Artist behind Obama 'Hope' poster has lost his hope

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'Hope' Artist Says Obama Never Lived Up To The Word

Shepard Fairey, the American street artist who created the Obama "Hope" poster, says the president never lived up to the word.

The 45-year-old artist, perhaps best known for appearing in Banksy's documentary "Exit Through The Gift Shop" did an interview with Esquire Magazine where he discussed his art and the president.

When asked if Obama lived up to his hope poster, he said, "Not even close."

"Obama has had a really tough time," Fairy explained. "But there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected."

Fairey added that he's met the president and the he thinks he's a good guy, but believes Obama never really had control of his presidency.

The Obama "Hope" poster was the symbol for the president's 2008 campaign, but then became the subject of a legal dispute in 2009 when Fairey sued the Associated Press after the organization claimed he had infringed on the copyright of their original image. The street artist lost and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $25,000.

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** FILE ** In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses for a picture with his Barack Obama Hope artwork in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Fairey, who created a famous image of Barack Obama before he became president has sued The Associated Press saying Fairey did not violate the AP copyright of a 2006 photograph. The AP has said it is owed credit and compensation for the artist's rendition of the picture. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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One of street artist Neko's latest works shows a modified replica of artist Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama Hope poster is shown reading 'Kill your idol'' in Madrid, Wednesday, March 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Artist Shepard Fairey poses for a portrait in front of a mural he created that was inspired by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at the Manifest Hope Gallery in Denver on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey signs his Barack Obama Hope artwork in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Fairey is the designer of the famous Obama campaign poster and also the Obey-Andre the Giant poster of a few years back. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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