by Staten Island AWE Monday August 03, 2009, 12:15 PM "It's open season on President Barack Obama. Posters of the commander-in-chief, made to look like Heath Ledger's version of the Joker in "The Dark Knight," have started spreading throughout Los Angeles. Under the portrait of the president is the word 'socialism.' " There's apparently a segment of the population in the L.A. California area that regards Obama as a "Joker". "The posters, which have been plastered on Los Angeles freeway on-ramps, come on the heels of news that middle-class taxes might have to go up to reduce budget deficits or to pay for the proposed overhaul of the nation's health care system..... During his presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly pledged "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime." But the simple reality remains that his ambitious overhaul of how Americans receive health care -- promised without increasing the federal deficit -- must be paid for." This kind of "poster art" from one of the major sources of cinematic art and culture of the country suggests there may be a disalusionment with the president beginning there. "In addition, Obama's approval rating has taken a hit in recent months. A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released at the end of July said that the president's overall job approval rating is at 53 percent, down from a high of 61 percent in April. Approval of his performance on the economy has slipped from a high of 56 percent to 49 percent. On health care, 41 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove of the president's work. Meanwhile, a Pew Research Center poll says there were "major declines" in Obama's job approval rating. Overall, his rating fell from 61 percent in June to 54 percent. On the economy, Obama lost 22 points, from 60 percent in April to 38 percent. On health care, 42 percent approve of his work, down from 51 percent. But perhaps more telling, disapproval of his performance has risen 17 points, to 43 percent." Click on "thumbnail" to enlarge.