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This is pointillism made with black ink on paper, I then added
watercolors (yellow, turquoise and red). Will Barack Obama
succeed in improving our world and America? I hope.
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For more information about my artwork: info@benheine.com
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I'm Superman

A poem by Peter S. Quinn

Come to my heart knock on wood
Don’t worry, be good I'm your super man

I will let you be what you want to be
Bring you through because I'm superman
Let you have wings - set you free
Fly with me with these wings if you can

Don’t pretend just come on and really fly
Everything I said - I'm going to try
Bringing in all the hope I gave
Just you wait and see and - be with me brave

There is no one other - I'm the one
I am the man with the super sign on
Giving you what real power is and test
And you will have to imagine with me the rest

Because I have the powers of kryptonite
There is no way to test such might
But just come with me and see what I can
Together we can - yes we can! Because I'm superman

All the strength that you couldn't know
Is inside and now coming out so fine!
Every power known - now superman shall show
Just watch my symbol as it glows up like sunshine

Mightier than a jet plane I’ll fly and I promise you
Everything will be to better put and straight
Promises you thought gone I shall again renew
Take away all doubt and settle each debate

I will let you be what you want to be
Bring you through because I'm superman
Let you have wings - set you free
Fly with me with these wings if you can

Don’t pretend just come on and really fly
Everything I said - I'm going to try
Bringing in all the hope I gave
Just you wait and see and - be with me brave

I am the guy who will always stand by your side
Give you opportunities and money in your pocket
Don’t you worry - let the worries away ride
I'll be your superman and fly like a rocket

There is no one other - I'm the one
I am the man with the super sign on
Giving you what real power is and test
And you will have to imagine with me the rest

Because I have the powers of kryptonite
There is no way to test such might
But just come with me and see what I can
Together we can - yes we can! Because I'm superman

Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!
Because I'm superman


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Obama Vs. The Fear

By Mark Morford

Everyone I know is feeling a little bipolar right now. Everyone I know is going through the most unusual of psychological and socioeconomic fits, a bit unsure what to do and how to feel and exactly which emotional flush should be the one to modulate their equilibrium on a day-to-day basis.

The conundrum is obvious and compelling and, as always, deeply enhanced -- if not wholly solved -- by vodka.

It goes something like this: Do you allow yourself, even now, to feel any sort of ongoing, relieved, merciful joy that Barack Obama actually is sitting in the Big Chair in the White House? That this elegant, articulate, Zen-like man whose integrity is rock-solid and whose ideas, while certainly not in perfect alignment with every ultra-lefty vision on the planet (clean coal? Please), are astonishingly ambitious and brave, is leading this nation during one of the worst economic times in its short and paroxysmal history?

Or do you say whatever, sorry, no time for that. Everything's plummeting and jobs are dying and (in my case, certainly) the industry you've worked for your entire career is gasping its last breath, and therefore, melancholy and dread and panic are the only truly appropriate responses, because I don't care how great the guy is, any smile that might cross my face when I see him gets immediately wiped out as soon as I ponder my 401k?

It's a bizarre choice indeed. The good news is, the Obamafied bliss is still out there, still swirling, still waiting to be supped like a fine digestif. At any given moment you can, if you so choose, pause in whatever it is you're suffering from and hear that voice and see his visage or perhaps merely hear some pundit say the words "President Obama" out loud, and you can still enjoy that delicious chill, that little jolt that says, "Oh my God, did we really do it? Is that lucid, impeccably centered man really the leader of the free world?"

Hey, it sure beats doing your taxes.

You can even take it a tiny step further. You can, as I recently did, glance up at the screen during Obama's congressional address and see not only a young, composed, African American president speaking to the populace in more thoughtful, articulate language than we've heard in a decade, but also note that he happens to be surrounded by a female Speaker of the House and a female Secretary of State and a smart, funny VP who, refreshingly, is not a sneering warmongering torture fanatic who enjoys sucking the blood from live baby sharks.

I mean, good Lord, what sort of astonishing snapshot is this? Two strong, powerful women and a deeply graceful black president? What country is this again?

(If, for some reason, you're also feeling a bit masochistic, you can take these moments to imagine how it might be if John McCain were the president right now, and Sarah Palin was right there next to him, grinning and winking like a truck-stop Barbie, and just how violently unstable and sour and doomed you would feel. Fun!)

So then, the wistful Obama swoon? Still right there. Still accessible. Still agreeably valid. This is the good news.

But oh, the dark side loometh. By Obama's own insistence that he be held accountable for it all, no one knows for sure if all of these spectacular, historic moves -- the bailouts, the massive recovery program, the jobs, housing, overhauls in health care and education and etcetera -- if any of it, will actually work.

