Artist Who Made The Iconic 'Hope' Poster Doesn't Think Obama Lived Up To The Hype

Did Obama live up to expectations?
Artist: "Not even close"

Business Insider

The artist who designed the iconic Obama poster is disappointed in the president's performance.

When asked in an interview with Esquire about whether the president had lived up to the expectations reflected in a famous 2008 portrait, outspoken designer Shepard Fairey replied "not even close."

"There have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected," Fairey told Esquire. "I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]."

Fairey cut Obama some slack, explaining that many of the president's larger unaccomplished promises were more the result of factors outside of his control.

"I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being. But I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control," Fairey said. "I'm not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step."