The expropriation and reuse of images in art has today reached soaring heights, but that relentless mining and distortion of history will turn out to be detrimental for art, leaving it hollowed-out and meaningless in the process. When I refer to "mining" in this case I mean the hasty examination and extraction of information from our collective past as performed by individuals who do not fully comprehend it. That is precisely what Fairey is guilty of, utilizing historic images simply because he "likes" them, and not because he has any grasp of their significance as objects of art or history.(bold mine)
Metaphor for the Obama campaign and his plans for the future? For example the "civilian security force." Is he completely ignorant of how quasi-military police have been used in the past and just thinks it sounds cool? Or is that how he wants to appear?
Either way, it's interesting that the Obama poster creator is a hack profiting from his frauds. Metaphor again.