Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton is an American politician and former First Lady of the United States who represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and served as the 67th Secretary of State under the Obama administration from January 2009 to February 2013. Since the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012, Clinton has been widely considered the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Online History

2008 Presidential Primary Campaign

Clinton announced she would be running for president in the 2008 election on January 20th, 2007.[14] During her campaign both ads she ran and attack ads against her gained a wide audience online. She officially ended her candidacy on June 7th, 2008, putting her support behind Democrat candidate Barack Obama. [15]

Hillary 1984

On March 5, 2007, YouTuber ParkRidge47 uploaded a video titled “Vote Different.”[16] The ad cut together elements from a 1984 Apple Mac ad first aired during that year’s Superbowl and Clinton’s announcement of her candidacy. The ad urged voters (or in the case of the original ad, consumers) to make up their own minds and resist conformity. It was later revealed the ad was created by Phil de Vellis, who worked for Blue State Digital, a company offering tech support to some of the presidential candidates. de Vellis left the company after he revealed he created the ad, and in an article he published on The Huffington Post[17] he explained:

"The specific point of the ad was that Obama represents a new kind of politics, and that Senator Clinton’s “conversation” is disingenuous. And the underlying point was that the old political machine no longer holds all the power."

As of January 2014 the video has over 6.4 million views.

Soprano’s Spoof

On June 19, 2007, political strategist Patrick Ruffini uploaded a Clinton campaign ad to his YouTube channel.[20] The ad depicts Clinton with her husband Bill sitting down at a diner and flipping through music at a table-top jukebox and acts as a teaser for the reveal of her campaign song, which was Celine Dion’s “You and I.”[21] The video also stars Soprano’s actor Vince Curatola and imitates the final scene of the show. As of January 2014 the video has over 510,000 views.

Hot for Hill

On July 2nd, 2007, comedian and singer Taryn Southern uploaded a music video on her YouTube channel[18] titled “Hot For Hillary.” The video depicts Southern singing about her admiration of and attraction to Clinton, sometimes explaining it to a classroom full of children. The video was created as a kind of response to a similar video supporting then Senator Obama performed by the Obama Girl titled “I Have a Crush on Obama.”[19] As of January 2014 the video has over 2.2 million views.

Dance in South Africa

On a trip to South Africa in August 2012 Clinton danced at a dinner held in Malawi.[7] A video of the dance, which involved Clinton doing a bit of grinding, was uploaded to CNN’s Youtube Channel[8] on August 8th. As of January 2014 it has over 95,000 views. The video was broken down into GIFs in a Buzzfeed[9] article published the same day titled “The Animated GIF Guide To Hillary Clinton’s Adorable Dance Moves.”

Meryl Streep/Clinton Selfie

On December 1, 2012, Clinton attended a state department dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.[11] After the dinner she and actress Meryl Streep were photographed taking a selfie together on Streep’s iPhone. The photos were reported on across the web, and Streep ultimately made the photo available for purchase at Shuttertothink.org, a charity that allows celebrities to sell their photography and funnels the proceeds to charities that support education for girls.[12]

Social Media Presence

Clinton joined Twitter on June 10th, 2013, and gained over 180,000 on her first day.[13] As of January 2014 her account[10] has over 1.08 million followers, though she herself only follows nine accounts including her husband and her daughter Chelsea.

Related Memes

Texts from Hillary

Texts from Hillary is a single topic blog featuring a series of vertical, multi-pane image macros based on a photograph of Clinton[1] sitting aboard a military aircraft while wearing sunglasses and reading from her smartphone. The image of Clinton was taken by Reuters photographer Kevin Lamarque while she was awaiting departure aboard a military C-17 Globemaster III[2] flight from Malta to Tripoli, Libya on October 18th, 2011. The photograph was subsequently featured on the news site[3] on October 20th, 2011. The Tumblr blog Texts From Hillary was created by friends Adam Smith[4] and Stacy Lambe[5] who both work in public relations in Washington, D.C. On April 4th, 2012, the first image was posted to to the Tumblr[6], featuring Clinton’s photo paired with one of Obama texting (shown below). Within the first 48 hours of the post, the image received 9,094 notes.

New York Times Magazine Cover

Hilary Clinton’s New York Times Magazine Cover also known as “Planet Hillary,” refers to a magazine cover featuring a composite image of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s face superimposed on to the surface of a planet. On January 23rd, 2014, New York Times Magazine editor David Joachim tweeted the cover for its upcoming January 26th issue, featuring Hillary Clinton’s face on the surface of a planet in space. The same day on January 23rd, 2014, several other Twitter users began posting photoshopped images featuring cutouts of the Clinton planet edited into other base images of various contexts.

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