Barack Obama / GTA IV Mashup Posters Spotted in L.A.

May 7, 2008 -
Barack Obama may have dissed Grand Theft Auto IV a bit last week, but, on the streets of L.A. at least, the candidate and the controversial game have become one.

G4TV's Attack of the Show producer Luke Wahl spotted some Barack Obama / GTA IV mashups around town:


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@JustChris There's nowhere

@JustChris

There's nowhere else to come up with that funding, right? There's no ridiculous programs spending 12 million dollars on doing nothing, right?

 

PS:

The state gas tax is 25 cents average. 

"You know, oddly enough,

"You know, oddly enough, money for the roads doesn't come from state governments, it comes from FEDERAL funding"

The gas tax in question is a federal tax as well, which is why Hillary and McCain can affect it through the congress. What, you think they can just clap their hands and change state level affairs such as state taxation?

Also, many states pay for roads via toll booths.

And 'many states', in fact every single one of them, also adds some taxation to gas prices. That's just how it is.

So, those construction workers would still be working, because they still have money to maintain roads and bridges, as well as build new ones.

Let's just try to do this by common sense. We have an area that receives X amount of funding from toll booths AND taxation. Now you cut away the taxation part. The funding goes down. Which means that regardless of what you've said, there _will_ be construction issues, which in turn means less employed construction workers, people that aren't typically incredibly well off, which means even more depression in the US economy.
As well as this:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/newstex/AFX-0013-24679953.htm

Seems like that commission didn't quite agree with your notion that those extra cents a gallon are expendable.

@AdioBam

Ya, electing people with experience has been workign well so far..... oh, wait.

JackDon'tKnowJack: Invoking Godwin as "thread over" is an automatic failure to end the thread.

KICKASS!

Haha, thats pretty cool.

[...] wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptBarack Obama may have dissed Grand Theft Auto IV a bit last week, but, on the streets of L.A. at least, the candidate and the controversial game have become one. G4TV’s Attack of the Show producer Luke Wahl spotted some Barack Obama / GTA IV mashups around town: [...]

Wow! Now that's a political message. Completely awesome.

Have to get that young vote somehow!

I have this epic mental image of a line of Marines fighting Insurgents in the Background, and Barack Obama giving a Muslim Child a Teddy Bear in the foreground. That's a campaign poster.

That's a... little strange. But actually really well made.

Follow the G4 link - I for one liked the Hope Man poster better. Though that might be because I'm looking too hard for the actual message of Obama in 'Grand Hope IV' when the actual message is probably something along the lines of 'Obama iz teh awesum!!1!'

So which side is Barack really on? My guess is he is only bashing GTA4 in public to keep Jack Thompson from forcing him off the ballot. To expand on my guess, Barack knows that kids can tell the difference between reality and fantasy and therefore can decide not to shoot up their schools.

Epic artwork

I have a better poster: "Grand Theft America." I'm no fan of George W. Bush, but the country can do better than someone as empty and devoid of ideas as Barack Obama.

@Sherlock

Yeah! Ummm...sorry, we're all SOL if you mean pick one of the other two candidates.

@Sherlock

dude...you give gamers a bad name with your baseless hatin, just because you didnt bother looking at Obama's ideas...there all over his debates, his own website, and his last book. Of course they not be the best of ideas to some..but still turning a blind eye and covering your ears and saying he is devoid is dumb.

Anyway..this article is about creativity meshing two icons, not political opinion highhorsing.

@JustChris

Don't you mean the other THREE candidates? You seem to forget that Ron Paul is still in the running.

Ron Paul is still very much in the running with a little over 1 million people supporting him. McCain support is diminshing very quickly simply because he is a war monger.

@Arion

Obama's ideas are....extremely lacking in most areas. As you said though, this isn't a political highhorsing article.

I will admit that the artwork is very creative.

[...] pm on May 7, 2008 | # | Seems some political minded GTA 4 gamers and Barack supports are supporting him in their ownspecial way.   [...]

@Shadow Darkman
"to keep Jack Thompson from forcing him off the ballot"

As if JT had that kind of power...

So.. Recycling someone else's ideas and slapping a "HOPE" sticker on it? What a fitting metaphor for his whole campaign.

Personally, I would have gone with "Grand Theft George McGovern Platform 72" or something for the poster. But I guess that doesn't really roll off the tongue as easily..

@Shadow Darkman

I don't believe Obama's done any bashing of GTA4. I'm sure he doesn't know who Jack Thompson is. Video games are simply not an issue for his campaign one way or another.

I wonder who made these, as I highly doubt the Obama campaign itself is responsible.

@illspirit

George McGovern (who incidentally just switched his endorsement from Clinton to Obama, for whatever that's worth), like John Kerry, ran against a Republican incumbent who at the time still maintained a certain level of popularity with the public. Obama, by contrast, is running for an open seat following the least popular president in recorded history, as a Democrat in a time when Bush and the neocons have dragged the entire Republican brand into the trash.

