Beam me up, Obama!

posted at 10:00 am on August 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

All hail the Obama Sign of Progress!  US News reports on the latest for supporters of Barack Obama — a nifty little hand sign that allows his minions to identify each other in crowds.  Apparently, the patchouli aroma wasn’t enough:

George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. “Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future,” says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc.

Husong says that he came up with the idea after seeing an Obama-Progress poster, but it looks like he just spent to many nights watching Star Trek reruns.  Take a look at this sequence from “The Way To Eden”:

As a ST-TOS afficianado, I have to say that they chose the absolute worst possible episode to lift.  “The Way to Eden” is usually known as “The Hippie Episode”, in which Spock gets his groove on with aliens lifted directly off the streets of Haight-Ashbury, but only slightly more sober.  It came during the more-or-less disastrous third season and attempted to display a “hipness” and relevance to contemporary times, and wound up embarrassing everyone, even its fans.

Now I can’t wait for the closing night of the Democratic convention at Invesco Field.  The thought of 70,000 fans re-enacting a 40-year-old salute on cue has me already setting up my TiVo.

Others making entries in the tricorder for this story are:

Update (AP): I didn’t get the Trek reference but I did see the resemblance to, er, another image referenced in InstaGlenn’s post, as will thousands of other web surfers who end up stumbling across the graphic. I can’t believe that any Obama supporter with enough Web savvy to try to spread this meme online wouldn’t have seen the backfire potential in designing an image reminiscent of goatse. Which is to say, this has to be a grand prank perpetrated by a McCain fan. I ran a search on Open Secrets for Rick Husong and Loyalty Creative to try to confirm that but came up empty. Anyone want to lend a hand in googling?

Update (Ed): Ugh … I didn’t even think about the goatse implications.  Fortunately, the Boss has a better rendition of the signage, courtesy of one of her commenters:


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Zerobama. Perfect.

You can also make the “o” sign with one hand using your thumb and forefinger (the “okay” sign). Try it in Brazil during a soccer match.

Coronagold on August 8, 2008 at 12:09 PM

I thought that was the internation symbol for “ass hole”?

Or, maybe that will be the size of you rectum after all the Obama (may His Holiness illuminate your nether regions) tax increases are implemented.

Wyznowski on August 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM

It looks like a Blackhole. But thats racist so never mind.

Lunkinator on August 8, 2008 at 12:16 PM

instead of a symbol, a MARK is needed to identify the obaMahdi’s supporters…

right4life on August 8, 2008 at 12:19 PM

My take was this this looks like the stretched anal passages we’ll all be sporting once Obama visits socialism upon America.

Ouch! Use lube next time!

ynot4tony2 on August 8, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Wyznowski on August 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Thats pretty funny! :D

With everyone making fun of it,how long before this gets thrown under that bus?

becki51758 on August 8, 2008 at 12:21 PM

The space hippies were looking for some idealized Eden, but the realities of the universe were harsher and more deadly than they could fathom. Very fitting.

Such self-parodies are nothing but political poison; keep partaking, Obamatrons!

michaelo on August 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

At least it helps id o-holes.

meandchi on August 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

I’m guessing it is symbolic of the permanent new size of your sphincter once Obama and the dems push their policies through.

Think_b4_speaking on August 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

instead of a hand symbol what the supporters of ObaMahdi need is a mark to identify those that are his…

right4life on August 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

ynot4tony2 on August 8, 2008 at 12:20 PM

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Oops – great minds……

Think_b4_speaking on August 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

(the “okay” sign). Try it in Brazil during a soccer match.

I travel there all the time and had multiple an occasion in the beginning to have to “ooooh, sorry sorry sorry!” But they just laugh (they watch our movies).

Marcus on August 8, 2008 at 12:30 PM

The updated version via the Boss is parfait.

Buy Danish on August 8, 2008 at 12:34 PM

“Spock’s Brain” was hands down, the worst ST-TOS episode evah.

john1schn on August 8, 2008 at 10:37 AM

“Brain and brain! What is brain??!!!”

baldilocks on August 8, 2008 at 12:37 PM

“Step’in in to Eden, Yea Brother”

“Herbert, Herbert, Herbert”.

