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- Horace, Italian Poet (B.C. 65-8)

Making a Big Election About Small Things

You look so small standing by Big Bird, Mr. President.

“If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run away from. You make a big election about small things.” – Barack Obama, August 28, 2008

It’s almost as if he could see four years into the future, because when Barack Obama spoke of making a big election about small things, he couldn’t have described his own reelection campaign of 2012 any more perfectly.

After a debate where he got his ass kicked by the biggest margin in Gallup polling history, a 72% to 20% shellacking, what debate moment has Obama tried to capitalize on?

Romney’s vow to eliminate programs that don’t pass this test: “Is the program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it. And if not, I’ll get rid of it.” Addressing moderator Jim Lehrer, Romney continued, saying, “I’m sorry Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS, I actually love Big Bird. I like you too, but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

In the week following the debate, Barack Obama has now mentioned Big Bird eight times, Elmo five times, while not once addressing the terrorist attack in Lybia, Al-Qaeda’s increasing influence in the region or any specific plans to fix the economy.

Obama Focusing on the Small Things

With the Obama campaign now hitting the airwaves with their new Big Bird ad, you would think this is something out of The Onion, total satire, a parody of how ridiculously desperate the Obama campaign has become, but it’s not a parody, this is a real ad that’s hitting the airwaves!

How tone deaf does the Obama campaign have to be airing an ad like this when only 38% of Americans think we’re headed in the right direction under this president?

Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki defended the ad, saying the campaign was tapping into a “grassroots outcry” when it put together the ad. A GRASSROOTS OUTCRY? How much grass are they smoking out at the Obama HQ?

It’s an embarrassment is what it is. Even fellow Democrats are frustrated by Obama’s focus on Big Birds and small things.

The most ironic part is, for the candidate who sought to get reelected by engaging in class warfare, dividing the nation and making it all about getting a majority to envy and hate those who have become rich and successful in America, Obama finds himself now defending an undisputed member of the one percent, arguing for taxpayers to help fund a Sesame Street whose net worth is $356-million. Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’ll do just fine without taxpayer subsidy.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Obama, turns out Big Bird doesn’t even want his help! Sesame Street is asking the Obama campaign to take the ad down!!!

Mr. President, respect the wishes of Big Bird – take down that ad!

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4 Responses to Making a Big Election About Small Things

  • That add rocks!

  • Absolutely spot on, Mike! I could get the image of Big Bird out of my head after the debate, and reinforced by the ads. It became one with the image of Obama as Big Dickie Bird. Dickie Bird seems an appropriate name for him considering all the twittering he is doing about unimportant things.

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