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Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney’s Home Decorated with Soviet-era Propaganda Posters

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The Spring issue of the Washingtonian Mom magazine contains a profile of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s wife, ABC News’ Good Morning America correspondent Claire Shipman. The article features an interesting picture taken from inside their home. In the background, the photo oddly reveals that the couple has decorated their residence with two framed Soviet-era propaganda posters.

Might these be collectivist subliminal messages? Or maybe it confirms President Barack Obama’s socialist/communist leanings as demonstrated in the selection of the members of his administration?

One of the posters is a print of this iconic design by artist Dmitry Moor. It shows a soldier pointing his finger with a text asking, “Have YOU Enlisted?” in Russian:

soviet poster

March on Ame-RED-ica to the HealthCare.gov website and enlist in the “people’s” revolution!

The other poster prominently features a female factory worker, which was printed on June 26, 1941, just days after Stalin joined the Allies to fight the Axis powers during World War II.

The poster depicts a woman replacing a man’s name tag with one that bears her own name, and the script commands: “Women! Learn production, replace workers who went to the front! The stronger the hinterland – the stronger the front!”

soviet poster

Carney and Shipman met in Moscow during the 1990s while he was writing for Time, and she worked for CNN. It was a match made in Marxist “heaven.”

IJReview poses this thought-provoking question: “What are the chances that Putin’s friends have pro-American posters at their homes?” Doubtful to say the least.

To date, Carney has not responded to any requests for a statement about the posters. It’s hard to defend such outlandish home decor.

H/T  IJReview

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  • peteykins

    I’m not sure what’s on the wall in Carney’s home, but you can clearly see it’s not the same image as the Moor poster. My guess is it’s some kind of parody or artistic reinterpretation.

    • RhondaStar

      You don’t have to guess. Just look at the picture. However, thanks for illustrating how propaganda must be hidden with more propaganda (or more lies to cover previous lies).

      • John

        Paranoid much? Soviet era posters have and still are a collector’s item. Ridiculous!

        • peteykins

          What I think is funny is how art-directed-to-death is that photo? It doesn’t exactly look like a genuine “spontaneous moment” at all. Innocuous to the max.

        • RhondaStar

          Like there’s no American collector’s items that he could have chosen instead? How many people do you know who have Soviet-era propaganda posters decorating their homes. Or what about Carney collecting a Russian item that’s not Stalinist propaganda. Stalin was a brutal dictator who killed millions — a mass murder like Hitler. Would you feel the same way if these were Hitler propaganda posters. Hitler and Stalin were cut from the same clothe.

          • John

            Really? So everyone who collects these types of items are collectively supporting mass murder or are communist? You are in need of some real help hon.. I’m very glad that I don’t live my life in the same type of paranoia and fear that you do.

          • RhondaStar

            So, of all the things he could collect from WWII — FDR, Churchill, Holocaust memorabilia — He chooses Soviet Propaganda???

            Maybe if his boss wasn’t busy implementing socialist/communistic policies, we wouldn’t be questioning these posters.

          • John

            Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! You are one scary chick…LOL!~!!!!!!

          • RhondaStar

            And you will make a good brainwashed little Obamaite soldier.

          • John

            Under the faulty assumption that I vote. I do not vote nor do I support Obama. Next fallacy ??

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            So, John-boy:
            1) Something to be proud of…?
            and
            2) Something to be PROUD of…!

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            Talking down don’t win ya no points… boy…
            Say SUMPIN intelligent, willya?

          • jon

            why should he?
            you certainly don’t…..

          • tomd

            The posters are WWII-era posters supporting the war effort. The same war *we* were in as allies. The brutality of the Soviet regime can’t be excused, but if the USSR had not been in the war on our side, the outcome may have been very different.

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            “The brutality of the Soviet regime can’t be excused…”
            PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION.

          • John

            I guess that you are the nations purveyor of taste in decorating or are you a conspiracy clown hiding in a basement somewhere waiting on the arrival of the soviet regime?

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            You guess…..? See? Absolutely NOTHING intelligent to say. Doesn’t it embarrass you at all to let your MORON hang out all the time? EVERYONE is looking……

          • John

            I’ve been called worse by better…LOL. Just more insults from the local christoban…..

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            You wouldn’t RECOGNIZE your “better”, John-boy. Morons don’t have that ability. That you’ve been called worse, is no surprise, and I haven’t done so only out of respect for your obvious handicap.

