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Obama's Most-Viewed Video as President? It's a Table-Slapper

By Garance Franke-Ruta
The Internet loves a spectacle. The latest proof of that comes in an analysis by's Micah Sifry, which finds one notable exception to a "dramatic decline in views of videos on Obama's YouTube channel" since he became president.

What is this exception? Sifry describes it as Obama's "most unscripted moment in the White House."

He's talking, of course, of the president's "swatting of a large fly during a CNBC interview three months ago. ... Versions of the clip have amassed more than 4 million views. And for good reason: it's funny, and it reveals a side of Obama -- a natty Ninja flyswatter -- that people can both laugh at and identify with."

It also helps that the fly incident has been remixed with a Ninja-movie style voiceover by Barely Political -- the same team that brought the viral Web hit "I Got a Crush on Obama" video -- and has been posted on YouTube by multiple users. It's even been reimagined in a cartoon from the perspective of the fly.

The rest of the traffic to Obama's YouTube channel is primarily coming to view older videos, rather than the "newer material his team has been posting to engage the public in current issues," says Sifry.

He concludes, "The internet is a great place for certain kinds of political content, and not for others. Scripted speeches and planned soundbites don't get forwarded around very much online."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  September 21, 2009; 4:51 PM ET
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The metaphor of the premeditated fly-swat gives comfort to those who question Obama's public proclivity toward compromise.

This is a man with a mission. He's set his goals and he knows innately the right time to mount his offensive. He possesses the patience required of calculation. He will strike -- but he will not flail, or attack prematurely. He will seize the moment -- when the moment is right.

And those who mistake his measured application of force for cowardice may end up like the fly, surprised, stunned and defeated.



Access to health care doesn't help untold thousands of unjustly targeted Americans recover from the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the Obama administration -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various electronic modalities.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism.

But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

By its naivete -- its unquestioning rubber-stamp approval of the deployment of these destructive technologies and programs -- the Obama administration risks presiding over the destruction of democracy, the rule of law, and personal liberty.

The bureaucratic saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves behind these multi-agency crimes against humanity and the Constitution must be removed from power, immediately, before this silent genocide claims more victims -- endangering the Obama presidency while making a mockery of the rule of law.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 22, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if you're limiting this category to unmixed videos or even videos posted to the President's YouTube channel, but the 13 second Obama/Kanye remix has been available for roughly nine days and has 3,674,551 views. At this rate, it will quickly surpass the fly swatting moment.

Posted by: katemonster | September 22, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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