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June 13, 2008 5:40 PM   Subscribe

Everybody Dance Now
posted by Xurando (62 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
GOB: Everybody dance NOW!
posted by Navelgazer at 5:49 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


OMFG I think I need a private moment - I've got the vapors. **swoon**
posted by tristeza at 5:54 PM on June 13, 2008


Was Mcain....sort of....goosesteping?
posted by vrakatar at 6:06 PM on June 13, 2008


Oh, PS, my comment was about Obama, I didn't even scroll down to the others because I had to, uh, go change my underwear. Good lord I want to bone that dude.
posted by tristeza at 6:08 PM on June 13, 2008 [4 favorites]


Thankfully I was downing Tennessee whiskey with domestic beer.
posted by Mblue at 6:13 PM on June 13, 2008


It's incredible how good these are as snapshots of their personalities.
posted by phrontist at 6:28 PM on June 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


Obama loosened up a bit after a while but still ... yeah, academic.

Clinton was actually endearing in all her tightassedness. I liked her a lot more when she was being gawky and real this year.
posted by maudlin at 6:29 PM on June 13, 2008


It is more important than ever now that we elect Obama.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 6:40 PM on June 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Also, how fucking rude is it of Bush to budge in on the hand-drummer like that? I don't give a shit if he's the President.

I'd be all, "Shit... dammit... sure, just point the beat at him and hope he can keep a rhythm... smile for the cameras... think of a way to tell the folks back home that we're not getting any rain this year after all..."
posted by Navelgazer at 6:48 PM on June 13, 2008 [8 favorites]


Hopefully, he will create a cabinet level department of funk.
posted by vrakatar at 6:49 PM on June 13, 2008 [13 favorites]


Navelgazer: haaaaaaaaa
posted by phrontist at 6:54 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm glad it wasn't just me in my white, suburban, never-even-danced-in-HS-or-college cluelessness that thought Obama had shmooov moooooves.
posted by DU at 6:56 PM on June 13, 2008


I've always wondered at the entirely rythmless folk like GW, can they not hear the music at all?
posted by signal at 7:02 PM on June 13, 2008


Seeing Senator O and Ellen on that stage being so playful and free just made me feel really good, dammit.
I feel very American, for this minute or two.
Unashamed.
And I voted for Senator Clinton!
posted by Dizzy at 7:06 PM on June 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Well he is only half black.
posted by Big_B at 7:39 PM on June 13, 2008 [6 favorites]


Hopefully, he will create a cabinet level department of funk.

Magic Basement pretty much ties it all together for us: Chocolate City. 'Coz I love ya, CC.
posted by Kinbote at 7:41 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


God damn. Hillary Clinton is such a fake. It makes me cringe with embarrassment for her.
posted by tkchrist at 7:45 PM on June 13, 2008


Barack Obama, Ellen, and Beyonce: now that's a dream ticket.
posted by mdonley at 7:51 PM on June 13, 2008


Forgot to mention: Rev. Ike ≠ Ike Turner, and here's the original Parliament track for those not familiar with it.
posted by Kinbote at 7:53 PM on June 13, 2008


Now that I've recovered from my Obama lust attack.....you know what I liked best about that video? He was HOLDING BACK. Motherfucker can bust a MOVE, but didn't, for propriety's sake or something, and it makes me tremble to think how he'd get his groove on were he not The Nominee. Holy fuck, he'd rip it UP, you KNOW IT.
posted by tristeza at 7:55 PM on June 13, 2008 [8 favorites]


I've always wondered at the entirely rhythmless folk like GW, can they not hear the music at all?

There was this video I saw ages and ages ago of Ronald and Nancy Reagan at some, I don't know what event, anyway there was a marching band or some such thing and everyone was clapping along with the music and Ronald was totally, utterly unable to clap in time with everyone else. He kept staring at Nancy's hands trying to figure it out and she kept trying to coach him along but he just could not for the life of him keep the beat. He looked like a palsy victim.

I really wish I remembered where I saw that clip. It's one of those images that just sticks in your brain forever. I'm sure it's on youtube somewhere.

