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A Silly Fake: Obama/Crowley

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Here is a tweet I saw that included a fake photo. There was no real attempt to make it look genuine.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Obama</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Satansmiles</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Weird</a> - Why would a President wear this T-Shirt? <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Bob V. ~SEEK, SHARE &amp; FIGHT for TRUTH !!! (@bobv777) <a href="">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>


David Dom Lemieux
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Fake news right there.

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I remember that old site:

It was a weird campaign: a dead, non-US citizen born outside the US for US President, not sure what the point was. Old hat now, though I guess they could reboot that website for the current election.

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Naturally, the "AC For President 2012" was a project by a member here, @thiebes, who has not posted in 6 years now, but who was once a frequent participant. I have one of his 2012 campaign bumper stickers on my guitar-effects case.

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Posted by: @duck

not sure what the point was. 

Thanks for mentioning the campaign. 

The point was political satire. If interested, you may read my short essay on the subject of satirical candidacies here:

Comical Candidacies: Controversy in Political Satire


The campaign served the purpose of spreading information about Aleister Crowley's religious philosophy of Thelema, and his thoughts about how Thelema might inform political policy, with a twist of humor in every post. Through the lens of Aleister Crowley's politics, the campaign criticized today's political paradigms and paradoxes.

You can read more detailed reasons and jokes about why the campaign existed in these three "top ten" lists published on the site:

Incidentally, I did not create the Obama meme under discussion (nicknamed "Crowbama" at the height of its popularity), but it has received much attention over the years. It is not without some mirth that I recall how it struck terror into the hearts of American fundamentalist conservatives.

After the meme began appearing in various places online, I did write a post about it here:

Thanks Barack Obama!

This was part of a series of posts in which I jokingly thanked various celebrities (including deceased individuals and mythological Gods) for their help with promoting the campaign, such as Jay-Z, Cthulhu, Kevin Jonas, Raul Seixas, Russell Brand, Steven Tyler, Frank Zappa and Pauline Butcher, and Vermin Supreme.

The campaign received a bit of mainstream press coverage in the US and at least a couple of other countries. 

For those who are hearing about the campaign for the first time, I hope you'll enjoy it. 

Regarding the suggestion that the campaign could be revived this year, unfortunately the campaign war room has been converted to a research facility for fundamental photophysics of energy conversion materials. You may nevertheless derive some enduring enjoyment (and the derision of the humorless) from the "Don't blame me, I voted for Aleister Crowley" and "Hindsight 2020" merchandise.


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