Nation’s First Boombox-Carrying, Rollerskating Congressman Broke Boundaries

Nation’s First Boombox-Carrying, Rollerskating Congressman Broke Boundaries

It was on this day in 1982 that the
first rollerskating while carrying a boombox member of congress was elected when James
‘Sugar Boots’ Franklin narrowly won New York’s eighth congressional seat.
Franklin’s victory was a watershed moment at the times signaling that America’s
burgeoning population of boombox carrying rollerskaters had finally gained
mainstream acceptance. Prove congress ins’t just for suits and crew cuts.
Say hello to the slickest legislator on –. James ‘Sugar Boots’ Franklin. Franklin was an unlikely pioneer, a street
smart skater who admitted to being more concerned with impressing honeys with
his silky smooth moves than with politics. But, as Franklin became more engaged in
a rollerskating dude community, his eyes were opened to the harmful depictions
of rollerskaters in television and film. Franklin began organizing boombox-carrying
rollerskaters advocating for basic rights like rollerskate accessible ramps
in government buildings and protected street lanes where they could lay down
cones for some sweet slaloming. Just because we like to roll it out and have
a smooth fluid style that cannot be denied doesn’t mean we aren’t Americans. That’s right. Franklin campaigned vigorously and after
a tough fight made it to congress where he continued his crusade not just
for rollerskaters but all Americans. I’m not here to judge you. I only ask that you consider the importance
of HR4531, which would increase funding to early education centers for all children.
And with that I thank you and yield the remainder of my time. Now, if you will excuse me, I’ve gots to boogie. Unfortunately, Franklin was forced to
resign after he was caught spray painting his tag on the Washington monument.

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “Nation’s First Boombox-Carrying, Rollerskating Congressman Broke Boundaries

  1. JaxenChaz says:

    "I ain't tryin-a jive you…"

    Such idealism, such vision…

    Sugaboots 2012!!

  2. Martin Jurča says:

    I love his accent 🙂

  3. goatbut29 says:

    Love The Onion! 'Sugarboots' Franklin 2012!

  4. foodiedave says:

    He's right, you know. D batteries are way over-priced, keeping the black man down. Sugarboots for Prez!! Funk the Vote 2012, people!

  5. Malcolm Swoboda says:


  6. Eirwyn says:

    id like to meet the actor and his roller skate skills

  7. Brutaxilos says:

    this guy has a sexy voice

  8. evlon says:

    god I love his smile~

  9. Dao Seeker says:

    this guy's voice is awesome

  10. mydog64 says:

    god i love the onion

  11. sackcheck says:

    1:01 Pabst Blue Ribbon.

  12. TheTslat says:

    I put one and one together, does that count?

  13. Auntkekebaby says:

    I'm gonna have to agree with you.

  14. MOTat18 says:

    Which current event? Please let me know as I can't seem to think of one that compares.

  15. David Bradley says:

    is this just to take the piss out of Rep Rush?

  16. Jay H says:

    Would make a better president than any of the last 15 the U.S had.

  17. Big R says:

    In ten years, we will look back at this video and think it was ironic they used to make a joke about such things.

  18. suffern63 says:

    These people are sick,the bible says so .

  19. cosmin sandu says:

    great job. really funny!

  20. peasinacan says:

    pop POP!

  21. Adam K says:

    0:50 Top right 😀

  22. Paul Friday says:

    what people

  23. TopGunPaintballer says:


  24. Average Bear says:

    That asteroid just keeps coming… It was at 23 hours on the shark attack video.

  25. Nina C says:

    Seriously! Hahaha…

  26. w9j15g says:

    Missed Black History Month by a month.

  27. w9j15g says:

    He was a credit to his skates.

  28. Dude902 says:

    Is he the congressman that was kicked out of the room for wearing a hoodie during his speech?

  29. terrier2468 says:

    @peasinacan. Magnitude from Community? Perfect! Haha…

  30. Pixelated Ṉinja says:

    Freeze turkeys, y'all better get yo' shit together and re-elect Sugar Boots or yo' jive asses better be ready for a whoopin'.

  31. Bargadiel says:

    How do they find these amazing actors?

  32. Snakebite105 says:

    Are you saying you want him as president? Or are you saying you support a movment to prevent him from putting children into combat in uganda?

  33. MiketheCabbie says:

    Sugarboots/Cressbeckler 2012

  34. Tim Thomason says:

    Actually, they made this last October (it aired on IFC). The thing with Congressman Bobby Rush happened only a few days ago.

    However, I think they posted this here in response to the Bobby Rush incident.

  35. Charles Irven says:

    Iulgk po mnyo

  36. SeeSwann says:

    I remember voting for that guy!

