Render unto Obama

posted at 8:10 am on September 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

First we had the Vero Possumus seal, and then the Barackopolis.  One might have thought that Team Obama would have learned their lesson on hubris and self-absorption, but a deal with a British firm goes even farther.  Democrats have begun striking coins with Barack Obama’s profile — and already proclaiming him President:

The coins already sold to the Democrats will be presented to the senators, congressmen, governors and other politicians they are being given to within the next two weeks.

There will also be a television advertising campaign launched in the US.

The company directors got the idea of producing the coins after seeing actress Meryl Streep talking about Barack Obama on a television programme.

When they got in touch with the Democrats the party jumped at the chance. And the coins have proved such a hit that locally produced versions have already been launched to compete with the UK originals.

The coins show Senator Obama’s face, along with a picture of the White House and the legend “President of the United States of America”.

Apparently, the coin does not include the new motto of the United States: Vero Possumus.  Instead, it declares Obama President, well ahead of when Americans get to make that choice.  If that seems rather presumptuous, it only appears that way to those who have not watched the cult of personality grow over the last few months.

Julius Caesar was the first Roman to put his image on coins, which started his downfall.  Barack Obama may be the first person in history to start striking coins in his image before taking power.  Maybe he just wants to look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills, but this is starting to get … creepy.


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Commemorating the man whose biggest achievement was writing two autobiographies.

fluffy on September 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

The modern day $3 bill.

JammieWearingFool on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Someone has to say it — Change We Can Believe In.

BigD on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Now he looks just like those other presidents on the dollorb bills.

budaside on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Man, that’s creepy. A little to cult-like for my tastes.

However, it does give me more ammunition to mock Obama and his idiotic followers.

I think that one side of the coin should have Obama’s profile and the other should have quotes from all his friends, his pastor, his wife, Joe Biden, etc. Oh, wait….. Nevermind.

mjk on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Off topic – interesting, nonetheless.
Chris Rock To Bill Clinton: ‘Hillary Lost!’
Clinton Responds To Chris Rock On Obama .

Anita on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Someone has to say it — Change We Can Believe In.

BigD on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Haha!

fossten on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

What happened to all the shirts that said New England Patriots Super Bowl XLII Champions? Because whoever got stuck with those shirts may have a few cases of coins in a couple of months.

JohnTant on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

New ad?

lodge on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Ed, you may be missing the point here.
This is the time, this is the place, when Barry’s currency replaces the once strong dollar!

hippie_chucker on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

These will become highly collectible when Barry gets his ass handed to him in November.

EnglishMike on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

All ego, no solutions.

bopbottle on September 24, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Maybe he just wants to look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills, but this is starting to get … creepy.

It’s been creepy for a long time now.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Oh, and a McCain ad on this latest evidence of Barry’s hubris please.

EnglishMike on September 24, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Maybe he just wants to look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills, but this is starting to get … creepy.

Starting to?

powerpro on September 24, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Commemorating the man whose biggest achievement was writing two autobiographies.

fluffy on September 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Does the circumstance that they were divinely inspired add to or subtract from his achievement?

Kralizec on September 24, 2008 at 8:21 AM

That’s the arrogance of the left and Barry O!!! It will be as worthless as the dollar if Barry gets elected.

grapeknutz on September 24, 2008 at 8:21 AM

The best part is that these are NOT BEING MADE IN THE US!

Obama is outsourcing US jobs!

Hahahahaha!

Mr. Bingley on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

So when do we get the giant banners adorned with Dear Leader’s image hanging from every building? Or the towering statues of Oblabo, arms spread wide in his best ‘Papa Stalin’ pose?
http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/1606-48817

I can’t wait to get my handsome side-view photo of The One, the photo I will be required to hang prominently in my house. Waddya think, over the mantle or over the master bedroom headboard?

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Hey, we’ll get to see Republicans thrown to the lions!

I’ve read elsewhere that while The Obamassiah originally followed the Saul Alinsky model of community organizing, he broke with it in part because it downplayed “charismatic leadership.”
See e.g. this Volokh Conspiracy post

It appears that The One truly believes in His own greatness.

rbj on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

In fact, now that I think about it…after November the coins can probably be shipped to Kenya to replace their currency…

JohnTant on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

omg

trailortrash on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

This is beyond creepy. First O-Force One, then the Vero Possumus seal, and now his own currency? Will he dissolve the senate upon his election?

PhantomShield on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Is this currency going to replace our worthless dollar with one that is worth LESS than nothing?

