Barack Obama/Hope by Shepard Fairey.
I was not able to travel to a museum since I’m in a law enforcement acadmey and I’m not able to leave during the week. I did a little research online and came across this portrait of our 44th president of the United States Barack Obama. I came across this picture in regards to studying about what it means to be an American, and what the American dream is. I know that not everyone will agree with me when I say that Barack Obama was an example of what living the American dream is, but I happen to beleive that he is a prime example. He was the first African American to serve as president of the United States. This country has come a long way in order for this man to be able to serve as president. Although many of his decisons I did not agree with I do believe he gave a new meaning for the African American race and was a leading example of what it means to over come stereotypes that people have set agianst you because of your color. This painting show’s the features of a black man but the colors of our country. A country that he was not born in but was given an equal opportunity in. That’s what is so great about America; It’s the land of opportunties where anyone can come and become anything or anyone they want. As Christine Emba described it in “What is white privilege?” This man could be seen as unpriveleged because he was not what a lot of people saw as “president material”. He was not white and didn’t come from wealth and such other standards that this country holds in expectation for our leaders. Some people would say that being black is what got him into the white house. I believe it wasn’t the color of his skin but how he spoke to the African American people, and how the made them feel a sense of comfort knowing that someone of their color was in office. Something that they had never felt before. The the white race it was a toss up. Some felt the change in ethnicity was good while other’s felt it was doing nothing but harm. This picture is a good repersentation of how great American really is and how being white is not what it means to be American. It’s someone who stands for the values of this country and supports this country through thick and thin. Someone who want’s better for not only himself but the people of this country. I believe he did his job well and was one step closer to rebuilding this country from the downfalls it’s experienced in the past few decades.