Jack Aiello’s 8th-Grade ‘Presidential Graduation Speech’ Launches 14-Year-Old’s Career [Video]
Jack Aiello has a bright future ahead of him. As seen in the attached YouTube video, Jack is a 14-year-old who made the most of his graduation speech. Instead of giving a boring snooze-fest of an 8th-grade graduation speech, Aiello used his time to put his comedic and witty skills on display. Jack displayed his versions of how folks like President Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders would thank Aiello’s teachers and school administrators during graduation.
It wasn’t merely Jack’s sense of style for grabbing Mr. Obama’s inflections on certain words as Aiello waxed poetically about Hawaii, but it was the content of Jack’s words during graduation that also made the speech funny. Jack hails from Illinois and gave the now-famous graduation speech at a school outside of Chicago.
According to the New York Post, Aiello studied at Thomas Middle School, with the TMS acronym making its way prominently into Jack’s speech. Aiello gave praise to everything from the school’s cinnamon rolls to the fond memories of projects created over the years.
The YouTube video has gained nearly two million views since being uploaded on June 8. As of this writing, the video on the YouTube page of John Aiello, Jack’s father, is unlisted and doesn’t appear to have any YouTube ads on it. With that many hits, Aiello might consider adding some pre-roll ads, because it appears his son is on his way to becoming a YouTube star and beyond with his newfound fame in giving funny speeches that can capture a crowd.
8th-Grader Jack Aiello Nails Impersonations Of Trump, Cruz, Obama, Clinton, Sanders In Grad Speech : NPR https://t.co/Qq6PaR577s
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As reported by NBC Chicago, Jack was the top choice by his Arlington Heights teachers to give a graduation speech. Jack could very well find himself doing a stint on SNL or talk shows with so much attention being given to his routine. Each of the 350 or so students in Aiello’s graduating class were asked to pen a graduation speech as homework for their English class.
Needless to say, Jack won that speech contest hands-down. It was a great choice to have Aiello give the graduation speech — a young man that many of his cohorts call humble.
Beginning with Trump, Jack used Trump’s hand movements and braggadocio ways to speak about how much Trump loves China. Aiello captured the attention of the crowd, including the graduates, who soon knew Jack’s speech wouldn’t be an ordinary list of names being thanked.
When Jack got to his impression of Sanders, Aiello focused on Bernie’s penchant for spouting numbers and percentages. Aiello didn’t just start doing impressions in time for his graduation speech. Instead, according to Jack’s parents, he’s been doing them all of his life and he’s a big fan of politics.
Jack’s mother, Carla Aiello, said that her son watches all of the political highlights and is a big fan of the comedian Dana Carvey.
Some of the highlights of Jack’s graduation speech are quoted below.
“Congratulations, you are now getting to hear a speech from the magnificent Donald Trump. And let me just tell you that Thomas has been such a great school. Quite frankly, it’s been fantastic.”
After finishing up his Trump impressions, Jack moved on to Cruz.
“Thank you, Donald. Let me start by saying this: God bless the great school of Thomas!”
Next up came Jack’s take on Sanders and his belief that the delicious cinnamon rolls found at the school needed to be free.
“I do have one improvement for them, though: We need to make them free. Why should students have to pay for their own cinnamon rolls? Doesn’t make any sense. What we need is a cinnamon roll revolution.”
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