic English skills to understand his speech, said Yuzo Yamamoto, an editor at Asahi Press. Since the sales took off, he has received postcards from readers saying they had been touched by Mr. Obama’s speeches, but “those same people have said they were moved even though they didn’t understand English well,” he said. “Some even said the only phrase they caught was, ‘Yes, we can.’ They said they were in tears nonetheless.”

Mr. Yamamoto said there was a sincerity about Mr. Obama’s speaking style that listeners could perceive phonetically, combined with a delivery that was almost musical.

“That seems to result in sensation, the kind of which you get from listening to good music,” he said.

Other observers say that Japanese buyers probably feel as though they understand his speeches just from the nonverbal cues.

“The audience in the background helped too,” Professor Nikaido said. “The audience’s echo in the background works the same way as, say, laugh sound effects inserted in TV comedies.”

That may explain why Ms. Sakai, the beautician, and her customers were so enthralled by Mr. Obama. Ms. Sakai describes her English skills as less than perfect and says she relies on others for translation when she travels overseas. But when she hears Mr. Obama talk, she feels perfectly at ease.

“I feel as though I am not Japanese,” she says, because she is able to understand the English speech so well.

The fervor over Obama-speak, some say, reflects other aspects of Japan’s changing society. Among the public, there is now a longing for leaders with a communication style that is more effective, dynamic and inspiring, something not prevalent in the political culture here, they say.

Since late last year, economic recession has only deepened with no end in sight, and hope has been difficult to find. “There is a sense, why isn’t there an Obama in Japan who can raise people’s spirits,” Mr. Yamamoto said. This year, as the Obama books were beginning to boom, the prime minister then, Taro Aso, was making a series of political gaffes, Mr. Yamamoto noted. They included misreading kanji, the Japanese characters, in public.

The Obama speech phenomenon peaked in the spring, observers say, and has given way to more books and magazines that focus on how Mr. Obama’s communication skills might be adopted in Japan for business and political purposes.

Professor Nikaido himself has recently published a book called “Creating an Audience Frenzy: Learning From Obama’s Strategic Oratory.” At least half a dozen books and magazine covers of this kind have appeared in the past several months.

John R. Harris, a Canadian speechwriter who is based in Chiba, a Tokyo suburb, and who has worked with Japanese politicians, says he knows a good deal about the dire straits of political communication in Japan. The art is virtually nonexistent and is only beginning to be discovered, he said.

“Japan has not been serious about communication,” he said. “In a Japanese company or political party or anyplace where Japanese come together as a group, the process is consensus-forming, and the outcome has to be consensus, and the consensus is internal. In that, the audience often gets forgotten.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/business/global/12iht-speech.html?_r=1&ref=asia

gunnut
13 Oct 09,, 02:46
Well...at least it's the inaugural speech and not the one he made to NAACP or some other black organization.

Obama's speech pattern changes according to his audience. He sounded like a normal American during the inaugural speech, but sounded like a black southern preacher when he spoke to black audiences.

Blue
13 Oct 09,, 03:21
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citanon
13 Oct 09,, 04:18
Here's a couple I found.

Gosh, talk about 3rd world propaganda having great effect in the world's lone super power. Three more years till we get out from under this garbage.

JAD_333
17 Oct 09,, 05:23
Do you have this one, Pari? If you don't recognize the context, it's a take off of the famous Norman Rockwell illustration that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evning Post magazine years ago.

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Parihaka
21 Oct 09,, 01:38
Do you have this one, Pari? If you don't recognize the context, it's a take off of the famous Norman Rockwell illustration that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evning Post magazine years ago.


Nice Jad:)

Parihaka
21 Oct 09,, 01:39
Top White House Official Says Obama Team 'Controlled' Media Coverage During Campaign (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/19/white-house-official-says-obama-team-controlled-media-coverage-campaign/)

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn is seen in a video from January talking about how the Obama campaign exercised absolute "control" over media coverage.

