The Clinton/Obama Non-Handshake Mega-Scandal
January 29, 2008
The full story behind last night's Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama Handshakegate. Absolutely shocking.
Posted by jsmooth995 at January 29, 2008 10:19 AM
hahaa... Perfect! If the presidential elections devolve into some sick twisted version of Big Brother, I think it's a sign there is something seriously wrong with the country.
As for George, I think he's been a clipshow since season 1 of his term.
Posted by: Vergel E at January 29, 2008 10:37 AM
spot on...i'm from Europe, but same shit happens over here. nobody is discussing actual policy or serious issues, instead we all focus on the tiny trivialities because that's something we can all relate to (as said by random TV exec). a handy side-effect for some people is of course the oblivion of regular Joe to the severe political crises we've been experiencing for 8 years straight.
you see, the news has become reality tv as well, placing the "man bites dog"-news over hard facts, and because of this awful development it took the leaders of my country 6 months to form a government after the elections and they're still not there yet. (interim-leadership till Eastern)
IMHO, needless to say
Posted by: Rubski at January 29, 2008 10:46 AM
In Uganda and across Africa, politicians do not even bother to address or debate the issues, so the press does not bother to discuss the issues. It is almost always about who has more money and who can draw more crowds, and whose crowds can make the most noise...wait, are you guys taking cues from us now? Or have we always been taking cues from you? I'm confused. I might join you in Turkey.
Do they give better cues?
Posted by: Paschal at January 29, 2008 11:14 AM
LOL. Thanks for the update on handshakegate. I wouldn't be caught up on all this stuff if it weren't for you.
Posted by: Liz at January 29, 2008 11:38 AM
You're right as always! True words!
Peace from Stockholm
Posted by: E at January 29, 2008 11:40 AM
How true the words you speak.
Posted by: Suki Fuller at January 29, 2008 11:54 AM
hahah yeah and it's only gonna get worse. Let the Kabuki begin. Ready the Swift Boats! The Stupid Season is upon us.
So frickin' boring, ain't it?
Let's see how Obama can keep bringing the focus of the media back to issues. Hope he and his team are up to it, cuz it's definitely gonna get sillier and uglier.
Posted by: Viajero at January 29, 2008 12:35 PM
Great video, Jay! Sums up the bullshit corresponding perfectly!
Posted by: Nick at January 29, 2008 12:53 PM
great piece. blows up one singular issue and uses it to illustrate a much larger issue in political bullshit.
Posted by: henry at January 29, 2008 2:07 PM
yo man I love it. Thank you for saying what we're all thinking when the mainstream media starts acting like its the "junior prom" as you so eloquently put it.
I like it when you speak from the heart, man. Dont try to be funny or witty. You do it naturally. Just talk, man. I'm listening.
Posted by: Ally at January 29, 2008 2:12 PM
I'm really beginning to hate "-gate" used as a suffix for any political event, even if it is used jokingly. I think we all know the effects of a 24-hour news cycle and how they have to create stories that are less about signal and more about noise because that's what will keep the majority of people interested as well as keep the news fresh.
You could've just used Obama's explanation and said, "Was he trying to shun her? No, he was talking to another Senator at the time, or so he claims, and he already said he waved to her going into the Senate chamber. Would it matter anyway even if he didn't? No." End of video. No hysterics--or ultimatums about moving to Turkey--needed. :)
Posted by: Tony at January 29, 2008 2:17 PM
J, great video. the opening was nearly an exact reaction to my own last night. But, at least it's less than a year to go. Gotta love W. for being the fool that he is. I kept hoping he'd refer to his posse on the right side as "The DogPound" ala Arsenio. But, I was disappointed.
Wasn't even aware that the "handshake" was an issue. I mean, who the hell cares. Hill and Bill are beating up on Obama so bad, can't blame him, if he did dogg her out.
You ever gonna tell us who you're voting for? Oh, and welcome back!
Posted by: Mike at January 29, 2008 2:52 PM
Tony: Obama hadn't given an explanation yet when I made the video.. and if you look around at the reaction to this story, especially from a lot of Clinton supporters (did you look at the comment section on the page I linked?), you'll find that your understanding of the news cycle is far from universally shared. Also the version of the video that you suggest wouldn't work because it would be boring and nobody would watch it or link to it. :)
Posted by: Jay Smooth at January 29, 2008 3:43 PM
You're right with all the points you make and I did read the comments you linked to in the article. Personally, I am amused and interested to see what small gestures or actions have a ripple effect in politics and sometimes sway elections. See: Kerry's windsurfing photo, Al Gore being "boring" and claiming to have invented the Internet, or the debate between Kennedy and Nixon where Nixon's five o' clock shadow made him seem devious compared to the fresh-faced Kennedy. Radio listeners thought Nixon won the debate whereas people watching the televised version thought his performance was abysmal.
I just think this is the latest example in our history of personality-driven politics. It's more than fair to be frustrated by it, but it is fascinating to see what small actions spark the emotions of voters. You just have to hope at the end of the day they push it aside and vote with their brain, and yes, sometimes their heart.
P.S. The smiley was used to try and soften the perception that I was trying to be an asshole. I realize now smileys amplify the asshole meter. *cough* Sorry.
