Lost Video: Hillary Rodham GUMP!


It was 1995. Bill Clinton was president. His wife, Hillary, had been through a bruising political defeat after leading a charge to reform health care. And Forrest Gump won the Academy Award for best picture.

So when the Gridiron Club, one of the oldest journalist groups in Washington, held its annual dinner, it must have seemed obvious how the first lady would make a splash — she would star as “Hill-ry Gump” in a video loaded with topical comedy. (Skits are a staple of the Gridiron dinner, which is supposed to be off the record, and given how the performances from politicians and reporters can go, they might wish that were honored better.)

This week, Clinton’s campaign went for an even more awkward style of comedy to reach millennial voters as she made an appearance on Zach Galifianakis’ Web series Between Two Ferns.

A lot of those voters actually weren’t even born yet when Forrest Gump became a big deal, so here is a guide to some of the jokes that were probably hilarious 21 years ago. NPR




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