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September 26, 2009
New Obama images creep into the public mind from sometimes unexpected sources. From Beijing comes Oba-Mao. The Anointed One, about whom American schoolchildren already chant ditties of praise, is being portrayed as The Great Helmsman, Chairman Mao himself. The only photos currently available are copyrighted, but Oba-Mao merchandise can be seen here and here. Best of all this new meme was created not by some right wing version of Shepard Fairey, but by an entrepreneur in Beijing. According to jezebel.com, the creator is Liu Mingjie, who owns a shop in the tourist district of Beijing. Reportedly, t-shirts are selling particularly briskly.
Hat tip: Jerzy