The Internet freaks out over yet another nontroversy featuring Obama and a logo. This time, it’s an ice cream store..
When you’re the President of the US, taking a family vacation isn’t just a matter of loading the Magic Van with the wife and kiddies and booking it for some private time. Nosiree Bob. Everything you do is under the media spotlight, every stop on the way is a photo-op for news outlets hungry for content. Case in point – when the Obamas toured Bar Harbor, Maine as part of their vacation back in July, taking in tourist destinations like Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. Those visits didn’t hit the press however, with most focusing on the First Family’s stop at a small ice cream shop called Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream. Right leaning political blogs fired up their conspiracy machines, wondering if Obama picked the shop because of their logo’s apparent similarity to the old Black Power clenched fist logo from the 1960s (sadly, I am not making this up). One blogger even went as far as to suggest that Obama chose this ice cream shop to send out a message to his “core radical base.” Some even opined that the logo was reminiscent of the Black Panthers (it isn’t – the Black Panthers logo is, well, a black panther.) Even the New York Times picked up on the flap, telling readers about “President Obama’s Vast Ice-Cream Conspiracy.” Oddly, nobody seemed to notice the logo (left) for The 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington, organized by the decidedly conservative organization Freedom Works, featuring similar Soviet Era iconography. The fists are red, and we all know what that means (see – anyone can play).
And ’round and ’round we go..
Alas, this isn’t the first time that a logo has caused a kerfluffle amongst Obama’s political opponents. Anyone remember the Missile Defense Islamic crescent logo that wasn’t? Or how about the Nuclear Security Summit Islamic crescent logo that wasn’t either?