And I bet that djembe player died a little inside when GW started whacking on his drum uninvited.
posted by ook at 7:55 PM on June 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


i cannot prove this with science, but even having completely refused to watch the bush dancing video i knew in my soul that it would include cloddish stupid bullying behavior. and per Navelgazer it looks like i was right. of course guessing that bush would pull a dick move doesn't make me a soothsayer or sage - to quote obama, "it's a low bar."
posted by facetious at 8:02 PM on June 13, 2008


Bush reminds me of Steve Martin's character from The Jerk.
posted by jedicus at 8:05 PM on June 13, 2008 [5 favorites]


Has anyone else noticed that Obama doesn't look at all Irish?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:06 PM on June 13, 2008 [5 favorites]


Hopefully, he will create a cabinet level department of funk.
posted by vrakatar at 7:49 PM on June 13


Heh, we won't have a Clinton in the Whitehouse, but we can have a Clinton in the cabinet: George Clinton, and his staff of P-Funk allstars!!!!!!
posted by Eekacat at 8:10 PM on June 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


You forgot Poland Condi.
posted by emelenjr at 8:14 PM on June 13, 2008


Shortly after the first time I saw that video of Bush, I had a nightmare that it was me up there in his place, and while I was trying to fight against it and knew it was wrong, my body moved itself and I felt myself make those same moves. My stomach hurts even remembering it.

2004 was the first presidential election I got to vote in, and I was so hopeful that the country would come to its senses. My stomach felt that same way then too. Good grief am I hoping we'll stop this jerk-ass dancing this time around.

And yeah, Navelgazer, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw this post as well.
posted by Nathaniel W at 8:28 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great link: It includes an mp3 of Malcolm McClaren's Double Dutch!
posted by humannaire at 8:29 PM on June 13, 2008


God damn. Hillary Clinton is such a fake. It makes me cringe with embarrassment for her.

Really? I thought that little swaying thing she did was about the most honest thing I've ever seen her do. It was almost cute.
posted by Caduceus at 8:41 PM on June 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Barack Obama = The Funkmaster In Chief!
posted by kldickson at 8:54 PM on June 13, 2008


I kind of love Barack more after seeing this. It's so obvious he was just dying, holding his funk back like that.
posted by chococat at 9:01 PM on June 13, 2008


I've always wondered at the entirely rhythmless folk like GW, can they not hear the music at all?

Uptight white people can hear just fine - it's our souls that are deaf.
posted by Ryvar at 9:02 PM on June 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


His Saxohone moment
posted by Fupped Duck at 9:03 PM on June 13, 2008


I know most of you are too young to have seen this, but while Jimmy Carter was President, he had Dizzy Gillespie over for a concert on the south lawn, and performed "Salt Peanuts" with him. Now THAT is cool.
posted by Eekacat at 9:49 PM on June 13, 2008


Obligatory
posted by Burhanistan at 9:56 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Unheeded.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 10:07 PM on June 13, 2008


You know why McCain is pushing so hard for the town hall meetings, doncha? Because once he busts his signature move in front of a crowd, Obama is going to look like Elaine at an office party.
posted by maryh at 10:14 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I believe in among speakers of Wolof, high-ranking men cultivate a clumsy inability to articulate, and employ professionals to speak on their behalf. This disdain for talking demonstrates their status. Likewise, in our society, powerful men do not dance or betray any feeling for rhythm. That is the job of their social inferiors, whom they may graciously deign to admire or occasionally even pay.

This is the origin of the stiff white honky. In their dark past, Celts and Teutons and Slavs danced fearful dances deep in the forest and sang. David danced his triumph in the streets. But their descendants who aspire to power clench their buttocks, constrain their hips and leave movement to others, in the same way that they disdain many other manifestations of fun and enjoyment. Ruling is serious business.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 10:37 PM on June 13, 2008 [6 favorites]


PS: can't help but think that the Lincoln-Obama comparisons are helped by a long-leggety frame in a sober black suit.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 10:40 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


