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2008 Vice Presidential Debate was a televised debate between the vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in October of 2008. Watched by nearly 70 million U.S. television viewers and people online, the debate inspired a number of parodies online.
Vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden, a Senator from Delaware, and Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, engaged in a televised debate on October 2nd, 2008. The debate was moderated by the Public Broadcasting Service journalist Gwen Ifill and took place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. According to Neilsen Media Research, the debate was viewed by over 66 million viewers in the United States, making it the most viewed vice-presidential debate in United States history.
On October 11th, the humor blog The Ginblog published a post titled “15 Reasons Sarah Palin Will Never Win Any Argument,” featuring a compilation of notable comics using screen captures from the debate. The images are rumored to have originated on the Internet news site Fark, but no archived threads have been found prior to October 11th. On October 13th, Fark user Casanova.Frankensteir replied to a post about Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live with a four-pane comic mocking Palin’s debate tactics (shown below, left). On October 17th, 2008, Fark posted a template image with four screenshots from the Biden Palin debate (shown below, right), which encouraged site users to post their own versions of the comic. The post eventually accumulated over 270 replies, with many of the comics mocking Palin’s intelligence and debate skills.
On October 18th, The Wolf Web member wolfpackgrr submitted a thread titled “Those Biden Palin comics,” which featured several notable examples from the Fark thread. On October 26th, the Internet humor site Ebaumsworld posted a comic titled “Biden Palin Comic,” in which Biden says “Governor Palin doesn’t even have a plan for zupdog” to which Palin responds “What’s zupdog?” (shown below).
“Hey, Can I Call You Joe”
One of the most memorable moments from the debate came from Sarah Palin’s casual greeting to Joe Biden, during which she was quoted as saying “Hey Joe, can I call you Joe?” Palin’s informal yet equally charming opening was noted by many viewers at home on Twitter, commentators in the news media, as well as pundits who went onto quote the line in parodies of the debate. Two days after the debate, a political satire website specializing in Sarah Palin videos was launched under the domain name CanICallYouJoe.com.
Sarah Palin: Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?
Joe Biden: You can call me Joe.
Palin: Thank you. Thank you Gwen, thank you.
Months after the election on January 7th, 2010, Politico published an article titled “Palin aide warned of ‘epic debacle’” which speculated that Palin’s now famous words “Can I Call You Joe?” had been scripted beforehand by her campaign advisors after she repeatedly made the error of referring to him as “Senator O’Biden” during the preparation sessions.
On October 3rd, 2008, the Schmoyoho YouTube channel uploaded a music video featuring auto-tuned footage from the debate (shown below, top left). On October 4th, the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live parodied the debate, in which Tina Fey famously impersonated Sarah Palin (shown below, top, right). The same day, YouTuber LisaNova uploaded a five-minute parody of the debate (shown below, bottom, left). On October 5th, YouTuber UniversityofTube uploaded a video titled “Sarah Palin – Bridge to no Underwear,” featuring edited footage of the debate to sound as if the candidates were making sexually inappropriate comments (shown below, bottom, right).
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