Man….those Welfare Queens in the hood watch a LOT of infomercials between Springer episodes, but this is REEEEDICKulous.

seejanemom on September 24, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Barack : The Possum President

seejanemom on September 24, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Then Clinton talked about how he and Hillary are longtime friends of McCain, but decided to support the nominee from their own political party because they are gracious non-emotional people, as we all know to be true, and also Hillary has been campaigning more for Obama than all other Democratic runners-up ever, combined, The End.

I LOL’d.

fossten on September 24, 2008 at 8:26 AM

Will he dissolve the senate upon his election?
PhantomShield on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Technically no, he will just eject most of it’s current members and fill the vacancies with his bootlickers.

Start a wreath headdress company now, I have a feeling there will soon be a thriving market for such a thing.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I can’t wait to get my handsome side-view photo of The One, the photo I will be required to hang prominently in my house. Waddya think, over the mantle or over the master bedroom headboard?

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Xerox copies for the target range?

fossten on September 24, 2008 at 8:28 AM

A Marxist on an American coin???? Somewhere General Patton is rolling over in his grave……………

adamsmith on September 24, 2008 at 8:29 AM

I hear this is what Keith Olbermann is paid in.

Speedwagon82 on September 24, 2008 at 8:30 AM

It’s over. Obama just got the numismatist vote.

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Render unto Barry.

Angry Dumbo on September 24, 2008 at 8:31 AM

How much do they cost in Ron Paul Liberty Dollars?

BohicaTwentyTwo on September 24, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Xerox copies for the target range?
fossten on September 24, 2008 at 8:28 AM

With what, a spitball shooter? No way that the King Savior of All Mankind would let you have a gun; firearms are only for the Political Goodness and Civic Well-Being Police.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Will he dissolve the senate upon his election?
PhantomShield on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Technically no, he will just eject most of it’s current members and fill the vacancies with his bootlickers.

Start a wreath headdress company now, I have a feeling there will soon be a thriving market for such a thing.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I’ve heard that the Kentucky Derby winner automatically gets a Senate seat. Any horse that wins the triple crown gets three votes.

rbj on September 24, 2008 at 8:33 AM

What’s even scarier than the ego involved is the total inability to learn from their mistakes. How can they not anticipate that this will backfire on them? It makes Obama look like not just an egomaniac, but a clueless, out-of-touch egomaniac.

CrusaderMom on September 24, 2008 at 8:34 AM

And if McCain did this, the media would … anyone? … anyone? … Bueller?

Obama’s hubris is astounding, as is the MSM’s silence on it.

MochaLite on September 24, 2008 at 8:36 AM

With what, a spitball shooter? No way that the King Savior of All Mankind would let you have a gun; firearms are only for the Political Goodness and Civic Well-Being Police.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Good point. I guess I’ll have to mount it above my toilet tank, you know, for better aiming.

fossten on September 24, 2008 at 8:36 AM

I thought this was a great Photoshop until I got to the actual post. Creepy doesn’t even begin to describe the cult-like following this guy has.

JOOOIIIINNNN USSSSS…..

/badly overdone hypnotism

pookysgirl on September 24, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Hey, has anybody heard when Obama’s next book about…Obama is coming out?

Star20 on September 24, 2008 at 8:37 AM

The best part is that these are NOT BEING MADE IN THE US!

Obama is outsourcing US jobs!

Hahahahaha!

Mr. Bingley on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

That’s an ad right there…outsourcing his image…
The tag line is…Don’t flip a coin

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Commemorating the man whose biggest achievement was writing two autobiographies.

fluffy on September 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

And not a single piece of federal legislation.

With a little luck, the Obama coin will land side-by-side with the Wooden Nickel as symbols of worthlessness.

petefrt on September 24, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Sieg Heil, Obama.

This guy is frightening and must be beaten in November.

rplat on September 24, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Incitatus had his own coin too.

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 8:40 AM

He’s got a coin. That makes it official. Cancel the election. When can use that money for the bail out.

Tommy_G on September 24, 2008 at 8:40 AM

He is an egotistical idiot…to coin a phrase.

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Barry has that smile, the media puts it all over the place, on the covers of magazines…

It really is like a third world dictatorship. The left is responsible for *all* of those, and they are making it happen here.

It really is horrific.

benrand on September 24, 2008 at 8:44 AM

I am holding out for the Palin commemorative rifle…

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 8:45 AM

Who’s on the back of the coin?

Joe Biden? Saul Alinsky? Or Obama again?

John Doe on September 24, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Please, Dear Lord, let him lose. This has moved on to be very creepy.

