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Making the Rounds

And Now, a Live Parrot for Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta
It's another morning (afternoon?) after, and as the superdelegates continue their steady march toward Barack Obama, online, a video that combines virtually every element necessary to create a YouTube hit is starting to go viral around the web. It's no "An Engineer's Guide to Cats" or "Skateboarding Dog", but it still contains some of the essential ingredients of YouTube videos that have come to define the medium.

Cute animal? Check.
Doing a funny trick? Check.
Involving politics? Check.
And supporting Barack Obama? Also check.

Most importantly, a week after Hillary Clinton's campaign started to be compared to the legendary Monty Python skit involving a dead parrot, it features a living, breathing pro-Obama one.

Without further ado, then, "Smokey says Yes, We Can!"

Says video poster "dougdilg," "He does this all day and the closer we come to the final nomination the more excited he's become."

Posted at 1:12 PM ET on May 21, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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Posted by: KS | May 27, 2008 4:14 PM

JakeD he picked up 20 over the last 10 days

Posted by: Obama 08 | May 27, 2008 10:24 AM

JakeD he picked up 20 over the last 10 days

Posted by: Obama 08 | May 27, 2008 10:24 AM

JakeD he picked up 20 over the last 10 days

Posted by: Obama 08 | May 27, 2008 10:24 AM

this race has become its own reality show:

Posted by: tom abrahams | May 23, 2008 3:16 PM

To the person who isn't voting for Obama because he's pro choice... what an unintelligent decision. You want all these unwanted babies to be born, but you don't want to take care of them... clearly neither did the pregnant woman, so who's supposed to take them when their born?

Obama is a statesman, the first one we've had in more years than I can remember. He will change the rule of tyranny that has lasted far too long in this country, he will make good on changing things for the better, he has honesty on his side, intelligence and so much more.

He can make a difference. He needs to win.

Why don't you vote for that instead of something as inflamed as unwanted babies that you want to have born, but unloved with nowhere to go.

Posted by: bj | May 22, 2008 10:18 PM

Squaawk, Squuaawk! "Pretty Pretty Bird!" Squaaawk!

Squawk, Squawwwwk: Ba-Ba- Barrrr. Squuuawk-Squawk! ;~)

Ba-Barrrr-BarrON Paul! Squaaawk! SQUAWK Squawwk!

BaRON PAUL! Ron Paul! Squuawwk! Dr. No-Dr.NO!! SquaWWK

Dr. Ron Paul! Dr. NO! No-No Dr. No-NO!

He-HEEEE, Squawk-Squawwwwk! :-)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 22, 2008 1:10 AM

Gee that JakeD posts everywhere doesn't he?

I think he or she must be on the payroll for Hill of beans or McBush

Posted by: Larry the cable guy | May 21, 2008 6:12 PM

Ah, yes. The all important Avian vote.

(whatmeregister, great post XD)

Posted by: Steve Charb | May 21, 2008 5:54 PM

For the record, the reason I am not voting for Barack HUSSEIN Obama (that is his name) is because I am pro-life and he is not, not because of the color of his skin.

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 5:48 PM

It's kinda sad to realize that a bird has more intelligence than the majority of appalachian voters...

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 21, 2008 2:16 PM

ok this was just stupid

Posted by: jencm | May 21, 2008 2:09 PM




In a dimly lit back room, Mr. Dean is seen having his cake, and nearly choking on it too!


Posted by: anton | May 21, 2008 2:05 PM

"a week after Hillary Clinton's campaign started to be compared to the legendary Monty Python skit involving a dead parrot" Dana Milbank? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Congratulations, Garance. I do hope it's worth the money.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 1:55 PM

I didn't watch the video, and I suggest everyone else does the same.

One of the drivers of viral vids are MSM hacks who, rather than doing real reporting, post trivial items like this. For instance, when ABC news started promoting the Obama girl vid, it only had about 700 views. The Will.I.Am vid was promoted by this site, by the NYT, and by Time.

Meanwhile, they ignore videos that deal with real issues about the candidates:

The MSM is never going to ask the candidates about those issues, we're going to need to do it ourselves.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 21, 2008 1:41 PM

What "steady march" of Super Delegates today? NAMES, please ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 1:24 PM

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