PappaMac on August 8, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Exactly…and well said, PappaMac.

As of today, in my office, Obama will now be referred to in perpetuity as “Herbert.”

Mike D. on August 8, 2008 at 12:39 PM

New sign to add to the chart.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 8, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Here’s another good spin on this.

Buy Danish on August 8, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Bloggers are dangerous.

AP and Ed, what signs are y’all flashin’?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was reminiscent of Goatse… although it would be appropriate.

cry havoc on August 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM

NSFW…

A model of an Obamican?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 8, 2008 at 12:49 PM

I just give them the “O” face.

Hening on August 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

“O” for Obfuscation

Shirotayama on August 8, 2008 at 12:58 PM

“Spock’s Brain” was hands down, the worst ST-TOS episode evah.

john1schn on August 8, 2008 at 10:37 AM
“Brain and brain! What is brain??!!!”

baldilocks on August 8, 2008 at 12:37 PM

“A child could do it!”

Shirotayama on August 8, 2008 at 12:59 PM

test

Theworldisnotenough on August 8, 2008 at 1:00 PM

I decided to put Michelle’s version up for sale on Face Book. Love it!

Connie on August 8, 2008 at 1:03 PM

The Hippie Episode was awful, but agreed with another commenter: not remotely in the same ironic league of brain-damage-inducing agonies of awfulness as “Spock’s Brain.”

And I love TOS.

I would *love* to see 75,000 Obamatrons doing that at Invesco Field. With the salute mastered, the next step will be armbands…

E1701 on August 8, 2008 at 1:04 PM

“You have a tight lip…… Herbert”

BBBWWWWAAAAAAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…………….

Seven Percent Solution on August 8, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Oh dear…. The Obamanians are starting to really get worrisome. They may need deprogramming when the election is over to help them work through this cult brainwashing.

Jill1066 on August 8, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Herbert!

Who, but Barak Hussein Herbert Obama needs to be less rigid in his line of thought?

LOL

pabarge on August 8, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Hmmmm…. if this actualy does go…

I may have to get a shirt… that says..

I AM HERBERT!

After all, were not the Herbert’s the ones who were not on the path to Eden?

Romeo13 on August 8, 2008 at 1:31 PM

So when this speech happens and everyone gives the nullset gang sign en masse you cut a commercial interspersing that footing with the scene in the last Omen movie where all the enthralled followers are listening to the son of Satan speak.

Darksean on August 8, 2008 at 1:35 PM

After seeing this new “sign” and reading all of these comments, it makes me wary of soon seeing Preparation O commercial on television.

electric-rascal on August 8, 2008 at 1:42 PM

“Brain and brain! What is brain??!!!”

baldilocks on August 8, 2008 at 12:37 PM

My collie says:

“It is controller, is it not?”

Okay. So my stupid dog is a Trekkie.

CyberCipher on August 8, 2008 at 2:02 PM

So…what is McCain’s symbol?

Blacksoda on August 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

In case you didn’t know what the “O-face” is…

http://asecondhandconjecture.com/index.php/2008/08/08/just-show-him-your-o-face/

Keith_Indy on August 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

It came during the more-or-less disastrous third season and attempted to display a “hipness” and relevance to contemporary times, and wound up embarrassing everyone, even its fans.

Contemporary critics often fail to recognize genius when they see it. For many non-boomers (including a young Infidoll), The Way to Eden was the beginning of a life long contempt for all things hippy. As brilliantly illustrated in the episode, hippies are brainless followers with childish attitudes toward authority and a total inability to survive in the real world. As Spock found out, reasoning with them is a total waste of time.

Why we didn’t round these people up and re-educate them back when they were easy to identify I’ll never know. Now that they’ve blended in with the rest of the population, there’s almost no way to detect them (apart from their irresponsible parenting practices, thinly-disguised contempt for law and order, and their conviction that JFK, Watergate, and Vietnam are somehow still relevant).

