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One Term More': Is This The Worst Pro-Obama Video Yet?


"Emboldened by Star-Spangled myth, We want a JEDI…NOT a SITH!!!"

When even a writer for Mother Jones can't help but think your attempt at pro-Obama propaganda is problematic, you know you've done something wrong. Such is the case with makers of "One Term More," an Obama-themed parody of "One Day More," the famously dramatic Act I finale of the iconic Broadway Musical "Les Miserables."

But don't let the term "parody" fool you. The only humor you will find in this video is purely unintentional. The entire thing is so painfully earnest in its tone-deafness that Nick Baumann, the aforementioned Mother Jones writer, felt the need to send out this Tweet:

Oh, is it ever. The actual video is not embeddable, and perhaps that's for the best, considering its view count probably shouldn't be inflated. However, all you need to know can probably be gleaned from the lyrics to this "parody."

One Term More!

A time to celebrate democracy,

Repeal Republican hypocrisy.

This man who would unseat Barack's

A bleak choice at the ballot box.

One Term More!

A G.O.P. perdition-bound,

All sense of right & wrong eroded.

One Term More!

With laws that let 'em stand their ground,

Republicans are locked & loaded.

Contraception's now a sin,

Screwing G.M. in the clutch.

Incivility's a virtue,

Homophobic. Out of touch.

Filibusters. Budget scrums.

Ultrasounds & speculums.

To the Dark Side they've succumbed.

Soon Election Day will dawn,

We were meant to hold this seat!

At the ballot box of freedom,

Unemployment's in retreat!

Now the battle lines are drawn,

And Detroit's back on its feet!

Will you take your place with me!

The time is NOW the vote is NEAR!

One Term More!

One more day to re-election,

And until the music stops,

We will fight to save the jobs of

Teachers, firemen & cops!

One Term More!

One more day to resolution,

We'll defeat those fetid nuts,

We are fed up with pernicious

Talk of prostitutes & sluts!

Watch 'em throwing up,

Minting malcontent,

Drinkin' all that tea's

Made them incontinent!

Dissembling persists,

Divisiveness prevails,

Calling colleagues Communists

Is OFF the rails!

Listen to them spew,

"Femi-Nazi" rage,

Misogynistic rants

From the Jurassic Age!

To Obama's second inning,

He'll drive home another run!

Norma Rae let sisters sing,

Rosa Parks let freedom ring!

For Obama's just beginning,

Yes! The West Wing WILL be won!

AND we'll get the Dream Act DONE!

My place is here, I vote with you!

One Term More!

Emboldened by Star-Spangled myth,

We want a JEDI…NOT a SITH!!!

Petty partisan obstruction's

Why we've gridlock on the Hill!

One Term More!

Healthcare is a right,

Medicare's a must,

Don't let rogue Republicans

Betray that trust!

Speaking of betrayal,

Bullied by his peers,

Tackled to the ground,

Screams turned into tears.

Hunting down the queer,

Cutting off his hair,

SPIKED the ball, yet… "Can't

Recall" if he was there??? 

It's his character we question!

Mom, apple pie & Chevrolet,

Don't let 'em down Election Day!

That's when we will determine

What our God in Heaven has in store!




Now, aside from the terrible rhymes, numerous factual inaccuracies and complete shallowness, one thing bears noting about this little exercise in pro-Obama songifying. That is, it is almost entirely negative. There is barely a single reference to Obama's own record, or what he's accomplished in his first term, or why he deserves "one more term." Rather, the whole thing is a rant against the Tea Party and the GOP-led Congress. This stands in stark contrast to a similar video that came out in 2008 and exemplified the hopeful attitude of the Obama campaign, while using precisely the same song from Les Miserables to make its point:

The contrast should be clear. The 2008 video is hopeful, optimistic and has a sense of humor about its own silliness, while still making (vague) political points, but without collapsing under the weight of its own portentousness. The 2012 version is shrill, angry, humorless and completely incapable of self-awareness. You can make the allegorical connection to the Obama campaign yourself.

(H/t Twitchy)

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