Obama: The Net Giveth and the Net Taketh Away

The Internet has been very kind to Barack Obama. Over the past few days his groovy “Barack Roll” video to the sounds of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up has been making the rounds, thanks to YouTube.

But another, not-so-hip, video of Obama has suddenly surfaced on the Web. I’ve just caught up with the video of what happened to the Democratic Presidential hopeful in Bristol, Va., when his TelePrompTer malfunctioned. (I hate it when that happens!)

At first, I wondered whether this didn’t happen in Bristol, Pa., since the video is up on phillyburbs.com, the Web site for the Calkins Media chain of suburban Philadelphia newspapers, which serves Bristol. However, a Google search confirms that Obama held a “Town Hall” event in Bristol, Va. on June 5, 2008.

Here’s the link to an Obama at a loss for words.

With his angry outbursts at the audience and his malaprops (he confuses “breathalyzer” with “inhaler” in a vignette about a child with asthma), the Democratic hopeful sounds a bit like President George W. Bush. If Obama makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it could be more of the same at those White House press conferences should the TelePrompTer ever go on the fritz.

Beth Turnage over at Astrology Explored has compared the charts of Obama and W., both of which are chock full of planets in Leo. It’s an interesting post.

Like the pictures of President Bush looking a little out of it at the Olympics, the Obama Town Hall video is yet another example of the transiting Neptune/Node/Chiron in Aquarius, I believe. Neptune is film, the Node is public dissemination, and Chiron is the wound (Bush being propped up by a team of Secret Service agents, Obama stumbling for words).

I’m also reminded me of Jude Threshold’s post on the Aug. 16 eclipse where she talks about “unmasking.” Interesting that a video from a June 5 event is suddenly getting buzz on the Web on Aug. 13.

Will “TelePrompTer malfunction” join the national lexicon along with “wardrobe malfunction”?

Calling All Rick Astley Fans

Before I tracked down Kathryn Cassidy’s post at Collaborating With Fate on the Internet phenomenon known as “rickrolling,” I e-mailed Marjorie Orr and asked her to take a peek at singer Rick Astley’s chart. I asked Marjorie if she could see any reason for the boomerang of his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up, thanks to Internet pranksters.

Marjorie has responded to my request and has posted her interpretation of Astley’s chart, which is somewhat hindered because we don’t have a time of birth. You can read it here. Scroll down if you don’t see it.

I’ve Been “Rickrolled”

Have you heard about this? You click on YouTube to watch a video and all of a sudden you’re groovin’ to the 1987 song, Never Gonna Give You Up by British singer Rick Astley. It’s called “rickrolling,” according to the Wiki, and I’m the latest victim.

I was trying to find the commercial from the John McCain camp that’s getting so much hype today that compares Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama to the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. The story line seems to be that Obama’s not a serious politician; he’s a celebrity. I clicked on a YouTube URL that purported to have the McCain commercial and I was transported back to the golden days of my Twenties with Never Gonna Give You Up.

Back to reality: Remember the Mars/Moon conjunction opposing Uranus that straddles the Ascendant/Descendant in Obama’s 2008 solar return? This is only the beginning. By the way, McCain is correct to detect star power from Obama: With a regal Leo Sun square nebulous Neptune, he’s got rock-star charisma.

Meanwhile, will one of you U.K.-based astrologers look into the celestial aspects triggering the popularity of Never Gonna to Give You Up? I suspect that this year’s Jupiter in Capricorn is triggering the natal Neptune in Capricorn of the song’s 1987 release date, though Astley himself could be a Capricorn and getting a lift from Jupiter. Scratch that theory: Astley’s an Aquarian, born Feb. 6, 1966.

It turns out that Kathryn Cassidy at Collaborating With Fate has looked into the “rickrolling” phenom, which also involves large groups of fans meeting to sing Never Gonna Give You Up. Cassidy looks into the connections, or synastry, between three dates: Astley’s birthday, the day the song was recorded (Jan. 1, 1987), and April 11, 2008, when hundreds of people gathered at the Liverpool Street Station in London to sing Never Gonna Give You Up. Here’s the scoop. I knew I’d seen this somewhere.