Video: The incredible shrinking President; Update: Sesame Workshop sends cease-and-desist request to Team Obama

posted at 8:41 am on October 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

More than a dozen American diplomatic missions have been put to the torch over the last month, one of which resulted in the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years.  The labor force is near its lowest level in more than 30 years. Gas prices have skyrocketed, and we’re at war in Afghanistan.  We are exactly four weeks from the national election.  Today, however, Barack Obama will release a new 30-second spot focusing on the true issue that faces our nation …. Big Bird?

Even Politico can see the contrasts between Obama and Mitt Romney, and which of the two is the presidential candidate.  Maggie Haberman provides some perspective, and demonstrates that Team Obama has lost theirs:

As Alex noted yesterday when the Pew poll numbers came out, we’ve long warned – and been warned – about big swings in surveys in what has been a fairly stable race. But the sampling of surveys out there do suggest a real Romney bounce.

And the president, as others have noted, and his team have been going fairly small at a moment when Romney is consistent in a message and pivoting toward going bigger (the foreign policy speech, more emotion on the trail, and so forth).

I get that Team Obama wants to salvage something from a terrible debate performance, but they’re making the situation even worse.  Obama didn’t engage Wednesday night on any meaningful topic.  Now he’s focusing all of his attention on Sesame Street and its potential loss of funding — when the show itself earns plenty of cash from its vast merchandising operations.  Here’s the Wikipedia description of that empire, which hardly makes Big Bird and the Cookie Monster look like paupers:

Current licensees include Procter & Gamble (Pampers diapers), Fisher-Price, Nakajima USA, Build-A-Bear Workshop (Build-An-Elmo, Build-A-Cookie Monster, And Build-A-Big Bird), GUNDHasbro (Sesame Street Monopoly), Wooly WillyBetty Crocker (Elmo Fruit Snacks), C&D Visionary (air freshners) and Children’s Apparel Network. Former licences include Applause, Child Dimension, Gibson Greetings, Gorham Fine China, Ideal ToysMilton Bradley CompanyNintendoPalisades Toys,QuestorRadio ShackTyco, and the Western Publishing CompanyCreative Wonders (a partnership between ABC and Electronic Arts) produced Sesame Street software for the Macintosh, since at least 1995 and on the PC since 1996; Atari produced Sesame Street games in 1983. Before going bankrupt, Palisades Toys was to release a line of deluxe series action figures, for adults, as part of Sesame Workshop’s push to expand into retro products for teens and adults. Only a Super Groverfigure was distributed to conventioneers.

The Sesame Beginnings line, launched in mid-2005, consists of apparel, health and body, home, and seasonal products.[9] The products in this line are designed to accentuate the natural interactivity between infants and their parents. Most of the line is exclusive to a family of Canadian retailers that includes LoblawsFortinos, and Zehrs.

As a non-profit organization, a percentage of the money from any Sesame Workshop product goes to help fund Sesame Street or its international co-productions.[10]

Barrio SésamoPlaza SésamoSesamstraßeSesame English and Sesamstraat have all had merchandise of their local characters. Shalom Sesame videos and books have also been released.

In 2004, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) became Sesame Workshop’s licensing representative for The Benelux,[11] adding to their United Kingdom representation.[12]

Sesame Street hardly needs taxpayer subsidies, which was actually Romney’s point.  Team Obama’s desperate seizing of this issue rather than all of the other problems of the nation and the world makes Obama look small and out of touch, at the precise moment when his opponent is engaging on the larger topics that voters expect from presidential candidates.  It’s quite telling that, with just four weeks to go, all Team Obama can talk about is a children’s TV show.

Update: Sesame Workshop may be doing Obama a big favor here:

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

This is a perfect opportunity to push this one into the memory hole … but really, how sad is it that Team Obama thought this spoke to voter concerns?  And as long as we’re listing the Devils of Wall Street, it’s interesting to note who’s missing from that list.

