A Look Back At The Presidential Race In Pop Culture From will.i.am to Saturday Night Live, host Andrea Seabrook provides a guided tour through the craziest pop culture campaign in presidential history.
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A Look Back At The Presidential Race In Pop Culture

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ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

And now, as election day draws near, let's take a wistful look back at the way pop culture has been intertwined into this presidential campaign.

(Soundbite of song, "Time for Some Campaignin'")

JIB JAB (Singing): Come gather 'round Dick, Condi, Scooter and Rove, it's time to get packin', we must hit the road.

Mr. DAVID LETTERMAN (Host, "Late Show With David Letterman"): Are you running, or are you going to announce that your running?

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona; 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee): The last time we're on this program, you asked me if I would come back.

Mr. LETTERMAN: Right.

Senator MCCAIN: If I was going to announce.

Mr. LETTERMAN : Yes.

Senator MCCAIN: I am announcing that I will be a candidate for president of United States.

(Soundbite of applause)

(Soundbite of song, "Time for Some Campaignin'")

JIB JAB (Singing): It's time for some campaigning.

Mr. FRED ARMISEN (Actor, "Saturday Night Live"): (As John MCain) For too long in this country, the president has been hearing the same old refrain. They're tired of being told you journalists have to stay neutral. You can't openly take sides in the political campaign, and they're saying, yes, we can.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of song, "I Got A Crush On Obama")

OBAMA GIRL: (Singing) 'Cause I got to cry, cause you're Obama.

(Soundbite from John McCain Campaign Ad):

Unidentified Man: He's the biggest celebrity in the world, but is he ready to lead?

Ms. PARIS HILTON (Actress): Hey, America. I'm Paris Hilton, and I'm a celebrity, too. Only, I'm not from the olden days, and I'm not promising change like that other guy. I'm just hot.

(Soundbite of song, "Insane for John McCain," by McCain McCutie)

MCCAIN MCCUTIE: (Singing) He's hot. Sex pot. I hear a patriot...

Mr. LETTERMAN: Senator John McCain was supposed to be on the program tonight, were you aware of that? Yeah? We're told now that the senator has concluded his interview with Katie Couric, and he's now on Rachel Ray's show making veal picata.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Senator MCCAIN: I screwed up.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of song, "Insane for John McCain," by McCain McCutie)

MCCAIN MCCUTIE: (Singing) John McCain, John McCain

(Soundbite of "Saturday Night Live")

Ms. TINA FEY (Actress, "Saturday Night Live): (As Sarah Palin) You know, we're going to take every aspect of the crisis and look at it, and then we're going to ask ourselves, what would a maverick do in this situation?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. FEY: (As Sarah Palin) And then, you know, we'll do that.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of song, "Yes We Can")

WILL.I.AM: (Singing) It was a creed, written into the founding documents, that declare the best of me nomination, yes, we can.

Ms. SARAH SILVERMAN (Comedian): I'm making this video to urge you, all of you, to shlep over to Florida and convince your grandparents to vote Obama. It can make the difference.

Mr. JON STEWART (Host, "The Daily Show"): In Senator Obama's quest to become the president of television, Obama bought a half hour infomercial. His whole campaign is like the craziest movie premise ever. Barack Obama has five days to spend a $150 million.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. STEWART: If he makes it, he wins the presidency.

(Soundbite from "Saturday Night Live")

Senator JOHN MCCAIN: (As himself) We, however, can only afford QVC.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of song, "Raisin' McCain" by John Rich)

Mr. JOHN RICH: (Singing) You can get on a train or get out of the way, we're all just raising' McCain. Play that American guitar, son.

SEABROOK: Just a few of the ways, the many ways the campaign invaded pop culture. If you want to see where we found all these clips, go to our website npr.org and let us know what we missed.

(Soundbite of song, "Raisin' McCain" by John Rich)

Mr. RICH: (Singing) ... U.S.A. You can get on the train or get out of the way. We're all just raising McCain. I said, we're all just raising McCain, everywhere across the U.S.A.

SEABROOK: Coming up, a photo book you can't turn away from, the book of Life, the magazine. This is All Things Considered from NPR News.

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