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Turns out they elected Demi and Ashton


 

I pledge to keep my last meal down, although this video doesn’t make that job easy:

We spent the weekend in Washington DC, playing tourist, and I can report that the Obama presidency’s first week was exciting even to some people who aren’t insufferably twee. But they didn’t make it into the video.


 

Turns out they elected Demi and Ashton

  1. Hollyweird’s back, baby!

    That was just awful. “I pledge to be a servant to my President?”

  2. It;s pretty bad, but is it the worst ever? Any one remember ” Let Poland be Poland”? Reagan i believe.

    • Actually i have a theory that shmaltz such as this ended the cold war. Faced with the truly terrifying possibility of hollywood turning its talents to similiarly themed dog and pony shows, ” Let Latvia Live, and Embrace Estonia spring to mind, Gorbachov pulling out the remains of his hair,and beseeched the remaining members of the Warsaw pact, to get out while sanity and time still remained.

  3. Antony Keidis may have technically committed treason in his first appearance. Where is this land of funkadelica and why is it trying to turn America’s citizen’s against it?

  4. That video took me to a dark, scary place . . . and now I can’t crawl out.

  5. I thought Obama just banned torture? Can he sue for infringement of political ideals or something?

    • Hear hear. No testimony of mine will ever be admissible in court again.

  6. An egregious example of creepy leftist politics. I think that is what Justin Trudeau means when he said that Obama touches his soul. Justin would have fit right in in that video.

    Why do I say that this is an egregious example of creepy leftist politics? I say that because the left expects too much from its government, politcs is a panacea for them. And the results of this approach is invariably always a mess.

    • As opposed to results which are invariably sometimes a mess, or variably always a mess.

      Sometimes its hard to choose between the Twee and the illiterate.

    • This has nothing to do with anyone’s politics. It’s simply treacly, overblown, theatrics from people who crave the spotlight.

      There doesn’t exist a meaningful divide between left and right anymore. Now, it’s just the reality-based and the rest.

  7. Oh my.

    It could have just been shmultzy if they cut out about 6 or so clips, but instead they left them in and it’s now creepy.

    So much for having breakfast.

  8. How about the celeb world pledge to think a minute prior to doing the stupid and embarassing things they do.

  9. I watched Oprah (yuk) last week – this woman is obsessed with Obama, hyped it all up on her show, showed this video………..shorty memory Oprah. You had Bill Clinton on last year at the beginning of the primaries where he was explaining his “initiative” – make a pledge on his website to do something and he had folks with him who really are doing good things.

    Oprah, I think, is hurting Obama. She’s trying to make a saviour of him.

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed – but has he done anything original? Copying – hmmm….let’s see, Lincoln, FDR, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy and now Clinton’s initiatives (done much more classy than this pathetic celebrity garbage)………so, someone tell me what is original or new with his plans, etc. other than he’s black?

  10. Those hollywood types are sure something to behold. Most of those things they are ‘pledging’, normal/ average people do everyday but for some reason the glitterati think they are exceptional and need to make a clip of themselves saying I pledge to say ‘thank you’ or somesuch.

  11. “I pledge to be a servant to my President”
    has a whiff of Fuehrerprinzip to it.

  12. It’s so nice when politicians condescend to their opponents’ visions of them.

    I propose that, if he is re-elected, Stephen Harper should put a video on Youtube with corporate fatcats smoking huge cigars over a backdrop of belching smokestacks saying “I pledge to serve my Prime Minster.”

  13. I seem to remember Americans pledging to do better after they got over their heartbreak and shock of 9/11.

    I do especially remember Oprah spending weeks with programs focused on the generous, worldly New Spirit of America.

    They didn’t change, nor will they now. But this clip of dubious American talent is really idiotic. Quit promoting yourselves and just do something, you B-grade actors and used-to-be-cool musicians.

    But good luck to Obama. I do wish him well in a tough time.

