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Favorite Videos of the Week: Memorial Day Video Treats

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, May 23 2008

Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, we bring you eight political videos that are guaranteed to stick to your consciousness like ketchup on a burger. You can never escape the tubes!

8. Smokey says Yes, We Can!

Thought political videos couldn’t be more removed from actual politics? Think again. More than 75,000 views on YouTube.

7. Hillary Clinton: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

A Hillary Clinton supporter decries the sexist attacks on Clinton’s campaign and alleges that Barack Obama is partly responsible for not denouncing it. The argument would be better served by a better video; we’re asked to read scrolling words while simultaneously listening to a Clinton speech from 1995. It’s difficult to pay attention to either. Almost 30,000 views on YouTube.

6. Flesh Wound

‘Tis but a flesh wound! On to Denver! As Hillary continues to make her case, the voters continue to make their videos. Next up, the Knights Who Say Ni? About 46,000 views on YouTube.

5. McCain Ad - 2013

With almost 85,000 views on YouTube, this one’s pretty popular as McCain videos go. Some people have found the message confusing (in 2013 — five years from now! — things are gonna be better!). We’re soothed by the narrator’s deep Sanka-commercial voice.

4. Barack-Back Mountain

Yes, we know that the homoerotic allusions aren’t appropriate, but watching “Barack Obama” pontificate about missing, and loving, “John Edwards” (and looking at that absurd wig the actor is wearing) made us laugh.


3. Our Largest Rally Yet

The Obama campaign documents their huge rally in Portland with a good ol’ homespun vibe. Not much new here, but more than 360,000 Obama fans have watched it anyway.

2. Barack Obama speaks in Boca Raton, FL

This rough footage of Barack Obama speaking to a crowd in Boca Raton, FL is more of a primary document than an interesting video, but it shows him attempting to reach out to a demographic he’ll need if we faces John McCain in November. Check out the Nigerian email scam argument he makes around 6:30 in.

1. McCain’s YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films hits John McCain with one of the most popular YouTube videos of the week. It sticks to McCain’s words and those of the TV anchors to whom he’s talking, and the public seems to to like it; the video has been viewed more than 1,100,000 times since it was posted.