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Monday, September 26, 2016

WATCH: Presidential Campaign Goes Full-On Sesame Street

In a move that’s certain to upset the George Will class of pundits that constantly laments the “smallness” of the 2012 race, the campaign seems to be temporarily settling into a debate over Sesame Street.

On Monday evening the Obama campaign released an ad titled “Big Bird,” which mocks Mitt Romney’s debate promise to cut the federal subsidy for PBS.

First Read reports that “Big Bird” is airing on national cable and broadcast stations, but is not part of the Obama campaign’s battleground-state ad buy. The script of the ad is below, via Time:

VOICEOVER: “Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski. Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name.”

MITT ROMNEY: “Big Bird.” “Big Bird.” “Big Bird.”

BIG BIRD: “It’s me. Big Bird.”

VOICEOVER: “Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street.”

MITT ROMNEY: “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS.”

VOICEOVER: “Mitt Romney. Taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest.”

Along with the ad, President Obama incorporated the Sesame Street attack into his stump speech to a group of donors in San Francisco. “Elmo has been seen in a white Suburban!” Obama joked, in a reference to O.J. Simpson (which is also sure to upset George Will.)

“He’s driving for the border!”

The Republican Party is making some Muppet-based attacks of its own. In response to the Obama campaign’s Sesame Street push, the RNC has released this infographic, featuring the “Campaign Count.”

While the Obama campaign’s attacks may be lacking in seriousness, so is Romney’s proposal. The subsidy to PBS makes a minuscule impact on the federal budget; as scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson put it via Twitter, “Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive.”

  • elw

    So in the long run, who produced the comment that makes his look like a fool. The supposed winner of the first debate. The more he talks the more foolish Romney looks.

    • Justin Napolitano

      True, elw but the uninformed just suck up that BS like it was honey. I scares the hell out of me that Americans would consider voting for Romney; a world class liar that has zero integrity.

      • elw

        Justin, I agree that there are a group of people who will vote for anyone but Obama, those people are very scary. However, I know a number of very Conservative people who have told me they are either not going to vote or are going to vote for the President because they cannot stand Romney. They would never admit that to their Conservative friends, but as one told me what happens in the voting booth is “my business.” There are still more of us than them, if we all vote, we will win. I am sure I do not have to tell you that.

  • Save Big Bird! Targeting an educational and cultural outlet for cuts to achieve the GOP spending reduction goals, while at the time promising seniors to restore the MEDICARE $716B in savings over the next 10 years, and telling VMI cadets that he would restore DoD spending reductions if elected, highlights the duplicity of the Republican message and how devoid it is of viable ideas on how to solve our fiscal problems.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Hello Dominick, I wish I could be as elegant as you in stating certain facts however, I just say Romney is a liar of biblical proportions. He even said his sons are liars, in the debate. I can only say the apples didn’t fall far from the tree.
      Just think of what he will do if elected? The real Romney that we have seen for years will come out and all of those people that voted for him will be screwed, bet on it.
      I read the other day how Rubio is taking his mother around with him and is saying how the Republicans must save Medicare by ending it so that we can say thank you to our mothers who have done so much for us. Talk about double talk and BS; that would be a world record.

      • Rubio is a smart guy and a very intelligent politician, but he is also a demagogue who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

  • montanabill

    “If you can’t beat your opponent’s ideas, you distort those ideas — maybe you just make some up! If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as somebody people should run away from. You make big elections about small things.”
    …Barack Obama, prophetizing his 2012 campaign in 2008.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Montana… that is a beautiful quote. Thank you! I have just posted another one of my refocus the issues post. These leftist freaks are easily distracted by nonsense, so I must do my part to help wake them from their foggy existence.

      Have a nice day!

      “Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

      • Justin Napolitano

        Obozo, so 1% of Americans owning 90% of all wealth equals “equality” in your mind. I suppose that once that same 1% owns 99% of all wealth then we will have achieved total equality. I wish I could move to your planet because it apparently has different laws of nature.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Nappy… you’re engaged in a fantasy if you actually believe all of that “wealth distribution” nonsense. Only a real moron actually views America that way. Let me dispel some of your fantasies:

          * The economic pie is NOT fixed.
          * The government is NOT the source of wealth like the bank in a Monopoly game with only so much to go around
          * In America, we have fluid movement through the “classes”. Anyone can rise to the top. Obozo is the perfect example.
          * The cliche’ of “rich getting richer, poor getting poorer” is a lie. Who makes up the rich keeps changing. Anyone can become rich and any rich person can become poor.

