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Obama's speech sets new Twitter record

The Internet has a lot of feelings about President Obama. So many, in fact, that its citizens set a new record last night: Twitter reports that about 52,756 Tweets per minute were written about Obama’s convention speech just after its conclusion. That’s a record for a political event, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told Politico. Mitt Romney’s convention speech, by contrast, drove 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.

All in all, users sent over 9.5 million tweets about the DNC, crushing the 4 million tweets written about the RNC. Twitter users wrote 4 million messages about the Democratic convention on Day 3 alone. Thanks a lot, #sexyface!

But it’s not all sunshine and hashtags in Donkeyville.  READ FULL STORY

Larry David narrates Obama film on 'The Daily Show': 'Less bad is better than more bad!'

Look, The Daily Show gets that a lot of Americans feel like they aren’t better off now than they were four years ago. But hey — even if President Obama hasn’t been perfect, he hasn’t made as many mistakes as he could have made. And everyone agrees that less bad is better than more bad… right?

That’s the point driven home by this fake biographical video for Obama. It points out how, as president, he put in place an “economic stimulus package that definitely didn’t ruin the country” and managed to keep the unemployment rating below 12 percent, “or 19! Or 80! There’s no limit to how high numbers can go!” As for Obamacare? “It’s better than cancer!” The whole thing is narrated by Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David, a guy who knows a thing or two about optimistic pessimism.

Check out the devastating and funny — or is that devastatingly funny? — clip below.

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Democratic National Convention, Day 3: 10 lessons learned

CNN’s coverage of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accepting their nominations at the Democratic National Convention last night (read Ken Tucker’s review of their speeches) taught us 10 things:

1. Some cutaway shots are simply too brief.

“Gentlemen, it’s never been a good bet to bet against the American people.”

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Michelle Obama on Letterman: Top 10 reasons to watch the DNC

On this, the final day of the Democratic National Convention, even die-hard wonks are feeling some political fatigue. For the past few weeks, it’s been nothing but “we built it”-this and “yes we can, again”-that and endless “Invisible Obama” jokes — and the volume of discourse will only increase as November inches closer. Even so, First Lady Michelle Obama thinks you should tune in to the DNC tonight… and not just because her husband’s giving a speech.

Last night, David Letterman had Obama read off her Top Ten reasons to watch the convention. Consider it before you decide whether to watch the president’s speech tonight — and remember, you don’t have to be a Democrat to enjoy balloons!

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DNC or VMAs? We help you choose

Tonight, you could gawk at one of the year’s biggest pageants, a spectacle featuring bold-faced names performing for an audience of celebrities and fashion victims… or you could watch the Video Music Awards. Nailed it!

True, MTV has moved up the VMAs so they don’t conflict with President Obama’s speech in the 10 p.m. hour. But watching the awards instead of the convention would still mean missing big moments like a speech from noted politician Eva Longoria, remarks delivered by World’s Least Boring Man John Kerry, and countless Joe Biden reaction shots. Then again, if you pick the convention, you risk not knowing which stars are pregnant and which ones are draped in snakes or desperation or whatever.

Decisions, decisions! Luckily, EW is here to help determine which major television event is right for you. Here’s our handy-dandy guide:

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Democratic National Convention, day 2: Top 15 faces of people waiting to hear Bill Clinton

There is little doubt that former President Bill Clinton’s speech during Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention was nothing less than a barn-burner. “Loose and ebullient, sprinkling his text with ad libs, Clinton reminded viewers what a powerful speaker he is, and how his pleasure in speechifying can be contagious,” wrote EW’s Ken Tucker. “Obama has his work cut out for him [Thursday] night to top this.”

Clinton’s oratory had the added effect of blasting away the cobwebs from an evening of speeches from non-professional speakers that ranged from agreeably engaging to stilted and bland — in marked contrast to the DNC’s first night of expertly choreographed and electrically delivered addresses. One need only look over the faces of the convention crowd Tuesday night to get a sense that many attendees were pretty much just waiting for the evening’s headliner to show up already. Forthwith, I give you the top 15 faces of people biding their time for Bill Clinton, rating their state of political lethargy ranging from 1 (fifth season of The West Wing) to 10 (five-hour C-SPAN broadcast about sorghum futures). Enjoy!  READ FULL STORY

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington to speak at the DNC

Yes, but will they argue with furniture?

The Democratic National Convention’s Thursday schedule is still top-secret — but according to CNN, Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, Oscar winner Natalie Portman, and EWwy favorite Kerry Washington will address the floor together. The news network also says that the actresses will follow a performance by The Foo Fighters. Political conventions: sounding more and more like the VMAs every day!

Each member of the trio has been a vocal supporter of Obama since 2008. Portman recently spoke in favor of the president at the Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit in Las Vegas. Her Other Boleyn Girl costar Johansson held a fashion-themed Obama fundraiser with Vogue‘s Anna Wintour in February. And Washington wrote an impassioned opinion piece about the election for News One this summer, urging supporters to volunteer for Obama’s campaign. Her character on Scandal also has a very, er, special relationship with the show’s fictional president.

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Democratic National Convention, day 1: Recapped by America (on Twitter)

The #DNC was all the rage Tuesday night on the Twitter — as my dad calls it. And if you followed the hashtag throughout the night, a few things became clear as the speeches went on:

1. No matter who wins in November, there will be Mitt Romney Santa Clauses on store shelves.

2. Kal Penn can get anything to trend.

3. Suri Cruise just met her match in the kiddies with ‘tude department.

4. The night was filled with some highly quotable moments.

5. And speeches are so much more interesting when experienced in a community of Tweeting maniacs (#oneofus). In fact, if you followed closely, you probably didn’t have to watch at all. (NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ADVISED ACTION.)

So I present a recap of last night’s DNC, seen through 30 tweeting Americans — plus a few observations from CNN and Buzzfeed:  READ FULL STORY

Obama calls an indisposed Kal Penn in new DNC promo -- VIDEO

When actor Kal Penn revealed in 2009 that he was leaving Hollywood for a job in the White House, a nation scratched its head. “Really?” it asked, pausing to take a slurp from a country-sized Big Gulp. “The stoner from Harold & Kumar, working with Obama? How did that happen?”

Questions aside, Penn’s stint as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement seems to have gone well. He’s held onto the post for three years, minus a few months spent filming A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in 2010. And now Penn will be hosting coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Sept. 6 — provided he can ditch the bong long enough to remember to show up.

Check out the video below to see what happens when the president interrupts a very important munchies-and-cartoon-a-thon.

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Eva Longoria to speak at the DNC; which other stars should get political?

Eva Longoria is no longer a desperate housewife — but she is desperate for Barack Obama to win a second term in office. The actress was an extremely vocal Obama supporter in 2008, and she’s been serving as a co-chair for the president’s reelection campaign since this past February. Now Longoria will show her support on an even bigger platform:  She’s giving a speech at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

The Republican party doesn’t have any similar politically-minded stars speaking at its own convention in Tampa Bay, at least as of now. Still, Longoria’s selection means that future quadrennial assemblies — as well as smaller events throughout the year — could include even more boldfaced names someday. Yeah, yeah, these events are about politics, not Hollywood — but wouldn’t a few more speeches from people like Longoria liven up the proceedings just a bit? They’d be worth it for the resulting Daily Show segments alone!

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