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Palin as President: The Interactive Satire

By Jose Antonio Vargas
Never mind the satirical New Yorker cover a few months ago. And forget Entertainment Weekly's recent take on it, featuring funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

PalinAsPresident.com is arguably the most elaborately detailed spoof of the Oval Office's possible future inhabitants yet created. The carefully constructed interactive site appears to have hit the Web in the past 24 hours (just in time to be played during tonight's final presidential debate) and pokes fun at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee. A quick online search shows only that the site's architect has taken pains to cloak him or herself. But this much is clear -- the creator is no Palinite.

Click through to the site and you'll see a smiling Palin sitting behind a desk, an American flag to her right and an Alaskan flag with a beauty pageant sash spelling out "Miss Wasilla" to her left. A rifle falls from the drapes, which brings the eyes to a framed photo of Sen. John McCain in a cowboy hat and a flat computer screen. Click on the computer screen and you get a stock ticker showing teen pregnancy up and the Dow down. (Keep watching the scroll and it shows war up and ice caps down.)

There's plenty to click on -- and listen to, too.

Click on the globe on the left bottom corner and hear Palin say, "I can see Alaska from here." Above the globe is a poster for the 1994 Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster film "Maverick." Not too far from the poster is a framed portrait of a previous president. Click on it and Palin says, "Ooh, he looks important." Click on it once more and see a poster for the Tom Cruise film "Top Gun," with the word "MAVERICK" emblazoned on it and Cruise giving a thumbs up. Below the poster are five frames for Palin's five colleges -- but only one has a diploma.

The nearby door is full of surprises. Click on it the first time and it opens, showing a stack of burning books. Click on it the second time and there's Katie Couric being waterboarded. Above her, the names of "DAMON" and "FEY" are crossed out. Click a third time and you get Bambi. (You don't want to know what happens when you click on the deer.)

Like the door, there's something in store after opening each of the three windows. A loud, boisterous rally greeted us after opening the first. The second shows oil rigs in the Rose Garden and is accompanied by Palin exclaiming, "Where'd Russia go?" The third shows another rig; click on it and Palin says, "Drill, baby, drill!"

And there's more.

Click on the garbage can and it falls over, spilling out a copy of Science magazine. Click on the couch nearby, and a cushion lifts as Palin says, "You can't hide from me, gotcha media!" Click on the rug and hear Palin boast, "That's 100 percent seal pup skin."

The most damning details, however, are saved in the big, rectangular table. There's a toy bridge (to nowhere) beside the flower vase; click on it and a toy car drives off the edge. There are two big cupboards at the front of the desk. The first hides a pitbull, which drops a tube of lipstick, and the second contains one book -- "Politics for Dummies."

"Oh, just like movie 'National Treasure,'" says the Palin voice (that would be "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets," actually).

There's also a red phone; click on it and it rings and rings. Click again and the whole screen turns to white as a rumbling sounds build, as if a bomb had just dropped. Palin quips, "Uh, oh."

What other details are we missing?

Posted at 6:49 PM ET on Oct 15, 2008  | Category:  The Clickocracy
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the globe is rotating from west to east when it should be rotating from east to west

Posted by: feshamrock | October 20, 2008 9:30 PM

ONLY IN AMERICA IS THIS POSSIBLE
*************************
The McCain message to the US people is that ANYONE can be a celebrity, if he so picks them.

There you go, McCain, with your imagination about Joe The Plumber that YOU chose, representing honest enteprise and a typical hard-working 'patriotic', tax-paying American!

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

ONLY IN AMERICA IS THIS POSSIBLE
***************************
The McCain message to the US people is that it is OK to be dumb and a liar, as long as the good looks are there.

Yes, good enough to be a V.P. pick!

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 6:15 PM

It is not a political statement from the Washington Post. It is a hilarious, original, and creative web site worth sharing.

Posted by: nope1 | October 17, 2008 12:08 AM

If you click on the little panel on the front of the desk between the
two cabinets it ticks off a bunch of carved marks in the wood every time to click, keep clicking. It carves Wolf Kills, her # of wolf kills!

Light switch, room goes dark except her eyes, "Oopsie!"

Posted by: sboucher1 | October 16, 2008 9:27 PM

Yes, there is a Joe's Plummer's truck that appears when you click on the desk near (below) the red phone. The truck appears in the right window.

