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A new challenge for Obama fans

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 14th 2008 9:02AM
obama capitalFile this under the category of do-it-yourself politics. In this YouTube.com era, it was only a matter of time before it happened. MoveOn.org has joined forces with Oscar-winners Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Oliver Stone, multiple Grammy-winner John Legend and author Naomi Wolf to a TV ad contest for Barack Obama. The contest is called "Obama in 30 Seconds," in which Barack supporters are being asked -- challenged -- to come up with half-minute videos that focus on what it is about the Senator from Illinois that inspires them. The winning entry will be shown on national television.

If you're interested -- or know someone who is -- the ads must be submitted to the Obama in 30 Seconds website. The videos have to be submitted between March 27th and April 1st. Beginning April 4th, 3.2 million MoveOn members and the public will have a chance to vote on which ads advance to the finals.

On April 10th, the finalists will be announced. A slew of celebrity judges have been formed to chose the winner. The panel of "experts" include Affleck, Damon, Legend, Stone, actor/director Steve Buscemi, Entourage star Adrian Grenier, civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, entrepreneur Russell Simmons, musician Eddie Vedder, and a few other biggies.

On April 17th, the winning ad, and ad-maker, will be announced. MoveOn Political Action will purchase air time on national TV to air the ad, and the winning ad-maker will receive $20,000 in video equipment -- presumably to make more videos.

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Karen

This sums it up and is the basis for a good commercial.

QUOTE: So now their last, best hope is an inexperienced dreamer who wants to tax the crap out of everyone who works hard to pay for bloated programs that reward the lazy.

That is the truth and these people who think they are following a rock star need to grasp what a Obama presidency would be. Aaaack!

March 15 2008 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

Joey isn't being bad, he's just expressing his opinion which is a good thing. He happens to be completely wrong, as usual, but I wouldn't expect anything less from some California liberal weirdo.

Inability to comprehend simple math is one of "their" biggest problems. I'm far, far from wealthy, but the tax cuts have helped my family immensely. The problem the math-challenged socialists have is they want to punish the rich for the simple reason that they're rich. Individuality and opportunity for advancement/wealth building is anathema to them.

Like all failed socialists before them, they want us all to be equal. I'm not talking about equality in the sense of fair treatment or equal opportunity to become successful. They want us all to have the same things, believe the same things and so on. Punish the evil rich! They're only rich because they're evil and they're evil because they're rich. How dare they succeed at the American dream when there are people sitting on the sofa wanting some of that money?!! You can't expect them to actually *try* and work for it can you? Of course not, you're an evil conservative that believes in hard work and individuality.

So now their last, best hope is an inexperienced dreamer who wants to tax the crap out of everyone who works hard to pay for bloated programs that reward the lazy.

March 14 2008 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bsgfan2003

Franklin!!!!! Joey is being bad again.

March 14 2008 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Wow, love the wide-eyed pessimism. Obama has a fair amount of experience, but not in the traditional Washington environment, which is certainly a plus for most people. Clinton has very little additional experience, and no more concrete plans for the future, and McCain is a joke, doesn't know what he believes in or how he is going to resolve any of the many problems that this country is going to deal with repairing Bush's mess.

Nobody is saying you can't mention the color of his skin. But I think most reasonable people are not too happy with actual racist comments. Rezko is a non-issue. Obama didn't make the best decision buying the plot of land from him, but there is absolutely no evidence that the fair-market purchase ever effected any of Obama's decisions. Obama is a millionaire, I guess, but so is Clinton. I guess McCain isn't, but his monetary policies would benefit the upper class just as disproportionally as Bush's. Obama has talked about what he will do in office just as much as Hillary, and both Democrats have talked about it far more than McCain.

Wow, so the concept of a politician inspiring citizens is so foreign to some people that they compare it to a reality TV show. That really is sad.

Obama lacks any substance? How so?

And how the fuck has Obama acted like a corrupt Chicago Democrat? Do you people even fact check for five seconds before you spout off?

March 14 2008 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

You know what would be better? 30 second videos that detail precisely what the man has ever done. Aside from act like a corrupt Chicago Democrat, that is.

Instead we get more of this hopeyful changitude nonsense that means absolutely nothing.

March 14 2008 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

This article is the best laugh I've had all day. Lacking any substance, the Obama campaign has gone for style.

I went to this great restaurant and the chef's cooking really inspired me...maybe I'll write him in on the ballot for prez if inspiration is all it takes to be commander in chief.

March 14 2008 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Wait until my Obama videos come out.

March 14 2008 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

Wow, just wow.
I'm sure that the Obama faithful will rally around a chance to be on TV. But I can't imagine anyone else seeing this commercial and being impressed. I mean come on, talking about how Obama "inspires" you. Please, that's just....cheesy.

This is an election for the highest office in the world. Not a reality TV show.

March 14 2008 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bsgfan2003

Obama inspires me to vote for John McCain.

March 14 2008 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
No1Dad

I have a feeling it's the Republicans that will have the most fun making their own "Obama In 30 Seconds" videos. :P

March 14 2008 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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