One Nation, Under Groove!
posted by phrontist at 10:50 PM on June 13, 2008


Humannaire: at first I thought your link would be this, also apropos. Sweet!
posted by rkent at 11:41 PM on June 13, 2008


the bush video is so racist
posted by dminor at 12:10 AM on June 14, 2008


Of for the love of all that is holy, CAN WE JUST PUT BARACK IN THE DAMNED WHITE HOUSE ALREADY!?? We all know this election is a pretense. It's a joke. I bet he even knows how to play a fucking saxophone. Enough already. I got a bird in the oven. Let's just skip the next six months of bullshit and put him in the damned oval office. I've had enough of this horse shit.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:17 AM on June 14, 2008 [4 favorites]


tristeza
I'm a dead ringer for Obama, and boy can I bust some moves, got that pelvis action going on sweetheart.
EIP.
I jest.
posted by dawson at 12:36 AM on June 14, 2008


Both Obama and Hillary wanted to dance but were holding back. Obama's dance hinted at technical experience, Hillary's hinted at personality. A complete inverse of the primaries.
posted by painquale at 12:44 AM on June 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Also obligatory.
posted by teraflop at 6:36 AM on June 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Of for the love of all that is holy, CAN WE JUST PUT BARACK IN THE DAMNED WHITE HOUSE ALREADY!?? We all know this election is a pretense. It's a joke. I bet he even knows how to play a fucking saxophone. Enough already. I got a bird in the oven. Let's just skip the next six months of bullshit and put him in the damned oval office. I've had enough of this horse shit.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:17 PM on June 14 [+] [!]


This is going to be a hard fought campaign and McCain might well win. Painquale makes a very perspicuous point though, as usual. But Hillary seemed to be restraining the real person that we would probably all like a lot more than the over-spun candidate, yet Baz was holding back because he didn't want to show off. (I know; the primaries are over. It's interesting anyway).
posted by GeckoDundee at 7:16 AM on June 14, 2008


It makes me happy to know that, for all my country's problems and flaws, she is still a nation where the black man who is in all probability going to be the next President can dance with an out-of-the-closet lesbian on her nationally broadcast daytime talk show. Viva America.
posted by EarBucket at 7:29 AM on June 14, 2008 [15 favorites]


Unheeded.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 1:07 AM on June 14 [+] [!]


CEILINGCAT SAYS UR DOIN IT RONG
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:04 AM on June 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Clinton's got a very pretty profile from that angle, I'm surprised they didn't push that more.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:04 AM on June 14, 2008


Was Clinton drinking a Presidente?

OH THE IRONY
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:20 AM on June 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yes, she was drinking a Presidente. I wish Hillary would finish her vacation already, the campaign is kind of boring without her.
posted by citron at 10:34 AM on June 14, 2008


HRC reminds me of Tip O'Neil. I hope she just remains an iconic and influential senator. And does more public drinking.
posted by dawson at 2:39 PM on June 14, 2008


Earbucket, that's a really damn good point. Thanks for that.
posted by ook at 3:48 PM on June 14, 2008


@StickyCarpet

As a Canadian who's been forced to witness the US elections Clockwork Orange style, I must say I didn't realize Clinton was pretty until that video, and on the other hand, Obama looked less pretty than his pictures. Very odd.
posted by Phalene at 5:17 PM on June 14, 2008


Phalene--
Very true.
But our Hillary ain't no Belinda Stronach--- cuuuute as a button!
posted by Dizzy at 6:41 PM on June 14, 2008


I sat here trying to come up with a parliament funkadelic/barack obama joke for like ten minutes.
Nothing.
It's been a long day.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 6:45 PM on June 14, 2008


Obama's foreign policy: Gonna drop a funk bomb on ya!
posted by darkstar at 6:50 PM on June 14, 2008


Metafilter : Obama's Department of Funk
posted by liza at 9:06 PM on June 14, 2008


Funky hip gyrations or terrorist 'fuck you, daytime-TV-watching women' groin thrusts?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:54 AM on June 15, 2008


Haha that should help everyone decide who to vote for to lead the US
posted by Mikimi at 10:50 PM on June 15, 2008


watching Obama dance was awesome. Thanks. :)
posted by nihraguk at 8:44 AM on June 17, 2008


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