Did Obama live up to the iconic "Hope" poster that artist Shepard Fairey created during the 2008 elections?
"Not even close," Fairey told Esquire magazine.
"Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected," Fairey said. "I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]."
Still, the artist called Mr. Obama a "quality human being" and noted that some circumstances are "out of your control" as president.
"I'm not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step," he said.
Fairey also took the American electorate to task, complaining that a lot of Americans are "ignorant and lazy" when it comes to politics. "There's a lot of finger pointing and very little action and very little research into the dynamics that created the situation that they're unhappy about," he said.