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Obama Fakes Own Death; Lead Over Romney Increases

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Marine-One taking off on its final trip (Faux News)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Obama faked a fiery death in a crash of the Marine-One military helicopter this afternoon, the latest step in an increasingly chaotic and media-hyped reelection campaign.

After pretending to board the aircraft on the White House’s South Lawn, the President and First Lady actually descended into a trap door beneath the helicopter, which then took off and flew toward Andrews Air Force Base. About halfway there, the U.S. Marine crew reported engine trouble, and witnesses reported that the chopper crashed in a wooded area just outside Bradbury Heights on the Virginia-Maryland border.

Rescue teams dispatched to the site reported finding no bodies, whereupon the Obamas appeared on live national television to reveal the hoax. Alongside them were the helicopter crew, who had bailed out before sending the distress signal.

“Let’s make America exciting again,” said the President. “Let’s make sure the opportunities for adventure and suspense reach all Americans.”

In the thirty-five minutes between the initial reports of the crash and the televised announcement, the internet and broadcast media were haywire with coverage and commentary, a testament to the robust attention that the Obama campaign has generated. Despite lagging behind Republican Mitt Romney in fundraising over the last two months, the Obama campaign has managed to press its advantage in the default attention that a sitting president receives.

The wreckage site (Faye Kimmage).

A telephone poll by CBS News in the aftermath of the incident revealed that as a result of the stunt, Obama’s approval rating had jumped to 88% from 61%, and that his lead over Romney had grown, to 79% from 58%. If the election were held today, Obama would win in a landslide, the first victory in a presidential election by such a decisive margin since Ronald Reagan’s reelection over Walter Mondale in 1984.

The Romney campaign responded quickly, denouncing the incident as a “cheap stunt, and yet another way in which Obama is wasting taxpayer dollars.” The Romney press release also promised a much more impressive hoax, on par with the victory of George W. Bush over Al Gore in the 2000 election.

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Written by Thag

July 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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  1. The final line made me smirk.

    Rampage Productions

    July 17, 2012 at 4:42 am


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