September 27th, 2012
11:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Samuel L. Jackson: 'Wake the F*** up' for Obama

(CNN) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson entered the political fray this week, starring in a new web video that parodies his own audio recording of the mock children's book, "Go the F*** to Sleep."

This time, however, Jackson is reaching out to voters–not frustrated parents–urging Americans to "Wake the F*** Up" and vote for President Barack Obama. (Obviously, not work safe without headphones, but there's also a bleeped version.)

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In the nearly four-minute video told like a children's book, Jackson narrates a metrical tale of disenchanted Obama fans who have since dialed down their support.

"In the silvery moonlight that bathes every town,

The people lye dreaming so safe and so sound.

They're warm in their beds, snuggled up in their sheets,

But four years before, they were out in the streets."

The story features a girl named "Little Susie," whose family once actively campaigned for Obama but now sits on the sidelines this election year.

"We canvassed and phone banked with passion and pluck.

It matters this time, but their eyes are shut."

Funding for the project came from the Jewish Council for Education and Research, a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama. The group has made other humor-based videos, including a video last week on Voter ID laws that featured a brash performance by comedian Sarah Silverman.

The new video also takes a comical spin. As Little Susie's parents brush her off during her childlike pleas for activism, Samuel L. Jackson appears in the family's dining room–with an in-your-face, though still rhythmic, approach.

"Sorry, my friend, but there's not time to snore.

An out of touch millionaire just declared war

On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay.

We're all on our way if Romney has his way.

He's against safety nets. If you fall, tough luck.

So I strongly suggest, that you wake the f*** up."

The video continues with a storybook pace interrupted by Jackson's rather blunt, yet lyrical, pep talks. Jackson, for example, took issue with the excuse made by Little Susie's teenage brother, who argued he's not involved because he thinks "all politicians are the same."

"They're all the same? Big brother, please!

Obama sent SEALS to Bin Laden's Place. Romney sent jobs overseas.

How about that student loan overhaul? It's going to save you thousands of bucks.

Mitt will cut that sh*t in a second. My dude, Wake the f*** up."

Last year, Jackson made headlines when he narrated the audiobook version of "Go the F*** to Sleep," a satirical children's book that strikes a chord with frustrated parents who try to tuck their kids in at night.

When Audible Inc. released the 6-minute recording as a free download, it received 160,000 downloads in 48 hours. Audible also saw a sharp spike–up to 160% increase–in downloads of their apps for smart phones during the same time window.

The original book, written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, originally was slated for a fall 2011 release. The PDF version of the book, however, was leaked and went viral. It became so popular that Akashic moved the release dates for the print book and e-book up to June of that year.

– CNNMoney's Julianne Pepitone contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Goes to show some actors cant tell the movies from reality and are not smart to do ANYTHING but act. What a moron, There are 2 types of liberals those who want you to do everything for them and those rich enough to afford it.

    September 27, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. CryBabies

    @ Sniffet "Grown man cries about naughty words"....No, Just another advancement in the dumbing down of America.

    September 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Dee G.

    I don't get why everyone is in such an uproar. I think it's hysterical!!

    September 27, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. christian

    People shouldn't vote for Obama because Some movie star says so. They should because Mitt Romney believes in all of the advantages, tax cuts, hand-outs and cheating possible, for corporations, ...while believing that the middle class and working class should languish. He got ULTRA-rich by gaming the system. And he won't say what deductions he will cut so that his additional tax cuts for the rich don't run up the deficit. that's because he Won't cut the deductions that the rich want. But he will begrudge poor people basic health care

    September 27, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. fouad zouri

    I think Obama inherted big debt from Bush it is outstanding if he could do anythi ng for this failling economy I think we need at least 6 to 8 years if the rish and americans people will help.

    September 27, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. McBob

    Sorry Sammy! Your boy is going down and there's nothing you can do about it.

    September 27, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. NotaFan

    Used to watch your (Jackson's) movies. No longer. obama will lead his nation straight to hell.