          Only in the most heavily government controlled economies does wealth concentrate in the hands of a few. Why do you leftist freaks keep wanting more government control when that is exactly what causes you to freak out about wealth concentration? Typical leftist freak reaction: government causes a problem so let’s have more of it.

          Like I have said before: Liberalism is the disease that presents itself as it’s own cure.

          Have a nice day!

          [click image to enlarge and read quote]

    • I assume you are talking about Romney with his both sides of the issue policy. His favorite song must be Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. He is going to cut tax rates 20% across the board but not cut taxes for the wealthy. He is going to keep Medicare for all people not create a voucher system or he is going to create a “premium relief system” in place of Medicare for all those under 55. Do you realize that this means the US Gov will have to maintain 2 different systems for at least 30yrs (that sounds like a great way to save money). Let’s also look at how Romney will cut Gov spending – NPR, PBS and NEA that ought to decrease the budget by 0.0001%.

  • ObozoMustGo

    DISTRACTIONS………. DISTRACTIONS……………. DISTRACTIONS………………..

    All of this nonsense is nothing more than a distraction away from what a loser and failure Obozo has been.

    YOUR PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LYING TO YOU AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR A MONTH OVER WHAT HAPPENED IN LIBYA ON 9/11. THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT. EVEN ABC NEWS IS ON IT….

    abcnews dot go dot com/International/attack-benghazi-consulate-unprecedented-state-department-official/story?id=17438780#.UHWBtRXLSSo

    [Replace the dot with a period. they dont allow links on here]

    THIS SCANDLE IS 100 TIMES WORSE THAN WATERGATE. OBOZO MADE THE CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO NOT BACKUP THE AMBASSADOR IN LIBYA WITH MORE SECURITY. THERE WAS NO PROTEST OUTSIDE. IT WAS A PLANNED AND DELIBERATE ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOVEREIGN PROPERTY AND PEOPLE. OBOZO KNEW IT BEFORE HAND. OBOZO CHOSE TO GO TO A FUND RAISER INSTEAD. OBOZO THEN CHOSE TO GO TO BED INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH THE CRISIS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT NOW ADMITS THEY KNEW IT WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK RIGHT AWAY. OBOZO CHOOSES TO BLAME A STUPID 2-BIT FILM FOR THE INCIDENT AND CONTINUED WITH THAT LIE FOR WEEKS, EVEN MAKING SPEECHES TO THE U.N. WITH THAT LIE.

    QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED:

    WHY WAS THE AMBASSADOR IN BENGHAZI ON 9/11 WITH NO SECURITY?
    WHY WAS THE AMBASSADOR’S REQUESTS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY IGNORED AND DENIED?
    WHAT WAS THE AMBASSADOR DOING THERE ANYWAY?
    WHERE DID THE TERRORISTS GET THE HIGH TECH WEAPONS THEY USED AGAINST US?
    WHY DID OBOZO KEEP LYING TO AMERICA ABOUT THE INCIDENT?
    WHAT IS OBOZO HIDING?

    You people that are supporters of Obozo had better wake up. He has been lying to you and playing you for a fool. This scandle is disgusting. Obozo has blood on his hands and he is lying to you.

    Have a nice day!

    [click image to enlarge and read the quote from Thomas Sowell]

  • Is that the best Mitt can do, kill Big Bird and Elmo? is that what he won on the debate with President Obama? Mitt took notes into the Debate that read: 1) Get rid of the that big yellow bird.

  • ALLLLAMERICAN

    Again, the libs turning everything around to what they want it to sound like!

    The people give and support PBS—Romney said he is not going to pay out money
    For big bird if you don’t have the money and have to barrow from China!!!
    He said: “ I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”
    That is called business since!!! The Libs don’t get it.
    The Libs have never ever tried to run a business in their lives.

    Federal spending for PBS would have little to no effect on Sesame Street’s budget.
    The majority of the show’s funding comes from corporate sponsorship, product sales and donations from the viewers.

    You don’t go shopping if you don’t have the money.

    You don’t buy a new house if you don’t have the money.

    Keep digging maybe Romney did something really bad in his mother’s womb.

  • While cutting out PBS is minuscule. It is a start. That is perfectly good money that could be used to help a lot of people besides the pockets of a company that is doing just fine by itself.