  37. eviltube1111 says:

    i think this is making fun of the guy that wore a hoodie in the house

  38. Thegreekboy250 says:

    Bobby Rush, one more reason to hate Illinois. 😛

  39. GeneralGoosey says:

    People need to stop saying this was making fun of Bobby Rush. Look at the description. Look when it was originally aired.

  40. LuvGenre says:

    Sleeveless blazer is off the chain! LOL

  41. LuvGenre says:

    And that make you a complete idiot LOL

  42. The entire population of Sealand says:

    Dude… Is that the "Don't Copy that Floppy" guy?

  43. CaptainLumpyDog says:

    Judging by his tag, Sugar Boots was about twenty feet tall!

  44. Richard Hetrick says:

    This is just plain dumb…..

  45. Your One Black Friend Who Gave you the N Word Pass says:

    lol, I remember that…Booker T

  46. dillonator42 says:

    Like Cressbeckler would ever be VP to a… you know… roller skating boombox carrier.

  47. Gezo says:

    I wish this was real.

  48. Dan Bolivar says:

    Lately the onion is going down the drain this is just plain stupid

  49. SomeFriendlessBastard says:

    I would totally vote for him

  50. Zzyzx says:

    I think you mean Cressbeckler/Sugarboots 2012

  51. Alejandra Garcia says:

    Hell yea! If someone can beat Obama is Sugarboots

  52. suicideposter says:

    How come he sounds more epic 25 seconds into the video than the rest of the video?

  53. KrushDaEnemy says:

    Big balls bounce on Betty's beautiful booty

  54. Lawrence Bryant says:

    SugarBoots 2012

  55. Malic2094 says:

    yo, his shit was toy

  56. Scuderia Pipulino Motorino says:

    You voted Santorum? Or rather vote for Sugarboots than Santorum?

  57. Boof says:

    Secret footage of Obama's early years as a senator! Man, if Obama actually did what Sugarboots did, there's no way he'd lose an election for anything!

  58. MrBl4ckY says:

    spray painting the washington monument…. I WANNA SEE THAT

  59. TheRealBibwitHarte says:


  60. mrgoodstuff1990 says:


  61. TheWeasel says:

    Does anyone know what the music from his boombox is?

  62. PS says:

    I think I've seen this guy around Venice Beach.

  63. TobyTheRobot says:

    Nice touches: (1) the "ONNHD" bars on the side; (2) the "Radiation Index/Velocity" popup that shows up at around 0:50, complete with an ominous countdown; (3) JUST BECAUSE WE LIKE TO ROLL IT OUT AND HAVE A SMOOTH, FLUID STYLE THAT CANNOT BE DENIED, DOESN'T MEAN WE AREN'T AMERICANS!

  64. Andybaby says:

    PLEASE Onion, we want to see more of this guy!!!

  65. JealousyJuice says:

    I don't think America realises just how popular Obama is outside the U.S.A. His main success has been rebuilding the status that America lost during the international relations holocaust that was the Bush presidency. Seriously, us Europeans and indeed the rest of the world are beginning to respect America again and it is largely due to Obama.

  66. TimeAndSpaceWarp says:

    "Seriously, us Europeans" just because you are from europe it does not mean you speak on behalf of europeans. Anyone with a little more insight into american politics knows the US foreighn policy has not changed a bit, he wrote an article titled "Renewing American Leadership,", he's the same neo-imperialist that bush was, and all the dumbass hippies think he is different simply because he is black

  67. JealousyJuice says:

    I'm a fascist not a hippie. Anyway, America is a world leader, deal with it. China may be growing, but its economy is still a third of the size of America's and the moment it's people demand better living standards it's up shit creek. I don't care that his policy hasn't changed a bit – anyone with even more insight into American politics knows that it's all about appearances. Appearances are what matter in world politics. Obama is saving Americas appearance.

  68. HistoryMajor7 says:

    0:41 that scene of him shuffling across the floor of Congress with his skates was hilarious

  69. TheBigStupidHead says:

    He has my vote

  70. JealousyJuice says:

    JFK v2 is required. But as long as it's a democrat with a majority in congress America will be fine.

  71. Redjoker96 says:

    Hell i'd vote for him. Looks a hell of alot more trustworthy than Romney and way smarter than Obama.

  72. TheSandvichTrials says:

    And kangaroos are essentially fish.

  73. MegaKmon says:

    Yeah , when Obama came to Ireland , half my school went into the city just to see him ,but if our president was in the next room and all we had to do see him was get up and walk into the room he is in , we would sit there and not give a shit .

