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In a presidential election year, there's no shortage of jabs being thrown by each party at the other's candidate. But what has become a trend in the last few years is people with no particular political affiliation using clips of a candidate's words to create viral videos.
Australian lawyer and fan of political satire, Hugh Atkin, used President Barack Obama's quote "You didn't build that" from a speech and edited several clips of Obama speaking at various events. The video, titled "U Didn't Build That by MC 'Bama," is set to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This." Even though the words from Obama's speech appear to have been taken out of context, the viral video has crossed party lines. So far, it has been viewed more than 345,000 times on YouTube.
When President Obama said "You didn't build that" in a speech he gave referring to business owners, it ignited a firestorm of controversy that his Republican opponents used against him. The new viral video, however, is getting laughs from both sides.
This is not Atkin's first venture into the world of political satire videos. In 2008, he had many other politically focused videos, and one of his recent standouts up until now has been the Mitt Romney video "Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (feat. Eminem)." The video focuses on former Massachusetts Gov. Romney's reputation for flip-flopping his stance on political issues. Set to the tune of rapper Eminem's song "The Real Slim Shady," that video has been viewed more than 4.4 million times since it was first uploaded in March of this year.
With the election year still in full swing, it would not be a surprise to see more viral videos from Atkin heading our way in the next few months.
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