Video: Obama speech is YouTube gold

It may not have achieved the 17.8 million views that Chris Crocker’s classic “Leave Britney Alone” video has — or even the 7 million views that the startled prairie dog known as “Dramatic Chipmunk” has gotten — but then, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s speech on racism has only been up on YouTube for less than 24 hours (as of mid-day Wednesday), and it already has over 1.2 million views.

That’s not bad. Another month or so and maybe it could get into the same territory as “The Evolution of Dance,” which has a mind-boggling 78 million views. Of course, Obama’s speech has an actual message that is somewhat deeper than the average YouTube video — hard to tell whether that will help or hinder its advance up the charts.

5 thoughts on “Video: Obama speech is YouTube gold

  1. I'd like to see some stats on how many times this video has been embedded in blogs, on social networks, etc. I must have seen this on 30 different blogs yesterday.

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  3. It is an amazing piece of work.

    If the NY Times is to be believed, then the moves by schools, churches, and anti-racism groups to use this speech as a foundation for dialogue on race, could give it serious legs.

    BTW, John Stewart's take that “at 11:00 am in Philadelphia an American politican spoke to Americans about race like they were adults” pretty much sums it up.


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