Posted by: yulyyz | October 16, 2008 1:33 PM

Rumor has it that they've added a Joe the Plumber truck, but I haven't seen it.

Posted by: joyce9 | October 16, 2008 1:00 PM

Here's a funny cartoon of Palin as president:
http://dillardsisters.com/webisodes.html

Posted by: kimiko | October 16, 2008 12:17 PM

Seemstome-you forgot to say that his being black is a great reason to put someone in the oval office. I wouldn't care if he was purple. Go ahead-call me a racist. Do your research and make an educated decision.

Posted by: mgoose326 | October 16, 2008 9:09 AM

This election was a chance to show that we have finally outgrown our past.
An African American running for president would have been unthinkable for my generation of the fifties and sixties.
At that time people like Lester Maddox, and George Wallace were the only political voice in the south. Segregation here in Florida was a way of life. I did not attend grade school with African Americans. I do remember the hatred and violence of the sixties. Killings, beatings, fires and rioting left scars that still exist today. So when I saw the Palin rally in Clearwater, Florida on TV and heard what happened there it made me sick and angry that we still haven't learned.
For a pretty woman, Sarah Palin sure has one ugly mouth and she uses it to bring out that same ugliness in people who listen to her.
I wish she would go back home. She isn't the future. She just brings back bad memories.

Posted by: seemstome | October 16, 2008 8:40 AM

Faux Noose channel is a propaganda apparatus masquerading as a main stream media out let. It is full of lies , misinformation and is out right deceitful. Some of the things they are saying about Mr. Obama is very disappointing to say the least. What its impact on democracy is I do not Know.

Posted by: ramsistla | October 16, 2008 4:42 AM

JOSE, I'D NEVER WANT YOU TO BE A MOVIE REVIEWER.

YOU GIVE AWAY THE WHOLE STORY!

NOW DO A STORY ON THE GUY WHO CREATED THIS... AND WILL HE BE ADDING NEW FEATURES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS?

AND WHERE'S THE JOE BIDEN INTERACTIVE??

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 16, 2008 4:09 AM

See McCains Best Moment during Debate, McCains One liner that was considered a zinger.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmKTOWrsGCQ

To see more debate Highlights and Outtakes
http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 16, 2008 2:48 AM

PALIN: MS HUBRIS, USA
In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance; it is often associated with a lack of knowledge combined with a lack of humility. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in the Greek world. The proverb "pride goes before a fall" is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris. In reference to someone being in hubrity: hubrity is a fulfillment of being hubristic or a continual behavior of being prideful. Victor in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein exudes hubris in order to become a great scientist, but is eventually regretting this previous desire. Faustus in Christopher Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus exudes hubris, all the way until his final minutes of life.

Posted by: nacnudbob | October 16, 2008 2:34 AM

the facts
and nothing but facts

palin is a first time governor of a state with a smaller population than baltimore or philly has. with far fewer real life problems than either. the mayors of b-more and philly should be running for vp.
be4 this, she was the mayor of mayberry, alaska, a town no one outside alaska has heard of. if she were interviewing for a job in dc, working for bumxxx with 10 employees, even as exec director, would be a who cares...

Posted by: kedavis | October 15, 2008 11:46 PM

Sam888 writes: "All you people whining about how unevenly slanted toward liberal the Post is, where the hell was your righteous indignation during the Clinton years?"

The internet has changed a bit since then, allowing millions of people to write things on the web and even talk back to the WaPo. That wasn't around then.

The WaPo - famous for uncovering Watergate - is now engaging in covering up for BHO and serving as the original source for lies and smears.

Those lies and smears start here and then get picked up by blogs, Digg, the HuffPost, and all the rest. When the latest smear has run its course, they start a new one. Sometimes, of course, the smear starts with the NYT or even a blog, but the WaPo usually manages to get in at the start of the wave.

For instance, the "McCain's angry mob" stories appear to have started with Douglass Duncan (?) of the AP, but it really took off when the reprehensible Dana Milbank pushed it:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008098.html

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 15, 2008 11:20 PM

"bobmoses: no thanks, I read them the first time. Literacy: it's a swell thing, you ought to try it"

Me too. I guess my memory is tainted by partisanship. I voted for Clinton and was appalled by the mindless attacks made against him by mindless partisans. (Kind of like the mindless partisan attacks on Bush). Regardless, the Post clearly took Clinton's side against the GOP house on every issue.