Infidoll on August 8, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Does anyone here even remember the 3 finger salute?

Richard Romano on August 8, 2008 at 10:29 AM

No. In fact, I’d really like someone to verify there actually was a “3 finger salute” push in 2000 for Dubya.

And if anyone did the 3 finger salute in 2000 at the convention, you’ve got to know you’re a total douchebag.

ScottMcC on August 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Ace has the goatsebama version.

TABoLK on August 8, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Ace has the goatsebama version.

TABoLK on August 8, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Okay, the whole goatse thing is incredibly offensive and disgusting, but I laughed despite myself. That was funny.

aero on August 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Wasn’t there a time when mindless follower saluted a leader in a certain way….?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_J1LK6NP61B4/Rw0DuehBLuI/AAAAAAAAAFE/P2YNNwsTM-I/BE033716.jpg

MJR on August 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

“Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future,” says Rick Husong”…
That’s a relief…I thought that since they haven’t taken responsibility for the past that they won’t do so in the future.
The hand signal reminds me of worm holes, zeros and other kind of holes. I doubt that the Obama camp will go for it unless they can make it into a game. How about throwing ping-pong balls thru the Os? (Captain Kangaroo just dropped 1000 balls in my memory banks.)
It seems that “Herbert” would be replaced by ‘Dubya’. After all, everything IS his fault.

Christine on August 8, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Apparently, the patchouli aroma wasn’t enough

Hehe…good one Ed!

Liberty or Death on August 8, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Frodo failed; Obama has the ring.

Haw, haw.

What’s not surprising in this little episode is how aggressively the boobs at usnews.com have censored commentary on the story. All the major news companies have tried to emulate the success of blogs in their online presence but they are every bit as intolerant and Orwellian online as they are with their crap newspapers and network shows.

They don’t quite get it because they don’t want to get it.

Django on August 8, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Obama The Dissonant will claim that his camp has the permission of The Ray Bradbury Estate or those now owning the copyrights to Star Trek to plagiarize from the show.

This latest fiasco aside, the DNC campaign for Obama has pulled out all of the symbolic plugs from the shapes and graphic stylization that reflect the ugliest of former SOCIALIST AND FASCISTIC DICTATORSHIPS.

As far as color association is concerned, according to Der Blaue Reiter movement (Kandinsky), blue is the color of spirituality: the darker the blue, the more it awakens human desire for the eternal. Note well then, the UN and Obama selected pastel blue with its inference of the temporal emphasizing now, the infantile, and the aristocratic effeminate rococo.

The aesthetic repercussion having juxtaposed the arbitrary Fascistic slashing strokes with the baby blue disturbs. It may as well represent abortion. I hate this grotesque propaganda poster made to further desensitize the public. It symbolizes Obama’s answer to the 7-year-old little girl who asked, “Why did you run for President?”

Those hands look like they’re going to wring your neck!

maverick muse on August 8, 2008 at 5:11 PM

As far as color association is concerned, according to Der Blaue Reiter movement (Kandinsky), blue is the color of spirituality: the darker the blue, the more it awakens human desire for the eternal. Note well then, the UN and Obama selected pastel blue with its inference of the temporal emphasizing now, the infantile, and the aristocratic effeminate rococo.

maverick muse on August 8, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Do you think there’s enough blue in there to rule all 57 states for the 10 years or so?

CyberCipher on August 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM

I can’t believe that any Obama supporter with enough Web savvy to try to spread this meme online wouldn’t have seen the backfire potential in designing an image reminiscent of goatse.

Actually, that seems to be the primary motivational influence on all the Obama campaign graphics. I’m surprised others haven’t noticed that already.

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM

“Zero” giant “O” and the hard edge stuff…well, it’s evidence of goatse, not “reminiscent” of it, but evidence of it. One guess what the graphics guy responsible for the Obama campaign is all about, by the way.

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:15 PM

It looks kinda obscene.

obladioblada

That’s because it is.

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:16 PM

This just begs for parodies.

