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"Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney" is a song and music video, performed by Iman Crosson, Peter "Nice Peter" Shukoff, and Lloyd "EpicLLOYD" Ahlquist. It is the 8th episode of the 2nd season of the YouTube video series Epic Rap Battles of History. The video was released on 15 October 2012 on the show's YouTube channel in anticipation of the 2012 US presidential election.

"Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney"
Single by Epic Rap Battles of History
Released15 October 2012
GenreRap battle
LabelMaker Studios
Songwriter(s)Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist
Producer(s)Michlle Maloney, Drew Walkup
Epic Rap Battles of History singles chronology
"Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury"
"Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney"
"Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who"
Music video
Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2. on YouTube
Iman Crosson (left, in character) portrayed and rapped as Barack Obama (right).
Lloyd Ahlquist (left) portrayed and rapped as Mitt Romney (right).
Peter Shukoff (left) reprised his portrayal of and rapping as Abraham Lincoln (right).


Music videoEdit

The video features President of the United States Barack Obama (portrayed by Iman Crosson) and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney (portrayed by Lloyd Ahlquist) facing off in a rap battle. Following four back-and-forth verses, President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Peter Shukoff) interrupts the two and begins rapping against both Obama and Romney. Lincoln proceeds to "bitch smack" the two before being carried away by an American bald eagle.

As of February 2018, the video has received over 137 million views on YouTube.[1]


The video was one of the most popular viral videos of 2012[2] and was discussed in a New York Times article.[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

The video was nominated for "Video of the Year" at the 2013 YouTube Music Awards.[4]


In July 2013, the song was certified Gold by the RIAA, making ERB the first YouTube channel to do so.[3][5]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] 1× Gold 78,000,000 views ^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

  Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[7]


  1. ^ "Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2". Epic Rap Battles of History. YouTube. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ Leshock, Marcus (December 19, 2012). "WATCH: YouTube's Top 10 Viral Videos of 2012". WGNtv. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kaufman, Leslie (October 30, 2013). "Making Silly Showdowns for YouTube". New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Pham, Alex (October 21, 2013). "YouTube Music Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PSY Score Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Carrasco, Ed (August 1, 2013). "'EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY' GETS CERTIFIED GOLD FOR THEIR 'BARACK OBAMA VS. MITT ROMNEY' VIDEO". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Epic Rap Battles of History – Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  7. ^ "RIAA Adds Digital Streams To Historic Gold & Platinum Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013.

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