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Barack Obama Soundboard Gives Pranksters President's Voice

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 03:33 PM

Online soundboards give pranksters the ability to use President Barack Obama’s voice to call their friends and convince them the leader of the United States might want to have a chat.

The advent of technology made soundboards — sites that let users grab short pieces of celebrity interviews, movie clips and other audio information — popular as a way to fool people that someone famous is calling them.

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On ObamaSoundOff.com, which bills itself as the “original Barack Obama soundboard,” Obama’s voice can be heard to say everything from the simple, “I’m Barack Obama,” to more complicated clips like, “You have some good ideas. Maybe if you joined the church you could help us start a community program. Why don’t you come by on Sunday?”

The site said it first posted the clips of Obama’s voice in 2006, created from the president’s audio book of “Dreams from My Father.” Those snippets have been used, the site said, to create calls made during the president’s second run for office that purportedly had the president chatting with a voter and then launching into a speech full of racial epithets and vulgar language.

Simple phrases, with Obama’s voice saying “yes” and “no,” are intermingled on the site with with “Yeah, that’s what you said the last time” and “That’s just how white folks’ll do ya.”

In a YouTube video, someone also claimed to have used soundboard clips to prank African National Congress minister Julius Malema right before Obama’s inauguration. In the video, a person called Malema and asked him to hold for the president, and then he used varying clips from a soundboard to create a conversation.

A clip of Obama saying, “Hey! What’s up?” was used to add to the chaos of a conference call being conducted in July by Sen. Thad Cochran about his campaign, according to Roll Call. The call was supposed to be for reporters but other people logged in and interrupted the discussion.

Along with Obama’s voice repetitively asking what was up, the call also apparently included someone playing audio from the “Animal House” movie, Roll Call said.

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