Basso’s second segment as Thomas Paine, “We the People Stimulus Package”, has proven just as popular as the first. After one week on YouTube the vignette has already recorded over one million views and even attracted the attention of President Barack Obama.
“I've received a call from one of his staff members that he has seen it and would like to talk to me, so we'll see what happens,” said Basso.
Whether Basso gets a face-to-face meeting with the president remains to be seen.
But in a note sent to him from the White House, Obama said he remembers Basso from his childhood days in Hawaii.
“He remembers, at least in the note sent to me that he used to watch me on TV at Channel 2.”
If a meeting with the president does take place, Basso is prepared to deliver a serious message, not as Tomas Paine but as a concerned citizen.
“I would tell him that any president to be successful in America has to govern from the center, not from the far left or the far right and it's time for him to take a look and listen to the will of the majority which has been terribly ignored for too long.”