In Los Angeles today, numerous posters have popped up featuring President Barack Obama portrayed as Heath Ledger’s “Joker” character from the Dark Knight Batman movie.

Obama joker

Obama Joker

Under the picture of Obama as the Joker, there is a large caption stating “Socialism.”

So far, no one has taken credit for the poster, and no one seems to have any idea who is behind them. The posters have been appearing in the Hollywood area in particular, though there have been sightings across Los Angeles.

There are unconfirmed rumors that this is a campaign by conservatives who are angry over Obama’s policies. So far, there is no evidence to indicate that is the case. There are also unconfirmed sightings in cities other than L.A.

I’m not sure I “get” the Joker imagery. The Heath Ledger Joker character seemed to be more of an anarchist than a socialist. Also, as to be expected, some are claiming that the comically large red lips are racist. I think that’s nonsense. There’s nothing racist about depicting Obama as a famous movie character. The poster equates him to a famous clown which had large red lips. If you think this is racist, I guess a black man can never dress up as a clown.

If I had to design the poster I would’ve turned Obama into Mao or Lenin. That would seem to make more sense, and get the “Socialism” message across loud and clear.