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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Obama Campaign Releases Weird Big Bird-Themed Ad

Posted by on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Look, it's not that the ad isn't funny:

But the Obama campaign should just let the internet handle the Big Bird jokes. The meme was doing just fine on its own, and the campaign shouldn't be getting involved with something like this. The Romney campaign is now thinking about having Mitt give a series of policy speeches about different topics—the deficit, jobs, taxes—so he seems more substantive. Maybe the Obama campaign should be doing that, too?

UPDATE: And now Sesame Street is calling for the Obama campaign to take down the Big Bird ad. This is another reason why campaigns should leave the comedy to the amateurs.


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Romney has already countered with an ad featuring 'The Count' from Sesame Street counting how many times Obama has mentioned Big Bird (many) to how many mentions of the economy and jobs and Libya (zero)

Barack is floundering......
Posted by One! One Term...Two! Too Bad Obama Is Losing...Three!.... on October 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
actually, i find it funny as hell. but yeah let the comedians and the Internet handle the Big Bird jokes.
Posted by apres_moi on October 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
@1 three, the amount of wars we'll be in if Romney wins.
Finished it for you.
Posted by CbytheSea on October 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Obama needs to hammer on I saved Detroit I killed Bin Laden.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.

To amplify, the saving detroit thing was actually saving milions of jobs. He would save another two million with his current jobs bill -- GOP is blocking it. He saved many more and job growth is happening -- it would be faster if GOP didn't block it.

Anytime he's not on the economy he's losing.

Maybe he should go read Clinton's speech at the convention and just extract key parts and repeat those.

He seems upset Romney doesn't like him and is fighting him. Oh, the unfairness of it all. The two mitt romneys. My oh my, my opponent has logical incosistencies. His math doesn't add up, whine whine whine. He's not running for harvard law review editorship anymore. He's got to talk to middle of the road voters about JOBS.
Posted by jobs not "memes" on October 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Forgive me for adding something factual to the discussion, but wasn't Sesame Street originally financed by the creator's husband, and Rockefeller lackey, Peter G. Peterson, a fellow private equity leveraged buyout debt queen (like Romney) who has worked to end Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

And doesn't watching Sesame Street invoke the same brainwaves as pertains to apathy?

And aren't those who grew up watching Sesame Street from a young age less likely to vote than any other group?

Why the fixation on Peter G. Peterson's Sesame Street???? Why not fixate on his Fiscal Times or America Speaks?
Posted by sgt_doom on October 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 6
ALMOST makes me reconsider my promise not to give the Dims any more money until they run someone at least as liberal as Nixon.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
I totally disagree, I think it's one of the best ads so far this season.
Posted by Madame Chintoa on October 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
@5: You know that Sesame Street was developed as the result of significant research on how to raise educational outcomes for poor inner-city youth, right? And that they had to change curricula in inner-city neighborhoods to reflect the fact that Sesame Street has had a profound impact on what kids came into school knowing already?
Posted by TheLurker on October 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
@5 I am so glad you asked questions and want facts. Actually, studies show that children who watch Sesame Street perform better academically. They do better in school both in terms of ability to learn and ability to behave and get along in the school environment.

Sesame Street is watched by around four fifths of the nation's young children and is probably the cheapest positive thing we do for children's education. We'd have to spend a vast amount of money to get the same benefits for children in out of the way rural environments and poor children in general, although the benefits of Sesame Street go to far more than just those kids, those kids are the hardest to help in other ways.

Saying you want to stop spending the money on Sesame Street is basically saying you want to destroy public education, since it'd cost more to get the same benefits through teachers. Sesame Street has been a phenomenal success.

Some people might say, well, can't you get the same benefits through funding it through ads. And I'd say, well, we have ad-funded children's television programs on other stations and we can compare. You don't tend to see those sorts of benefits from most children's TV shows, so no, you probably cannot get the same benefits from ad-funded television. And besides, then you'd be harming children by exposing them to ads, so it would not be as undiluted a benefit.
Posted by uncreative on October 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Sorry. I'm as much a bleeding heart as the next guy, and more than most in this godforsaken state (Louisiana), but not a good commercial. It totally has the wrong tone, and if I didn't know it were a real commercial, I'd think it was an SNL spoof. Sure, it's funny, but it is also too flippant.
Posted by Sheryl on October 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this
I bet the list of corporate donors who are already funding most of PBS programing (especially their "news" outlets) would gladly make up the difference if Federal Funding was cut.

This programming brought to you by viewers like you......and Exxon Mobil, Liberty Mutual, Suburu, Canon Inc., Chevron, Bank of America Corp., Intel, Monsanto, Toyota, Merrill Lynch, General Motors Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, Merck, Pfizer Inc, Dow Chemical Company, McDonald's, and billionaire foundations like Bill and Melinda Gates, Ford Foundation.
Posted by Spindles on October 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM · Report this
watchout5 12
They shouldn't have even made this. Roll Eyes level 999
Posted by watchout5 on October 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM · Report this
Knat 13
@5: It would be a blessing if you ever did add anything factual to a discussion. As long as I have been visiting, that has never been the case.

@11: If you could understand how ridiculous and potentially destructive that notion is, you might enjoy these two segments. Sadly, I doubt you'll get it.
Posted by Knat on October 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM · Report this
@ 13: You do understand PBS programing is routinely and aggressively funded by the corporations I previously mentioned right? As a representative of Earth we welcome you.

.....and yes, I watch the daily show. Jon Stewart Leibowitz, brother of the head of the NYSE does a fine job.
Posted by Spindles on October 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM · Report this
Knat 15
@14: Yes, I recall the messages where they thank the corporations for their financial contributions. Don't forget that the corporations get a nice tax dodge out of it, though. And PBS is only funded in part by these corporations, of course, though I'm not sure what you mean by "aggressively funded". But give PBS programming control over to corporations, and you won't have the same quality of programming.

And I wasn't aware that Jon Stewart was related to someone so highly involved with the NYSE. That must be why his show never derides Wall Street for their part in the financial crisis, huh?
Posted by Knat on October 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM · Report this

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