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Barack Obama: A muse-ing

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By Kimberly

Donatella Versace has dedicated her latest spring/summer 2009 collection featured in Milan, Italy, this weekend to Barack Obama, citing that he is "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." She went on to recommend that Obama "get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt.” Perhaps Obama should loosen up and sport the silk tank top seen below — that is if he wants to lock up the voting bloc of Fire Island!

But in all seriousness, this news story underscored just how much Obama has influenced a renaissance of art and creativity while also encouraging political engagement. Through these images and works, Obama is already an icon. I’ve rounded up a few of my faves for your enjoyment.

The “your new bicycle” Web site started by Mathew Honan as a joke to describe Obama in warm and fuzzy, young love situations to give him a softer side. Just refresh the Web site barackobamaisyournewbicycle.com or click the text to get the next giggle. Some of my favorites: BO baked you a pie, BO smiled when he heard me mention your name and BO helped you move a sofa.

http://obeygiant.com/post/obama

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Though he may not sport a flag lapel pin, maybe he’ll choose a little felt effigy of himself?

This would surely be the cover of his first LP, if he had one.

This is quite possibly my all time favorite. It’s almost a religious experience!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gotellmama/sets/

Mmmmmm ... Obama ...

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