Video: Obama’s campaign movie gets the “Mystery Science Theater” treatment

posted at 8:11 pm on April 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Jim Treacher, this is actually more “Pop-Up Video” than MST but Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle are game in the Tom Servo and Crow roles, respectively. Carve out eight minutes and then forward it to any fencesitters you know. It’s an engaging, easily digestible way to counter Team Hopenchange’s myth-making about his first term with facts that the average voter might not otherwise spend time on. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.


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Mystery Science Theater

I haven’t seen that in years. Is it still on?

jaime on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

were they making wisecracks? i gave up

tlynch001 on April 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

No the show ended some time ago. The creators now run http://www.rifftrax.com/ where they make fun of modern movies.

Love MST3K.

makattak on April 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Klavan and Whittle are two of the best minds in conservative punditry right now. Read or see any of their serious stuff that you find; gems all.

Mojave Mark on April 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

adored that show, it was pure genius. Wild Rebels for ever!

rob verdi on April 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Btw,REMEMBER HOW YOU FELT,through 2008,2009,2010,and how
Obama was calling Rightys,all kinds of names….remember
how p*ssed you were becoming,to the point,that some threads
were threatened to be shut-down,becuase of ammo and gun talk,
then came the Revolution/ReBellion Speak……

……REMEMBER…..(NOVEMBER)!!!!!

Jus say`n!!

canopfor on April 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Too long. Need to take the part at 1:51 and reformat it for a 15 second spot and just hammer it home. He promised to cut the deficit in half and he skyrocketed the deficit to unprecedented levels instead. Don’t compare him to Bush. Don’t compare him to Reagan. Compare him to Clinton and let the Donks squirm.

Browncoatone on April 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I appreciate the effort, but it would probably be better if I watched “Manos: The Hands of Fate” in an endless loop.

Or “Mitchell.”

Myron Falwell on April 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

And the envelope please,

For Outstanding ScapeGoatys that Obama will use,
are…..

Republicans drove the car into the ditch

Republicans put a NeverEnding DoorStoppers in my Way

Its Congress’s Fault

The Tea Party Held America Hostage

The Tea Party is on a Hari-Kari Mission to take out America

Its Wall Streets Fault

I InHereted this Mess

The list is into infinity~ !!

canopfor on April 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

This was great. Makes me really miss Mystery Science Theater 3000.

redridinghood on April 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Mystery Science Theater
I haven’t seen that in years. Is it still on?
jaime on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I used to live in the original broadcast area and watched it back then, rarely watched it on cable.

whatcat on April 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Or “Mitchell.”

Myron Falwell on April 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

One of their best.

They now do a traveling show called Cinematic Titanic. And it is awesome!

tom daschle concerned on April 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Video: Obama’s campaign movie gets the “Mystery Science Theater” treatment

 
Racist.

rogerb on April 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Good tape!…Now I’m sick! Thanks

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Great video. I love both Klavan and Whittle, and I never miss their vids.

I only wish there were more jokes/commentary and less of the pop-up stuff, informative though it were.

MadisonConservative on April 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

That does it. Zap Rowsdower needs to be the VP nominee.

forest on April 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Tom Hanks does not have a big stick.

Curtiss on April 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Should of had Jon Lovitz doing commentary as well. Fitting that Hanks is best known voicing a puppet in ‘Toy Story’ and now is Obama’s puppet.

BHO Jonestown on April 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

My particular favorite:

Obama faced the hard decisions:

Pebble Beach or Augusta National
Martha’s Vineyard or Hawaii.

That an administration can get the MST treatment by their own propaganda should make everybody vote for Romney.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Counting down until it’s banned from Youtube. 5, 4, 3….

Snake307 on April 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

$4 trillion for a bag of popcorn? WTF?

predator on April 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Last line was the best…

I hope there’s not a sequel

Tim_CA on April 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Last line was the best…

I hope there’s not a sequel
Tim_CA on April 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Beat me to it.

talkingpoints on April 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Tom Hanks was so intoxicated from the Obama Kool Aid I could smell his breath from my computer screen.

redridinghood on April 27, 2012 at 9:26 PM

This presidency is like having a flaming can of fuel thrown in your face. Someone may douse the flames but you’re going to spend the rest of your life trying to recover from the damage.

scalleywag on April 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I love MST3K. There’s a ton of their stuff on Netflix streaming (with both Joel & Mike). Unfortunately, I think they’re all libs–at least I’m pretty sure Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu are based on their Facebook profiles. They also used to crack on republicans all the time, but at least that hit the dims occasionally. Still, I’ll overlook it because they entertain me.

ReaganWasRight on April 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I love MST3K. There’s a ton of their stuff on Netflix streaming (with both Joel & Mike). Unfortunately, I think they’re all libs–at least I’m pretty sure Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu are based on their Facebook profiles. They also used to crack on republicans all the time, but at least that hit the dims occasionally. Still, I’ll overlook it because they entertain me.

ReaganWasRight on April 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM


They’re Minnesotans and Wisconsinites. By default, they end up saying and doing things that are often lefty, but they aren’t, and certainly haven’t aged into it. For the most part, they’re apolitical – at least in their humor.

