Introducing the newest black superhero. No, not the Green Lantern. Neither Storm, Shaft nor Superfly. And definitely not Huey from the Boondocks. No: it’s Barack Obama!
Poor Barack. He’s got a lot of expectations on him, tru dat. I wonder how badly that brother really wants to sneak behind the White House for a soothing cigarette. Don’t do it — the last thing we need is for SUPERBAMA to get lung cancer…
From Mashable yesterday (thanks djchefron for the original tip):
The head honchos at JibJab, brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, are debuting their latest creation in front of the President himself. The duo are showing off their soon-to-be viral video hit in front of Barack Obama at the 65th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner tonight.
He’s Barack Obama follows our new President as he tackles the challenges of the world at large in super hero form, suit and all. The video is set to a heavy metal interpretation — far from the banjo-style we’ve come to love — of the historic song, When Johnny Comes Marching Home.
The Spiridellis’ used their reputation as web video superstars to tap composer John Frizzell to direct the extra special composition. The rock star lineup includes Chris Shiflett and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish, Beck), and Jess Harnell.
The video has just hit the Web and was sent straightaway to us, so without further ado, here’s He’s Barack Obama:
Cheryl Contee aka "Jill Tubman", Baratunde Thurston aka "Jack Turner", rikyrah, Leutisha Stills aka "The Christian Progressive Liberal", B-Serious, Casey Gane-McCalla, Jonathan Pitts-Wiley aka "Marcus Toussaint," Fredric Mitchell
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