Steven Spielberg’s “Obama” starring Daniel Day Lewis (spoof)

From the White House Correspondents Dinner last night, Steven Spielberg created a spoof video called “Obama,” based on his movie “Lincoln.”


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27 Responses to “Steven Spielberg’s “Obama” starring Daniel Day Lewis (spoof)”

  1. Ninong says:

    Oil would pay for the war; the oil money would be held in trust for the Iraqi people; the oil trust fund would allow the Iraqi people to fully reimburse use for their “liberation.” Simple, right?

    All those looters riding around with priceless vases in the trunks of their cars were just “celebrating freedom.” By the way, do you remember the only government building we protected from looting? The oil ministry building. The museums were left undefended. Even more absurd, the ammunition storage sites were left undefended as we rushed past them on our way to be greeted with flowers and sweets.

  2. Island In The Sky says:

    Har har har…yeah, easy to laugh as people are starving themselves to death in protest in Gitmo.

  3. Drew2u says:

    Have you heard anything about “The Monster of Monticello” series on at least a local NPR station? Other than talking about the ‘sordid past of Thomas Jefferson’ I have no idea what it’s supposed to be about.

  4. Sweetie says:

    Obama continues to show us what kind of humor he’s into with his predator drones “joke” and the choosing of Tracy “I’ll stab my gay son” Morgan as gaffe-prone Biden.

    It’s all very clever… It’s all just a joke, just like when Coulter suggested that Justice Stevens be poisoned and when Marky-Mark put out a guy’s eye.

    That 16-year old American kid is laughing all the way to “inducing people to join in on the debate” Greenspan’s bank.

  5. kurtsteinbach says:

    I remember Bush saying the oil would pay for the war. He also said that the oil would be held in trust for the Iraqi people. Huh? So which one is it was my question at the time. We’ll be greeted as liberators was B$ from the start. That worked real well back in the 80s when we helped the Mujahadin. I was screaming back in 2000 that this putz (Bush) was an idiot who didn’t even understand the Constitution, as did the Main Stream Media. Most of the country told the Main Stream Media Journalists to shut up, sit down, and stop badgering and harassing a Presidential candidate who couldn’t answer their questions. That was the last time that the mainstream media spoke up and defended themselves about being right. we, the people did that. We the people signed off on corporate takeover of Media outlets and the downsizing of journalism because we wanted everything cheaper. We the people, are a bunch of overspending consumers, not the government….

  6. kurtsteinbach says:

    You forgot that as of last year, he Bush and Donnie are also convicted War Criminals. They should be handed over for incarceration….

  7. kurtsteinbach says:

    Well, at least we were able to give them a democracy that functions as well as ours does…. LOL

  8. Bill_Perdue says:

    The Greens here in the US are moving left, but not fast enough to catch up with the radicalization, particularly among unions, workers and the union left.

  9. emjayay says:

    Of course it was conventional and somewhat predictable in execution. Also subtle and smart and charming. Obama is the president, not the bufoon in chief. That was his predecessor, who showed that side of himself quite clearly (not that he didn’t every day) in his infamous WHCD bit.

  10. Bill_Perdue says:

    Clinton is the classic liberal, and all liberal politicians are right wingers who differ from their Republican cousins only in their ability to lie.

    FDR, Truman, Stevenson, the Kennedy gang, LBJ, Humpty Dumpty, McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Clinton, Gore and Obama are all right centrists, pro-war, anti-union and racists. Liberals are for a liberal, “kinder, gentler” form of capitalism and that’s not going to happen. What reforms get passed are taken away – Medicare, Social Security, even the Bill of Rights. Liberalism is a dead end. There are no ways to reform capitalism and no reason to try.

    Democrats are Republicans in drag.

    Democrats used to fool more people but that time is over. “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.

  11. karmanot says:

    Cheney ‘retired’ from Halliburton with a generous package that was exponentially increased by 1.) designing a secret energy plan for the U.S. which benefited Halliburton and its contractual associates and 2.) started a trillion dollar war that benefited Halliburton and his retirement plan. It was all about the money. Cheney is a bloody war profiteer, a criminal and a traitor.

  12. BeccaM says:

    Don’t lump Bill Clinton in with liberals or liberalism. We haven’t had a voice in gov’t since the the 1960s.

  13. Zorba says:

    Ask everyone who has been in charge of this country for many, many years. Republcans or Democrats. This is why I vote Green Party, Bill.