It is, by every estimation, the biggest political and fiscal gamble in a generation, maybe five. It is dicey and dangerous and wildly progressive in scope and ambition, and you know this is true because many bitter, unloved Republicans are seething and whining and tearing into every Obama idea they can find, simply because said plans don't do enough to fellate the wealthy and worship oil companies and ignore children.

Maybe longtime pundit David Gergen said it best when he noted that Obama's agenda is more than merely a stack of dramatic, expensive proposals. It's actually more akin to FDR's New Deal rolled into Lyndon Johnson's Great Society; the grand sum of what Obama is attempting to do just so happens to be "the greatest political drama in our lifetime."

This, then, is our grand takeaway. If Obama can pull it off, if he can follow through with even half of these massive, historic overhauls, it will result in one of the most profound transformations and redefinitions of American ideals in history. And I gotta say, it's damn nice to write that sentence and not be referring to warmongering and torture and God-sanctioned homophobia. What a thing.

But of course, the transformation is also a source of profound anxiety. Is it all too much? Is Obama too ambitious? Is he overreaching? Could it all backfire and implode and could the United States collapse entirely as we're taken over by China and forced to work in cellblock sweatshops as giant shape-shifting robots rule the land? Mmm, apocalypse. It's what's for dinner.

Or maybe not. So far, all polls indicate that President Obama's potent speech hit all the right notes and set the stage for the Grand Transformation. He has widespread support even among moderate conservatives, many of whom now appear to trust a Democratic president even more than they trust their beloved banks and megacorporations. Which is a bit like devout Catholics saying hey, you know what? The pope really is an insidious relic. That Buddha guy? He might be on to something.

This seems to be the bottom line, at least for now. We have, for the first time in just about forever, an enormously ambitious, confident, risk-taking president so full of grand and even borderline radical ideas they barely fit into a single generation, much less a single speech, and we have him at a time when we need, well, someone exactly like that.

That he just so happens to be tremendously intelligent, progressive, serene as an oak tree and utterly magnetizing? I guess you just call that a bonus.


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IDoMyThang's avatar
I love your picture because it reminds me of a pop art or propaganda poster I saw somewhere on-line. Anyway,  I created a few pictures that I want to use this style as well to improve them and sell them on t-shirts or stickers.  Great job! ☺️
Werewolf-Korra's avatar
This bastard cost a woman who smuggled Jewish children out of Nazi Germany a Nobel peace prize. Where's my Guy Fawkes mask? I'll give them peace on Earth. Nothing promotes peace like Cosplay.
Waracki99's avatar
This scumbag asshole will make world peace? Haha...
supersaiyan3goku's avatar
Dude. This made my day. Fav 4 U! :3

OBAMA'S BACK BITCHEZ!! :D :D :D
McGuy281's avatar
Who DARES to fear me?
ThunkPublishing's avatar
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klom89's avatar
Ah, poor Obama. He's being attacked on ALL sides by both parties since (unlike Bush) he isn't giving into political bullies out to further their own power in Congress. Notice how most of his decisions have been rather neutral, not particularly Democrat, not particularly Republican.

He's sure as hell a step up from Bush, that's for sure.

But worried citizens are the most gullible species on the planet when it comes to Public Affairs. Whoever promises the most, FOR the most, will get the vote and popularity. And that's what Congress is trying to do.

But Obama has actually made some changes, unlike our recent bout of Post-Regan Presidents.

I salute this fine man. :)
sonicaddict's avatar
and lets hope people will actually stop disapproving his choices and actually support the guy
Uranus-seventhsun's avatar
Like Obama or nae, can't deny this is super work!
TwilitKitsune's avatar
Well, so far, he hasn't really helped at all...
nazi-raptor666's avatar
i bet fear could kick his ass.
Chopperqc's avatar
wow :D great job !
super gros travail de pointilis pour les ombrages

regard ca ,sa y ressenble unpeu [link] lol
A-nnnna's avatar
this is sooo cool! :D
The Obama Deception [link]
Passin's avatar
Actually my last post was slightly wrong. It's the ravings of a delusional madman who wouldn't recognise facts if they bit him on the ass
Passin's avatar
Also known as right wing BS. 
bluessaurus's avatar
That's cool. I wish luck for american people. :)
lazardo's avatar
I don't expect him to be a supernatural miracle worker like some people say he is. He knows he has to get used to and work with the realities he inherited, but that does not mean he can't do some significant good while he's at it. (:
Can you name some of the significant "good" he has done while in office, other than spend more taxpayer dollars in 50 days than Bush spent in 8 years?
Passin's avatar
Fixed America's Healthcare system. Closed Gitmo Bay. Withdrawn troops from Iraq. Need I go on?
lazardo's avatar
Closed the prison section of the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
Set a definite timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq instead of just waiting, seeing, and withdrawing as it goes along.
Spent aforementioned taxpayer dollars for a constructive purpose other than Iraq.

Among the first few things that cross my mind anyway.
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