Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Top five: Political iReports

Editor's note: iReport, CNN's citizen journalism initiative, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. To mark the occasion, we're taking a look at some of iReport's shining moments in a series of top five posts on a variety of topics. Today, we're taking a look at some of the most interesting political iReports.

 

CNN iReport has always been a place for lively discussion, but there is no other topic that gets iReporters talking quite like politics. The 2008 presidential election season was a particularly eventful time for iReport with thousands flocking to the user-generated site as a sounding board for ideas and discussion. From hilarious music parodies to impassioned speeches, iReporters showed off their political prowess with some of the most creative photos and videos on the internet.

 

Fortunately, this passion did not dwindle with the end of the election season. Since 2008, political assignments have continued to thrive on iReport.com and the recent debt-crisis in the U.S. has already sparked a new wave of great conversation. Here are some of the most creative and most inspiring political iReports we’ve received over the years:

 

 

 

Sarah Palin meets America: Sarah Palin’s vice presidential bid with the Republican Party was one of the most memorable parts of the 2008 election. In his iReport, Greg Reese helped to summarize Sarah Palin’s affect on the American public with a hilarious rap music video. Reese also filmed an equally hilarious  music video about President Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain

 

 

"Joe-the-Plumber" becomes overnight sensation: Presidential candidates weren’t the only subjects of iReport music videos during the 2008 election season. Election theme song “Joe the Plumber” is a spoof on the media frenzy caused by a simple question posed by Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher--a.k.a "Joe the Plumber"-- to Obama as he campaigned on his street. The video was uploaded by iReporter Fred Wilharm.

 

 

Santa Cruz celebrates the 2008 election: iReporter Lawrence Rachleff captured this great video of the streets in Santa Cruz, California, as the entire city erupted in jubilation after it was announced that Barack Obama had won the presidency.

 

“The excitement was in the air and cheers and joy spilled into the streets,” Rachleff said. “It was terrific to see all races, nationalities, religions and ages celebrating this historic night together.”

 

 

Health care reform takes center stage: Not long after President Obama took office, the topic of health care reform surged to the forefront of the political conversation. One iReporter, Desire Grover, uploaded a video to iReport where she shared her frustration about bickering in Washington politics.

 

“Why do we hang on to every word of these politicians when it is their every word that keeps us in the dark about what is really going on,” Grover said. “Have ‘we the people’ forgotten that we are the government?”

 

 

Decatur puts Washington politics in one word: On July 26, the morning after President Barack Obama and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner addressed the nation on the economy, iReporter Sam D. hit the streets and asked people to sum up Washington in one word.

 

“If I could tell President Obama one thing it would be to compromise. Be adults and think about us, not the next election,” he said.

 

The 2012 election season is almost here and have a lot of great things in store for iReport. Stay tuned and upload your own photos and videos to join the political conversation.

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