Richmond youngsters say why they like Barack Obama

The young daughters of Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and Richmond Councilman Tony Thurmond (who was elected on Nov. 4 to the West Contra Costa Unified School District) talk in this video about why they are going to vote for Barack Obama.

Maya Thurmond, seated on the right, is 5 years old. She is talking with her friend, 4-year-old Emilia Gioia.

Check out which newspaper they read, too. (Clue: It’s not the San Francisco Chronicle!)


Video of the day: Hilton for president

Never underestimate a blonde, especially a super-star celebrity blonde with more money than even a presidential candidate.

Check out this spoof video featuring Paris Hilton on the Funny or Die web site, where she calls GOP presidential candidate John McCain that “wrinkly, white-haired guy” and presents an energy plan that sounds downright reasonable.

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Vorderblog: July 22, 2008

I’ve just finished Barack Obama’s book, “Dreams From My Father,” and I will start tonight John McCain’s “Hard Call.” And I had better get cracking on Obama’s latest book, “Audacity of Hope,” too.

Check out my second videoblog (posted below) as I talk briefly about the books and the challenges of reading everything prior to the start of the conventions late this summer in Denver and St. Paul.

It’s also my second experiment with my new Flip video. I sat closer to the camera, so the audio should be a lot clearer than yesterday’s attempt. I am perhaps, a bit too close, as is the video slightly cuts off the top of my head. But I was reluctant to go for a third take in my backyard for fear my neighbors would start wondering why I’m talking to myself.


Vorderbrueggen goes video!

Success! And on a Monday morning, too.

My test run of my new Flip video has produced positive results. I recorded a brief statement, edited it, saved it onto my computer, uploaded it to Flickr and embedded it below. Whew.

I’ll be using the Flip at the upcoming presidential conventions in Denver and St. Paul and need to practice the new technology. So far, it seems pretty easy. Unlike my colleagues who produce highly sophisticated, multi-media flash presentations, this device — the size of a small cell phone — allows me to post short interviews, sights and sounds and do some video blogging without too much fuss. I don’t want to spend a lot of time editing and fooling around with lengthy downloads/uploads.

I’m not sure I quite have the hang of the art of video yet. I needed to stand closer to the camera and you get a lovely shot of my garage door. My heels were unusually loud, too. But I’ll get better! Check it out below.


JibJab unveils new political video

Check out JibJab’s new campaign animated song video based on Bob Dylan’s famous tune, “The Times, They Are A-Changin.”

It’s hilarious.

It starts with a banjo-playing President Bush and a heart-clutching GOP nominee John McCain and goes on from there. But I especially love the part where Obama is skipping through the forest with Bambi and Thumper, singing about change as he leaps on the back of a unicorn flying under a rainbow.

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