This past week Obama, Clinton and McCain all appeared in pre-taped promos on WWE's Monday Night Raw on the USA Network.
I'm a huge fan of pro wrestling -- it's the field I want to work in one day (not as a wrestler...it's behind-the-scenes for me). I was quite (pleasantly) surprised to see all three candidates appear on the program. They took what they did seriously by putting effort into it and making it humorous.
The media had a field day with this -- mostly making fun of the candidates -- but my question is: why?
Because it's pro wrestling? Get over the stereotype that all pro wrestling fans are idiots. They have a huge fan following and if Obama, Clinton or McCain want to reach that ever-so-hard 18-34 male audience, pro wrestling is the place to start.
I appreciated the humor that was behind the three promos and I thought it was good in showing that the three candidates can be "real people" and have a sense of humor. That's always a plus in my book.
Whoopi Goldberg, I believe, said on The View that she wants to see candidates at thigns like this -- at race tracks, at concerts, etc., etc. I agree with her. If they want to reach a younger audience and get them excited (or at least mildly interested) in voting, they need to get creative and appear at different venues than they normally do.
One way or another, Bush is out of the White House in '09. It's a time for change right? Therefore, it's time to change their approaches in campaigning.
Hopefully we'll see more appearances like this in the future. I'll be waiting for them.
Oh, and I may be the proud new owner of this totally awesome t-shirt: http://www.zazzle.com/barack_cooking_shirt-235010886495764002.
$20 bucks (plus shipping and handling) is a bit much, but....it cracks me up everytime I see it! We'll see...