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Obama should avoid “Jersey Shore” vote

Obama should avoid “Jersey Shore” vote

October 23
23:22 2012

After months of campaigning, the dust finally appeared to settle as the battle of words between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney wound down. With both men firing shots at each other’s achievements, credibility and likeability, each made interesting points about the other – and prompted voters to choose wisely.

With the press tour seemingly over after the debate Monday, Obama noted that American people had seen “three debates, months of campaigning and way too many TV commercials” – and that it was time to make a decision.

While his statements about people seeing enough of the two are not wrong, the president failed to mention his upcoming MTV appearance scheduled for this Friday, where he will take questions from viewers.

So instead of staying off the television completely and letting his debates stand on their own, Obama is instead choosing to make one last attempt at convincing voters to “pick me.”

This sad attempt to grab the election’s last 30 minutes of airtime shows that the president is missing the point, and while it’s great to try and get young people’s attention, it totally goes against his closing statement.

If the drive to get people to vote was absolutely necessary, why choose MTV? Why select them as your platform? Although the network has a youth voter awareness program, “Power of 12,” the fact remains that MTV is not a news outlet.

People tuning into the “Obama meets ‘Real World’” special will undoubtedly be one of two groups: fans cheering him on as he answers softball questions selected so he can bang them out of the park or opponents waiting for him to say something silly as they anxiously tune into Fox News so Bill O’Reilly can slam him.

We can hope this is more than a ploy to grab a last-second vote, but in reality, that’s exactly what it is. Obama will be on TV Friday to grab an uninformed vote, and while that’s not illegal, there’s not much honor in this strategy.

In an attempt to be fair, according to USA Today, MTV has also sent an invitation to Mitt Romney. While that could be sincere or just polite, Romney will most likely crumple the invitation up – still thinking that MTV only shows music videos.

The people have had enough words. The educated voters have heard enough of each candidate’s policy. They’re words for anyone to see, but now it’s just time to vote.

Trent Johnson is a pre-journalism sophomore. He can be reached at TrentJohnson@my.unt.edu.

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