10 Most Amazingly Bizarre Paintings of Obama on Etsy

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As Houston Press' bizarre Etsy art expert, I thought I'd see how a nation of crafty lunatics would portray our commander-in-chief. The answer is somewhere between "awesomely" and "needs medication badly."

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Mike and Mollie took the title commander-in-chief a little too literally, and here we have Barack Obama looking like a cross between a Bjork dress and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. The weirdest part is he sports a hammer and sickle button, and if anyone can explain to me where the Soviet Union and Native American heritage intersect then kindly let me know in the comments which mental health facility is offering the free wifi you're using to view this.

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Anne Woods found great inspiration in the president's catchphrase of "Yes we can." She decided that meant she should pursue her painting with vigor and determination. In response, here's Obama as a Pez dispenser. Not an actual Pez dispenser, just a painting of one. I'm not sure if that's what he meant when he said it, but it's the thought that counts. The weird, weird, weird thought.

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This piece is described by Psychic Unicorns as imagining our president as the cult cinema anti-hero John Shaft. I choose to describe it as, "President Obama's purple rage will leave thugs riddled with bullets as he rings the bell of liberty." Seriously, this is a lot of freakin' purple. Are we sure Prince didn't do this?

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Obama's quote, "Somebody else made that happen" immediately divided the country into two kinds of people... those who think the context of a paragraph is important and idiots. Still, it was not his most elegant speaking moment, and I love how Tea Party Art has masterfully rendered him in a black moment of pathos as the quote hovers above his head. It is seriously a wondrous work of atmospheric art.

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Compared to some of the other entries on this list Zerflin's work is damn near tame. On the other hand, it looks like the poster for the movie we might see about Obama in five or six years that would be directed by Spike Lee... who in this alternative universe didn't forget how to make good movies. A guy can dream, can't he?

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