Obama campaign is for the birds…

Of all the topics covered during last week’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the only thing team Obama could exploit was Big Bird? Really?

The Obama campaign on Tuesday unveiled a television ad mocking GOP candidate Mitt Romney for his calls to cut federal funding for PBS, saying it would do little to address the deficit.

The sardonic ad compares “Sesame Street” character Big Bird, whom Romney mentioned during last Wednesday’s presidential debate, to corporate titans prosecuted for financial misdeeds.

Sardonic? Its an ad, and a focus, that betrays the campaign’s feelings about its own base: it says they think their base is full of sentimentalists, and so stupid that they think Big Bird and Sesame Street are more important, more pressing issues than oh, I don’t know, the economy, the increasingly volatile situations in Libya and Iran, the incompetence of the State Department, the scandalous waste of taxpayer money spent on “green” interests whose failures are ignored, the idea that we ran guns into Mexico without that government’s knowledge and people died…

Yeah, let’s talk about Big Bird.

Team Obama is out of steam and desperate. Even Sesame Street knows it. Whoever came up with that ad idea needs to be canned.

Obama’s campaign has wounded him with friendly fire.
But like Alana Goodman, I have wondered for a while why Obama is running for re-election when he seems to hate the job and find its requirements beneath him.

You know how sometimes a soldier will shoot himself in the foot? Perhaps a self-inflicted wound on the battlefield is meant to get him an honorable discharge and sent home?

I’m really all for that.

As Ed Morrissey says, this ad diminishes the president and has embarrassed his fans in the press:

More than a dozen American diplomatic missions have been put to the torch over the last month, one of which resulted in the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. The labor force is near its lowest level in more than 30 years. Gas prices have skyrocketed, and we’re at war in Afghanistan. We are exactly four weeks from the national election. Today, however, Barack Obama will release a new 30-second spot focusing on the true issue that faces our nation …. Big Bird?

Read the whole thing — Ed has the links that tell the story.

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  • Anne

    Sesame Street Foundation has asked the Obama campaign to take that ad down.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    I can’t believe they are going down this road. It’s so easy to rebuff it’s child’s play. They must have nothing else. Don’t they realize that Romney had all the facts on the issue when he decided to bring up Big Bird? You’re right. All Obama has left is sentamentalism.

    That debate was the beginning of the end, and now we are well on our way to the end.

  • Adam

    Elizabeth, totally off topic: why do your comments seem to close after 1 or 2 days? Is there something on Patheos that requires all postings to do so after a certain time period? I’ve enjoyed some of the discussions I’ve had on here, and it’s a shame when they get cut off after awhile.

    Back on topic: I’m not particularly concerned about Big Bird’s need for public funding. The fact that he has his own theme park in Pennsylvania should say something about his profit margin.

    [I have comments closing after 24 hours because I just don't have the time to moderate properly, right now. I am hoping that after October, my schedule will open up and allow me to keep them open for 3 days as before -admin]

  • James

    No wonder they have to campaign so hard. If they waste so much money on ridiculous drivel! He spends hard earned donation as if it were tax dollars!!! Do you really need to know any more???

  • Joseph

    It’s too bad President Obama couldn’t have spent as much energy trying to save Ambassador Stevens as trying to save Big Bird.

  • TerryC

    I’m in a swing state, and I’m seeing lots of these and other Obama ads excoriating Romney. I see a few Romney ads which are upbeat and moderately critical about Obama, and don’t mention any of the issues you talk about in this article. The problem with it is that probably over half of my friends don’t keep up with the news or Internet blogs. They’ll make their decisions based on what they see in political ads and in their own life. Since I live in a state with Republican governor, things are better than the national average, though he’s swimming up stream to keep things that way due to the federal government. So some of my friends think things are getting better.
    So I know its mean, but where are all those “evil” PACs with their highly negative commercials against Obama? Half my friends don’ know about “the economy, the increasingly volatile situations in Libya and Iran, the incompetence of the State Department, the scandalous waste of taxpayer money spent on “green” interests whose failures are ignored, the idea that we ran guns into Mexico without that government’s knowledge and people died…”.
    Yeah they should be paying attention, but they aren’t and if Romney’s supporters and PACs don’t start getting the word out he’s gonna lose. Cause, you know “unemployment is down, and we’re better off than we were four years ago. I know it’s true ’cause I saw it on a campaign ad and that Mitt Romney hasn’t been able to find any thing bad to say about the president.”
    They don’t have to lie. They don’t have to make stuff up. They just need to get the truth out there, where people can’t ignore it.


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