Rather than taking a page from some of the more-incendiary
ads this election cycle, Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul simply tried to paint his opponent, Jack Conway, as a
consummate Washington insider planning to cozy up to the president and Nancy
Pelosi. Typical ad, but there's a special touch. Paul's campaign enlists a man pretending to be Obama to do a voice-over for the
thirty second spot. The voice, dubbed "Barack Obama Impersonator," explains how Conway "supported me for president, and helped
bankroll my campaign." Faux-Bama finishes by saying, "Now there's a guy I can
work with in Washington."
Was it realistic? While the actor mimics all the president's trademark pauses and "uhs," the voice sounds more than slightly off-kilter: less like Barack Obama and more like a Fred Armisen impersonator.
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