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Obama as Siddhartha Gautama is dealing with global warming and renewable energy. The scene is based on Shakyamuni’s first sermon at Deer Park, Northern India. Obama is holding solar panels in his hand, which set in motion the Wheel of Life (Bhavacakra), which has the Earth inside of it.
Divided into two panels, the left panel represents the renewable energy and the right panel represents the oil and coal industry. Elements on the “Clean” side include: Stephen Chu as Vajrapani – the protector and guide of the Buddha -using the wind turbine to fend off CO2, the Al Gore Polar Bear riding a bicycle on a cloud, a Shinto shrine and a Free Tibet flag. On the “Dark” side Dick Cheney is driving a Patriotic Hummer and trying to attack Obama. There is a polluted coal and nuclear plant, burning oilrigs and drills, a gas pump on top of US military coffin, a deer with a gas mask and a bird drench in black oil