  14. That was as cringe-worthy as a the Jessie-addicted-to-caffeine-pills episode of Saved by the Bell. “I’m so excited!”

    • “I’m so scared!”

      • LB, your response made my night.

  15. Wow. What a bunch of cynics we are!

    Okay, lets leave aside the questionable celebrities. (I think it would have been better with REAL people, but then I don’t follow actors as if they were something. But obviously, with the number of televised award shows for singers and actors, I am a minority.)

    Now just imagine if even half of the people who voted for President Obama bought into this concept. It really would change the world. Imagine, instead of worrying about how to get the latest iTunes or Blackberry, everyday people worried about how best to serve their community, country and world.

    Why blame the people in this video for trying? Why is trying a bad thing?

    • I’m sorry, but I just keep thinking how much the ad agency that created this made, and how much ad time they bought from broadcasters, and how excited the “celebrities” who appear in it were about the public relations.

      You may believe that hearing a celebrity is doing something to help the world (ie appearing in an ad) will be a positive catalyst for the average person watching it at home on TV. But I’m a cynic and I don’t believe it for a moment.

      Imagine if even half the celebrities who appear in the ad got off their overpaid tanned and buff butts and actually did something. Oh, just imagine.

      Really the ad cheapens everything Obama claims to stand for.

      • I’d be a bit surprised if they bought ad time. Viral video doesn’t need broadcast networks to go, well, viral any more.

        • “Viral” being the mot juste in this case.

    • “Now just imagine if even half of the people who voted for President Obama bought into this concept. It really would change the world. Imagine, instead of worrying about how to get the latest iTunes or Blackberry, everyday people worried about how best to serve their community, country and world.”

      Because the point is that “think globally, act locally” is an utterly failed concept. It is doomed to fail because:

      1. Relying on people’s goodwill to generate public goods is prone to free-riding, particularly by people who want the credit for being do-gooders, without solving the problems. The best solutions are the ones that are in people’s self-interests, because you can always rely on people to be selfish assholes.

      2. America (and the world) faces STRUCTURAL problems:
      On the environment:
      reducing C02 emissions in America does little, if China (and others) continue to pollute – there is a global collective action problem that retains considerable traction. Individuals cannot solve that problem.
      On the stimulus:
      The short term problem is that individuals are not being selfish and spendthrift enough, which is why businesses are shuttering. The US government is spending trillions on what may be make-work programs (hopefully they aren’t), but the point is that if there is a time when volunteers are NOT needed, it is now.
      On the financial crisis:
      The housing crisis did not emerge from a lack of team spirit from upper middle class college students (the main source of my Obamanausea). It was from Cletus in the podunks who never read their mortgage contracts, and semi-private lenders spurred on by bad regulation (eg. Fannie and Freddie, housing laws) and bad DEregulation (eg. Gramm’s legalization of derivative trading). The financial crisis originated in the activities of a small minority of Americans not the majority, and has had the traction is has because the financial system is a broken bubble-making machine.
      On financial affairs:
      The world hates America in part because of some of the language of the last administration, but at the end of the day, America’s interests as a declining hegemon are in DIRECT conflict with the rising powers of India and China, who would like greater control over global institutions. Nice talk, backed up with a new rendition of “we are the world” is not going to change those fundamental realities.

      3. If there is any lesson to be learned of the last administration, it should be that cynicism and questioning the president are a GOOD thing. When reporters didn’t ask questions about Iraq, about disaster readiness, etc. the country got stampeded into a lousy war, and hurricane Katrina.

      I think Obama is not a bad guy. My main problem are his godawful supporters. Trying isn’t a bad thing. The problem is when your plan relies essentially on magic.