Keith Olbermann uses this tired line of attack all the time, as if they impartiality of the media is demonstrated by them covering the impeachment of a sitting President. It's the manner in which they are covered that matters and then, like now, the Post and most of the media is absurdly biased for Democrats.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 11:15 PM

"C'mon, Bob. You give the media too much
credit. They have much less power than
you realize.

You and I will be selecting the next president, not the Washington Post or
the NYT.

Dave Kerr"

Please. George Washington himself couldn't get elected with the biased coverage we have seen this year. Obama was quite right when he said in the NYT today:

"“If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me, right? Because the way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?"

Fortunately for him, every other news outlet along with Leno, Letterman, Stewart, Colbert, the View, SNL, HBO, MTV, the entire film industry and the entire music industry have been attacking McCain and that group trumps Fox News and AM radio.

I like Obama and think he will be a good President. I just hope the next guy that the media selects for us is as good.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 11:09 PM

bobmoses: no thanks, I read them the first time. Literacy: it's a swell thing, you ought to try it.

Posted by: Sam888 | October 15, 2008 11:08 PM

"All you people whining about how unevenly slanted toward liberal the Post is, where the hell was your righteous indignation during the Clinton years? The Post was as hard on him as anybody. You're just mad because now its your candidate taking heat. Get over it.

Posted by: Sam888"


Nonsense. The Post was slamming Republicans the whole time and riding to Bill's defense. Stop rewriting history. The archives are there. Go look.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 11:03 PM

See a McCain rally go bad, Booing and People leaving. A song Hank Williams sang was vulgar and offended some. Heres the clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPOpP89oMik

Who won the Best Palin Impersonator Contest? Not Tina Fey. See Clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 11:03 PM

"Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist OLD Adulterer War Criminal Corrupt McLobbyist & the Born Again Killer Retard are DONE!!!"

Gee, is the Post responsible for hateful and idiotic comments on its site? Oh wait those comments weren't hateful. No liberals are hateful, right?

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 11:02 PM

Notorious...you're absolutely right. In any other time period in the last 50 years, Ms. Palin would not have been in any public spotlight. We are in the most confusing time in history and Palin reflects just that confusion. But the ignorance of the American people on their own history, their own Constitution, even their own geography is even more eclipsed by the kind of people they look to for leadership. I hope that those Americans will rise to the occasion, learn what they don't know, refuse to accept disinformation and propagands from Fox News and AOL as truth. At least research facts from fact check if you lack initiative or time.

Don't allow media to create hate and prejudice towards race or religion or philosophy...use your energies to pursue truth and engage yourself in making this land a better place to raise our progeny..we don't need a press that propagates racial and ethnic hatred. That's why we became this United States of America and countered the persecution of England on those who disagreed with their official religion...come on people.

Posted by: timeforhonesty | October 15, 2008 10:57 PM

Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist OLD Adulterer War Criminal Corrupt McLobbyist & the Born Again Killer Retard are DONE!!!

Posted by: mawt | October 15, 2008 10:53 PM

All you people whining about how unevenly slanted toward liberal the Post is, where the hell was your righteous indignation during the Clinton years? The Post was as hard on him as anybody. You're just mad because now its your candidate taking heat. Get over it.

Posted by: Sam888 | October 15, 2008 10:41 PM

Jose Antonio Vargas: ho ho ho ho ho! That's a real funny site!

Unfortunately, I don't recall the WaPo highlighting satires from the other side, such as this:

http://obamatest.com/

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 15, 2008 10:24 PM

Check my blog to see pic and video of the T-shirts that Obama supporters are wearing at Obama rallies: Sarah Palin is a c#nt!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-supporters-calling-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 15, 2008 10:09 PM

C'mon, Bob. You give the media too much
credit. They have much less power than
you realize.

You and I will be selecting the next president, not the Washington Post or
the NYT.

Dave Kerr

"It't not about satire. It's about our news media turning into a PR shill for the Obama campaign. Sorry that it bugs me that the liberal media selected our President for us."

