The Borowitz report satirizes Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement

April 13, 2015 • 11:05 am

By now you must have learned that The New Yorker’s Borowitz Report is satire, but it’s often sufficiently believable (given the dire state of everything in the U.S.) to convince the gullible that it’s real news. And, given Hillary Clinton’s campaign-announcement video—which shows her for only a brief span amidst a lot of “average Americans,” implying that she’s simply one of many people who want to make a change for the better—the Borowitz Report’s latest headline doesn’t ring far from true (click on screenshot below to go to article).

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Most of it:

The sixty-second spot stars an assortment of kittens—tabbies, calicoes, Siamese, and a dozen other breeds—in a variety of adorable vignettes.

At various points in the advertisement, the kittens are shown playing in a sock drawer, tangled up in yarn, and chasing a duckling.

Clinton herself appears only in the final seconds of the ad, saying merely, “Hi. I’m Hillary.”

The commercial immediately drew the wrath of the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, who called it “woefully short on substance.”

“There’s no mention of what Hillary Clinton would do to grow our struggling economy, fix the disaster of Obamacare, or repair our damaged reputation abroad,” a visibly furious Priebus told Fox News. “It’s just cats.”

There’s also a picture of cute kittens at the top, but I’ll omit that since we’ve already had one today.

h/t: John

23 thoughts on “The Borowitz report satirizes Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement

  1. “woefully short on substance.”

    I don’t get it. What could be more substantial than “…just cats.” ?

    1. Wow, I didn’t realize that was still a thing. It’s remarkable that the activist says UFOs are the “most important issue in the world.” Damn! Talk about muddled priorities.

      1. If UFOs actually were spacecraft from another planet, it would be the most important issue in the world.

        It’s a big ‘if’.

        1. Exactly…very big “if”. UFOs are like miracles, if they are so common, why is there no real proof. And I mean ‘real’ proof, not anecdotal.

  2. Given that Borowitz writes about Republicans being upset by an ad that’s short on substance and doesn’t actually address any issues I’d say he’s probably also intending this to be an ironic send-up of your typical Reoublican campaign ad.

  3. Our local NPR station had a political show today, mainly about Clinton.

    A (life-long) Republican woman called in and said she’d be willing to vote for Clinton for the simple reason that she thought it was time for a woman president. Interesting.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if many woman think on those lines…quite natural I suppose. Obama getting most of the black vote is a similar correlation.

      1. No. I think the correlation is not with Obama getting the black vote. I think it is with Obama getting the white vote as well. It was time for a black president no matter who you were. Same with a woman president. The time has also come.

  4. There’s also a picture of cute kittens at the top, but I’ll omit that since we’ve already had one today.

    We have?

  5. the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, who called it “woefully short on substance.”

    Damn. Now I have to buy a new irony meter, as mine just broke.

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