@Olipyr: Ron Paul's campaign is incredibly full of optimism that would be heartwarming if it weren't almost absurd in the face of its opposition. I do somewhat hope that he runs on a third party - I just have no illusions that he's probably going to poll less than 0.5% if he does.

As for Obama himself, his ideas are perhaps only marginally better than Hillary's, but at least he seems sincere about wanting to improve the country. Hillary still strikes me as horribly inauthentic - she'll say whatever it takes for a vote just so she can move into a bigger office, not because she actually cares about this country. Yeah, it's kind of shallow basing a preference on oratory skills, but there's not enough policy differences between the two to make for much of an intelligent decision.

Why is the word "dissed" in the article? I clicked on the link and I didn't see one instance in the linked article where Sen. Obama "dissed" GTA IV.

Not once in his comments did Sen. Obama "dis" GTA IV. People saying that he "bashed" GTA IV need to get a clue.

I personally thought his comments about video games and entertainment as a whole and parents' responsibility were well-reasoned and rational.

That's considered "bashing" and "dissing" now? Really?

I mean, I like this site and I'm a huge gamer (30 years old, college graduate, married, relatively successful), and I love GTA IV, but there's sometimes that we can be a little too sensitive any time a politician mentions a video game.

Not every poltician is Jack Thompson.

Ron Paul is irrelevant. He is no longer a viable candidate.

Heh. Grand Theft America

Benji: Ron Paul is only keeping the campaign up so he doesn't have to give all the money he raised to McCain, who he doesn't like much.

@SFM Hobbes

Grand Theft America's taken. See Ultimates Vol.1 prt 2.

That was very well done poster... but Barack Obama is still a terrible candidate.

@Shih Tzu

As it shouldn't be.

In the grand scheme of things, the violent video game issue really means nothing. There are bigger fish to fry.

I'll admit that I don't like Barrack Obama much (the way his fans chant his name makes me think he's the anti-Christ), but he's less annoying than Hillary and I couldn't stand another Republican in the Whitehouse. He's getting my vote, unless Jesse Ventura runs in the race. GO JESSE VENTURA!!!!! :D

@Chalts

You say that like we have any good candidates.

@kurisu7885

I didn't mean to imply that we did. I'm so unenthusiastic about this race it's become "Who will screw up the country the least?"

@Chalts

Pretty much.

I can't believe that article. Obama is maybe the only top-class politician who didn't diss GTA, but rather gave an elaborate, balanced and thoughtful opinion on the matter. Anyway.

@Arion and JustChris
If you really believe a damn word of what Barack says about 'change', then I have some property I'd like to sell you in Florida.

I think the best hope for us would be John McCain; he doesn't seem so enthusiastic about videogame legislation. Sure, he pays lipservice, but he won't turn us into a communist nation like Hitlery, and his promises aren't hollow like Barack's.

I think it was a little irresponsible to say he dissed grand theft auto. All he said is that we should get kids outside more, doing my physical things, and interacting with people more. I for one agree, and I love my video games!

Plus, my guess is that the Obama camp didn't actually make this poster.

"I personally thought his comments about video games and entertainment as a whole and parents’ responsibility were well-reasoned and rational."

I second that. Obama seems to have more of a problem with the fact that kids are couch potatoes than any moral danger that violent games like GTA IV pose.

@Austin Lewis

If you believe that John McCain represents change, I got bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. A man who is running on a platform that could only be descibed as a 3rd Bush term is not considered change.

And you showed your hand when you called Sen. Clinton "Hitlery." Dazzling insight.

LOLOLOL

@ GRIZZAM 512

There is no such thing as the anti-christ. Just as there is no such thing as Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc.

If people worried more about the well being of their fellow man than appeasing the mythical, magic man who lives in the sky this world would be a much better place.

“I personally thought his comments about video games and entertainment as a whole and parents’ responsibility were well-reasoned and rational.”

Quoted again for truth.
He didn't hop on the "violent games are evil!" bandwagon like, oh say, Hillary did.
He just said kids need to be more active. Which they do.

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Yeah.
Retarded.

This is how you know when originality is dead, and political issues have become irrelevant. This is less about the issues at hand (which most people seem not to be able to figure out) and more about image.

I just love how the American people can come together and put their trust in a candidate with virtually no experience and a microscopic voting record.

yea, "God Bless America". we're gonna need it if he gets elected.

What The Hell

Grand Hope Audacity IV

WoW! That mediocre photoshop is so great and original. Lets all circle-jerk each other while we contemplate this man's greatness.

Obama dosen't want to ''turn us into communists''. He and Hillary just want healthcare that everyone can afford. ''Stopping children from ding of preventable diseases just becase they can't afford car?'' ""How evil of them.''It's not communism, it's social democracy, like they have in europe, which is in many ways better than what they have here. This fear of government run social services is a justification that the wealthy create so that they can avoid paying higher taxes.

Obama '08
 
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