Music Videos Promote Presidential Candidates
They're not ads. They're not even paid for by the candidates. Instead, the supporters of GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, and Democratic candidate Barack Obama, have created music videos. The two productions are different artistically and musically.
Mike Huckabee's video, posted on the candidate's campaign blog, is called High Hopes. The song is a parody of the song High Hopes written in 1959. The tune has as long history of being used in movies and politics. It was featured in the movie A Hole in the Head and won an Academy Award for Best Original song in 1959. Former President John F. Kennedy's campaign rewrote the song for his 1960 run for the presidency. Frank Sinatra sang that version.
The creator of the video, YouTube user WarrenPiece1, has several videos on his channel in support of Huckabee. The song is sung by Anne Johnston-Brown.
This upbeat, cheery, country-style version talks about Huckabee's record as a conservative candidate. Here's a look at a few of the lines: "Who's the real conservative here? Who makes people stand up and cheer? Arkansas knows that Mike makes deficits disappear. 'Cause he's got hiiigh hopes. He's got hiiiigh hopes. He's got Walker Texas Ranger by his side with hope. Come on vote for Huckabee, he's the one we need."
Obama's video, called Yes, We Can, is based on a speech by the candidate and was created by wil.i.am of the rap group Black Eyed Peas. During the R&B-style tune wil.i.am sings -- with help from fellow musicians and celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and more -- along with a recording of Obama delivering the speech.
-- Emily Freifeld
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