Monday, May 24, 2010

Obama-Ward Mashup Making the Rounds

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 12:37 PM

An election eve video matching up First Congressional District candidate Vaughn Ward's campaign launch speech with President Barack Obama's 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention could go viral, with a posting on this morning.

In the video, self-described Ivy League Tea Partier and Boise District 17 Senate candidate Lucas Baumbach plays video clips of both speeches revealing eerie similarities in an effort worthy of Daily Show shenanigans.

Obama proclaims: "We stand on the crossroads of history. We can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us."
Ward drones: "As we stand on the crossroads of history, I know we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that lay before us."'s Dustin Hurst first paired the two videos together last week, after a blog post by Idaho Statesman political reporter Dan Popkey pointed to the similarities on May 13.

Citydesk called Ward's new communication's manager, Larry Craig veteran Mike Tracy for comment, but Tracy did not know who wrote Ward's speech.

The Obama impersonation comes at the end of a 15 or so minute speech that Idahoreporter has also archived, during which Ward talks about his wife, Dirk Kempthorne, Tom Luna and lists off a long tally of Republican "I believe" statements before crescendoing with the crossroads trope. You can watch the second half of the video below (bonus points if you catch the United Nations reference).

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