      • “1. Relying on people’s goodwill to generate public goods is prone to free-riding, particularly by people who want the credit for being do-gooders, without solving the problems. The best solutions are the ones that are in people’s self-interests, because you can always rely on people to be selfish assholes.”
        Agreed. And what is the number one thing everybody wants? What everybody else has, of course! So, instead of competing for who has the best video game system, flat panel TV, cell phone, et al, people can compete for who spends the most hours in charitable pursuits, who reduces their carbon footprint the largest, who can live on less, etc. It is already something of a trend, this kind of thing just hopes to take it to the next level. Even Paris Hilton, for chrissakes, realizes shallowness is no longer the ‘in’ thing.
        2. Just as Europe is guilting us into improving our act, so too will North America guilt China and India . . . eventually. Hey, it has to start somewhere.
        “The US government is spending trillions on what may be make-work programs (hopefully they aren’t), but the point is that if there is a time when volunteers are NOT needed, it is now.” That’s a load of crap, and I think you know it. The government is NOT paying people to work in food banks, become Big Brothers, or man homeless shelters. The government is NOT sending additional taxpaid teams to foreign places to build schools, dig wells, or dispense medicine.
        On the financial crisis, my only argument with your points is that Cletus looked at the smart financial wizards who TOLD him he could afford it. Cletus is not so stupid that he can’t listen to advice from the experts, so did as they advised.
        China and India may well have hated American foreign policy. They were hardly alone in that regard. But I think China and India realize full well that they don’t do well economically without the rich Americans buying up all the junk. It is very much in China and India’s best interests to have America become well again, so the spoiled rich kids can go back to their shallow consuming ways, and help make China and India prosperous.

        3. Totally bang on about questioning government. But this is different than sharing a vision of what the country could be doing and where it could be going. Most definitely, look closely at the laws and procedures put into place, to ensure that they reflect said vision. Don’t throw out the vision because someone in government promoted it.

        • I think what is actually creepy is the fact that pledging servitude to your leader is straight out of the middle ages. Democracy is supposed to be about the leaders serving the people, not the other way around. These celebs want to take us back in time. Or into a cult.

          Servitude?

          They are essentially handing over their definition of morality from themselves to Obama. That kind of thing never ends well. We all need to think for ourselves. And we don’t need a new president to do that.

  16. Like it or not, celebrities are influential, especially to younger people who are looking for role models to emulate. And like it or not, they often look outside of their parents for people to emulate.

    So, I’d far rather have my kids emulating a celebrity who made a promise to turn the lights off and volunteer time for some charitable organization emulating one who gets blasted at bars and steals a Hummer for a joy-ride.

    Perhaps I’m odd that way.

    • Kids model the behaviour of adults and don’t generally respond to what they’re simply saying (and especially don’t respond to preaching). Some of these celebrities lead lives I wouldn’t consider all that worth emulating.

      I’m a liberal but I’ve been saying for a long time: with few exceptions, I don’t need/want to hear what celebrities have to say about anything other than performing. And to be perfectly honest, a lot of these people were pretty quiet during the Bush years, out of fear of being of Dixie-Chick’ed, I imagine.

      • I do agree that celebrities have influence. But David Arquette?

  17. Who knows what Harpo is backwards!

  18. Trust the Yanks to find a way to outdo us again. CBC2, your 49-songs-on-the-Canadiana-Ipod just got out-cringed.

    I haven’t had any cookies today. Too bad, ‘cuz there’s this incredible urge to toss some coming on…

  19. If famous people said something like “I pledge to be a servant to my president” while Bush was in power, then we’d have a thousand more “What’s the matter with Kansas” books complaining how the Republicans try to impose their personal values into their political leaders.

    These celebs fail to see the hypocrasy.

    When Republicans are in power, there is no place for morality in politics. Secularism rules. When democrats are in power, it’s time to turn the presidency into a cult of personal servitude and morality.

  20. I’d just like someone to follow up and see if Eva Longoria actually does end up planting 500 trees. Methinks it has about the same chances as PMSH publishing his hockey book.

    And I completely agree that Oprah is bordering on super creepy. Did anyone else hear some sort of rumour that she’s moving to DC so she can be closer to Obama, or am I dreaming that up?

    At the end of the day, however, I’m just sad that E and Lloyd from “Entourage” ended up participating in that 4-minute barf fest.

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