AP on Obamamercial: Misleading

posted at 7:57 am on October 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I didn’t watch the Obamamercial last night.  I felt poorly enough as it was; I got my flu shot in the morning, and it was so effective that I started feeling flu-like symptoms by late afternoon.  (I usually get a mild reaction from the vaccine, so this was no real surprise.)  Since compounding the symptoms with high blood pressure and a headache seemed like a bad idea, I watched The Last Seduction for the first time in years.  Michelle live-blogged it, and apparently I didn’t miss anything.

The Associated Press watched it too, and surprisingly, the 30-minute infomercial also failed to impress them:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.

Obama’s assertion that “I’ve offered spending cuts above and beyond” the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by “eliminating programs that don’t work” masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are – beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Calvin Woodward reports that Obama misled viewers on at least five key points in his 30-minute final argument:

  • Health care costs – Obama claimed his plan would lower costs by $2500 per year per family, but it doesn’t.  In fact, Obama can’t point to any particular cost reductions.  He plans to spend $50 billion over five years on modernization and chronic-disease prevention and presumes that this will lower costs in the future, but in the meantime it raises costs at least in the short run on everyone (the $50 billion doesn’t come out of thin air).
  • The Pay-Go of his plans – No, he hasn’t demonstrated that he’s found the revenue for his spending, despite his claims last night.  Non-partisan analysts believe that his spending programs will add at least $428 billion to the deficit in his first term, and that’s if you accept his non-specific pledge to cut spending in other areas.
  • Tax cuts for working class families – Before the commercial aired, he had already begun backing away from that idea because of the financial crisis, although Obama didn’t acknowledge it in the ad.
  • The “right” to affordable health care – Obama doesn’t guarantee coverage in any of his plans, at least not for adults.
  • Getting out of Iraq – Obama noted that the US spends $10 billion a month in Iraq and talked again about “bringing that war to a close” — but he’s backed away from his previous pledges to get out on a strict 16-month timetable, which is as fast as the remaining units can be properly withdrawn.

In other words, we didn’t miss much, except for the usual evasions Obama gives on the campaign trail.


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Dude. The flu shot is for suckers. Seriously. Avoid those like the plague.

watson007 on October 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM

“Those evasions” are unfortunately working. Obama is pitching himself as a populist, and a populist doesn’t need a plan other than to agree with things the majority wants. Since many of the majority are quite happy paying little or no income taxes, Obama just needs to tax the minority who do pay the majority of the taxes a bit more. Out of this can come NINJA loans and all the rest of the things Obama’s supporters have come to expect from the government.

Isn’t that how redistributionism works in the end — the government becomes the one taking from the rich and giving to the poor (after taking its fair share, of course)?

The lady down the block who is the strongest Obama supporter in our neighborhood is a recycled Kucinich lady — she truly believes that Obama will reroute the money being spent on the military to pay for domestic programs. Of course, she is divorced, has no job (having been fired from her job as a substitute school teacher for trying to politically indoctrinate kids rather than sticking to the lesson plan provided by regular teacher [remember, this lady is a Kucinich person]). She lives totally on the benevolence of the state and her neighbors. Her position is quite understandable — and quite selfish, as the domestic programs she supports will directly help her.

unclesmrgol on October 30, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Mao-Bama says it all. Prepare for The Cultural Revolution.

petefrt on October 30, 2008 at 10:34 AM

I couldn’t bear to watch it. Disney Sports (“WDS”) had an NBA game, but they should have ran a World Series pregame show on WDS-2.

Even though it ran on the broadcast Fox network, I looked at this program as Obama’s million dollar tip to the MSM for all their support. By running it on Fox, The One managed to disrupt competitive programing that his target pool of voters might otherwise have been drawn to.

AP had better watch it. Their tickets to his victory party next week in Chitown may get more expensive and they may not get the access that NBC obtains.

