Creator of Hillary music video insists he's on her side

"Hillary4U&Me" means well, it really does.

Published February 15, 2008 8:45PM (EST)

In an interview with the New York Times' tech blog, Gene Wang, the producer of the above video, insists that he supports the New York senator's bid for the White House.

Despite outward appearances -- lyrics like, "Her experience is great / instead of war, we can negotiate" -- the video, it'll surprise you to learn, was meant to get people excited about Hillary Clinton, to convince them to vote for her rather than, say, banish her name from our minds lest it brings to mind this insufferable tune.

Wang, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and amateur musician (he's the flautist in the video), wrote the song last August, and then he invited friends and colleagues to take part in the filming. The Times doesn't say, but one suspects Wang had to parcel out a great deal of stock options to convince people to take part.

Wang shoots down blogospheric theories that the song is actually a kind of conspiracy against Clinton -- a "pro-Clinton" video so heroically bad compared to's Obama paean that its true purpose must be to slander the former first lady.

While conceding that "some of the Obama videos are better," Wang tells the Times' Matt Richtel that "we have the better candidate by far" (he means Clinton). He adds: "For all the naysayers, I'd like to see their YouTube music video."

Well, has Mr. Wang seen "Mitt's Our Man!"?

And caution, Obama cultists. Wang says that criticism has only emboldened him: "It kind of makes me want to do another one."

Someone in the Clinton camp better stop him before he tries to help again.

By Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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