‘Daily Show’ crew dissects the art of the stump speech

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:54 EDT
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Political stump speeches, The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams said, are like those stories your dad tells all the time; sometimes he leaves out details, and sometimes he adds them to suit the situation.

“Or maybe he just forgot because Dad’s getting old,” she explained, in one of a series of faux-instructional videos about the political process the show released Monday featuring Williams and the rest of the show’s correspondents.

After explaining the origin of the term — what really happened, Jason Jones said, is that candidates in olden days would stand on top of people with amputated limbs — the team offered up tips for would-be candidates looking to make an impression on future supporters.

Being relatable can make a difference, of course: candidates should be able to bring up the local delicacy, show their support for the nearest “sportsball” team, and have the proper attire — pushed-up sleeves and pseudo-casual mom jeans.

“Because when it comes to president, what I need more than anything is a guy who looks like the Brawny man,” Wyatt Cenac deadpanned.

Watch the rest of the team’s how-to video, posted Monday by Comedy Central, below:

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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