EconomicNeocon on October 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Her position is quite understandable — and quite selfish, as the domestic programs she supports will directly help her. – unclesmrgol on October 30, 2008 at 10:32 AM

She is the archetype of the Democrat voter.

ManlyRash on October 30, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Are there ratings out yet?

Doug on October 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

I’ve skimerely mmed through the posts, and haven’t seen this posted yet.
For those surprised by “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

It’s on YouTube … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s

pambi on October 30, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Instead of The Chosen One, maybe we should start calling him “The Teflon One”.

GarandFan on October 30, 2008 at 10:47 AM

It’s on YouTube..

Pambi on Oct 30,2008 at 10:46PM.

Pambi: Nice intel work.:)

canopfor on October 30, 2008 at 11:09 AM

She is the archetype of the Democrat voter.

ManlyRash on October 30, 2008 at 10:36 AM

On the local news here in Arizona, the typical responses of voters who are asked why they’re supporting Obama: “he’s going to give us more than McCain” or “we’ll get more when Obama’s in charge” or “Obama will make the government do more for us” or similar sentiments.

Sad.

AZCoyote on October 30, 2008 at 11:13 AM

non-specific pledge to cut spending in other areas.

Yeah, we know how his pledges work out.

keebs on October 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

AZCoyote-I’m in Prescott. Where you?

keebs on October 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Wow.

Must have been pretty bad if even the AP panned it.

Wow.

(That, or they’ve realized that McCain is going to win, and are angling not to be excluded from the White House Press Corps.)

ClintACK on October 30, 2008 at 12:16 PM

I watched it and I have to say I think it’ll help enormously in assuring Obama beats the Plumber/Palin ticket. – Tom_Shipley on October 30, 2008 at 8:18 AM

You also believe that UFO’s destroyed the WTC and Rove secretly implanted a tracking device in your dentures.
Bishop on October 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM

LMAO…that was great Bishop…I needed a good laugh this morning!

Liberty or Death on October 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

30 minutes of hate?

Mormon Doc on October 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Instead of The Chosen One, maybe we should start calling him “The Teflon One”.

GarandFan on October 30, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Sorry Bro’, but Reagan earned that in large part because he was substantive, Obama is more like a hologram; it don’t stick because there’s no there there.

Maquis on October 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM

The AP article shows up on the Yahoo home page now, in case anyone wants to join me in buzzing it up!

Least of These on October 30, 2008 at 1:27 PM

I watched the first few seconds of it, where he sat in a room that looked amazingly like the Oval office. What a coincidence, ehh?

When I kept expected little John-John Kennedy to run out from under the desk, I knew it was time to change the channel.

TexasBella on October 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Obama’s National Service Plan . . . “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

I see, and what do we call this civilian national security force . . . Gestapo or KGB? This guy is horrifyingly frightening.

rplat on October 30, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Just what I was thinking. He is Hugo Chavez and he will be putting in his own brownshirt force to deal with dissension.

That remark has just sent gun sales even higher and probably got the attention of higher ups in the US military.

Sapwolf on October 30, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Nielsen says about 1 in 5 TVs were tuned to Shamwow.

rhodeymark on October 30, 2008 at 2:54 PM

26 Million viewers? Meh – I don’t doubt he pre-hypnotized that many. Some think it is impressive. Me… not so much.

rhodeymark on October 30, 2008 at 2:57 PM

On the Obama film

A) Tom Hanks did not land on Omaha Beach in real life
B) Christopher Reeve was not really from the planet Krypton
3) John Wayne only played a Green Beret in Films but he was not one.
D) Barack Obama has no record of legislative accomplishment but in his movie he portrayed a successful leader.

Dennis D on October 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Obama is a genius at playing the racial game. I actually took the time to count, in the 27 minutes of hype there were only 20 black people shown other than the Obama family (and of course not including massive crowd shots).

Watch his television commercials. He is going out of his way to portray himself as white to white America. Pure genius.

cannonball on October 30, 2008 at 4:30 PM

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