So, Are They Saying That Obama Is Darth Vader?

An amusing parody, but I’m not sure what point they’re trying to make:

CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.

In a late-night appearance in the East Room of the Imperial Palace, Lord Vader declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that agents of the Imperial Army and stormtroopers of the 501st Legion had finally cornered Kenobi, one of the leaders of the Jedi rebellion, who had eluded the Empire for nearly two decades. Imperial officials said Kenobi resisted and was cut down by Lord Vader’s own lightsaber. He was later dumped out of an airlock.

The news touched off an extraordinary outpouring of emotion as crowds gathered in the Senate District and outside the Imperial Palace, waving imperial flags, cheering, shouting, laughing and chanting, “Hail to the Emperor! Hail Lord Vader!” In the alien protection zone, crowds sang “The Ten Thousand Year Empire.” Throughout the Sah’c district, airspeeder drivers honked horns deep into the night.

“For over two decades, Kenobi has been the Jedi rebellion’s leader and symbol,” the Lord of the Sith said in a statement broadcast across the galaxy via HoloNet. “The death of Kenobi marks the most significant achievement to date in our empire’s effort to defeat the rebel alliance. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that the rebellion will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘s demise is a defining moment in the stormtrooper-led fight against terrorism, a symbolic stroke affirming the relentlessness of the pursuit of those who turned against the Empire at the end of the Clone Wars. What remains to be seen, however, is whether it galvanizes Kenobi’s followers by turning him into a martyr or serves as a turning of the page in the war against the Rebel Alliance and gives further impetus to Emperor Palpatine to step up Stormtrooper recruitment.

And who’s Palpatine? Thoughts?

Via Memeorandum


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Comments

  1. Lance Bell says:

    As a Star Wars Fan, I actually enjoy Mashups, but this one was kind of distasteful

  2. Chad S says:

    I think that its just a joke.

  3. An Interested Party says:

    And who’s Palpatine?

    Dick Cheney, of course…after all, the president is simply continuing the previous administration’s policies…

  4. Hey Norm says:

    …after all, the president is simply continuing the previous administration’s policies…
    Well except for the part about actually killing OBL that is. And torture. And invading Iraq. Other than that I guess. Maybe. Or not.

  5. An Interested Party says:

    @Hey Norm: I’m just following the party line that is thrown around in places like here…but don’t let those pesky facts get in the way…

  6. mantis says:

    So, Are They Saying That Obama Is Darth Vader?

    I guess. Obi-wan was a notorious outlaw hiding out in a desert, so I think that’s where the parallel really lies.

    An amusing parody, but I’m not sure what point they’re trying to make

    Perhaps they were just trying to make people laugh? Some still do that without a political agenda.

  7. Vast Variety says:

    And who’s Palpatine? Thoughts?

    George Bush

  8. lunaticllama says:

    Some people make jokes that have no ulterior political point! Crazy world we live with these comedians and what not. The entire thing falls upon actual analogy to the real world, but the comments on the story are great. People questioning where Vader’s birth certificate is, how he might be hiding his jedi past, questioning the decision to throw Obi-Wan’s body into deep space, questioning Vader’s body. Good stuff!

  9. legion says:

    Well, he _is_ black… and there were a lot of unanswered questions about Anakin’s father, and he _did_ torture Leia for information in the first movie, and she lied under torture just like KSM did…

    OMGWTFBBQ!!!

    Donald Trump is Yoda!

  10. Liberty60 says:

    Well, even speking as a confirmed Obama fan, it is amusing to consider how imperial US foriegn policy has become- we treat the entire globe as if it were our property to bomb, invade, bully, occupy and intimidate.

    And yes, as Obi-Wan himself might note, many things in life are a matter of your perspective- if you are an Afghan father whose innocent young sons were killed while out gathering firewood, Obama WOULD appear to be more like Vader than anything else.

  11. TWB says:

    Palpatine is George Soros, or course.

  12. ratufa says:

    Seen in the context of who the good guys really are in the Star Wars saga, this makes perfect sense:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/001/248ipzbt.asp

    Plus, being identified with Vader should help Obama’s reelection chances, since strong is better than weak.

    (Tongue firmly in cheek, here, Or is it?)

  13. Will says:

    I guess it’s hard for me to enjoy a parody where a diabolical mass murderer is equated with one of my childhood icons. But that’s just me.

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