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The presidential election dominated much of the Internet in 2008, and many of the most popular videos were professionally produced pleas to vote or jabs at one candidate or another. Arguably, videos involving celebrities and public figures don't qualify for true "viral" status, as they would be popular by virtue of the appearance of a famous figure alone. Despite the election's media saturation, the year brought plenty of amateur videos that had nothing to do with politics. Not surprisingly, many of 2008's most popular videos had messages of hope and inspiration at their core.