For Presidential Candidates, It's YouTube, Baby. Screw Network News


Politics has come to this? Hmm. What would your grandfather say? Likely, he'd be horrified. Strange as this goofy Hilary Clinton video may be, times have changed and politicians have to, ya know, get down with the cool kids. Was that just Up With People we saw?

Can you imagine any presidential candidate before Clinton (the first one) doing anything like this? Reagan doing a two step in front of a green screen later proliferated with dancing bunnies while repeated his classic debate line, "There you go again..." over and over? Jimmy Carter wearing a straw hat with a big wad of chew in his mouth giving us his best "aw, shucks, y'all" drawl? George Bush (the first one) doing some kind of appropriately robotic break dance while rapping about the dangers of "nucular" weapons? Oh wait, that was the second Bush.

Do we want YouTube stars running America? Oh wait, that was so old school. BIFF! POW! BAM! WHACK! OK, thanks. Angela just beat the old school out of us and we're all good now with goofy YouTube videos of people who will potentially become the leader of the free world.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Political, Strange, Video   

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Not sure issues like war in Iraq should ever be reduced to a rhyming couplet and a pop beat - or that pics of war and gravestones juxtaposed with singers and dancers support the message that this candidate should be taken seriously.

Posted by: Mark Saraceni on February 15, 2008 2:19 PM

seen this one?
Much more fun!
and viewed almost 700,000 times

Posted by: B.L Ochman on February 15, 2008 4:06 PM

Presidential elections as reality shows.
This what happens when you give people the vote.
First the men in 1789; then former male slaves in 1865; then womenfolk after WWI; then adding every citizen between 18 and 21 to broaden the demographic and increase ratings.

Posted by: Tom Messner on February 16, 2008 10:43 AM