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36 Ways to Political Celebrity

Obama as a Pop Culture Icon

— August 25, 2008 — Social Good
Barack Obama is not just a U.S. presidential political candidate, he is one of the most influential faces in the media today.

The public and media attention Obama has attained in 2008 rivals some of the biggest Hollywood stars, internationally known singers and other icons and leaders.

Obama has been at the center of the media for months now, particularly online. It’s an interesting insight into the future of politics and how, if leveraged properly, the internet will become the ultimate tool in deciding the outcome of elections.

The following articles on Obama highlight the diverse promotional innovations made possible through the use of the web, from fan-created Obama viral videos to musical mashups and Obama parodies, to art created by Obama-backing fans, from “political fusion portraits” to shoes adorned with Obama’s face.

The web has also been a platform that enabled fans to create Obama-related content, not necessarily endorsing him, such as tributes to Michelle Obama’s fashion and even anti-Obama features.

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Candidates That Fight Back
Candidates That Fight Back
Obama Snaps, Threatens to 'Go Gangster' (SPOOF)
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DIY Political Finger Puppets
DIY Political Finger Puppets
Obama, Hillary, McCain
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Leave Barack Alone Videos
Leave Barack Alone Videos
Chris Crocker Stands Up For Obama Parody
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Obama in China Olympic Broadcasts
Obama in China Olympic Broadcasts
Sen. Spends $5 Million on NBC Ads
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Obama Soda
Obama Soda
Jones Campaign Cola 2008 Has All the Candidates
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Thumb Tack Art
Thumb Tack Art
How to Recreate Barack Obama Using 21,156 Pins
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6 Political Beatbox Videos
6 Political Beatbox Videos
Bush, Clinton, Obama, Blair and Tom Cruise
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Musical Politics
Musical Politics
Celebs Sing 'The American Prayer' For Obama
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Crude Jokes at Political Events
Crude Jokes at Political Events
Bernie Mac at Obama Fundraiser
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Presidential Playlists
Presidential Playlists
McCain and Obama's Top 10 Music Playlists
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Obama Documentaries
Obama Documentaries
HYPE: The Obama Effect
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Political Fusion Portraits II
Political Fusion Portraits II
Obama-Lincoln Now in Color
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Viral Political Pranks
Viral Political Pranks
Barack Obama Rolling (Like Rick Rolling)
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Political Swimwear
Political Swimwear
Obama, Clinton and McCain Politkinis
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Obamamania Unabated
Obamamania Unabated
Marcel Offermann's Obama Doll
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Political Brand Sponsorship
Political Brand Sponsorship
Abercrombie & Fitch Back Obama
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Racist Obama Magazine Covers
Racist Obama Magazine Covers
Vanity Fair Parodies New Yorker
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Obama Mosaics
Obama Mosaics
Deep Zoom Obama & More
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Political Fashion Statement
Political Fashion Statement
Michelle Obama's "The View" Dress Hot Seller
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Most Followed People on Twitter
Most Followed People on Twitter
Barack Obama is #1
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Political Fusion Portraits
Political Fusion Portraits
Obama-Lincoln
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Presidential Naughty
Presidential Naughty
Obama Condoms for Your 'Little' Democrat
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Obama Crafts
Obama Crafts
Obama Earrings, Eco-Skirts & More
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Ultra Sarcastic Political Ads
Ultra Sarcastic Political Ads
McCains' "Hot Chicks Dig Obama" Campaign
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Racist Commercials
Racist Commercials
Barack Obama is a Monkey in Japanese Ad
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Juxtaposition
Juxtaposition
Top 10 Stupid President Bush Quotes VS Barack Obama's 'Audicity of Hope'
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Political Sock Monkeys (UPDATE)
Political Sock Monkeys (UPDATE)
TheSockObama Discontinued, Racist
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Celebrity Candidates
Celebrity Candidates
McCain Compares Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton
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Political Underwear
Political Underwear
Obama '08 Boxer Brief
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Political Pinatas
Political Pinatas
Obama, Hillary, Bush & More
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Graphic Obama Shoes
Graphic Obama Shoes
Candidates Baracked By Fashion
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Offensive New Yorker Covers
Offensive New Yorker Covers
Obama Loves Osama
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Obama Fashion
Obama Fashion
Barack Obama Shoes
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Models as First Ladies
Models as First Ladies
Tyra Banks as Michelle Obama in Harper's Bazaar
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Political Fashion Icons
Political Fashion Icons
Michelle Obama Style
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