Obama-style pic of Britain's Cameron draws jibes

6th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

British daily The Sun splashed Thursday with an Obama-style photo of Tory chief David Cameron, urging voters to back him for premier -- but Twitter users offered another view of the doctored picture.

The tabloid, which has staunchly backed Cameron to win Thursday's election, depicted him in the style of the iconic image of Barack Obama during his successful 2008 US presidential run.

Under the headline "Our only Hope" -- again a play on Obama's trademark slogan -- the Sun pledged: "In Cameron We Trust," saying his Conservative party was "the only choice if you want to rescue Britain from disaster".

The mass-market paper -- famous for past election front pages including "It's the Sun wot Won it" after helping the Tories win in 1992 -- said Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has had his chance and failed".

But Twitter users have doctored the picture to have Cameron gazing out, fuzzy Obama poster style, only with the single word "Nope," instead of Hope.

"However you vote, don't make #TheSun or anything of Murdoch's be the reason," commented Tritter user Riddler Music, referring to media magnate Rupert Murdoch's News International, which owns the Sun and other papers.

The online micro-blogging site's feed for the doctored Cameron picture can be seen at: http://www.twitpic.com/1lcq0v.

Virtually all of Britain's national dailies are backing the main opposition Conservatives this time, some having changed their stripes since the 2005 election.

The Financial Times, The Sun and The Times switched from the governing Labour Party to the Conservatives, while The Guardian has changed from Labour to the Liberal Democrats.

The only mass-market paper still behind Labour is the Daily Mirror, whose front-page headline Thursday showed a black-and-white 1987 picture of Cameron at Oxford University in evening dress finery.

"Our prime minister? Really?" it asked. "Snooty: Cameron lords it up with his Bullingdon Club toff pals," the caption read, referring to an infamous Oxford drinking and dining club.

© 2010 AFP

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