Was Obama An Extra In The Video For “Whoomp (There It Is?)”

[via Gawker]
The biggest thing on the Interwebz this weekend was a story going around that President Obama was in Tag Team's 1993 hit song “Whoomp (There It Is).” According to Gawker, the whole conspiracy theory has appeared everywhere, from the hip hop message board Tha
, the message board SomethingAwful
and the Tea Party website Tennessee
Sons of Liberty.
Watch the video after the jump.

Watch the dude playing dominos at 1:01. Here are a few snippets of Gawker's investigative journalism at work:


  • Obama has a well-documented fondness for hip hop. He likes
    Kanye West and Ludacris.
  • As one commenter on SomethingAwful noted:
    The man in the video is playing dominoes with his left hand. BARACK
  • The video was released in 1993. Barack would have been around 31
    when it was filmed, a year or two out of Harvard Law. Seems like
    something cool that our coolest, cigarette-smoking, hoops-shooting
    future president would do as an early 30-something.


  • But, actually, by 1993, Obama was deeply involved in community
    activism in Chicago. In 1992, Obama famously
    helped boost voter turnout among blacks through his tireless
    organizing. How would Obama had the time to film this video? And why the
    hell would the director of Tag Team's video seek out a notable
    community organizer to play a domino player? Maybe they were buddies
    from Harvard or something.
  • Also, Tag Team is from Atlanta. If Obama wanted to make his rap
    video debut, wouldn't he have chosen an early-90s act from his beloved
    Chicago? Maybe Da Brat, or Crucial Conflict?
    And he would obviously be wearing a Bulls hat–not a Compton one.

Anyway, read the whole post here.

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