PALIN BY COMPARISON
From Tina Fey’s spot-on SNL send-up to the all-too-real interview series with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin provided a wealth of worthy clicks this year. But perhaps the most telling snippet was one that featured no video at all, only audio. Speaking at a campaign stop in North Carolina, Palin made her infamous “real America” speech, in which she praised those in attendance for being from the “pro-America” parts of the country, the places where you find “those who are running our factories, and teaching our kids, and growing our food and fighting our wars for us.” Because everyone in the rest of America just sits around and burns flags.
Find it at… www.wikio.com/video/530896
BARACK THE VOTE
Whether you think it represents the transformative hope Obama injected into the campaign or the hollow, personality-driven slickness of his image, there’s no denying the “Yes We Can” music video—featuring excerpts from Obama’s speeches interspersed with appearances by famous people like Scarlett Johansson and will.i.am—sums up much of the President-elect’s appeal. Obama wound up crossing the finish line on economic issues, but what put him in the race was the enthusiasm of young and minority supporters, many of whom got involved in the process for the first time. Call him a celebrity if you want, but you’d better also call him Mr. President.
Find it at… www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY
ECONOMY OF WORDS
When people are losing their jobs and homes and the country is teetering on the brink of full-blown economic depression, it’s difficult to find sources of humor that cut without mortally wounding. Enter The Onion, America’s Finest (satirical) News Source. Their track record for taking otherwise dismal events and mining them for belly laughs is almost perfect, and the economic crisis proved no exception. There were many wonderfully wicked headlines to choose from, but here’s our favorite: “Housing Crisis Vindicates Guy Who Still Lives With Parents.”
Find it at… www.theonion.com
THE BEST MEDICINE
OK, enough politics and money. Let’s end on a mushy note, shall we? This one’s pretty simple: just 1 minute and 22 seconds of a baby sitting on the floor giggling hysterically as he rips up bits of newspaper. Sounds unimpressive, perhaps, but trust us, it’s worth watching, especially on those days when the world feels a little too heavy. Or you know what? Don’t trust us—trust the nearly 21 million views the video has gotten on YouTube as of this writing. So go ahead Mr. Cynical Pants, click away—we dare you not to smile.
Find it at… www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXm696UbKY