Posted by: Tony at January 29, 2008 6:17 PM
Turkey might not be such a great fit for your free thinking and politically independent vlog skills. So consider this your official invitation to defect to Canada.
Our weather isn't the greatest, but our politics are far less side-showy than the two and a half year long primaries y'all got goin' on down there.
We got lots to offer you. Come check us out, and we dig people with your flavour in our media. Check out The Hour on cbc.ca with George Strombolopolous. Sometimes you guys remind me a lot of each other...
Why can't people figure out that people that run against each other in elections are set up to be combative? It's like castaways that are shocked that they get voted out on Survivor...
It's how the game is played...
Keep rockin' it out, and make my doctrine ill.
Posted by: Paulska at January 29, 2008 6:55 PM
did u realize how stupid the U.S. looks with a crackhead like george bush for a president? U broke ass no health care having rednecks(oh that include u dump black uncle toms)MF's let's see if u all r going to the smart thing and give Mr.Obama Barack a chance. Boy i am sure proud to be a Canadian!!!
Posted by: usickmonkey at January 29, 2008 7:55 PM
haha, great video! i like the new haircut too
Posted by: marynificent at January 29, 2008 9:38 PM
wow.. im speechless i remember seeing something similar here in Canada.. lemme know when your moving to Turkey..il be on the same plane
Posted by: Alex at January 29, 2008 9:43 PM
i'm a big fan of bleeping out just the vowels in curse words.
after all, there is no "you" in f*ck.
Posted by: christine at January 29, 2008 9:58 PM
found a link to your latest video from another blog and spent some time scrolling down - I'm not much of a hip-hop fan, but so far I like your take on life, politics, and mocking people who desperately deserve it. You made me laugh and think at the same time, and you found the words for some things I felt but couldn't articulate. I'll be back.
Posted by: BeardyMan at January 29, 2008 11:06 PM
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Posted by: websince1982 at January 30, 2008 12:38 AM
Have fun in Istanbul Jay. I'll come through and holla in a while. I can't leave yet. I just love a train wreck. This election is so close in some ways, just about everybody seem to have lost their minds. I can't get enough of watching both the "lefties" and the "righties" tear each other apart:
"You should be for women!"
"No, YOU should be for black people!"
"You should be for Jesus!"
"No, YOU should be for that paper!"
That MLK quote that you dropped on us (about god, and breaking the backbone of US power on the world stage) was prophetic in a VERY scary way. I had never heard that one before. Good looking out. Thanks Man!
Posted by: ColbyCheese at January 30, 2008 2:15 AM
Posted by: shani-o at January 30, 2008 3:13 PM
Keep on rock'n J-Smooth!! Really liking the more frequent videos posting--all the quality and none of the wait.
Posted by: Nathan Ketsdever at January 31, 2008 4:11 AM
Hey, what's with Turkey bashing :)
I'm from Turkey and Istanbul is an awesome city.
Posted by: m-o at January 31, 2008 1:24 PM
Very few people mature past the Jr. High/High School level thus Hillary refusing to be in Vogue for fear of seeming too feminine but the act of her shedding tears (or trying/starting/leaking) is thought to have endeared her to voters who thought she was a robot. Those people need to check out what David Levy has to say about the future of human-robot relationships here: http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/index.jhtml?ml_video=147893 then see if her being a droid is really all the important.
Hopefully I'll be in Japan next year. The policies this administration has put through is gonna mess this place up for a very long time. Taihen da! (Japanese = What a mess!)
Posted by: CanelaNYC at January 31, 2008 6:21 PM
I don't know if it is reassuring or disheartening to that it is not just America that has reduced the political process to a soap opera or episode of Saved by the Bell. Keep'em coming Jay the posts always seem to be the right subject at the right time.
Posted by: seminole404 at January 31, 2008 10:28 PM
Great vid, Smooth. I think it's a combination of two old, tired ideas: 1) ignorance about the importance of what the election means and 2) the feeling that "one vote" doesn't count.
Any who's been at least relatively sober for the past 7 years (*I raise my hand with cautious-optimism*) should realize of the fallacy of these ideas by now! I'll admit, that as someone born during Watergate, raised under Reagan, class of '92, survived the Clinton years, I completely understand the excuses. The whole Republican-Democrat, Liberal-Conservative dichotomy doesn't seem to make much sense when you're desperately searching for someone with integrity. For crying-out-loud, I voted for Nadar! But the Bush-Cheney years have rendered these excuses completely invalid.
I feel like Bill Murray at the end of Scrooged! "I see! I understand now!" And I do. We've been given the Francis-Xavier-Cross treatment. It's time we step up... like Bill Murray.
Posted by: crjacobsen at February 2, 2008 4:47 AM
curious smooth - what'd u think of that whole rhymefest/lupe political beef?
i personally was really embarrassed for lupe and his ignorace of the stances and policies of the two candidates (obama and hilary)...
for being a "conscious" artist lupe really seemed misinformed... really scared me considering he is supposed to be an informed artist.....
Posted by: c-mons at February 3, 2008 11:15 PM
Great blog, bro! Just a general shout out to you after discovering your blog last year. I really enjoy your thoughts and views; telling my friends about'ya! Keep your eye on the prize!
Posted by: kbj57 at February 6, 2008 1:57 AM
ehy Jay. well said... and funny too. i am fan now . d
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