          • tomd

            If your family is like mine, you have a small collection of WWII memorabilia – pistols, medals, helmets, etc.- brought back by returning G.I.s from that war. Vets who own these would be highly insulted if you suggested that by keeping these objects they approved of Hitler.

            Similarly, we still listen to music, watch movies, look at paintings, watch ballets, etc. created under these regimes. Understanding the relationship between the State and the artists who worked in these areas is an important part of artistic history. Posters from the era are no different.

            We have lots of reasons to keep things. Doesn’t mean we are approving the environment around their creation.

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            For the record: I believe you are LYING, TommyBoy. DAMN few families have WWII souvenirs. Further, I believe you know NOTHING about how veterans feel…I am one. So then, you will equivocate this discussion down to opinions, rather than admit you’re WRONG… No surprise at all…you turd-polishers are NEVER wrong, are you? Fine. I have an opinion too. Carney works for an America-hating Communist, is an apologist for a society-destroying Communist and a regime AND a liberal Congress JAM-PACKED with publicly self-confessed Communists. He is a shameless, habitual EVADER, OBFUSCATOR and LIAR for said Communist. He gives me PLENTY of reason to believe HE is a Communist as well and, in the process, is poisoning his children. Don’t like my opinion? Who cares?

          • tomd

            Well, my family does. And not just guns.

            Since we’re interested in facts, please list the members of Congress that have “publicly self-confessed” to be Communists.

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            Hmm. Nah. I’ve wasted FAR too much time on you. If you REALLY care – and I’m SURE you don’t – do your own frikkin’ research. It’s out there.

          • tomd

            No, that site hurts. I don’t know of any currently sitting congressperson who’s actually stood up in Congress and stated they were a Communist. I’ll be happy with just one example.

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            See. I TOLD you you’re a waste of my time. You want evidence, yet when I provide same, you have yet another excuse. I don’t give a crap if it hurts. And I didn’t say he or she stood up in Congress… I DID say they are admitted communists (same-same Marxists same-same Socialists). Remember when everyone gasped at accusation that Obama was a socialist who wanted a socialist nation? Like that was about the biggest piece of slander that could ever be thrown at a politician? Well, the American socialists are out of the closet now. Obama’s socialist agenda has emboldened them to such an extent that they have officially gone public about their membership in the Democratic SOCIALISTS of America . These people believe in the violent overthrow of our capitalistic economic system to solve our problems. They believe in forcing private industry to do what they tell them to do. They put themselves in the center of power and as dictators of policy. So. Last chance. Please, don’t address me again. I won’t respond.
            http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/08/american-socialists-release-names-of-70-congressional-democrats-in-their-caucus/

    • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

      And you think your “guess” carries ANY weight? And who are YOU Petey? Just another moron…it would seem.

      • John

        sad little poster with zero to say except sling insults? yup!

  • shepetgene

    He was a Russian and Eastern European Studies major and lived and worked in Russia. This kind of “reporting” is ridiculous. It makes perfect sense to have these posters, people collect them and decorate with them all the time (and yes, Rhonda, I do have friends that have these on their walls – they’re Russian Jews actually). Can we get back to a real discussion of something of some value?

    • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

      “…people collect them and decorate with them all the time …”
      Really? Who? Americans? Parents who hope to raise human beings? Or commies, irresponsible liberal elitists and ignorant wanna-be’s who probably shouldn’t be parents?

      “It makes perfect sense to have these posters…”
      Really? To whom? Only someone who can glibly IGNORE the murderously oppressive, genuinely imperialist, nature of a 70 year Soviet regime – one responsible for the ruthless oppression and butchering of 60 MILLION Soviet Jews, eastern Europeans and its own citizens, not to mention a decades-long global Cold War – can make “perfect sense” of displaying “memorabilia” that glorifies or seeks justifications of ANY KIND to legitimize such an ideology or its propaganda.

      And yes, Virginia, some of my best friends are black…
      You, sir, are a high-order moron who wouldn’t RECOGNIZE “a discussion of value” if it shat in your shoe.

      • John

        such christian love oozing from your pores! the overt paranoia that exists here is almost overwhelming.

        • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

          Christian? Assuming facts not in evidence, aren’t we? Brilliant response nonetheless… Absolutely brilliant! I do so enjoy intelligent repartee. John, you continue to waste my time. Don’t you think… just once… you could come up with something worthwhile?

