Real life is stranger than parody

A movie about the Tea Parties and a PSA featuring the president and NFL stars have more in common than you'd think

Published November 20, 2009 10:39PM (EST)

It's been an odd day for political videos, and on both sides of divide, no less.

On the right, there's a preview for a movie about the Tea Parties floating around. And yes, it's just as corny, melodromatic and self-important as you'd think.

Then there's a public service announcement, scheduled to air over Thanksgiving, that features NFL players tossing a football around with kids and, um, President Obama. That one, too, is just plain weird -- you don't often expect to see New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the White House lawn. Plus, the shot in that commercial that involves Obama slowly appearing on screen in order to catch Brees' pass is so forced that it just looks like unintentional self-parody. (Also, Obama, who's almost 50 years old, can apparently burn an All-Pro safety. Who knew?)

Both videos are below.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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