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Was Shameless Obama In 1993 Hip-Hop Video? (No.)

The golden age of Art.Do you love to watch the video for the 1993 hip-hop pop hit “Whoomp (There It Is)”? Of course you do, it is literally all you do all day, we bet, using a VHS player. Well then, you’re surely familiar with the smiling dude in the Compton cap at the 1:01 mark in this video, the one who is OBVIOUSLY Barack Obama, which may prove he is black?


Wow, this is a dumb song! And, well, it’s very unlikely this guy (who doesn’t even look much like Obama, wtf people?) is Barack Obama. WHY YOU ASK? Because Barack Obama was, by 1993, a law professor and author and civil rights lawyer and director of regional political organizations, and probably wasn’t spending a whole lot of time as an extra in hip-hop videos. But this is a very big thing on the Internet, right now! We especially like the bit from National Review Online’s black-outreach blog, “Tha Corner.” [Tha Corner/Big 100.3/Gawker]

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53 comments

  1. ManchuCandidate

    Cause all half black Muslin Fascist Commie Black Power Socialist Stalinists look a like.

  2. bitchincamaro

    The opening looks like an underwater oil spill and at 0:25 I saw Michelle Obama booty shakin’, so this is for real.

  3. Baldar T Flagass

    Brilliant commenters over there. Or is it just a contest to see who can post the greatest number of “ROTFLMAO” emoticons? Also, I like at the bottom, where on most pages it would say “home” or “top,” it says “go up.” I guess they have to play to their demographic.

  4. I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO

    God I can’t believe I actually listened to 1.4 seconds of that fucking song. The nineties weren’t that bad, really, but because they produced this song, I’m willing to nuke them from the history books.

  5. Okie Dokie Dog

    Where can I buy a tape of this – for my VHS player? I’ve never seen this one and I hate being so unhip to the hippity hop sounds of the 90′s.

  6. norbizness

    Scientific studies have shown that the Mack Daddy will make you jump, but that the Daddy Mack, when taken in isolation, only produces jumping 11.4% of the time.

  7. JMP

    Gah, why does every post on the corner have giant, mostly animated signatures? These things are many time longer than the posts, ugly as shit and some borderline NSFW.

    Ken, I want to thank you for not allowing sigs here, and only small understated avatars. That thing is unreadable (not that I’d really want to read the Corner’s comments, but still).

  8. Lascauxcaveman

    No, but I’m sure I saw him in a couple of videos by the Fleshtones and The Specials, back in the 80′s. Dude was born to wear a skinny tie.

  9. V572625694

    “director of regional political organizations” = COMMUNITY ORGANIZER = ACORNZ = scholiasm. This proves it!

  10. queeraselvis v 2.0

    Well, hell, if the Tennessee Sons of Liberty say it’s true, then it MUST BE SO.

  11. Katydid

    [re=593056]Baldar T Flagass[/re]: Best comment there: “You cannot fathom the immensity of the fuck I do not give.”

    Seriously. What is “Tha Corner?”

  12. WadISay

    [re=593056]Baldar T Flagass[/re]: If illiterates could comment, they would do so at RedState.

  13. actor212

    By the way, is there any truth to the rumour that Sir Mix-a-lot went on Jenny Craig…OK, scrub that image and replace it with Nutrasystems…and re-emerged as Michael Steele?

  14. Troubledog

    Apparently Tipper was right all along, and that bad music turned Barry into a socialist.

  15. Zadig

    Ugh. An ocean of decent-to-awesome hip-hop, r&b and rap, and this is the kind of shit they played on the radio.

    God. Damn. It.

  16. dmac

    This was the theme of the 1993 Phillies. Now they play the dead announcer singing a Sinatra tune instead, sadly.

    But the real travesty here is that 95 South’s “Whoot, There It Is” is a far superior song but never achieved the fame of Tag Team’s song.

  17. ManchuCandidate

    [re=593095]dmac[/re]:
    It certainly was in the World Series Game 4 and Game 6, but not in a good way for Phillies Phans.

  18. JMP

    [re=593091]Zadig[/re]: At least it’s not as bad (and slightly less overplayed) than “Who Let the Dogs Out”. But yeah, it’s not exactly good.

  19. WadISay

    [re=593095]dmac[/re]: Haha, I attended the 3rd game of the ’93 series, which the Phils lost 10-3 in the rain. There was a guy outside the Vet wearing a sign “Will relief pitch for food.”

  20. germansteel

    I always thought they should have played that song on election night, 2008, right after they called the election for Obama and during McCain’s concession speech. Over and over again, until McCain and the Idiot wanted to throw up. That would have been good times.

  21. dmac

    [re=593117]WadISay[/re]: I was at Game 4, the 15-14 loss where the Phillies blew approximately 6 leads. It was a tough time to be a 10-year-old in Philadelphia.

  22. dixiecrax

    I can’t wait till Huckabee goes all slow-mo Willie Horton Southern Strategy with this in 2012!

  23. Harvey Birdman

    Isn’t it interesting that Barry came on the scene in 2004, just as ODB “died”? Think about it. I didn’t.

  24. problemwithcaring

    Can You dig it!! I use to love this song in 5th grade. Ha! Is it this easy? I should start a rumor that Obama is in a LA Reid and and force every white person on the internet to relive my entire Mississippi junior high school dance playlist.

  25. doxastic

    This story gave me occasion to revisit the “Whoomp” versus “Whoot There It Is” Miami Bass controversy of 1993. And after both serious analysis and reflection 17 years later, I have to say that 95 South has been defamed by history. “Whoot There It Is” is manifestly superior.

  26. bynrdskynrd

    Booty Rap….gotta love it! If I recall, my teenage years was listening to this out of my friend’s garage with the olds bitching a storm. Now I am ‘socialist’ and they are teabaggers. Go Fig.

  27. doxastic

    [re=593193]bynrdskynrd[/re]: Seriously, after listening to both Whoomp and Whoot There it is, I put together a booty bass playlist and am now dancing to Freak Nasty in the honkiest way possible.

  28. doxastic

    [re=593095]dmac[/re]: Oh man, I didn’t see your comment up there. The Wonkette Hive Mind sometimes takes some weird turns.

  29. Slattenpat

    “Whoomp will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the Whoomp we’ve been waiting for. We are the Whoomp that we seek. “ – Barack “Ain’t Nuttin But A G Thang” Obama

  30. Dashboard_Buddha

    I need to learn to read more gooder – I thought “Tha Corner” was “The Corner”.

  31. gurukalehuru

    The sad part is, if called on their idiocy, they will just laugh and say “Well, they all look alike.”
    Pigfuckers.

  32. dmac

    [re=593202]doxastic[/re]: The more “Whoot, There It Is” can be championed the better.

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