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Barack the Merchandise

President-elect Barack Obama will not only go down in history as the first African-American president (we’re still beaming), but also for his progressive marketing (including the works of artist Shepard Fairey) and online initiatives that have proven that you can be creative AND effective. Mindblowing!

And while the rest of the world is applauding our progressive decision, at home we’re patting our own backs for making history — and making products! Because it wasn’t just the Barack camp the got creative — Americans are nothing if not opportunistic. Here’s just a few of the ways Obama fans show their um, love — from the beautiful to the downright bizarre. — Evan G

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Bonus: Barack Rolled = Tee Hee

This Internet phenomenon just keeps on rick-rolling. And we just keep on laughing.

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Star of the EMAs: Barack Obama!

No, sadly he wasn’t at the MTV Europe Music Awards cozying up with Grace Jones and Estelle. But President-elect Barack Obama proved to be the real star of the evening’s proceedings, featuring in a huge number of tributes …

  • At the beginning of the show Jared Leto got the crowd chanting in a “Congrats Barack” shout-out. (“Maybe Europe will love us again now,” quipped Katy Perry.)
  • Katy Perry‘s least-mad costume choice of the evening was a glittery yellow Barack shift dress. We’ll all be wearing them next season!
  • Estelle and Kanye West ended their less-than-exciting “American Boy” duet with a giant projection of the man himself on the video screens. It got the biggest cheer of their entire performance, natch.
  • Paul McCartney also namechecked Mr. Obama in his self-depracating acceptance speech.
  • And Solange Knowles tried to get in on the action by bigging up Obama while wearing a puffy striped top and glittery skirt. Yet she still managed to have the personality of a wet towel. Never mind.

— By Beck Howard (in London)

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Barack Wins! Share Thoughts!

Ladies and gentlemen, the fight for “real change” has a winner: Barack Obama. The senator has been voted in as the 44th president of the United States — and the first-ever African-American to hold the nation’s top position. It’s a historic day, a day that many black Americans thought they’d never see. And the campaign has been a long road, filled with passionate speeches, bruising rumors, ugly bipartisan politics, and many SNL parodies. Obama’s path to the presidency inspired many, of all ages, race, and economic backgrounds. (Pics below).

But with the U.S. in the throes of two wars and an economic meltdown that has no end in sight, Barack has his work cut out for him. Will he make a good Chief Executive? Share your thoughts on President Obama.

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Tina Fey Does It Again

Tina Fey reprised her role as Sarah Palin in yet another dead-on Saturday Night Live parody. This time, SNL guest Queen Latifah joined a sketch of the VP debate as debate moderator Gwen Ifill. Joe Biden, played by Jason Sudeikis, said that John McCain was “bad at his job” and “mentally unstable” and a “dear, dear friend.” He also debunked the notion that’s he’s a “Washington insider” by proclaiming that’s he’s from Scranton, Pennsylvania — “the worse place on earth” filled with “sad and desperate people with no ambition.”

Palin, who changed the moderator’s topics to suit her pre-prepared talking points and evoked Ronald Reagan‘s name for the sake of evoking Ronald Reagan’s name, had at least three devastatingly funny one-liners, including …

  • On fixing the economy: “We would ask what would a maverick do in this situation, and, then, you know, we’ll do that.”
  • On the cause of global warming: We don’t know if it’s man-mad or just “a natural part of The End Of Days.”
  • On her health care policy: “I’m going to ignore that question and instead talk about Israel. There’s a special place for Israel in heaven. And I know some people are going to say I’m only saying that to pander to voters in Florida. But from a very young age, my two greatest loves were always Jews and cuban food.”

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2008 Presidential Election: The Ultimate Quiz

Think you know Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin? Think again! Test your political (and pop culture) savvy against others by answering all 26 questions — and checking your score at the end. This quiz ain’t easy. So good luck.

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Barack Obama Gains Two Big Supporters

Saaphyri, of VH1′s Charm School and Flavor of Love, used her assets to campaign for her presidential pick at the Fox Reality Channel “Really Awards” last night in Hollywood. She was in good company, surrounded by fellow VH1 faves Daisy De La Hoya, Jeff Conaway, Hottie, Real, Heather Chadwell, and Danny Bonaduce. See more photos below of reality stars at the only show that awards people for fighting and swapping bodily fluids on national television.

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Barack Made Oprah Cry Her ‘Eyelashes Off’

Oprah Winfrey was in awe last night while watching Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama‘s inspirational speech in Denver. “Just seeing [Barack] on stage, I cried my eyelashes off,” she tells Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve never experienced anything like this. I think that what he had to offer the country tonight will make us all better.” The daytime TV giant was very emotional as she added: “It changed my life. I feel like I’m going to do better and work harder.” Oprah has been singing Obama’s praises since before he decided to run for the nomination. You know you’re touching the nation’s hearts and minds when you get Oprah to do self-described “ugly cry” in public. [Photo: AFP]

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Obama Wins Hearts of Hollywood, McCain Gathers Cracksquad

While we’re not suggesting our readers cast their votes in November based on celebrity endorsements, we feel it’s worthwhile to highlight the teams building on both sides. Among the A-listers, music legends and social activists that count themselves as (outspoken) supporters of Senator Barack Obama: Oprah Winfrey, will.i.am., Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Alicia Keys, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson — to name a few.

Senator John McCain‘s Tinseltown fan club seems much less proud of their candidate (we had trouble finding ANY photos of celebs donning McCain gear), and includes The Nanny, The Terminator, Rambo, the goth girl from The Breakfast Club, Doyle of Bio-Dome, and Hills antagonist Heidi Montag.

Sounds like six more reasons we will not be attending the Republican National Convention next week. See photos of the loud and proud Obama followers below:

[Photo at top: MGM Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Pacific Coast News]

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For Obama, Jennifer Hudson Will Sing At The DNC

Despite not even winning the third season of American Idol, Jennifer Hudson has become one of the show’s most famous alumnus, winning both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her work in Dreamgirls. Now she can add another honor to her resume — The Democratic National Convention. Barack Obama asked for Hudson specifically when it came time to choose a singer to deliver the National Anthem the night he accepts his party’s nomination for the presidency.

Hudson, a Chicago native, is a supporter of the Illinois senator, and will appear on Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 75,000 in Colorado, not to mention the millions of viewers watching the convention at home. She won’t be the only celeb in attendance at the convention though, E! reports that Denver has been seeing it’s share of stars at the convention, including George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron and Obama’s #1 Super Fan, Oprah Winfrey. [Photo: Getty Images]

After the jump, watch John Legend‘s DNC performance.

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Obama Picks Biden, McCain Attacks

Barack Obama announced in a text message sent out to his supporters this morning that he’s chosen Joe Biden, who ran against him in the Democratic primaries, as his running mate. A senator from Delaware, which has a mere three electoral votes (there’s 538 total), Biden doesn’t bring a significant state to the Obama camp, although he is popular in his native Pennsylvania, a swing state that Obama lost to Hillary Clinton. Political experts say that Biden’s real value lies in his depth of experience: As a six-term senator and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he might alleviate concerns that the relatively young Obama “isn’t ready to lead.”

John McCain‘s camp wasted no time in attacking Obama’s decision by releasing the following ad (we have to admit, it’s clever):

What’s not included in McCain’s ad is the slip of Biden’s tongue that sparked controversy last February. He is the politician that referred to Obama as “clean” and “articulate” while observing that he’s “African-American” — a remark that is racist at worse and bone-headed and insensitive at best. He later apologized and clarified his statement by saying that he meant Obama was “fresh” and “new” and the “most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced [in a long time].”