Posted by: kerrd | October 15, 2008 9:09 PM

Posted by: xpurgation | October 15, 2008 9:05 PM

"Liberals are funnier.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio"

I don't disagree with you. It doesn't change the fact that the media is in the tank for Obama and its highlighting of this fluff over anything substantive demonstrates that they don't care about objectivity at all.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 9:02 PM

"Rush Limbaugh characterizes liberals as humorless. E.g., his coinage "Feminazis."

Gosh darn it, now I gotta be turnin' on my TV to watch the debate.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 15, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse"

Thanks again for your pathetic non-answer. Not much for logic are you?

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 8:59 PM

Rush Limbaugh characterizes liberals as humorless. E.g., his coinage "Feminazis."

Gosh darn it, now I gotta be turnin' on my TV to watch the debate.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 15, 2008 8:58 PM

"Bob Moses, you need to relax.

It is satire after all. You do understand
satire, don't you?

Dave Kerr"

I couldn't care less about the fact that Palin is being satired. What bothers me is that the Post is promoting the satire from the top half of the home page.

Satire is great and has a place. The Post's prominent placement of this is just further evidence that the Post doesn't care a whit about objectively informing its readers. It just want to continue attacking the candidates that its liberal staff has come to hate.

It't not about satire. It's about our news media turning into a PR shill for the Obama campaign. Sorry that it bugs me that the liberal media selected our President for us.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 8:57 PM

"Can you provide an example of such an exchange? You are just making up stuff in your head.

Oh, maybe Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker"

"Rush Limbaugh" isn't an exchange oh intelligent liberal. Where is the other part of the exchange. When did Rush ever say "liberals can't take a joke".

I love the fantasies liberals play out in their head to justify their hatred.

Regardless, you miss the point of our complaints. People can make fun of Palin all they want, but when the Post heavily promotes said satire, it is just further evidence that the Post is in the tank for Obama and just wants to get him elected. Some of us would voters to have informed views of the candidates instead of being stampeded like ignorant sheep into the slot chosen by the partisan hacks who run our media. I doubt you care though. All you seem to care about are lame "zingers". In that case, you are like most fervent and unthinking Obama supporters.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 8:52 PM

Bob Moses, you need to relax.

It is satire after all. You do understand
satire, don't you?

Dave Kerr

Posted by: kerrd | October 15, 2008 8:46 PM

Liberals are funnier.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 8:41 PM

No matter whom you support, the picture of Dirk Nowitzki ("Now that's a Maverick!") is funny.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 15, 2008 8:40 PM

Can you provide an example of such an exchange? You are just making up stuff in your head.

Oh, maybe Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 15, 2008 8:39 PM

See what I mean? The righties love to dish it out, but they can't take it.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 15, 2008 8:38 PM

"Whenever conservatives mock liberals, if a liberal objects they ask, "What's the matter, can't you take a joke?" Curious how they cry "foul" when they're on the receiving end of the satire, though.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker"

Can you provide an example of such an exchange? You are just making up stuff in your head.

Please point me towards any satire about Obama or Biden. SNL, Stewart, Colbert, Maher, Leno, Conan, Letterman, MTV, et al never mock Obama at all.

Hey look, if you like living in a world in which the media decides elections for you, you are in a good shape.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 8:38 PM

A veritable liberal bag of monkeys.

Very telling that the Compost feels this is newsworthy.

Posted by: info42 | October 15, 2008 8:37 PM

Whenever conservatives mock liberals, if a liberal objects they ask, "What's the matter, can't you take a joke?" Curious how they cry "foul" when they're on the receiving end of the satire, though.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 15, 2008 8:32 PM

beersquirrel -

It's wrong for Palin to attack Obama for his association with Ayers, but its OK for you to call her a fascist?

Perhaps if you are as disgusted with demonization as you claim, you shouldn't be demonizing people in the very same paragraph. Otherwise, people will think (correctly) that you are a hypocrite.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 8:32 PM

This would be funny if Palin wasn't so friggin SCARY!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 8:10 PM

I am kinda upset how one-sided the Post has become, & I haven't voted anything Republican since the first Bush. (I was young & thought they had actually done good for the world; which I still think they did). I am all for Obama & Biden, but this kind of immature propoganda just adds to the frustration of everything. Can't we just concentrate on the real issues? I expected the Post to be better than this...