  14. Bill_Perdue says:

    Republican Senator CHARLES HAGEL: “People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are. They talk about America’s national interest. What the hell do you think they’re talking about? We’re not there for figs.” (Speaking at Catholic University, Sept. 24, 2007)

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman ALAN GREENSPAN, in his book The Age of Turbulence; Adventures in a New World: “I’m saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: The Iraq war is largely about oil.”

    Democrat Senator JOHN TESTER: “We’re still fighting a war in Iraq and people who are honest about it will admit we’re there over oil.” (Associated Press, Sept. 24, 2007)

    General JOHN ABIZAID, retired commander, CENTCOM: “Of course it’s about oil, we can’t really deny that.” (Speaking at Stanford University, Oct. 13, 2007)

    In their pursuit of oil and resource hegemony US military commanders deliberately set sunni against shiite, and both against Kurds. It’s why the US armed both sunni police and shiite militia who’ve declared open season on GLBT folks. Scapegoat and divide and rule are the names of their game. Get them distracted fighting each other and killing gays and the oil piracy will be that much easier. That’s the common policy of the Bushes, the Clintons and Obama.

  15. karmanot says:

    I did manage a grimace, which was more than it deserved.

  16. BeccaM says:

    No, I’m sorry, I didn’t. It has nothing to do with any particular feelings I might have about Obama, I just thought the bit was predictable from the get-go and even the ear joke somewhat contrived.

    It made me smile and occasionally chuckle a little, but I didn’t have a ‘laugh out loud’ moment.

  17. Houndentenor says:

    You didn’t laugh out loud at the idea of Daniel Day Lewis playing Obama? (Although now that I think about it, he probably WOULD nail it.) Even better, Tracy Morgan as Joe Biden? Maybe not the best comedy bit ever, but for that self-satisfied pretentious crowd at WHCD? Not bad.

  18. Houndentenor says:

    If I might paraphrase all that: Oil.

  19. Ninong says:

    The whole point of Iraq, according to their own statements at the time, was to control their oil. They promised us that oil would drop to “$20/bbl” once they took over — “in weeks, not months.” We would be “greeted as liberators” with sweets and stuff. And anyone who said the war would “cost more than $60 billion, at most” was “wildly off the mark.”

    Oh, and it wouldn’t take “hundreds of thousands of men” like Gen. Eric Shinseki said. That’s why they kicked him out unceremoniously, with Rumsfeld even refusing to attend his going away ceremony. He named his replacement months in advance of Shinseki’s retirement date.

    Yes, as you can see, the war in Iraq worked out very well, which is why “W” and Cheney both say it was the “right thing to do” and they have no regrets.

  20. BeccaM says:

    Oh, I know.

    For Cheney, it was about the military-industrial complex (Halliburton) as well as a total disavowal of the governing philosophy behind the War Powers Act and a reassertion of the imperial presidency.

    For Rumsfeld and Powell, it was about using an overfunded military, so as to justify ever increasing defense budgets, and establishing permanent military bases in the Middle East.

    For guys like Addington, Yoo, and Bolton, it was a giant F.U. from America to the rest of the world, “F**k yeah, we’re gonna torture people. What’re the rest of you going to do about it? Nothing, right, we thought so.”

    And for Dubya, aka Der Shrubbenfuhrer, it was the Oedipus Syndrome, writ large in the form of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    It was never about WMDs, nor was it about ‘liberating’ the Iraqi people by bombing them to death and then occupying their country for nearly a decade.

  21. Zorba says:

    The whole point of Iraq? Ask Cheney, and the neo-conservatives.

  22. Stratplayer says:

    Well, I got a enough LOLs out of it to annoy my family because I have a great big, loud voice that’s even louder when I’m laughing. Out loud.

  23. BeccaM says:

    Off-topic: So the whole point of Iraq was what? If not WMDs (which did not exist), now they say it was to depose a dictator to foster stability and Iraqi freedoms?

    Iraqi authorities have suspended the licences of 10 satellite channels because of a rise in sectarian unrest.

    Al-Jazeera TV and Sharqiya are among the channels accused of “inciting violence”. A ban has been imposed on their operations across Iraq.

    More than 170 people have been killed in less than a week and PM Nouri Maliki has spoken of a “wave of sectarianism” in Iraq that began abroad.

    An army raid on a Sunni protest camp on Tuesday sparked widespread clashes.

  24. BeccaM says:

    Cute, but no LOLs for me.

  25. Sweetie says:

    I suppose Tracy Morgan is an improvement on predator drone jokes, because if you’re killing your own kids it shows greater personal responsibility.

  26. karmanot says:


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