Jokes about the right are low-hanging fruit, much like how South Park pretty much avoids them, so did MST3K.

With Rifftrax, one can listen to their gradual changes as they’ve gotten older. They’re still hip, but they have kids and bills to pay. Heck, the same crew had bills to pay back when MST3K was on – something that put them a lot further to the right than most folks in the media-entertainment complex.

Folks from the upper midwest are conservative traditionalists by default who experiment with stupid ideas. For example, Madison. Those grand ideas often almost work simply because a stupid city (Madison, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Minneapolis) is surrounded by a state of more bucolic origin and mindset, which can provide funding for their master plans.

On a rather disturbing note, watching a KTMA episode the other day online from the late 1980s, Joel made a joke about Joe Biden. Very disturbing to think that someone who has been a joke for over two decades is in the White House, more disturbing that the Ruling Class elites never go away – they get into government and they NEVER GO AWAY.

CPL 310 on April 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

This is where he invented the fist bump.

Now, not only will he have won the Nobel Prize, he’ll be inducted into the NBA/NFL/NCAA/NHL/????
“HALL OF FRICKIN FAME!”

dats my Preezy!

OkieDoc on April 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

7:55 – 45 QUADRILLION????

Is there even that much money in the whole freakin’ WORLD???

I hope that’s a typo, just like “male employess”. :P

(And I was a HUGE MST fan back in the day. DEEEEEP HURTIIIIING!)

TMOverbeck on April 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Sorry, I couldn’t last three minutes. Well intentioned, but not enough mockery of Pope Jugears.

Rowsdower!!

SagebrushPuppet on April 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Where’s the little robots??!! I thought they would be in it.

Tom Hanks, I liked better as Buffy.

fullogas on April 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

That does it. Zap Rowsdower needs to be the VP nominee.

forest on April 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Romney/Rowsdower 2012. I LOVE it.

Myron Falwell on April 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I love MST3K. There’s a ton of their stuff on Netflix streaming (with both Joel & Mike). Unfortunately, I think they’re all libs–at least I’m pretty sure Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu are based on their Facebook profiles. They also used to crack on republicans all the time, but at least that hit the dims occasionally. Still, I’ll overlook it because they entertain me.

ReaganWasRight on April 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

For the most part, almost all of MST3K was as apolitical as you could get. Partly because, as Comedy Central reran the show consistently throughout the early 90s, the comedy HAD to be evergreen.

That type of comedy continued mostly throughout the duration of its’ lifespan on SciFi, where reruns lasted four years after that network cancelled it.

One of the funniest parts of the “Final Sacrifice” episode (which introduced Zap Rowsdower to the world) is that Canadians were totally unable to see the series; no network bothered to get the rights for the show. So the stars of the movie never knew of the infamy they inherited from the MST3K screening until it was released on DVD.

Myron Falwell on April 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Team Hopenchange’s myth-making

Funny… :)

Lourdes on April 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I love MST3K. There’s a ton of their stuff on Netflix streaming (with both Joel & Mike). Unfortunately, I think they’re all libs–at least I’m pretty sure Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu are based on their Facebook profiles. They also used to crack on republicans all the time, but at least that hit the dims occasionally. Still, I’ll overlook it because they entertain me.

ReaganWasRight on April 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

FWIW, Michael J. Nelson, who was MST’s head writer for all of its run and the host for the second half of its run, has said in interviews that he’s a conservative Republican, and rather strongly so. Others, such as Kevin Murphy and Frank Conniff, are liberal. But they’ve all agreed that they tried to keep the show as apolitical as possible, if for no other reason than to avoid dating it.

Shump on April 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM

This presidency is like having a flaming can of fuel thrown in your face. Someone may douse the flames but you’re going to spend the rest of your life trying to recover from the damage.

scalleywag on April 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Well said…

Lourdes on April 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM

FWIW, Michael J. Nelson, who was MST’s head writer for all of its run and the host for the second half of its run, has said in interviews that he’s a conservative Republican, and rather strongly so. Others, such as Kevin Murphy and Frank Conniff, are liberal. But they’ve all agreed that they tried to keep the show as apolitical as possible, if for no other reason than to avoid dating it.

Shump on April 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM

That’s interesting. Do you have a link to this? I’m not doubting you–I’d just really be interested in reading it.

Maybe I just paid too much attention to the few political jokes they cracked. For instance, I remember in Deadly Mantis and MST3K The Movie (and maybe in Monster A Go-Go if I recall correctly) they cracked almost the same joke. They all had scenes showing a jet flying and Tom would remark, “John Sununu goes for a haircut.” In hindsight this really wasn’t that political and Sununu deserved it.

ReaganWasRight on April 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

I love me some MST3k and started watching it during the Comedy Channel (before Comedy Central) (Joel’s era). I kind of got bored when Tv’s Frank left and somewhat abandoned it when Pearl and Brain Guy inherited. I love to catch the old ones on Netflix…especially the Gamera ones (Gamera is really neat…he is made of turtle meat – or some such thing)…and who could forget Pod People?

