At the moment things are so bad for Barack Obama that he needs all the help he can muster, including that from fantasy figures.
Mitt Romney made a statement about defunding PBS and Big Bird along with that during the last debate. The Obama campaign set a new low in desperation by responding to Big Bird far more rapidly than it did to the death of a US Ambassador.
A week after Big Bird became an unlikely character in the 2012 presidential campaign when Mitt Romney uttered his name in the first debate, the Obama campaign has approved a new ad that uses the “Sesame Street” character to attack the Republican nominee’s plan to cut federal funding for PBS.
“Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski. Criminals. Gluttons of greed,” a voice-over reads in the new 30-second TV spot produced by Obama for America. “And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name.”
Clips of Romney saying “Big Bird” in his stump speeches follow.
“Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about—it’s ‘Sesame Street,’” the narrator continues. “Mitt Romney: Taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest.”
Quick as a flash PBS asked that the Obama campaign stop using Big Bird for Obama’s political purposes:
Sesame Street wants President Obama’s campaign to take down its latest attack ad against Mitt Romney, which features footage of Big Bird.
“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” a Tuesday statement on Sesameworkshop.org reads. “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”
The Obama campaign said it would review the request.
“We’ve received and will review their concerns,” said an Obama campaign official.
To give you an idea of just how stupid this was, the ad was roundly denounced, even by the Obama media:
At the same time Team Obama released a childish ad hitting Mitt Romney for daring to consider removing multimillionaire, one-percenter Big Bird from the federal government welfare rolls, the Romney campaign released a devastating graphic that shows that since his debate debacle, Barack Obama has mention Big Bird and Elmo 13 times but has not mentioned Libya or his plan to fix the economy even once.
A media that is obviously disappointed with Their Precious One’s debate performance and recent collapse in the polls, is not at all happy with this silly and stupid Big Bird attack. Politico criticized the ad as small ball, NBC News described it as “absurd,” and ABC’s Rick Klein seems confused by the desperate smallness of it:
Team Obama makes a play using … Big Bird? The new Obama campaign ad uses a mock-serious tone to jump on Mitt Romney’s most famous debate line. It’s all in good fun, but the contrast may not be what President Obama is after, not now, not in this race. Romney is getting more serious by the day, with a foreign-policy speech and now Paul Ryan about to make the case for conservative fiscal policies. Romney marches toward Benghazi, while the president marches down Sesame Street?
Even MSNBC’s Chuck Todd criticized the ad: “When is the Obama campaign going to stop talking about the debate? … They cannot seem to turn the page from the debate. … Any conversation about that debate, I assume, helps Mitt Romney.”
The word for today, kids, is “nadir.”