  74. JealousyJuice says:

    The same Obama who was smart enough to be accepted in to the second most prestigious university in the world? (Cambridge is #1, read it and weep America :P)

  75. JealousyJuice says:

    FDR, probably the greatest statesman in history and that's coming from England. But I agree, all the best were and are democrats, and that's all the world needs

  76. Redjoker96 says:

    O wow a school for rich pricks. Anybody can go to a college but it's the knowledge that's taken away from the experience and used in real life is what matter. With Obama no evidence remains to be seen if he remembers anything he learned. Hell he obviously never took a fucking economics/business class. But i can tell he must have been top of the class in oral communication and politician bullshittery.

  77. JealousyJuice says:

    Nah, fairly sure that's natural charisma. But who is telling you he is incompetent economically, and are they offering an alternative solution? Also Harvard is not 'a college' and most certainly not anyone can go there.

  78. LoboDeSade says:

    Yea, only people with lots of money can get into Harvard, this is a fact.

  79. DarthPickley says:

    I wonder what would actually happen if you ever attempted to graffiti the washington monument…

  80. natesdevices says:

    If you were a democrat you wouldn't think obama was stupid. For us, he has upheld the beliefs and needs of our party, and few democrats are so simple minded to simply blow off romney's obvious intelligence. The man is a brilliant manipulator who has successfully won over the dumber portion of the republican party.

  81. natesdevices says:

    No, as an american i can tell you whats up. Since our countries existence as simple colonies the southern half of the nation, whose ideas now make up the republican party, have a self righteous love of nationalism and xenophobia, and as such don't care at all what euro nations think of them. Honestly i wish they'd secede again and die off when they are unable to establish trade or commerce with any other country.

  82. Redjoker96 says:

    I'm neither republican or democrat. If the general public had only a few more brain cells they would be able to figure out that both parties are screwing over America big time. When something goes wrong they always want to place the blame on each other like little fucking kids and they rarely if ever take responsibility for their misguided actions while in office. Hell at this point in the game it doesn't matter who you elect we're screwed either way and the nation is already in its downfall.

  83. JealousyJuice says:

    People/Parties like that just get laughed at here. Europe has seen too much of what nationalism can lead to. The Republicans oppose the things that made America great, and the Democrats have lost their integrity. A worthy president on either side is a rarity and a blessing. America was founded on principles of secularism and justice, and it's a pity to see a nation that could have been special descend just like every other. Get out there and change things before it's too late. Preaching over 🙂

  84. Starpilot149 says:

    I'm not weeping..

    We have NASA.. so yea…

  85. JealousyJuice says:

    Haha you do realise NASA couldn't engineer a toothbrush until it took in prestigious European scientists? Look at the famous ones; Werner von Braun, Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi. Even your Oppenheimer studied at Cambridge. The only thing American about NASA is the money.

  86. Starpilot149 says:

    Why didn't they go to England? or…stay in Germany?

    Your acting as if intelligent people from all over the world coming to America because of our vibrant economy and free society is a weakness, not a strength; or it, at least, doesn't count.

  87. JealousyJuice says:

    World War 2 ring any bells? Threat of war in Europe meant many scientists, especially Jewish ones like Einstein, had to flee for their lives. They didn't leave because secretly everyone wants to be American, the left as a last resort. Even after the war the Americans couldn't build rockets, and so they extradited Nazi war criminals to work on their ICBM projects. America has plenty to be proud of, but there's no need to claim credit for everything. Let's leave that to the French.

  88. Atom Young says:


  89. Niels Poldervaart says:


  90. MrStickyPete says:

    its true I travel a lot during the bush years and now its pretty funny how things have changed

  91. Gabriel Gonzalez says:


  92. Big Zeke says:


  93. River O. says:

    I realize it, but I wonder why. Aside from his status as the first black president he's hardly noteworthy, he's maintained status quo at best. Not to mention that, if Europeans are half as ignorant as the standard American is about politics in other nations, at best the understanding is hearsay.

    Then again, most Americans aren't even remotely knowledgeable about our OWN politics… *Sigh*

  94. Not Crazy says:

    Obama is loved in Europe. Conservative European party leaders prefer Obama to Bush, Reagan or any other modern Republican president. The anti-intellectualism and thug mentality of the modern Republican party turn them off. In Obama they see an intellectual, even political, equal. In Bush and Reagan they only see idiots.

  95. u0455294 says:

    I think this is more and more brilliant every time that I watch it.

  96. ingmaster5 says:

    True, but have you seen our debt recently?

  97. i helloway says:

    shit as always I was pranked by Onion news… I thought this was real xD

  98. let rat says:

    you only had to wait 2 more days to upload it

  99. Dubble-SS says:

    What in the actual f*ck….lol

  100. Shrapnel Head says:

    is that combo?

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