Geronimo on September 24, 2008 at 8:46 AM

John Doe on September 24, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Greyhound

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 8:46 AM

How many Schrute bucks are they worth?

Akzed on September 24, 2008 at 8:46 AM

All historical paintings in D.C would be required to show Obambo rather than the actual people involved: crossing the Hudson, signing the Declaration of Independence, giving the Gettysburg Address, accepting Lee’s surrender at Appamatox.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Commemorating the man whose biggest achievement was writing two autobiographies.

fluffy on September 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Did he get the first one wrong?

jmarcure on September 24, 2008 at 8:51 AM

I already ordered two sets of Obama coins to go with my Obama presidential seal.

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/06/obamas_great_seal.html

P.S. If you don’t buy a coin U are racist!

cmptrnerd on September 24, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Jeez, all Lincoln had to do to get portrayed on coins and bills was win the Civil War and emancipate the slaves.

Barako had to organize a community and…uhh…yeah.

Give the man his due.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:52 AM

If the company doesn’t start running commercials to sell this coin, maybe McCain or one of the 527s need to do it for them.

I don’t imagine many moderates will take kindly to the advertising of coins commemerating the victory of Obama, starting in mid October.

MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Have the seas stopped rising yet?

MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 8:54 AM

If McCain doesn’t have a “celebrity” ad about this running before the weekend is over, we are in deeper crap than I thought.

Speedwagon82 on September 24, 2008 at 8:55 AM

MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Parting as we speak.

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Oh please, oh please, oh please, Let Brit Hume bring this up tonite!! This is too rich to just be a blog thing!

What an ego this clown has! The very absurdity of this act, makes me literally shudder to imagine him in office- I could see him wallpapering the Oval office with pictures of his own face!

BTW- Is his mole visible on the coin? Blech.

anniekc on September 24, 2008 at 8:56 AM

and instead of E Pluribus Unum and “In God We Trust”, it says:

“Bism’allah Ar Rahman wa Ar Raheem” and

“Mohammed Rasul’ullah”

Dale in Atlanta on September 24, 2008 at 8:57 AM

I wonder if OBambi will send any to his brother in Kenya.

AubieJon on September 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Ed, you may be missing the point here.
This is the time, this is the place, when Barry’s currency replaces the once strong dollar!

hippie_chucker on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

I think you are missing the point.

and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

I suggest you get one before it’s to late and you can’t get gas or utilities or food.

On the other hand we already know BO is a big 0 so that must be the BO number so I think you might be all set if you just remember BO is a big 0.

jmarcure on September 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

If this guy becomes president, the U.S. may start looking like Iraq when Saddam was still in power. Large murals of Barack on public buildings and a statue of Barack on the Mall.

txsurveyor on September 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Who’s on the back of the coin?

Joe Biden? Saul Alinsky? Or Obama again?

———————————————-

Why of course the answer would have to be Obama, that way the coin would be two-faced to match the candidate.

cmptrnerd on September 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

First a twon changes its name to Obama, and now this.

How can any sane person not be creeped out by this?

Dubn8tr on September 24, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Going offshore to get the work of arrogance done Americans won’t do.

michaelo on September 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Change We Can Believe In.

BigD on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Heh.

Jaibones on September 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Parting as we speak.

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Quick, while the seas are parted…someone run out there and find Jimmy Hoffa.

Jaibones on September 24, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Clinton Responds To Chris Rock On Obama .

Anita on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Clinton: “The purpose of this election is not for people to pass emotional hurdle tests.”

Oh???

manwithblackhat on September 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Will be packaged for sale with the Patriots 2007 19-0 T-shirts.

carbon_footprint on September 24, 2008 at 9:05 AM

So when do we get the giant banners adorned with Dear Leader’s image hanging from every building? Or the towering statues of Oblabo, arms spread wide in his best ‘Papa Stalin’ pose? Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

He may not look like those presidents on those greenbacks, but he would look pretty good on the cover of his own little red book, wouldn’t he?

smellthecoffee on September 24, 2008 at 9:06 AM

If the company doesn’t start running commercials to sell this coin, maybe McCain or one of the 527s need to do it for them.

BINGO!

That’s exactly what they should do.

Bob's Kid on September 24, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Wow, BHO has gone all antichrist on us. Smooth move Barry.

Mojave Mark on September 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Why doesn’t Obama and the DNC send money to Obama’s brother who is living in a hut in Africa?!

jencab on September 24, 2008 at 9:13 AM

He’ll always be President to the rest of the World.