      • shepetgene

        You can display these posters as a nod to history and not as an positive evaluative comment on the USSR propagandist machine. It’s in someone’s private home (which unfortunately was caught in a picture used for public consumption). You have no idea why they are displaying them – I don’t either. My point about my friends having them and being Russian Jews was part of the recognition that people displaying these aren’t necessarily ignoring the murderous regime – I assume they would not be displaying it as a means to undermine the murder of their own family. Perhaps it’s a constant reminder to never forget, to never avoid repeating history, to remind how art be used for exploitive purposes? Any number of reasons.

        • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

          As I said to tomd: So then, you, too, will equivocate this discussion down to opinions, rather than accept facts and admit you’re WRONG… No surprise at all… You liberals are NEVER wrong, are you? Well, sweetie, I have an opinion too. AND A PRETTY DARN CLEAR IDEA… Carney works for an America-hating Communist, is an apologist for a society-destroying Communist, a regime AND a liberal Congress JAM-PACKED with publicly self-confessed Communists. He is a shameless, habitual EVADER, OBFUSCATOR and LIAR for said Communist. He gives me PLENTY of reason to BELIEVE he is a Communist as well and, in the process, is poisoning his children. Don’t like my opinion? Who cares? Your opinion doesn’t matter to me, either. You’re not reachable…

          • shepetgene

            Being communist isn’t illegal. It’s protected in the same way your own beliefs are. (I’m not by the way for what it is worth).

            Are all the U.S. industries controlled by the U.S. government? Are you currently able to practice your religion without being jailed? Do we still use a monetary system? Is President Obama arguing for these things? I must have missed the push toward Communism.

            I never said I wasn’t wrong. I actually quite frankly said “I don’t [know] either” why he has these posters. I was just pointing out that having them doesn’t automatically mean subscribing to the former USSR’s policies or regime.

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            I’ll repeat myself, though only God, mush-brain liberals and Commies know why I should have to… 60 MILLION MURDERED. No less than 9
            countries – and INNOCENT PEOPLE in the millions – DIVIDED and SUBJUGATED in the cruelest ways imaginable for DECADES. If you cannot get past your petty equivocations and truly foolish questions, and INTO that reality, you, too, are wasting my time. If you cannot discern the difference between the fairy tale of “communism” and the REALITY of COMMUNISM, God help your grandkids, you shouldn’t be permitted to
            vote…!

            … and you “must have missed the push towards communism?” No surprise THERE either. Your… calculatedly naive? black-n-white questions SCREAM your ignorance (no, I didn’t say stupidity, though I’d call it borderline, if pressed) AND your DEVOTION to that ignorance, or to your black god, or simply to a toxic Orwellian ideology that has left you DEAF and BLIND. Whatever… See, dear, now EVERYONE knows you’re a moron. And a dammed fool. Perhaps you’d like to do a little re-thinking? Or… perhaps not.

          • shepetgene

            I can see that this really upsets you. I’m not denying the atrocities of the USSR and I’m not belittling the remembrance of that. I’m simply stating that having these posters is not giving support to Communism – they are studied in Art History, hung in museums, and used in history texts. There is an aesthetic and historical value to them that can still be recognized while giving respectful understanding for what they stood for.

            I also don’t subscribe to Communism. I agree, that the reality of the system is never the idealized version dreamed of by its founders. I was saying that it was not illegal to believe in it. Just like you are able to have whatever faith you do.

  • tomd

    I see. So unless we plaster velvet pictures of Jesus over our homes we’re subject to Jeff Allen’s snooping over our shoulders and questioning our loyalty to the Party?

    This is actually moronic. What are the requirements to write on this site? “I can haz kybrd thingy”?

    • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

      So Allen caught another one of you little commie turd-polishers with yer pants down…and you’re pissed at yer true colors being exposed? Well you handled it brilliantly sonny. Religion Card putz…!

      • John

        allen is an extremist much like radical muslims who love to spread propaganda. he has zero writing skills and his articles, for the most part, are inane.

      • Nell Webbish

        Allen is either a mental midget incapable of articulating worthwhile commentary so instead shovels BS or he is a self-serving liar who knows he’s shoveling BS because he knows people like you open wide and gulp it down without even blinking an eye.

        Either way, it’s all BS.

  • Truth Offends

    Not only does the WH Press Sec’y & his “unbiased” news correspondent wife have Communist propaganda prominently displayed on their kitchen wall, they also want us all to know that! Why?