Posted by: noPostFoxTypeNewsPlease | October 15, 2008 8:09 PM

This is over the top, and rude - because its not necessarily factual (but, it is very clever and funny). And, the Post probably shouldn't be publicizing it. BUT, it is fair for the media to question Palin. She is not auditioning to be the governor or a small state, or the mayor of a small town. She is auditioning for the job of vice president, and there ought to be some minimum level of competency for that position. I would argue they've been too easy on her (though, without access to her, its difficult to vet her). The media doesn't need to give everyone equally positive press; the media's role is to serve as watch-dog and make sure the public gets a fair shake.

Palin has been leading a lynch-mob atmosphere at rallies. She exhibits all sorts of similarities to fascist leaders during the 1920s and early thirties, before rising to power. She manipulates facts and revises history to suit her needs, she paints her enemies as terrorists (the Third Reich did the same to anyone left of center, and then convinced the center party to turn over power to martial law, led by the Nazis), and she claims to be the "True American." Palin is leading a new fascist movement, and its very scary. That said, I think this site could do the same thing using her actual quotes... it wouldn't be quite as funny, but'd it'd be much scarier.

Posted by: beersquirrel | October 15, 2008 8:05 PM

As usual, some libs blast what they don't understand.

Bambi is show being blasted to bits by a shotgun leaving only a blood slathered wall.

Real hunters want the animal intacted to use the hide and the meat. Real hunters don't destroy the animal by blasting it to bits.

Posted by: anonthistime | October 15, 2008 7:44 PM

The only thing that keeps this from being as funny as it could be . . . Diebold. ACORN has NOTHING on those Republican eleciton cheats. And if Palin is elected? It's time to rethink the Great Experiment.

Posted by: notbuyinganyofit | October 15, 2008 7:38 PM

I'm working on a porn of The Obama's. It's called "Barry & Michelle Do the Minds of Unpatriotic Easily Influenced Non Americans". It costars Madonna, Bruce, and the Dixie Chicks.

Posted by: mgoose326 | October 15, 2008 7:37 PM

Gee if someone dared to make a site mocking Obama, the Post would accuse them of racism.

On the other hand, if somebody makes a site mocking Palin, the Post promotes it.

Tell us again about hate, liberals. You guys sure seem full of hate to me.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 7:33 PM

This is news?

Give me a break. The Post just doesn't even care about looking objective any more.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 15, 2008 7:27 PM

Palin as vice president let alone the president is beyond the pale, she makes excuses for all her lies its either not her fault or we, the public doesn,t understand what we read about her...in other words we misunderstand the writing of any bad slant on her ethically or elsewise read her please:
http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/555236.html

Posted by: grdn_nell | October 15, 2008 7:27 PM

Don't miss the oil derricks behind the curtains where the White House lawn used to be; Sarah says "Where's Russia" as a Dinosaur lumbers by. Lol ... good job. Click on the first window twice and you hear what sounds like an angry mob ... Palin supporters?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wmAZUAMG8I

Posted by: Omyobama | October 15, 2008 7:23 PM

this is truly hysterical.... The more I watched it, the harder it made me laugh...

Posted by: RichardWright1 | October 15, 2008 7:21 PM

Why is there a link to this from the WaPo front page. Sure, it's humorous, but it simply reinforces the perception that the Post and the rest of the MSM are in the tank for BHO.

Posted by: dgloo | October 15, 2008 7:14 PM

silk pup skin?

sounds more like seal pup skin to me.

Posted by: dgloo | October 15, 2008 7:12 PM

The light switch turns out the lights, leaving only Palin's eyes glowing.

Posted by: Tokyoite | October 15, 2008 7:10 PM

What's missing is the Washington Post denegrading Obama or Biden.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 15, 2008 7:10 PM

Side Show Barbie really defies mockery, doesn't she? What could anyone possibly say to make this funnier?


"It seems like, and in our last rally too, and in other parts around this great Northwest, here in New Hampshire, ya just get it." Palin said
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1hN6DFQyDs
.

Sounds like the crowd did get it, too.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 15, 2008 7:05 PM

I'm scared of Palin.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 7:02 PM

Wait, don't answer that. I've read some of the comments here...

Posted by: psyberdawg | October 15, 2008 7:00 PM

Geez, thanks for all the spoilers, Mr. Vargas. Don't you think your readers are smart enough to click a mouse button?

Posted by: psyberdawg | October 15, 2008 6:59 PM

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