HawaiiLwyr on April 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Now the Liar-in-Chief has to appoint Tom Hanks to lie for him. Which I’m sure Hanks relished.

Christian Conservative on April 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Mystery Science Theater” was about things which weren’t REAL and was funny: Obama is actually REAL, actually dangerous, and NOT funny.

landlines on April 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM

HA! I love MST3k. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius. ^_^

Book on April 28, 2012 at 1:53 AM

That’s interesting. Do you have a link to this? I’m not doubting you–I’d just really be interested in reading it.

Michael J. Nelson: “Well, let me say this, I read the National Review cover to cover. Check in at Townhall.com every day. Check the Washington Times daily. Listen to Dennis Prager and Michael Medved on a regular basis. Read Mark Steyn with regularity. Read the Weekly Standard. So, yes, I do vote Republican. As the pundit Hugh Hewitt has observed, there are indeed two Americas: Serious America and Silly America. The Democrats seem bent on turning this into Silly America, so I stick with those who wish this to remain Serious America.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/1145333/posts

Rifftrax remains nonpolitical while most of the members of Cinematic Titanic are very outspoken liberals… going so far as to appear on Keith Oblermann’s show and express their opinions regularly on their blogs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KprqBG5LTwg

Rude on April 28, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I like it and those already on board will to. I wonder if it can be edited into shorter bites to use on the uninitiated.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2012 at 1:59 AM

BTW- The theater silhouette gimmick is actually trademarked by the original MST3K producer as “Shadowrama.” Not sure if this video could be considered “parody” or “fair use.” Let’s hope so.

Rude on April 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Or “Mitchell.”

Myron Falwell on April 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

“Ladies and Gentlemen….our hero.”

I confess to being partial to “Mitchell” given it’s hefty serving of 70′s swank, with a side of “I don’t give an F”. “Mr. B Natural” (short) was the MST3K apogee. “Progress Island USA” (short) and “The Beast from Yucca Flats” are also rather choice.

Kungfoochimp on April 28, 2012 at 3:14 AM

Why don’t these stories ever make a distinction between the period before and after the Obama’s first legislation passed. Is job loss before Obama passed a single law his fault? Yes or no. And why?

libfreeordie on April 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Why don’t these stories ever make a distinction between the period before and after the Obama’s first legislation passed. Is job loss before Obama passed a single law his fault? Yes or no. And why?

libfreeordie on April 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

I wish you could see the cartoon question marks over my head. Tell you what, get back to me after Team Lenin admits how phony the “war on women” and “student loan interest rate hike” memes are.

BTW – that’s the first time I have uttered “meme”. I feel diminished. I hate you even more now.

Kungfoochimp on April 28, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Quit before 3 minutes.
Seemed there was more film showing the promotion of Obama then criticizing & ridiculing him.

Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle seemed like they were about to fall asleep in their moderation…soft spoken, no emotion in voice…

albill on April 28, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Why don’t these stories ever make a distinction between the period before and after the Obama’s first legislation passed. Is job loss before Obama passed a single law his fault? Yes or no. And why?

libfreeordie on April 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

In that Obama was part of the Democrat-controlled Congress from 2006 on, yes.

Mitoch55 on April 28, 2012 at 7:16 AM

TMOverbeck on April 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Our unfunded liabilities and mandatory payouts are more than all the money on the planet and larger than all economies combined.

It is an abyss we stare into and what we thought was the bottom continues to recede from us each passing moment.

ajacksonian on April 28, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Tom Hanks reached his highest and best use when he played a cross-dresser on that terrible sit-com from the 1980′s.

Hanks makes me want to vomit.

AZCoyote on April 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Loved it! Romney needs to take all the pop-ups and place them into several ads with Obama claiming or promising something with the truth in the pop-up following. Will he do it? Probably not. He will be like McCain and be Mr. Nice Guy, a ticket to losing the election.

Decoski on April 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

libfreeordie on April 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Even if Obama becomes dictator for life, you drones will still be blaming the bad economy on Bush.

Decoski on April 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Maybe I just lack the requisite mental faculties, but I found that impossible to absorb and digest. For me the moving images, voices and pop-ups constituted three unconnected, incomprehensible, disjointed, competing, meandering narratives that led nowhere. I perceived no story, no message, no point.

So if there was a message I think it will take much more than a spoonful of sugar for it to settle-in and settle down.

YiZhangZhe on April 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

“Woody’s for Obama?”

“That’s Chris Mathews.”

logdogsmith on April 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Tom Hanks: No better than your average $20.00 streetwalker. Man, his narration was sickening. Too bad the libs I know won’t believe a single pop-up fact. They can’t because the facts don’t fit their dreams.

totherightofthem on April 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

What’s scary is that there are those who believe the original campaign video is true despite the facts or are too lazy to inform themselves of the facts and will eat this up and vote for Obama thinking they’re doing the country a service for doing so.

Yakko77 on April 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Rude on April 28, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I had no idea! I mean, I knew the cinematic titanic crew were liberals. (they’re also not as talented, but that’s just an aside observation) More reason for me to purchase Rifftrax. ^_^

Book on April 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM