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Let Me Be Clear

In honor of their “Person of the Year”, TIME Mag created this supercut of Obama’s catch phrase, “let me make this clear.” Obama & Clinton’s simple approach to ‘splaining things have definitely worked in the Democrats favor this year.

But TIME wasn’t the first to get to this point. Here, the AP puts this soundbite into more context.

What do you think? A red flag signaling a tweetable one-liner to come or just rhetoric?


3 Presidents, 3 Speeches

Last night I watched Obama’s address to the community of Newtown with tears in my eyes. It was a truly moving speech and I could tell that he wrote it himself, without relying on Whitehouse staff. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama speeches in the wake of school shootings past and present are edited together to form a moving and telling remix that highlights the effects of gun violence and the role that leadership plays in taking responsibility to help end it. The source materials include presidential addresses immediately following the Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook shootings. The three speeches have been edited together here to illustrate the endless cycle of violence we are trapped in. How do you feel about this remix?


Romney Remixed

My remix friend Diran Lyons created this remix in September, 2012.

Then yesterday, I’m listening to a co-worker live-stream the Obama rally in Ohio and I hear Jay-Z anounce,

“I changed this one up, I have to do it, I’m sorry. I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one. I didn’t get clearance from the Secret Service so if they come tackle me y’all save me. I didn’t get that vetted, so let’s do that real fast before they come snatch me off this stage.”

Life imitates art. And I kinda liked art better.

Finally, if you’ve got 99 problems but Mitt isn’t one, than who is he?