    • tomd

      According to this “article”, the posters happened to be in the background of a picture of their kitchen. That’s a pretty subtle way of “wanting us to know that”.

      • Truth Offends

        Let me guess. You obtained your “critical thinking skills” from one of the government indoctrination centers we call public schools.

        • John

          Your ignorance and paranoia are scary

  • Dannyboy

    Watch, the homosexuals are going to want Carney to be fired because he does not have homosexual posters in his house.
    Yeh, it’s “hateful” to not have at least one homosexual poster in your house, including one showing a happy homosexual couple. By the way, how do leftists feel about the fact that the USSR did not allow same sex marriages? By the way, when are the homosexual groups going to call for a boycott of China for not allowing homosexual marriages?

    • shepetgene

      “The homosexuals are going to want Carney to be fired…” You realize the irony of this statement when you’re commenting on an article written with presumably that kind of goal by a far-right, Christian website, right? Sites like this and Fox News are writing this kind of moronic article to undermine his credibility in this position. It’s funny that you would imply “homosexuals” are using underhanded tactics and bullying tactics on an article doing just that only written by people you presumably support.

    • David

      since the article had nothing to do with homosexuality your bringing it up is indicative of a personal issue that you should sort out before commenting again.

      • Dannyboy

        Before commenting on the homosexual agenda again on a conservative website, perhaps I should ask your permission next time. Funny how many homosexuals hang out on Barbwire. Is it some kind of meat market for them?

        • David

          heck no, comment all you want but it only makes you look idiotic to post a comment that has nothing to do with the article. Go for it man, I’m a loud believer in freedom of speech. As far as a meat market, I guess Matt Barber’s picture could attract some admirers but most who comment here are really only interested in conversation. Not all of course, there are jerks everywhere

          • Dannyboy

            In the homosexual mind these days, if you’re against same sex marriage, or a devout Christian, that makes you unhip and a jerk. Only “jerks” believe that there should not be same sex marriage. Not only are they jerks, but homophobes, haters, rascists, and fascists. People who oppose same sex marriage or the gay agenda should just shut up because “they’re on the wrong side of history”. Oppose teaching kids gay sex in schools or how to protect themselves while having anal sex? Then you’re unhip.

          • David

            while I do support legal protections for same sex families I am increasingly fed up with the use of the word homophobia and that wrong side of history nonsense really irritates me.

  • JJ

    Global Elite Picked Obama Long Before Voters
    Man recounts startling tale of first time he heard of Barack Obama—18 years ago in Russia

    Tom Fife, an American physicist and businessman was at a gathering in Moscow in February 1992 when an ethnic comment made about Russians angered a female KGB agent in attendance and caused her to unveil threatening secrets about an upcoming U.S. president.

    As he relayed on Jeff Nyquist in February of this year, he and two others were in Moscow for a joint venture with a leading scientist from a Russian science academy, after which time they were invited to a going away dinner hosted by the scientist and his wife who was an agent for the Russian Communist Party. In the course of their conversation one of the Americans expressed his surprise over the influx of Mongol peoples in Russia reflected in their Mongol features, to which the hostess took offense (seeing their pure breed superiority slighted) and retorted that it is we Americans who have all the ethnic diversity and division, citing our riots and racial history, etc.

    She went on to say that the U.S. would soon receive a “black president” who was already chosen, and said that he had been “well groomed” by the Soviets to be “irresistible” to the American people.

    One of the guests exclaimed, “It sounds like you know something we don’t know.”

    “Yes, it is true,” she replied. “This is not some idle talk. He is already born, and he is educated and being groomed to be president right now. Have no doubt: he is one of us.”

    She described him as “a Communist” whose father was a black African and whose mother was white. “It’s all been thought out. His father is not an American black, so he won’t have that social slave stigma. He is intelligent and he is half white and has been raised from the cradle to be an atheist and a communist. He’s gone to the finest schools. He is being guided every step of the way and he will be irresistible to America.”

    http://www.catholicbook.com/catholicbook/obama_chosen_by_the_russians_20.htm

  • Billy Joe O’Dean

    Everyone Obama associates with is a commie/socialist/Marxist, but he is supposedly a mainstream American. Wake up, America!

    • thisoldspouse

      America isn’t merely asleep. She’s been Lobotomized.

