Have you noticed the curious “Obama as scary clown” image meme circulating among right wing circles? I’m having a hard time getting my head around its connotations for right wingers (a racist minstrel projection comes to mind).
In any case, it’s part of the right’s weird demonological projection onto the President. I continue to believe that President Obama is in enormous danger of assassination from an unbalanced person. Conservatives are ridiculously hysterical over him, and you can get a steady diet of alarm over Obama by just watching and listening to right wing Internet and media outlets. Below is the latest manifestation of the Obama “sinister clown meme.” I noticed this disturbing image posted at Drudge this afternoon (around 3 pm Pacific time). And the poster image is turning up around Los Angeles (beneath overpasses etc.):
It strikes me as a very image of death and vampirism—a black man implicitly after your life blood and women. And it gives the impression of being a “Wanted” poster—as if Obama is a monster stalking the community. Vigilantes can be relied on to take note. The image will no doubt be all over the right wing blogosphere (and praised) for quite awhile, adding fuel to right wing Manichean projections.
I also notice Rush Limbaugh, racist that he is, at his website embracing the image as well. Hardly surprising.