Obama's open mic incident happened on Monday when he told the Russian president that he would have 'more flexibility' in missile defense negotiations after the 2012 elections.
The 'Kony 2012' online video, urging action against warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa, works because it tells a simple story that makes the viewer the hero, an expert says.
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The Kony 2012 campaign succeeded in making African warlord Joseph Kony infamous, but left out much of the background. Here's Monitor coverage on Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.