  • Karen

    Who in the Hello Kitty puts Commie posters or ANY political or idealogical posters in their dining room? Most people hang fruit pics or teacups etc. To anyone who still thinks this administration isn’t filled with Marxists is just not paying attention. Obama is a Marxist, straight up, and so are most of his top admins. He was raised and mentored by Communists. Do you really think then that it is farfetched, especially considering his policies and his “redistribution of wealth” efforts, to see that he is a Marxist? Go read the book “The Communist” about Obama’s mentor. Your eyes will finally open, unless you are too far gone for truth to pierce your brain anymore.

    • tomd

      People who put fruit pictures in their kitchens are obviously supporting migrant farm workers. So I take it you’re pro-amnesty and pro-union.

      Similarly, teacups are china, and China is Communist.

      You are seriously deep into Socialism. Welcome, Comrade!

      • Karen

        Don’t EVER call me “comrade”. I despise Communism. Where everyone is equally deprived and starved to death except the masters at the top. So I suppose it is ironic that Carney has Commie posters in his dining room. What is the obsession with controlling people’s food with these people? Marx and Stalin were both obsessed with it, and now we have Maochelle.

        • tomd

          Then consider that the Cold War is over and we won. Communism is a failed system and *no one* is seriously proposing that we consider it here.

          It’s hard to describe just how pointless this article is.

          • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

            What’s MUCH harder is trying to describe how pointless YOU are… It certainly appears you have ZERO grasp of American OR world politics today. For the record, does the fact that “we” (pardon me if I’m wrong here, but it sounded like you want to be counted among the “we”…?) won the Cold War preclude the possibility of another one? Or another actual shooting war? What, exactly, is it you think is going on with the Russians in Crimea and Ukraine… right this very minute? What, EXACTLY, do you think it means that AT LEAST SEVENTY (70…!!!) members of the 111th Congress (2010) were (and I assume still ARE) open members of the American Socialist Party, the “Democratic Socialists of America”. Do you imagine FOR ONE SECOND their PRIMARY GOAL is NOT socialism (Marxism/Communism/same-same) in America? Just how stupid are you REALLY, tommyboy? And how is it you seem to want EVERYONE to know it?

          • tomd

            Politifact rates that claim about the 70 members as “pants on fire”, which is their polite way of saying it’s a lie that you obviously keep repeating without ever verifying it.

            They are not ” open members”. The DSA apparently finds the Democrats too conservative for their tastes and want a third party.

            America was in shooting wars before Communism existed; it will be in wars again even though Communism is essentially dead. You might want to update your list of who the bad guys are.

          • Karen

            Are you new? Tell Putin the Cold War is over. Obama and his administration and much of the D-bag party are Marxists.

      • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

        The STUPID isn’t just oozing out of your pores anymore, tommyboy, it’s gushing. John-Boy finally figgered out he had NOTHING of value to add to the conversation…and deleted all his posts. So now, it’s mostly just you who has nothing intelligent or interesting to add. Funny…huh?

    • tatoo

      Some people just can’t stand Thomas Kincade.

    • tatoo

      There are no pictures of fruit and no teacups in my dining room. Perish the thought! Some of us have good taste.

  • Doug Bristow

    Why is it anyone’s business how they choose to decorate their home?

    • thisoldspouse

      I guess you still thing Ed Gein was a really nice fella.

      • Doug Bristow

        I have no idea who or what you are talking about. Please explain.

        • thisoldspouse

          It was a semi-joke, intended to make you think a little about your comment. Do a search on Ed Gein if you really need to.

          • Doug Bristow

            Now that I know who this demonic monster was and what he did, I assure you there is no humor in “semi-joke”.

          • thisoldspouse

            Then, is your original comment still valid?

          • Doug Bristow

            In spite of your reference to someone is obviously represents 98% of the population, my answer is yes.

      • tatoo

        I never thought Ed Gain was a nice fellow.

  • Impeach Obama Now!

    Obama has surrounded himself with America Hating NAZIS and Communists from day one!

    • thisoldspouse

      “God damn America!!!” Sound familiar?

      Obama’s guru.

      • sagecreek

        Again, you reveal that this website has nothing to do with Christianity. You’re simply peeved that a black man is President.

        • thisoldspouse

          That race card is getting kind of tattered. And it’s embarrassing that you think the race card trumps the communist card.

  • sagecreek

    You people are nuts. These posters have been kitsch for over 20 years now.

    That is, for the educated.

  • joe

    This is why I just purchased 1000 more rounds of 7.62×39 . I didn’t really need them , but they just might come in handy some day .

  • tatoo

    I think it’s neat.

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