Colin Delany December 6, 2007

Barack Obama + Bollywood + Video Editing Software = Genius

Friday Fun comes a day early this week, with a terrific video mashup courtesy of the CamPain2008 YouTube channel. Excellent work! It doesn’t tell us much about the political world, but that does nothing to detract from a standalone piece of genius.

Well, let me take back what I just wrote, because this video DOES tell us something significant about the political world: that it’s no longer an isolated part of our discourse, standing apart from the other endeavors with which we distract or enlighten ourselves. Politics is a part of pop culture, so a guy like Barack Obama can become a pop culture icon. Of course, you’ve got to have the right je nais se quois je ne sais quoi — can you imagine a similar piece featuring Chris Dodd or Tom Tancredo? Sure, but only with a healthy dose of irony. Via How The World Works.

Update: Jo Lee with Green Machine PR writes in to say:

A friend told me that the song is called “Chori Chori Gori Se” and it’s a love song. So, I guess it’s a take off on the Obama Girl video.


A friend found a Chori Chori video with English subtitles. This song has a
lot of versions, remixes etc. It’s also in an english movie called the

I guess Obama’s hotness transcends national boundaries 😉




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  2. Helen

    je nais se quois
    that should be: je ne sais quoi

    Close! but no Freedom Fries for you
    Cute video – thanks for sharing it.

  3. cpd

    Dammit, I just lost ANOTHER spelling bee.

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  5. Jo Lee

    Hi Colin:

    Thanks for referencing me above but the true source for this intel is Seth Kaufman at Barnes and Noble and Julie Holabird at GraceNote. Viva ’08!

  6. Kirsten

    I just saw this post. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. Thanks!

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