The Fonz, Richie, Andy, and Opie are pro Obama

Fonzhoward Ron Howard, Andy Grffith, and Henry Winkler revived some old characters in a pro-Obama "call to action." It's funny, cute, sentimental, and incredibly awkward and horrifying all at once.
Ron Howard's Call To Action (Thanks, Joel Johnson!)


  1. Was I the only one who thought to check the Internet to see if “dren” might have been used appropriately?

    “Dren was used as a nickname in an episode of Happy Days where Joanie described Potsie as the opposite of a nerd, being that word spelt backwards.”


    (And we all know that Wikipedia is accurate, right?)

  2. Does anyone know the artist or track name of the music playing in the background at the beginning and end of the video?

  3. Exactly Octopede, thats how serious this election is.

    The real question we must ask now is how would Barney Fife and Al vote?

    thank you for supporting my usage of “dren”
    would have been pathetic to be disemvoweled for a word Joanie Cunningham made up. :-)

  5. OK. Back up. Andy Griffith is alive? And he’s voting Democratic?

    That clip was actually filmed shortly before his death in the late ’80s just for the benefit of future generations. Such is the power of Obama.

  6. I honestly, seriously thought AG was dead. I even remembered feeling sad about it. Thus, this video seriously creeped me out until I checked. Who knew?

    The memory is a funny thing.

    On a related note, do Opie and Richie BOTH get to vote?

  7. Don Knotts sent in a provisional ballot. He wrote in Ross Perot for President because he likes the guy’s looks.

  8. I was also shocked to see Andy for a second! Glad he’s still alive, patroling on our behalf. : )

  9. Barney would’ve voted Palin. Otis for Bush. Al for Bob Barr. Aunt Bee for Mr. C, and Mr. C for Ralph. Oh, the postmodernism.

  10. This episode made me hate Howard Cunningham for the rest of my life:

    Adlai Stevenson was a great man.

  11. Actually, Fonzie also voted for the Republican:

    At a large public rally Fonzie publicly declares, “I like Ike. My bike likes Ike .

    So, also good to see Winkler making up for that.

  12. Fraud! Lies! Andy may be alive but he wasn’t in the same studio as Opie. That was green screened and matched up.

  13. There’s something about these “I’ve never made a political endorsement before” things that remind me of Playboy Fora: “I never expected to be writing you…”

  14. I have tremendous respect for any major Hollywood persona who is willing to let himself be filmed getting his nose hairs clipped….

    Damn, Ron… good for you!

  15. To me the creepy was somehow overwhelmed by the awesome.

    Maybe cuz Winkler still rocks The Fonz.

    “Boy was I wruuuh… wrouhuh… Yeah, that’s the word.”

  16. The Andy Griffith one felt like two old actors reprising their roles in the same timeframe they played them before.

    What’s really creepy about the Happy Days one, was that it felt more like these same guys were really in the same Milwaukie neighborhood decades later and way older, and the Fonz is still a greaser in ’50s hood clothing admitting he voted for Bush…

  17. #33 Bondjamesbond-

    I have tremendous respect for any major Hollywood persona who is willing to let himself be filmed getting his nose hairs clipped..

    And to be filmed taking off his toupee! (Not that he ever wears one, but still.) It’s something I kinda hope catches on. Bill Shatner, I’m looking at you…

  18. Too bad Don Knotts is not still with us. It would have been great to see him come out of the bushes and go into a pro-McCain rant. He was a master of the misguided soapbox speech.

    I watched the entire Andy Griffith Show series on WGN this past year. All I had read about it for years is how ridiculously idyllic it was in portraying small-town life and the conspicuous absence of Blacks on the show. I was surprised by just how progressive it really was, not to mention appearances by the likes of a very young Jack Nicholson and Barbara Eden–that costume on I Dream of Jeanie did not do justice to her figure like a snugly tailored dress and heels did.

  19. @2 & 3

    “dren” is Nerd spelled backwards. Joanie had the hots for Potzie at some point and made it up

  20. Somewhere, one shark turned to another and asked, “hey did you just feel a weird sensation, like something was going over your back?”

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