Barack Obama’s Biggest Issue… Big Bird

Bookmark and Share Since last week’s presidential debate, President Obama has used thirteen occasions on the campaign trail to focus on of all things… Big Bird.  With mocking tones and dimwitted characterizations, Barack Obama has been spending most of his time trying to get  to reelected by joking about Mitt Romney’s one time mention to cut money for things like Big Bird from the federal budget.  The remark was initially made during the first presidential debate and the the reference to Big Bird was a symbolic one in reference to funding of public broadcasting.  Meanwhile the President has so far made more than thirteen references to Sesame Street characters on the campaign trail but he has mentioned real issues like the terrorist attacks that killed 4 Americans in Libya zero times.

Now his campaign has dedicated its time, energy, and money to a 30 second commercial that centers around of all things… Big Bird. (See the ad below this post)

The ad is so utterly over the top that viewers initially mistake it for a parody from late night programming like Leno, or maybe the Cobert Report.

While the 30 second spot tries to follow a line of humor that mocks Romney for his intended cut of federal funding of PBS, the ad actually ends up seeming to go too far in trying to focus voters an issue that is too ridiculous for the President to be wasting our time with.  It is is so much ado about nothing that commercial’s silliness ends up backfiring and casting a shadow of silliness on his campaign and a shadow of doubt over the President and his priorities.

Dana Perino, George W. Bush’s former White House Press Secretary suggested that this new Obama ad probably came about after someone on the Obama campaign became over excited by the prospects of using the line that Romney is more worried about Sesame Street than Wall Street and so they turned it in to this ad.   But Perino also suggests that the ad is so absurd and over the top that it undermined whatever potential the Sesame Street versus Wall Street soundbite may have once had.    Perino is right.

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday’s Tidbits from the Campaign Trail – 10/9/12

Bookmark and Share   Today’s tidbits from the trail include news about Romney’s rise in the polls,  Obama’s supporters threaten to riot, the DNC ‘s cash shortage, the President’s obsession with Big Bird, Obama’s initial belief that he won the first presidential debate, his lies about Romney and his own record, the president’s declining support among African-Americans, 10 dates from Obama’s first term to remember, the continued fallout from the Libyan terrorist attack and more:

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Rick Santorum Warns Republican’s :You Can’t Fight The Sesame Street Lobby.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stated Tuesday that the Republican’s attempt to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who among others operates PBS and NPR, was largely futile due to the opposition that will be presented by the “Barney” and “Sesame Street” contingents who wholly support the CPB.

Republicans have named the CPB, which provides funding to public radio and television stations, as one of their proposed budgetary cuts

“When I came to Congress, I was one of the guys that said we gotta cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It wasn’t necessary anymore,” Santorum said. “The ‘Barney‘ contingent came out and the ‘Sesame Street‘ contingent came out, and these are programs that are popular among families and so they hit you pretty hard.”

NPR has come under fire recently for it’s firing of liberal correspondent Juan Williams for an opinion he gave regarding fear when seeing a person in Muslim garb on an airplane. The comment was made on the popular Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor. Williams firing was seen by many as retribution for his working with Fox News rather than his comments. The publicity surrounding the incident put NPR, and it’s public funding, back in the spotlight.

I for one am under the belief that if the programming is good and there is a solid base of listeners and viewers, there is no reason that the private broadcast corporations won’t pick them up. Regardless of the “Sesame Street Lobby” Republicans should continue to push for cuts of non-essential budgetary spending. If everyone loves Barney……he should be just as able to support a spot on MSNBC. Don’t they have an open time slot?

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