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John.He.Is

By Jose Antonio Vargas
On the Internet, mockery is the sincerest form of flattery.

And so it goes with the thespians of a Los Angeles-based troupe and their video, "john.he.is." It's a spoof of will.i.am's pro-Barack Obama video "Yes We Can," now viewed nearly 3 million times since its debuted last week.

Filmed in black and white, with actors singing over Sen. John McCain's speeches and interviews, the parody inextricably links the Arizona senator with the Iraq war. Towards the end the nearly two minute video, after McCain says, "I don't think Americans are concerned if we're [in Iraq] for a hundred years or a thousand years or a ten thousand years," the screen reads: "IRAQ WITHDRAWAL DATE: 12,008. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT IN NOVEMBER. McCAIN 08. LIKE HOPE, BUT DIFFERENT."

The video was uploaded early today. As of 6 p.m. Monday, it's been viewed nearly 190,000 times.

Posted at 6:22 PM ET on Feb 11, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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The MSM blogs (ABC, Time, WaPo, etc.) seem to have a strong interest in turning useless videos "viral". For instance, an ABC blog noted the Obama Girl video when it only had around 700 views.

While the WaPo is concentrating on trivialities, let me suggest that real reporters go to McCain's appearances and videotape his answer to this question:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=YRWRzZ_yPnk

We need to do the reporting the MSM is unable and unwilling to do.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | February 12, 2008 2:13 PM

I am a Republican but CANNOT vote for McCain. Graduating 5th from the BOTTOM of his class at Annapolis, being at best a mediocre pilot, acting fool-hardy and getting shot down, then being a P.O.W. for 5 years who was given special "crown prince" treatment because his dad was was a military big-wig does NOT make McCain a hero. He is an ANGRY, VENGEFUL, DANGEROUS HAWK who will likely lead us into more war to satisfy his ego. It's a sad year for committed Republicans because we are left with no Republican alternative. But peace and the future of our nation are far more important than party loyalty.

Posted by: ALMANOJODO | February 12, 2008 11:26 AM

Re:ce.miami,
I am a Democrat who will be voting for Obama. I actually like John McCain, but there is one thing that I am sick of hearing, and that is about him being an American hero ( and therefore he would make a great president). My hero of the Vietnam war was my philosophy teacher, who in 1968 refused to allow himself to be drafted into an immoral war. He stood up for his beliefs. He was right about Vietnam. And he served time in prison for the crimes of our politicians. I respect John McCain for what he endured, but he participated in a vast and horrible amount of violence against the Vietnamese which never should have happened. And now he wants us to continue fighting another war that never should have happened. Wrong in the first one and wrong on the second one. That is not what I am looking for in a leader!

Posted by: Arjuna9 | February 12, 2008 2:22 AM

This is typical left wing, radical extremism...

McCain is an American Patriot and a War Hero, unlike Barack Obama who is willing to kowtow to the likes of Castro, Chavez, Bin Laden, Kim JongIL, etc.

Posted by: ce.miami | February 12, 2008 1:46 AM

Just further shows how Obama is winning also on the internet, a key factor this election.

Google Seacrhes, Web Hit Statistics and Facebook Figures - McCain vs. Obama:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=48

Posted by: davidmwe | February 11, 2008 11:39 PM

Thanks for the post, but one tweak: will.i.am's video has been viewed more than twice the figure cited. There are multiple postings of the video on Youtube, totaling more than 7.3 million so far, and who knows how many have viewed it on dipdive.com, the main place the song was released. Keep up the good work reporting from the trail!

Posted by: ellenwei | February 11, 2008 9:20 PM

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