FOXNews.com

Monday, October 19, 2009



The Obama campaign's press strategy leading up to his election last November focused on "making" the media cover what the campaign wanted and on exercising absolute "control" over coverage, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told an overseas crowd early this year.

In a video of the event, Dunn is seen describing in detail the media strategy used by then-Sen. Barack Obama's highly disciplined presidential campaign. The video is footage from a Jan. 12 forum hosted by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in the Dominican Republic.

"Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," Dunn said, admitting that the strategy "did not always make us popular in the press."

The video drew attention after Dunn kicked off a war of words with Fox News last Sunday, calling the network "opinion journalism masquerading as news." The White House stopped providing guests to "Fox News Sunday" in August after host Chris Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dunn complained about the fact-checking last Sunday. In the January forum, she provided details about the lengths to which the Obama campaign went to control the media message.

She explained that the campaign favored live interviews so that Obama's words could not be edited -- "so that what the voters heard we determined, as opposed to some editor in a TV station."

She said Campaign Manager David Plouffe put out Web videos so the campaign could avoid talking to reporters and focus the media message.

"Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it," she said. "One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters. ... We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it."

xinhui
22 Oct 09,, 02:19
https://www.chiaobama.com/flare/next

citanon
06 Nov 09,, 23:10
Obama to enter diplomatic talks with California wild fire.
(http://www.theonion.com/content/video/obama_to_enter_diplomatic_talks)

xinhui
14 Nov 09,, 00:40
Beijing puts foot down on ‘Oba Mao’ T-shirts
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009 5:21 PM
Filed Under: Beijing, China
By NBC News' Bo Gu

BEIJING – Liu Mingjie expected that President Barack Obama’s first visit to China would bring more business to his little boutique shop in Beijing’s popular Houhai area, a lakeside district filled with trendy restaurants and bars, souvenir shops and lots of tourists.

Until last weekend, Liu had been interviewed by both Chinese and foreign media about what he was selling: T-shirts that superimposed Obama's face over that of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong on the front, and the words "Oba Mao" on the back.

But Lui’s brisk business was suddenly terminated by local government officials, just days before Obama’s arrival in China, without any explanation. He says he was simply told, "No, you cannot sell Obama T-shirts anymore."

Bo Gu / NBC News
Liu Mingjie shows off the “Oba Mao” T-shirt he was selling out of his shop in Beijing, that is until the authorities told him to stop.

While the culture of mocking celebrities and politicians is not yet widely embraced in China, the possible embarrassment brought to the president of the United States by having his image on T-shirts dressed in the uniform of China’s infamous Red Guards, who caused mayhem during the Cultural Revolution, was too much of a ticking bomb for local officials. Liu doesn’t know when or whether he’ll ever be able to sell his T-shirts again, but he’s not the only one who is confused and upset.

Qi Zhiyong, a former factory worker who lost one leg during the crackdowns on student demonstrators 20 years ago that culminated in the infamous Tiananmen Square protests, has found himself suddenly forbidden to talk to the media and has been followed by plainclothes police for the last few weeks.

VIDEO: 'Oba Mao!' China gets ready for Obama's visit

However, after protesting for two decades, Qi is used to constant harassment and forced silence during politically sensitive moment, like the Beijing Olympics in 2008, last month’s 60th anniversary of communism in China and Obama’s upcoming visit. Qi and other dissidents are routinely locked up or kicked out of Beijing by the police to prevent them from talking to foreign delegations or the media.

‘I don’t care’
But while Liu’s and Qi’s lives have been temporarily derailed by the president’s visit, the general public in China hasn’t showed too much fervor over it.

A survey by China’s leading Web portal Sohu.com and the English newspaper China Daily asked, "What’s your viewpoint on Obama’s visit to China?" Almost 40 percent of respondents said "I don’t care" or "I have no expectations."

When asked "On what issues do you think China and America will reach more agreements after Obama’s trip?" 56 percent answered, "I don’t think the two countries will reach any more agreements."

And when our NBC News team went to Wangfujing, one of Beijing’s most popular shopping areas, to speak with people about Obama’s visit, more than half of the people we approached were unaware he was coming.

