Sunday, May 6, 2012

Name That Campaign

    Here's a challenge for you.  Below are the main menu bars from the websites of both the Obama and Romney campaigns.  Try to guess which one is which:

    Visually, they are quite similar.  The "Donate" button is (of course) prominently displayed in red on both.  Other choices, such as "videos", "issues", and "states" are the same.  Still others are worded differently, but also clearly match up: "bio" = "about", "news" = "blog", "store" = "shop", and "volunteer" = "get involved".  By now, the good students will have recognized the odd man out: "groups".  Is there anyone who is still confused about which menu bar goes with which campaign?  Spoiler alert!

That's right.  It's the website of the politician who said on election night 2008:
"Rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."
The Obama campaign recently resurrected this theme on Twitter:

(Not only are there no red states or blue states, but about a dozen states are completely missing in  deference to the visage of the President.)  Coincidentally, four days after this tweet, the official WhiteHouse.gov site also got into the act with their weekly feature West Wing Week video: "West Wing Week: 5/4/12 or 'Out of Many, We are One.'"  However, the way the campaign and the Democrats choose to appeal to voters, Al Gore's infamous 1994 remix of E Plurbis Unum as "out of one, many" would be more apropos.

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