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Barack Obama on Letterman

Lighten Up: Pop Culture Takes Over Presidential Race

It might just be the new populism. Being hip with the pop culture tastes of the American voter is the new litmus test for readiness to lead.

In the past few months, all three candidates have body-slammed their way into the WWE, John McCain proved he not only knows The Hills exists but accepted an endorsement from Heidi, Hillary's been on Tyra's show, and George Bush threatened to send Jessica Simpson to the Democratic Convention to confuse the enemy.

Barack Obama was the latest entrant into the "Bill Clinton on Arsenio" Hall of Fame when he surprised Letterman's Top Ten list last night. He uttered those two famous names (see #10) that apparently every candidate must to be taken at all seriously in this race. To check out his appearance,


Is couch surfing the lineup of talk shows, savvy strategy? Are the candidates being exceptionally wily by going to the voters in their preferred forms of entertainment, or is it a sign that this race has gone on way too long? Do you have a favorite politics-meets-pop incident? How long until Barack gets a cameo on A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila? Do you wish they'd just stay serious?


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Fab84 Fab84 8 years
I love it!
wifflebatt wifflebatt 8 years
I love Obama hes doing GREAT things.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
He can bowl..and shoot thats my kind of president!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I might have to start using "baracky" as a adverb for being intellegent and witty. "Well, you are being very baracky today!" Wadda ya think? ;)
BalooB BalooB 9 years
I love him! I want Obama!
IslandGirl IslandGirl 9 years
lol that was great! Best line was..."in high school I was consistently voted Barackiest"! hahaha
Tres-Chic-NY Tres-Chic-NY 9 years
Very nice
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Gotta love it!
awteena awteena 9 years
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Love it.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I love seeing the politicians lighten up. I think we need more of it.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I love that picture of him Bowling. If your not from PGH then you don't understand the history that Arsenal lanes has here. Him going there was such a huge political move because it meant that he knew this city better then anyone else here campaigning. Him eating breakfast at Delucas in the strip district was the same thing. The only thing Hilary did was march in the St. Patrick's day parade. Blah!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
There's no difference between Obama bowling and politicians appearing at a country fair back in the 19th century. And I'm sorry, but there's really no way to look masculine while bowling for anyone. That's why I street luge, chicks are all over me.
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