From Thursday’s “Washington Whispers” by Paul Bedard in the U.S. News & World Report:  the One Nation Under Obama Salute.

[I]f a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. “Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future,” says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc.

Inspired by the posters of Obama drawn by Shepard Farley (the Hope, Change, Progress triptych), Husong said they came up with this “symbol of hope and progress that also plays off Obama’s name.”  The thought was to try to start a movement “where even while walking down the street, people would hold up the O and you would know that they were for Obama.”

Of course, hand gestures that go along with a movement of any sort often have extremely negative connotations.  Offering this up as a salute of sorts is chilling, and I hope Obama politely (or eve not-so-politely) tells them “No, thanks.”

Or else we could have. . .

UPDATE:  Dan Riehl is having problems with his “O” salute.

(h/t:  Michelle Malkin)

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