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Obama miscast as Joker?

What to make of the posters seen around Los Angeles (and now the Internet) depicting President Obama as the white-faced Joker, with the label "socialism"? One obvious problem is that the late Heath Ledger's Joker wasn't a socialist but an anarchist."The charge of socialism is secondary to the basic message that Obama can't be trusted, not because he is a politician, but because he's black," declared Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post.Observed Los Angeles Times blogger David Ng: "The most that can be said about Obama-as-Joker is that it's a prank that the Joker himself would have been proud of. It has exploded like a cultural grenade — an act of cultural terrorism? — and has left meaningless chaos in its wake.""I say let the First Amendment do its thing," blogged columnist Clarence Page, adding that "posters are a healthier way to protest than sending in thugs and thuggettes to disrupt health care town hall meetings."