    September 27, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. mrjackson777

    I don't know if such harsh language is needed, but Sam L has a point. The Right is FIRED UP! They want to get rid of Obama like a bad rash. The only reason Mittens is behind in the polls, is becasue he likes the taste of hs own foot, so he keeps putt'n it in his mouth. If Obama supporters don't support him like before, they might find themselves with President Mitty.

    September 27, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. RJMcBean

    The words "Wake the F*** Up" and "vote for President Barack Obama" are mutually exclusive.

    September 27, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. NotaFan

    obama will lead this nation straight to hell.

    September 27, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. just sayin

    if we don't vote for Obama again, it'll prove we are all racists. so we must sacrifice our country's future as well as our kids to prove we are not racists. the election should just be cancelled and obama annointed president again.

    September 27, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. UDidntBuildThat

    fouad zouri-I think Obama inherted big debt from Bush it is outstanding if he could do anythi ng for this failling economy I think we need at least 6 to 8 years if the rish and americans people will help.
    ________________
    Another example of the ignorant, moron vote that Obama is going after. Obama came into to office with a $9Trillion debt. He ballooned it to $16+ and counting. He has spent more than any other president and his big solutions for term 2 is to keep doing the same thing but expect different results – the definition of insanity.

    September 27, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. cnnmembuh

    All these celebrities feel compelled to use the F bomb whenever they exhort us to vote the way they do.

    September 27, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. evejohnson

    Yes people, wake up and see the downward spiral of the United States that this administration has caused..

    September 27, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Republicans =

    This just proves it.

    September 27, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. cnnmembuh

    I like his acting, but he should not presume that I share his radical politics.

    September 27, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. BLKMANinAmerica

    So what is problem, vote for Obama because he really is the only one that will represent EVERYONE in America and not just the people who look like him.

    September 27, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. carly

    Funny how everyone is trying turn out the voters for Obama. No one is urging voters to register and vote from that right wing nut party. they are working hard on suppressing the vote.

    September 27, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. mdcisneros

    Sammy just keep acting, I loved you in Star War.

    September 27, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. PeterD

    Only if Dirty Hairy would have said F word for Obama, then CNN would have Blocked and Banned the whole article.

    September 27, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    One thing is for certain, NOBODY will be looking back at the "good old days when Obama was President". Just like nobody looks back at the "good old Jimmy Carter days".

    That alone should tell you the incompetent clown has to go!

    September 27, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Howard

    All these Obama stooge celebrities are told each and every word to utter in their movies, by a writer ... and, told how to utter them, by a director ... and, THEY are trying to tell the rest of us what to think, and how to vote ???
    Obama is destroying America ... the obama stooges love obama more than they love America ...
    America is more important than obama ... obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not.
    Save America ... Dump obama in November.

    September 27, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Mittens' 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    You Obama-haters are funny! Under President Obama's leadership, our economy is slowly turning around, bin Laden is dead, 30 straight months of private sector job growth, the Dow over 13,000, etc., etc., etc.

    And YOU want to vote for Mittens 'n' Munster to take us back to the failed policies that got us in this mess in the first place!

    If there's anyone who needs to wake the F up, it's YOU GUYS!.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Kirk in michigan

    I remember gas being 4.19 a gallon summer of 08. all the other things are what was handed to the pres. and why dont you relive the market @ 6000, now over 13000, and the deficit is because of wars and rich man tax policies, let me know when you want to realistically review where ths country was in 08, your republican party can do no wromg,i used to be republican, but they act like children now. they perpetuated this god awful mess, blame the pres. for not being able to undo it in four years. i shudder to think how far we could have come with bipatisan effort

    September 27, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: Mittens' 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    @UDidntBuildThat: "Another example of the ignorant, moron vote that Obama is going after. Obama came into to office with a $9Trillion debt. He ballooned it to $16+ and counting. He has spent more than any other president and his big solutions for term 2 is to keep doing the same thing but expect different results – the definition of insanity."

    No, you're the moron. The deficit went up because President Obama put on the books the cost of two unfunded wars and unfunded Medicare Part D, something Bush didn't have the stones to do.

    Regarding your Fox talking point that President has spent more than any other president, read this from the May 22, 2012 Wall Street Journal:

    "Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%.

    "There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear."

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 27, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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