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Behind the Scenes: The Making of “He’s Barack Obama”

Welcome to the ‘behind the scenes’ section of the JibJab blog where we give you all the secrets on how we made ‘He’s Barack Obama’!  In fact, if you read every single entry in this series, you will have everything you need to know in order to make your own Interweb hit.  You’re welcome!

24 responses to “Behind the Scenes: The Making of “He’s Barack Obama””

  1. Gentlemen,

    I knew your video “gems” took more work to produce than most people think, but I was truly surprised after viewing the “behind the scenes” section.

    It appears you have a great group of people who really enjoy doing their work. Most of all, they’re having FUN!

    Be sure to thank them for their efforts and keep up the good work!

  2. Yes thats what I am keen to know as well – I see from your story boards that he actually did say it.
    Did ya’all have a meeting to get him to say it especially?

  3. Absolutely beautiful guys!! Love your work. I was so happy to see the behind the scenes blog as well. great to find out how the magic gets done. Thanks!

  4. This is just the type of instructional information an art teacher like me dreams of locating for students to understand the steps.
    Thank you

  5. The pirate scene…
    Confess…You got him to say that.
    Actually, I really hope he did. He would be the coolest
    President ever if he did.

  6. I love that you have captured our culture and crazy optimism in this snippet of art. WOW! I love it.

    “He’s Come To Save The Day!” is, like, the best *#&$#$ thing you guys have done yet!!! Excellent take on “where do we go with this?” I think you should get #$*#$loads of O-fans (myself included) aboard, but it’s more than sarcastic enough to give the ‘other side’ some wiggle room.
    IIH$$$$, I’d get the “Obama Signal” TShirt, like, lightspeed.

    What I can’t believe is how you really upped the video quality in this cartoon! Puhleeze don’t go into movies, no matter how much the Hollywood morons offer to throw at you!

    BTW, if you DIDN’T actually get the real O-man to stand for a camera and say “Pirates” ((then pull his shirt open??)), that’s the best job you’ve done yet at realism. Cool!!

    About HUMOR…….
    Comedians are not right wing, nor left. They are for humor. If only half the audience laughs, it isn’t universally funny. If nearly everyone laughs,it isn’t just funny, it’s the real truth.
    This cartoon is L*O*L funny!!
    You said it in your blog, I agree:
    NO ONE should have to live with these expecations!!
    What is he…… Spiderman???

    About the only thing I think might’ve gotten added was the White House Gang — Joe Biden, Hillary, Rahm, Geithner — as Barack’s Loyal Sidekicks (esp. Joe, the comic relief of this Admin.)
    Maybe next time, a year or so from now, when they’re all desperately trying to keep things rolling??

    Rich, Henniker NH

    PS idea two:
    “Who shall it Be?” The Republicans desperately search for a new leader. Starrring Sarah, Newt, and Mitt.

  8. hi guys,

    I’m working on a book about the creative process. The idea is to describe a few practical creativity tools, that are used by accomplished artists in all art forms.

    I’ve been very impressed with both the result and the process of the Obama piece. It really sits well with my ideas. I would like to use it as one of the main samples in the book.

    If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at my Email or through my blog ( or website (

    Thanks, and congratulations on a job well done!

  9. I really don’t give a crap about his imperial majesty Obama; I thought the point of the vid was to make FUN of him, not kiss his bitt. Hope you enjoyed your strip-searches while waiting to kiss the royal tush.

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