However, in our unscientific survey, those who were interested in the visit agreed on what they cared about most: trade. And according to online surveys, more flexible trade policies and communications between the two countries are the top concern of Internet users.

Image: A woman is reflected in the mirror of a shop
Frederic J. Brown / AFP - Getty Images
A woman is reflected in the mirror of a shop selling coin purses with the "Oba Mao" design by entrepreneur Liu Mingjie for sale at his shop on Sept. 23, 2009.

Knock down the Great Firewall of China!
Chinese bloggers and Twitter users actually have great expectations for Obama’s trip. Their hope is that the so-called Great Firewall of China, the online filtering and surveillance program run by the communist government’s Ministry of Public Security, is torn down with a push from the American president.

"President Obama did stress that he is going to talk about human rights with President Hu, which is a big surprise to a lot of Chinese intellectuals," said Bei Feng, an activist and blogger who was invited by the U.S. Embassy to a briefing ahead of Obama’s arrival. Dozens of other bloggers joined the briefing on Thursday and raised many of the issues they are most concerned about.

Bei is optimistic about the Obama’s trip but remains cautious on what Chinese netizens can expect out of it. "A small portion of Chinese intellectuals do believe if President Obama is willing to talk about human rights with China, it may spur China’s democracy progress. But in fact, if you rest your hope on a foreign president, it’s not practical. It needs our own efforts."

Still, out of all of China’s 1.3 billion residents, there is one who may be looking forward to the big arrival most: Mark Obama Ndesandjo. He is Obama’s half-brother, a Kenyan businessman who lives in Shenzhen, in southern China, just 15 minutes from Hong Kong.

Beneath the spotlight of both Chinese and Western media, Ndesandjo published his first book in China last week, "From Nairobi to Shenzhen." The semi-autobiographical story is about his personal journey from Kenya to China, with a lengthy account of the allegedly abusive father he shared with Obama. Ndesandjo is reportedly already on his way to Beijing to meet his half-brother.

NBC News’ Adrienne Mong also contributed to this report from Beijing.
Beijing puts foot down on ?Oba Mao? T-shirts - World Blog - msnbc.com (http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/11/13/2127121.aspx)

Parihaka
14 Nov 09,, 00:45
Beijing puts foot down on ‘Oba Mao’ T-shirts


Heh:))

xinhui
18 Nov 09,, 20:02
Obama is such a weakling… chicken soup and Chinese Merlot for state dinner?
Back in the good ole days, real men raise toasts with Maotai, the 150-proof liquor, and joked about how many millions of lives can be scarified in a nuke exchange with the Soviet Union.


Did someone order milk?


Chinese steak, Stevie Wonder at state dinner for Obama

(AFP) – 16 hours ago

BEIJING — After a tough morning of talks Tuesday and some sightseeing, US President Barack Obama finished the day with Chinese-style beef steak and a bit of Stevie Wonder -- played by a Chinese military band.

The visiting US leader was the guest of honour at a state dinner hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao in the lavish Golden Room of the Great Hall of the People, where red and gold columns surrounded the 13 tables of guests.

Obama sat to Hu's right at the head table -- decorated with a centrepiece of two elaborate birds surrounded by greenery -- and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat on the other side of the Chinese leader.

The head table, which seated more than 20, also included US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was not present at the meal.

On the menu was chicken soup with bean curd, Chinese-style beef steak, stir-fried wild rice stem and asparagus, and pastries and ice cream for dessert. Bottles of 2002 vintage Chinese Great Wall wine were served.

A People's Liberation Army military band played a selection of Chinese and American music including Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You" and "We Are The World", penned by the late pop icon Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

Obama, who began his state visit to China in Shanghai on Sunday, was due to leave Beijing on Wednesday after a working lunch with Wen and a visit to the Great Wall. He will wrap up his four-country Asia tour in South Korea.
AFP: Chinese steak, Stevie Wonder at state dinner for Obama (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j-I-1viEFIjc260gE5jzGIRZXr_w)

Knaur Amarsh
20 Nov 09,, 17:47
Burning Obama Sculpture, A Hot Controversy - ArtBistro.com (http://artbistro.monster.com/news/articles/10063-burning-obama-sculpture-a-hot-controversy?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=ab_c3_20091120_fir)

dundonrl
27 Nov 09,, 03:18
you know when you see something that upsets your stomach and you throw up a little in your mouth? well, after seeing all these photos, I threw up a lot..

xinhui
09 Dec 09,, 23:44
Obama sales BlackBerry, he is huge in China.

