Could the White House pick up the white courtesy phone? America is calling.
Thursday's Country Music Awards (CMA) held in Nashville (hi to SWAC Daughter) is being remembered this year not so much for the musicians but for a spot at the start of the show that mocked the website problems of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Yeah ... they went there.
Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley entertained the overwhelmingly approving crowd with a musical spoof of the troubled national health care law. Set to the tune of the night's Entertainer of the Year winner George Strait's hit song, "Amarillo By Morning," the comical rendition began after Brad joked that he had "twerked" his back, a jab at Miley Cyrus' performance earlier in the year at the Video Music Awards. Carrie innocently asked in her Southern accent, "Hey, do you have that Obamacare?" which brought a roar of laughter and applause from the crowd.
She goes on to say she started trying to sign up "last Thursday and I'm almost done," which brought more laughter from the crowd. As they sat down at a laptop, Brad played the guitar while Carrie made moves of trying to get a frozen website to do something, and they began to sing (remember, it's to the tune of "Amarillo By Morning"):
Obamacare by morningIt brought down the house. Reaction around the internet was instantaneous. It spread through social media and hit the news cycles, bringing further-reaching recognition to the CMAs than anything else that night.
Why's it taking so long?
I'm gonna wind up with hemmoroids
If I sit here til dawn.
Oh, I've cataracts and dimmentia
This is getting on my last nerve
Obamacare by morning
Over 6 people served.
The white courtesy phone is ringing....