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Jack Nicholson Becomes a Democratic Political Tool on YouTube (VIDEO)

A video featuring Nicholson's most famous acting moments supports Hillary, another unauthorized version tells another story. Are people having too much fun creating campaign videos for YouTube?

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(LOS ANGELES) - I admit I see it all with a bit of jealousy. From the perspective of a video producer, life has to be good when it allows time to slice up scenes from Jack Nicholson movies in order to create political endorsements.

At hand are a pair of YouTube videos generating huge viewership, utilizing Jack Nicholson as a spokesman. They endorse each of the political candidates for the Democratic ticket. Hillary's campaign got it all started with the official video which closes with Nicholson saying, "I approve of this message."

This video uses some of Nicholson's most famous lines to underscore the importance of electing Hillary.

But a retort came in the form of another video with similar content and a similar format, but this one doesn't make Hillary look so good. The Obama version takes less flattering lines of Nicholson's, and tells a different story about the First Lady turned Senator - turned Presidential hopeful.

It mostly has to do with who you like, and I believe we can only hope the endorsement from a Hollywood actor won't have too much impact. We tend to like them as politicians in this country.

I have had the fortune or misfortune if you will, of learning how people in other countries feel about Hollywood stars becoming world leaders and influential politicians. It isn't perhaps the idea of it that is bad, more like the frequency.

My biggest problem with the Hillary endorsement is the use of Nicholson from "A Few Good Men." The Marine Corps may be my alma mater but his character as portrayed in that movie addresses the dark side, I think many of us will see it that way, but maybe I am just being oversensitive.

At any rate, you can decide for yourself what you think, the videos are both posted below. The one endorsing Hillary Clinton comes first, courtesy of YouTube.


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$Two Dollars March 6, 2008 7:50 am (Pacific time)

Cody I saw one of those shows a few days go where they were interviewing different people in the street and the primary question: Can you name something that Obama has done while he's been in the senate or anywhere else? No one could provide even one noteworthy thing. I'm sure that in due time there will be a more cogent list of accomplishments that will become available. But the point I took from this was that people who back Obama do so more out of personality/charisma and nothing else of real substance. Every election I have observed over the years the candidates always talk about bringing "change", so nothing new here. In a national survey via Rasmussen and others, Americans were asked who they trusted with America's security? Well Obama came in last, and we are in a war, though for the last 6 1/2 years our government has kept us pretty safe. I am concerned about Obama's ability to maintain this standard. He needs to pick the right people to overlook our security and so far America does not think he can, he has a steep learning curve coming up before the election. Maybe he can do it, we'll see. Also he may not ever get the okay with the different veterans groups out there because of his domestic policies, not just his rather confusing foreign policies, so that may make for some acrimony if he is to become Commander in Chief. This will be a rather intense time coming up till next November.

Phil March 6, 2008 12:45 am (Pacific time)

I wonder if he used any YouTube promotion tools to get to be so popular / viewed... like Tube Toolbox ( for example - where YouTube users can gain exposure by automating Friend Requests / Messages and access all of the features easily on their YouTube account. It's free to download and try out, so I wouldn't doubt it if that's what happened. hmmmm

Cody March 5, 2008 8:47 pm (Pacific time)

Im sorry....the obama one is awesome....that is completely funny. The first one was the second...muhahaha...

James March 5, 2008 6:49 am (Pacific time)

Appears a tide change is underway. I imagine if Clinton wins Pennsylvania (or not), a do over in Florida and possibly Michigan will take place. I imagine the republicans are feeling better now that the long knifes will becoming out between Obama and Clinton. It will be getting ugly, I believe, but hopefully not.

Henry Ruark March 5, 2008 6:21 am (Pacific time)

To all: For me, this is simply another format for identity theft. If someone chose an Alexander Hamilton quote, then signed Thomas Jefferson's name it might be fairly parallel --except here the violation of principle is much mor malign and may be much more powerful, given the reach of the Internet. Then there's the complex complications of the area of "intellectual property", too. SOMEbody still OWNS the rights to these Nicholson performances and I suspect there will be some loud howls from Hollywood and other sources where that remains a very sore subject. DO believe in widespread and open dialog for all, in any and every area as well as in politics, but this one is far too reminiscent of early radio and tv uses by "Big Brothers" or "Supreme Head of State" in nations you will remember...

Anonymous March 5, 2008 1:10 am (Pacific time)

go figure, no shock to me. just another liberal looser!

James March 4, 2008 5:54 pm (Pacific time)

Obama has certainly been provided a smooth ride with the media so far. I wonder if that will change if he becomes the primary winner? A lot of disaffected Clinton voter's out there who may simply stay home or maybe take a better look at the alternative candidates. Pretty sure Obama will not get the majority of the veteran vote as per what I read earlier today. In fact I believe he will avoid meeting with any of the major veteran groups or rank and file police unions.

Tim King March 4, 2008 2:39 pm (Pacific time)

Come on WiseOne, Obama is on a roll like no candidate before him, this is just an inner look at the Democratic maneuvering. What I did was choose to include the video from the Obama camp instead of just the one supporting Hillary. One thing is certain, we will watch any and every politician's moves as we endeavor to serve all people here. Having said that, I think most of our stories easily betray our enthusiasm for Barack Obama.

WiseOne March 4, 2008 2:25 pm (Pacific time)

Looking forward on your next major story about how Obama has been a tool of Rove and the GOP from the very beginning of the campaign to hand the Presidency to McCain.

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