TopHatter
10 Dec 09,, 00:38
Obama sales BlackBerry, he is huge in China.

Or, an outright counterfeit of the Blackberry, the Blockberry!

Julie
10 Dec 09,, 00:52
Obama sales BlackBerry, he is huge in China.With all our currency China has, maybe Obama would like to move to China and become a politician there. Lots of money to spend there. Oh, how I wish he would. ;)

xinhui
10 Dec 09,, 01:34
Or, an outright counterfeit of the Blackberry, the Blockberry!

LOL "Windows Mobile" OS is a give-a-way. My "international edition" BlackBerry does not support Unicode which means I can't read Chinese with it.

xinhui
10 Dec 09,, 01:36
With all our currency China has, maybe Obama would like to move to China and become a politician there. Lots of money to spend there. Oh, how I wish he would. ;)

I bet he knows how to say Chapter 11 in Chinese.

xinhui
07 Feb 10,, 01:48
February 6, 2010
Obama Statue to Leave Indonesia Park
By NORIMITSU ONISHI

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A recently erected statue of President Obama as a 10-year-old boy will be removed from a public park here, city officials said Friday, bowing to vociferous criticism on Facebook just a month before Mr. Obama is scheduled to visit Indonesia.

The statue will be relocated as soon as possible to an elementary school that Mr. Obama attended during the four years he spent here, the governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo, told reporters.

In December, the city unveiled the 43-inch-tall bronze statue in a park in Menteng, the neighborhood where Mr. Obama lived with his divorced mother and Indonesian stepfather in the late 1960s. Financed by $10,000 from Mr. Obama’s supporters here, it depicts the boy known at the time as Barry in shorts and a T-shirt, smiling as a butterfly lands on his left thumb.

But the statue of Mr. Obama — who successfully exploited the potential of social networking sites during the 2008 presidential campaign — soon became the target of intense ire of critics who said that Mr. Obama had done nothing for Indonesia and that the park should be reserved to honor an Indonesian.

More than 56,000 Facebook members joined an Indonesian-language Facebook group called Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park. Critics also filed a lawsuit to force the city to remove the statue.

Mr. Obama remains extraordinarily popular in Indonesia, where government officials, the news media and Indonesians expressed disappointment that he did not include the country in a trip through Asia last year.

Heru Nugroho, 46, who started the Facebook group, said he had not made up his mind yet whether he approved of the spot chosen for the statue’s relocation.

“If they want to move it to the school, that may be acceptable,” he said in a telephone interview. “He did go to school there.”

Mr. Nugroho said that he was not an “America hater.”

“I don’t hate Obama, either,” he said, adding that his protest was for “our image as Indonesians.”

“We Indonesians don’t even pay enough respect to our own heroes, people who contribute to our country,” he said. “Then, suddenly, you build a statue of a person who’s contributed nothing to Indonesia. It’s only because he lived here when he was little.”

At the statue’s unveiling in early December, a city official said it would inspire “Indonesian children to reach their dreams.”

Muktita Suhartono contributed reporting.

Obama Statue to Leave Indonesia Park - NYTimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/06/world/asia/06indo.html?ref=asia&pagewanted=print)

xinhui
01 Jul 10,, 19:22
Obama movie debuts in Indonesia
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gunnut
27 Aug 10,, 02:43
I stumbled across this site:

OBAMA - Obey Giant (http://obeygiant.com/headlines/obama)

I felt dirty just reading some of the stuff on that site. The blind devotion, the cult of personality, the emotional attachment to a political figure, it was scary to a free thinking man.