digital image, 10800 x 6000
Based on “Stations of the Cross” or the “The Passion”, President Barack Obama as Jesus Christ the savior, is carrying a huge dollar sign on his back, he has a ball and a chain money bomb attached to his arm and is walking on Islamic pattern tiles. Behind him, Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner attempts to stop the falling dominos, which bare the logos of Citigroup, AIG, Lehman Brothers and Freddie Mac. Meanwhile Lawrence Summers, the Director of National Economic Council, is pushing a shopping cart with a cereal box of “Ben Bernanke Credit Crunch” while a downward stock index arrow is hitting his buttocks. Behind him is a strong hand squeezing money with falling Jenga blocks. On top of the collapsing Jenga game is a falling house constructed out of dollar bills, with a re-interpreted Star Spangled Banner Flag as an Eye of Providence prison. The backdrop is a foreclosure sign with logos of Wamu, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch.
At the lower left corner Attorney General Eric Holder, and Senior Advisor David Axelrod, are dressed as characters from a 1930’s painting by Grant Wood, American Gothic which initially caused protests in Iowa – one of the most important swing states in 2008 presidential election. In their hands is a “Recession Special” poster and another “Credit Crunch” cereal box.
In the background, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is dressed like in J. Howard Miller’s iconic WWII We Can Do It! poster, and is holding a pink Chanel ‘Ligne Cambon’ handbag. The cross “C” Chanel logo stands for Credit Crunch. Next to her, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Tom Daschle, Head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel are traveling on the Air Force One, flying over a nuclear reactor which is oozing out money.
In the center background there is a sitting Vice President Joe “the Amtrak” Biden, Obama campaign logo with wind turbine in it, a Bear, which symbolizes the stock market and the Flying Spaghetti Monster with a bag of cash.