But perhaps what is keeping youths out of politics is the idea behind the criticism of Obama’s video — that men and women who hold office should only be involved in activities that hold a certain amount of “dignity.”

The American presidential election this past November sent droves of students to the streets, campaigning for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama. Joining the young Americans activists were University of Ottawa students Ian Brown, Nasha Brownridge, Brett Caven, and Andrea Sarkic.