RNC Presents Hasselhoff and Obama, in Living Color
Updated 5:05 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
What do you get when you combine German techno music, Germans speaking heavily accented English and a few David Hasselhoff and ChÃ© Guevarra references?
No, not the Spanish or German versions of "Baywatch."
It's the Republican National Committee's Web parody of what a "Barack Obama in Berlin" television commercial might look like.
The Obama campaign filmed last week's speech by the Democratic presidential candidate in the German capital and posted highlights on its YouTube channel. That footage has yet to appear in a TV ad.
So the RNC apparently decided to go first in using the Berlin trip in a campaign spot. "Obama wasn't the only one filming his Berlin rally," e-mailed RNC spokesman Alex Conant. "Like
Obama, the RNC had a film crew there."
And that RNC crew selected and interviewed the Germans in the new Web commercial.
"I have friends in America who are Marxists and they are working for Obama," says one man in the RNC ad.
Another man wearing a ChÃ© Guevarra T-shirt says he "of course" sees similarities between the Democrat and the revolutionary leader, "because both men will change."
"I hope he'll change the Americans a bit, but they don't be that superficial again. Because he's different and he thinks different."
"The people of Berlin have spoken," Obama says as the ad wraps.
Posted at 4:06 PM ET on Jul 29, 2008
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