Mural painter Ron English stood contentedly before his fine Obama-Lincoln composite portrait on the side of a building on Thayer Street in Boston last July 2, 2008. The mural was an outdoor expression of his installation in Gallery XIV’, which passed out poster copies of the art that soon were pasted publicly across the city. The mayor’s office fielded angry calls protesting the prolific image (probably from Republicans), yet its spontaneous popularity showed how naturally voters saw a connection between Obama and Lincoln.(Photo courtesy of AdBusters; pay them a visit.)
Amid all the media hubbub about Barack Obama’s homage to his spiritual mentor on Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, February 12th, I recalled an AdBusters photo spread on the intuitively brilliant portrait by Ron English. Some of you may have seen this image before, especially if you live in Boston. but I wager this tantalizing portrait is new to most of you.
Then I recalled a comment late last year from an “intuitive” friend of mine who is absolutely convinced that Abraham Lincoln has reincarnated as Barack Obama. She cited her “evidence” as Obama’s meteoric rise to the presidency after one term as the Senator from Illinois, which matched Lincoln’s meteoric rise to the presidency after one term in the House as a Representative from Illinois.