The parodies are so obvious…I’d photochop a dozen of them but I don’t want to throw up my late breakfast (or lose my hosting accounts).

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:18 PM

It’s all about the “O”.

PLEASE — ANYONE — SEND THIS TO FARK.COM — a/s/a/p.

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Hening on August 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

LOL. Too much of that is exactly what got Edwards in trouble.

viking01 on August 8, 2008 at 6:20 PM

When I was a kid we used to make a smaller version of the “o” sign using thumb and fore finger. It meant “you’re an a__hole.”

Haha, it still does!

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Wonder if those late-night “comics” still think there’s nothing funny about Obama?

AZCoyote on August 8, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I wonder if the Gene Roddenberry estate will sue

ToddonCapeCod on August 8, 2008 at 6:46 PM

I see this (Obama “O” sign) and I think of the alien bursting out of the hapless captives’ chests.

S on August 8, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Then I think about this

S on August 8, 2008 at 7:01 PM

A side note: What’s up with that Disney “Ocean” ad on this site (see righthand column, top o’ page). Look closely at it…

S on August 8, 2008 at 7:15 PM

eat all the fruit and throw away the rhine…yay brother….

johnnyU on August 8, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Maybe the Obamaniacs could also wear the cool fried egg doo-dad on their lapels, too.

Instead of American flags, of course.

Obama sees himself as Spock, naturally.

It’s the ears.

profitsbeard on August 8, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Obama sees himself as Spock

Well, he’s certainly NOT Worf.

Not Spock, either, for that matter. I think Obama sees himself as “The Universe.”

S on August 8, 2008 at 9:01 PM

This STOS episode has two memorable scenes:

1. Spock actually using the Vulcan Harp
2. Nichelle Nichols singing the words to the series Theme Song.

And, yeah, I can see the Obamamarx thinking himself as Spock. Of course that character was portrayed by the alcoholic son of an Orthodox Jew from Canada.

SeniorD on August 8, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Its too bad that the obamachine will realise how stupid and infantile this stunt is and squash it.

These maniacs are the gift that keeps giving.

Presidential seals, tire inflation revelations, it just keeps coming.

No other candidate could withstand the blunders this man is allowed.

Sonosam on August 8, 2008 at 9:56 PM

you the national socialists had a niftey hand sign too!

GREENTURTLE on August 9, 2008 at 2:27 AM

you know the national socialists had a niftey hand sign too!

GREENTURTLE on August 9, 2008 at 2:31 AM

Listen carefully to the Hare Krishna chant and you will see why Obombem followers chant OHM MON EY MON EY MON EY, OHM MON EY MON EY MON EY.

MSGTAS on August 9, 2008 at 9:42 AM

BaHaaa!!! Galatic libtards!!!!!! BaaaaHaaaaa.. No difference. Damn, they even *look* like most of this millennium!

Fargin Obama holes. Bwhahahahaahaaa

auspatriotman on August 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

instead of a hand symbol what the supporters of ObaMahdi need is a mark to identify those that are his…

right4life on August 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Agreed. It would work really well if placed on the forehead or back of the right hand. It would work even better if there was a law to go with it that said anybody without the Obama-mark couldnt buy or sell too.

abcurtis on August 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I recall when we were kids in high school we used that symbol too. I cant go into what it meant – this is a family thread.

abcurtis on August 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Is Obama visiting his ailing Grandmother while he is in Hawaii? Seems like the biggest story in the newscycle forever fell off the face of the map?

Obama does need a vacation he is making all kinds of blunders.

Dr Evil on August 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I’m glad somebody (Morrisey) thought to check the donor databases for this guy’s name.

For someone who claims to be such a big Obama supporter who “wants to get involved” it sure seems odd he hasn’t cared enough to donate to his campaign. Or at least donate enough to have reported ($200).

skylark on August 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Since the current Obama salute is inappropriate, allow me to suggest a new one. It will mean ‘He is the ONE’. The actual hand gesture is left as an exercise for the reader.

ajackson on August 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy! I got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy

vcferlita on August 10, 2008 at 11:56 AM

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