Tuesday, October 9, 2012

For the Birds

When Mitt Romney said he would cut funding for PBS last Wednesday, President Obama had an opportunity to land one of the great zingers in debate history, right up there with, "There you go again."

"Mitt, you've done it.  You've solved our debt problem.  Who knew all we had to do was kill Big Bird and we'd be debt free!"

But he didn't.  He left that opportunity, along with all the others, in the garbage heap.  Why? We'll never know.

So now, the Obama campaign, ever Johnny on the spot, has decided to run an ad featuring Big Bird mocking Romney's proposal.

It's bad enough that Obama muffed the Big Bird moment live in front of 60 million viewers, but the overreach here smacks of desperation.  Sort of like laughing at the punchline of a joke twenty minutes after it's told. If the President seriously thinks that funding to PBS will be an issue for voters this election, then maybe there was something to that altitude problem after all.

Not only is the ad lame, Sesame Street has officially asked that the ad be pulled.  It issued a statement on its blog - yes, Sesame Street has a blog - that read, “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

Yep, it's been a rough week.

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/10/09/sesame-street-to-obama-pull-the-ad.html

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