Wednesday, August 1

"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer!"

This may all be old, but bear with me:

It keeps getting better: On April 30th Obama's campaign munchkins pushed out a twitter post that said "There are no red states or blue states, just the United States." Aww, that's so sweet! Accompanying the text was a map of the U.S. with what seems to be Obama's face in the middle. nation, one government, one wise, powerful, fearless but so-compassionate leader, always looking out for his people, I guess. For some Americans that's a very reassuring image.

It took blogger Adam Baldwin (not the actor) about a minute to realize he'd seen something a lot like that before: A poster from Germany in 1938 (for those under 30 and educated in public schools that was a year before the Second World War began), featuring the face of Adolf Hitler in the middle of a map of that country, with a slogan that translates to "One People, one government, one leader."

The similarities are...either amusing or disconcerting, depending on your party.

Amazingly, Baldwin found a copy of the Hitler poster and at 10:05 pm on April 30th tweeted the Obama artwork next to the Hitler poster, with the text "No comparison!"

Some time later--still trying to find out exactly when--the White House crew decided it was better to quietly remove the Obama artwork from the tweet rather than leave it.

It would be interesting to know if they tried to delete the whole tweet.

Amazing how similar thought processes lead to similar expressions and graphics, eh?


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