“Racist” Obama-Joker Artist Unmasked!

How much do you want to bet that the journalist, Mark Milian, who tracked down the creator of the Obama-Joker, was doing it so that he could write a story about how a racist Neo-Nazis Right-Winger artist was trashing the the good name of his false Messiah?  Imagine his surprise when the artist turned out to be a 1st generation American of “Palestinian” decent living in Obama’s hometown of Chicago who thinks there is nothing evil about socialism and thinks that Obama is doing a better job than Bush!  Furthermore, the artist is not even a Republican!

You gotta’ love it!

Firas Alkhateeb - Obama Joker Artist
Obama Joker artist unmasked: A fellow Chicagoan
L.A. Times

When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from “Batman” began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?

Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain?

[Uhm, don’t forget to mention “racist Neo-Nazi Right-Winger Republican!”  LOL!]

Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe’s Photoshop software.

Alkhateeb had been tinkering with the program to improve the looks of photos he had taken on his clunky Kodak camera. The Joker project was his grandest undertaking yet. Using a tutorial he’d found online about how to “Jokerize” portraits, he downloaded the October 23 Time Magazine cover of Obama and began digitally painting over it.

Four or five hours later, he happily had his product.

Original Obama JokerOn Jan. 18, Alkhateeb uploaded the image to photo-sharing site Flickr (shown at right). Over the next two months, he amassed just a couple thousand hits, he said.

Then the counter exploded after a still-anonymous rogue famously found his image, digitally removed the references to Time Magazine, captioned the picture with the word “socialism” and hung printed copies around L.A., making headlines.


Flickr had removed the Joker image due to copyright-infringement concerns, Alkhateeb says the company told him in an e-mail. A Flickr spokeswoman declined to comment due to a company policy that bars discussing inquiries about individual users.

[Yup, that’s a typical tactic we’ve seen used by Obamites time and time again to circumvent the 1st Amendment and silence Obama’s critics.]

Alkhateeb says he wasn’t actively trying to cover his tracks, but he did want to lay low. He initially had concerns about …

… connecting his name with anything critical of the president — especially living in Chicago, where people are “very, very liberal,” he said.

“After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ,” Alkhateeb said. “From my perspective, there wasn’t much substance to him.”

“I abstained from voting in November,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Living in Illinois, my vote means close to nothing as there was no chance Obama would not win the state.” If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.


Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he’s plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics.

“I think he’s definitely doing better than Bush was,” Alkhateeb said of Obama.


He’s honored by Shepard Fairey’s assessment of his Joker picture, but disagrees with some of Fairey’s comments criticizing the message of the Socialism poster.

“He made a picture of Bush as a vampire,” Alkhateeb said about Fairey. “That’s kind of speaking with two faces.”

Regardless, Alkhateeb does agree with the Obama “Hope” artist about “socialism” being the wrong caption for the Joker image. “It really doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” he said. “To accuse him of being a socialist is really … immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?”

— Mark Milian
Photo credits: Firas Alkhateeb

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4 Comments on ““Racist” Obama-Joker Artist Unmasked!”

  1. PB-in-AL Says:

    “…First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?” He obviously hasn’t been paying attention if he seriously asks that question.

    In short, Firas, these United States of America were created as a constitutional republic. The structure and governance of which are defined in the Constitution. Nevertheless, over the years many who like the idea of socialism, rather than move their happy ass to a socialist country and “do socialism” there, have tried to turn the USA into a socialist country.

    This country has been built on self-reliance, perseverance, ingenuity, and personal responsibility. None of those character traits are supported by or part of a socialist mindset. A socialist relies on the state for their sustenance and needs. A socialist is not willing work for what he wants; the government provides all, though scarcity is often a byproduct of socialism. Because the socialist can just suck off the teat of government there is no motivation to truly innovate. And as evidenced by our current state of litigiousness, a socialist avers any personal responsibility for the above character flaws; it is always someone else’s fault that they don’t have whatever.

    Having stated all that, I don’t want to argue the fact that you might see nothing wrong with socialism, most of Europe agrees. However, if one wishes to live in a socialist nation, with all that comes with it, move. The USA is not a socialist country, never was. I hope it never is. So to answer your question, being socialist is not evil. However, trying to change a nation built on a better foundation and co-opting the processes of the republic and voice of the people thereof, that is evil.

  2. teach5 Says:

    I notice no particulars are given when Alkhateeb says that he believes Barry is doing a better job than Bush. In which arena? How does A-teeb feel about the war in Iraq? It has become declasse to protest now that Bush isn’t the warmongering president the left portrayed him to be. I see no protesting at our local Unitarian non-church, see no bumper stickers anymore about “this endless war”, and hear nothing on the news about how our troops are messing up, killing civilians.
    So what’s the point, A-teeb? So now you know how to photoshop. Uh-huh. Now what? If Barry were doing a better job than Bush, why is he so afraid to ‘connect his name with anything critical of the president”?

  3. ron cope Says:

    Any reason you cannot show the picture the kid created?

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