I Was Robbed by President Obama!

Mitt Romney - RomneyHood   :    http://mariopiperni.com/

I don’t want to accuse the President of stealing my stuff, but he may very well have done that. Here he is yesterday at a campaign stop in Connecticut.

President Barack Obama is labeling opponent Mitt Romney’s tax plan as “Romney Hood,” saying it takes from the middle class and gives to the rich.

Speaking Monday night at a campaign event in Connecticut, Obama said the GOP plan “is like Robin Hood in reverse.”

Obama says Romney’s tax plan would give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while forcing middle-class families to pay up to $2,000 a year in additional taxes.

“Romney Hood”, “taking from the middle class (or poor) and gives to the rich”…that all came from me first! The above illustration appeared in a January 2012 post titled Romney Hood – more than six months before President Obama’s speech. Now I don’t mind the President using my stuff, but hey, a little attribution would be nice.

If you happen to run into President Obama, feel free to mention to him that Mario is feeling a bit peeved. Thanks.


Here’s a modified version I’m sending to the Obama campaign offices.

Mitt Romney - RomneyHood   :    http://mariopiperni.com/


This is funny. I was just given credit for originating the Romney Hood meme at no other than Michelle Malkin’s blog. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Not sure.


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17 thoughts on “I Was Robbed by President Obama!

  1. Don’t you know this is all part of Obama’s plot to oppress the meme creators and redistribute their creativity?

  2. Back in the ’80’s, I had a t-shirt that said “Reagan Hood: Take From the Needy and Give to the Greedy”.

  3. Mario –
    Entirely possible that one of his campaign staff subscribes to your blog, and suggested “Romney Hood” to him, without attribution. If so, he would have had no way of knowing from whence it came. Had he known, and being a lawyer, I’m sure he would have credited you with it.

  4. I think you should add Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor to the band of brothers. Ayn Rand could play the part of Lady Marian!

    Mind if I print it off and place it in the back glass of the SUV? Or we can work out a deal for printing and selling them. I have a plotter and can print dozens of them for you to sell!

    Dang — I love this!!

  5. Despite Mario’s creative genius (and most of us know and appreciate what a wonderful guy he is in that respect), sometimes great ideas just have their time. For example, there were dozens of people working on powered flight at the same time the Wright Brothers were, and Wilhelm Kress would have beat the pants off them (by two years) had not Daimler built Kress’ engine at twice the specified weight and half the specified power output.

    I have often seen both editorial and entertainment cartoonists come out with very similar ideas at about the same time – and editorial illustrators are more susceptible to this because of the topical nature of their work. Here’s another page from today echoing this theme, 7 August 2012 – complete with lyrics (of course, now that the President’s said it, it’s open season on the concept).

  6. E.A. – you’re right about great ideas having their time, but…the entire Robin Hood meme was created by me (I’m being half serious here in case anyone is wondering). Take a look at this illustration I created in February 2009. It was featured in a post titled, Robama Hood Submits a Budget Draft.

    And it’s interesting that you posted a link to a clip featuring the original Robin Hood song. Scroll down the Robama Hood post and you’ll see that I have the words to that tune. There used to be an audio widget which played the song but it appears to be broken.

  7. Love the graphic, good work Mario.

    I think you should send a copy and a polite note asking the president to please give acknowledgment where due.

    I’m of course sure that he must have channeled you some way – being that you two are probably allot alike – and unknowingly came up with it. I’m also certain he would acknowledge it too and give you some very (website-motivating) credit if he knew you came up with the idea first.

    I do love the idea. I hadn’t seen your graphic yet and when he said Romney- Hood, I just cracked. I hope the name sticks too.

  8. Mario, in the pre-internet days I, too, discovered what is now a meme.

    Part One: Back in 1986, I was working for a small computer programming firm, and for most of our in-house production work, we used a computer language called FORTH. One of the features of FORTH was that you could change the number base on the fly, so you could go from base 10 to binary to hex or even to odd things like base 7 or base 19 or even base 184.

    Part Two: At the same time, the local PBS station was screening the BBC TV version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As many people know, one of the focal points of the story is that the answer to the ultimate question is “42”, but nobody knew the question. In the final episode, it is revealed to be “What do you get when you multiply six by nine?”

    I pause while you calculate the result of 6×9.

    Part Three: One day at work, when I had an idle moment, I wondered if that would work out in another number base, so I tried base 11 and got 4A; I tried base 12 and got 46 (closer!); then I tried base 13, and, lo and behold, I found out that when you multiplied six by nine in base 13, you did get 42!

    Part Four: I mentioned this to a few friends who were fans of the book and frequent science fiction convention attendees; apparently, word spread from there. Eventually, Douglas Adams himself heard about it and thought it was ridiculous, and said, “I may be a sorry case, but I don’t write jokes in base 13.”

    In my defense, I never tried to attach any cosmic significance to it – I just passed it off as a coincidence. I also readily admit that I’m probably not the only person who discovered it (although the job is much harder without access to FORTH or a similar tool). However, the meme has made it onto the internet, but my own claim to have been its discoverer (which predates the internet) has been lost to history.

    Mario, take comfort. People like you and me may have other people usurp some of our greatest and most creative achievments, be we still have the satisfaction of knowing both that we were there first and that there will always be a small circle of friends who will believe us.

  9. fidlerten: Thank you.

    E.A. Love that story. I’d like to put it up as a post because,

    a) I like it, and…

    b) it needs to live somewhere. That story needs a permanent home.

    I’ll post it as you wrote it above or if you wish, you can tweak/modify/lengthen it as you see fit and email it to me.

  10. Mario you need to sell Romney hood yourself. Contract me abort about using woocommerce! Some proceed to Obama.

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