Neo on September 24, 2008 at 9:16 AM

This is going to make his defeat in November all the more deliciously humiliating. Ironically, the Obama Dracma will likely increase in value on November 5 as the perfect numismatic symbol of pride that goeth before a fall.

ManlyRash on September 24, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Since I do some engraving I have to come to the company’s defense on this – it does take significant time to produce these things so just like the shirts already printed for both sides of a championship, the coins have to be done well in advance.

But that doesn’t mean you have to buy 300 of them and start handing them out!

Somewhere, someone – probably the Franklin Mint folks – have their McCain (and probably Obama) coins ready to go. They’ve probably even struck a few samples. But they’re doing it on their own dime, not at the request of the campaign.

In short:
Company setting up to meet a potential demand: good on them!
Campaign setting up to meet a potential demand: good idea.
Campaign pre-emptively issuing these things? Sheesh!

KCSteve on September 24, 2008 at 9:17 AM

I thought second place was silver

moxie_neanderthal on September 24, 2008 at 9:17 AM

My favorite thing about this is that Julius Caesar was the first guy to do this, right BEFORE his decline began.

Moxie on September 24, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Pride before the fall (throughout the fall and early winter).

moxie_neanderthal on September 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

America pooched the rules with the Lincoln cent. Then came the Washington quarter. That set up a rule, which lasted all of three years thanks to our beloved Congress, (no Presidents until 40 years after the fact)….FDR dime(46), JFK half dollar(64), Ike dollar(72). Now it is all about how many bureaucrats does it take to make Sacagawea and Susan B Anthony enlightened images of a PC society.

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Commemorating the man whose biggest achievement was writing two autobiographies.

fluffy on September 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

How man pages did it take?

neuquenguy on September 24, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Et tu, Joey?

moxie_neanderthal on September 24, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Even when he loses with an over 2-1 margin, he will still be the president in their little minds.

Mazztek on September 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Wow,,, just so unbelievable. You would have thought he would have at least waited until he Nationalized all private industries, outlawed private property for non-Obama party members, seized all the wealth of the working people and at least erected a few statues of himself first.
Well, he is the one he’s been waiting for.

JellyToast on September 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

imagine the outrage in the media had Bush done this

jp on September 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM

The coins already sold to the Democrats will be presented to the senators, congressmen, governors and other politicians they are being given to within the next two weeks.

There will also be a television advertising campaign launched in the US.

Yes. Please run a ad campaign for these Obama commerative coins. Please show the American people your arrogance and cultlike devotion.And above all, please show the American people that the Europeans REALLY want us ignorant rubes to elect this guy.

smithinmich on September 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM

BigD on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM
Someone has to say it — Change We Can Believe In.

Guffaw! The closest thing I can think of is a videotaped Richard Pryor Live show, with a huge banner, maybe 50 feet tall, of a picture of Richard’s face on it, as a backdrop to his act. It was like a pic of Mao or Che or Lenin. But then, it’s Richard Pryor, he really was a king of standup. So I gave him a pass. Obama gets no pass from me! When was the last contemporary politician put on a coin? JFK, and before that, FDR. On a bill, who knows. Obama is breaking some barriers, isn’t he.

Paul-Cincy on September 24, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Starting to get creepy?

Not exactly. It’s been creepy for quite a while.

Professor Blather on September 24, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Zerobama holds no currency with me.

Let’s play make-a-list:

THEME SONG…..(“Yes We Can” by Will.I.Am)
SEAL…….. ……(vero patheticus)
SALUTE……… ..(“O” over head – optional “hail victory!” [AKA: "sieg heil!"])
PLANE…………..(O-Force One, minus US Flag, w/”O” logo)
PLANE SEAT……(“President” [sic] stitched into the seat)
COIN…………….(with “President” [sic] printed on it)

…and some people STILL deny there’s a “messiah” effort?!

Lockstein13 on September 24, 2008 at 9:32 AM

A lot of similarities between Obama and the antichrist, this is getting bad. I know I’m loco

pukara61 on September 24, 2008 at 9:33 AM

This is disturbing. What’s more disturbing is that these Obamaphiles – and Democrats in general- seem to believe in their collective divine right of kings to rule us. The very real possibility that these people might grab the reins of power makes me wonder what type of shenanigans they’ll perform to make sure they never let go.

Physics Geek on September 24, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Forget the coins. We need another “deck of cards” series. The theme being Fannie Mae/, Fredie Mac playing cards. Chris Dodd,
Barney Fwank, Frank Raines etc.

diogenes on September 24, 2008 at 9:34 AM

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