Cult of Personality Watch: US Embassy becomes Obama Embassy

Posted by: Phineas on December 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

**Posted by Phineas

(Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Sure, all US embassies and consulates have portraits of the current president hanging in the offices; he is, after all, Head of State. But… Well… This is just a bit much:

Large tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama were unveiled for guests at the U.S. Embassy in London over the weekend.

The recently-installed, large-scale tapestry portraits were created by National Medal of Arts winner and renowned American painter, photographer Chuck Close.

Call me old-fashioned, but if you want a large piece of art decorating the entry to a United States embassy, the first thing visitors see, why not a work that reflects the history of the United States? Christy’s “Signing of the Constitution,” for example, to celebrate one of our seminal events, or Rockwell’s “Abraham Delivering the Gettysburg Address,” in honor of what many feel is the moment of our second Founding? Or, to borrow Rockwell again (1), why not showcase “Freedom of Speech,” that most American of values, which both embodies and guards the right of a free people to rule themselves? Instead we get giant portraits of one man?

All art is communication, after all, especially public art, and art displayed in an embassy should reflect the nation’s values, how it sees itself, what it holds dear, its spiritual center, its… Oh, wait. I get it.

In this case, I guess it reflects the government’s spiritual center.  smiley headbang wall

Footnote:
(1) He was the all-American painter, after all.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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12 Responses to “Cult of Personality Watch: US Embassy becomes Obama Embassy”

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  1. ALman says:

    Embassy in London, eh? I think I’d rather see “Washington Crossing the Delaware”. :d

  2. “The golden-calf of Self-love.”–Thomas Carlyle

  3. Sefton says:

    You’d think the USA is being led by some Marxist who desires his image to be worshipped by the masses… oh, wait

  4. Brontefan says:

    Brings to mind.. Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and Castro.

  5. Lorica says:

    He hates the English, and he wants them to know it. LOL This man is such a horrible leader. Barbra Wahwah has finally admitted she was an idiot for thinking that this man was the next messiah. So pathetic. – Lorica

  6. Tango says:

    ….I see some others here have beat me to it. The Russians (in the course of the the USSR years were famous for this sort of thing. So were the Chinese during the reign of Mao.

    Such a thing is unbecoming for the USA. Or, at least it used to be….

  7. Carlos says:

    Such a thing is unbecoming for the USA. Or, at least it used to be….

    @Tango: Haven’t you learned by now that there is NOTHING that the sun god king president-for-life ever considers unbecoming, unless it’s sitting down and actually negotiating in good faith.

    Look up “My way or the highway” in a book of quotes. It’ll have his pic there, but it doesn’t mention the backing by thuggery.

  8. Whenever the Nazis took over a country they placed two demands on the citizens, don’t resist and work a job beneficial to the regime. The Communists did the same only added a third condition which was to attend the party rallies and meetings (propaganda sessions), hence Obhammud and his constant campaigning.

  9. ALman says:

    It’s a wonder they aren’t concerned that people might misunderstand and think that it’s hung there for playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”! (grin, grin)

  10. Carlos says:

    It’s a wonder they aren’t concerned that people might misunderstand and think that it’s hung there for playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”!

    Don’tcha mean “jackass,” ALman? ‘Course, most folk nowadays wouldn’t know the difference anyway, I guess…

  11. Lorica says:

    Actually since 2008 all his election posters reminded me of commie art. For him to continue in that vain is in no way a surprise. He is a commie. – Lorica

  12. Dave Dooling says:

    Expect something like this on uniform sleeves next.