Wednesday, 24 October 2012


2012 Presidential Election Campaign

"The Obama For America campaign released this amazing campaign poster, quoting Senator John Kerry’s amazing speech at this past week’s DNC convention. The image, rendered in the style of Soviet-era propaganda posters, was tweeted by Stephanie Cutter, the Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign manager, and picked up by several sites, like the right wing extremist Pat Pollard, along with Joe.My.God. and Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings, whonotes:
Obama campaign officials believe that Romney is vulnerable on foreign policy after his difficult trip overseas in August and his failure to mention the war in Afghanistan in his speech in Tampa.
Those were the latest stumbles Chicago has seized upon. Earlier in the year, a Romney advisor also incorrectly referred to Russians as “Soviets,” a problematic term as the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991.
Here’s the Kerry quote, excerpted from his speech (full text and video — totally worth watching. This was the John Kerry who would have beat Bush):
“President Mitt Romney”—three hypothetical words that mystified and alienated our allies this summer. For Mitt Romney, an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas. It wasn’t a goodwill mission—it was a blooper reel.
But a Romney-Ryan foreign policy would be anything but funny. Every president of both parties for 60 years has worked for nuclear arms control—but not Mitt Romney. Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, President Bush, and 71 United States senators all supported President Obama’s New Start treaty. But not Mitt Romney. He’s even blurted out the preposterous notion that Russia is our “number one geopolitical foe.” Folks: Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV."
Source: wikipedia

This is the new banner for the Presidential Election for Barack Obama. It still features the colours of the American flag. It's minimal but illustrative and interesting.

Source: gerikoombe

The same logo is used here over a photo of Obama, with backdrops for his election in the background.

Source: obeygiant

This is Shepard Fairey's Poster for Presidential Election in 2008. You can see the colours are patriotic and the logo has been used on his jacket, like in the banner/photo for the 2012 election. "Progress", "Hope" or "Change" were used on various posters during the election. The posters were screen printed,  and has been re worked with various faces/icons since. It is a powerful poster, however it only took Fairey 24 hours from start to finish to design, develop and produce.

Kerry: GOP ‘Opposes Everything That Makes America Exceptional’

John Kerry ran against George Bush in the Presidential Election in 2004 and lost against him. However, last month he made a speech at the Democratic National Convention, as to who should win the election; Obama, and who shouldn't; Romney. It's a powerful 13 minute speech which clearly explains why Obama should remain in leadership. 

"We’ve all learned Mitt Romney doesn’t know much about foreign policy. But he has all these “neocon advisors” who know all the wrong things about foreign policy. He would rely on them—after all, he’s the great outsourcer.
Despite what you heard in Tampa, an exceptional country does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet. That is a responsibility from the Scriptures—and that too is a responsibility of the leader of the free world. The only thing exceptional about today’s Republicans is that—almost without exception—they oppose everything that has made America exceptional in the first place. An exceptional nation demands the leadership of an exceptional president. And, my fellow Americans, that president is Barack Obama.
Just measure the disarray and disaster he inherited. A war of choice in Iraq had become a war without end, and a war of necessity in Afghanistan had become a war of neglect. Our alliances were shredded. Our moral authority was in tatters. America was isolated in the world. Our military was stretched to the breaking point. Iran was marching unchecked towards a nuclear weapon. And Osama bin Laden was still plotting.
It took President Obama to make America lead like America again. It took President Obama to restore our moral authority—and to ban torture. This president understands that our values do not limit our power—they magnify it. He showed that global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries.
And President Obama kept his promises. He promised to end the war in Iraq—and he has—and our heroes have come home. He promised to end the war in Afghanistan responsibly—and he is—and our heroes there are coming home. He promised to focus like a laser on al-Qaeda—and he has—our forces have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before. And after more than ten years without justice for thousands of Americans murdered on 9/11, after Mitt Romney said it would be “naive” to go into Pakistan to pursue the terrorists, it took President Obama, against the advice of many, to give that order to finally rid this earth of Osama bin Laden. Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.
Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel to tighten sanctions on Iran—and take nothing off the table."