And here’s one more thought from Jeff Emanuel:

Ouch.


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Too bad Romney can’t counter this ad with one where he’s beating down Big Bird with boxing gloves, and a voice-over saying “Romney’s the man who’ll do whatever it takes to eliminate the deficit, no matter who gets in the way.” You know, go the totally opposite way, instead of saying essentially “I’m not against Big Bird.” Probably wouldn’t make for a good visual though. *sigh*

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Rasmussen all 11 swing states going for Romney. Here is the killer

Forty-six percent (46%) of these Swing State voters are now “certain” they will vote for Romney and will not change their minds. Forty percent (40%) are certain they will vote for the president.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_swing_state_tracking_poll

Conservative4ev on October 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

jimver on October 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

…OH NO!!!!…jimver!…dumb fluke #31 !

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I do not deserve this!!!! the opportunity was….atomic :), I couldn’t pass it…

jimver on October 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

VegasRick on October 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

…NOT VegasRick!!!…dumb fluke #33

MobileVideoEngineer on October 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

…you already have a dumb fluke #…you shouldn’t be trying for seconds!…only Mooch can have seconds!

mnjg on October 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

…dumb fluke #34

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Badge of honor. #33

VegasRick on October 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

big bird = Julia

Can you say LANDSLIDE REFERENDUM

screwauger on October 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The PBS studios here in Las Vegas..

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The Count was too busy to comment.

“…two hundred, ninety-seven…two hundred, ninety-eight…two hundred, ninety-nice…three hundred! Three hundred Mexican citizens killed by drug cartel members armed with guns smuggled into Mexico by the Obama administration! Ah-ah-ahhhh!”

Bruce MacMahon on October 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Dear me… less than a month to election day and Team Obama is *still* on the shiny object strategy.

Still no Christmas Tree.

Not even a Mao ornament to show for their efforts.

ajacksonian on October 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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.

Obama has NOTHING to run on.

He has been reduced to a half assed stand up comic..

How can any responsible adult even consider supporting this narcissistic boob ..

College age idiots I can understand, 75% of them do not understand what their brain’s purpose is yet.

RockyJ. on October 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

right2bright on October 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

r2b !…it’s a bug!…quit slapping it!…spray the fluking thing!

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

To counter the Big Bird Ad….

Samuel L. Jackson has a new one, check out this linky, it’s funny!!

http://www.manhattaninfidel.com/

Scrumpy on October 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Operation Jerk Store is still going on, I see.

22044 on October 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The Count was too busy to comment.

“…two hundred, ninety-seven…two hundred, ninety-eight…two hundred, ninety-nice…three hundred! Three hundred Mexican citizens killed by drug cartel members armed with guns smuggled into Mexico by the Obama administration! Ah-ah-ahhhh!”

Bruce MacMahon on October 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The Count has his own ad.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/10/rnc-invokes-the-count-obama-mentions-sesame-st-13-times-economylibya0.html

VegasRick on October 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Big Bird doesn’t really need support. The money goes to crooks like Bill Moyers, so he can crank out his endless stream of socialist propaganda, and hacks like Shields and Woodruff, who are no better than the cretins on msnbc.

slickwillie2001 on October 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Tweet by Dem pollster Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight
The polls are undersampling 9-year-olds and cookie monsters, which is why you don’t see Obama getting a Big Bird Bounce.

whatcat on October 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

All these references to The Count remind me that there is a citizen of Hot Air Nation who actually has that handle. :)

People can change handles, right? Maybe I could change mine to Big Bird.

22044 on October 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

That is the stupidest ad I’ve ever seen. You can sense the desperation of Obama when he’s got an ad about the garbageman and now Big Bird. How absolutely stupid must the campaign staff think the electorate is.

And oh, by the way, where is the prosecution of bundler John Corzine who misplaced a billion dollars of investors’ money?

COgirl on October 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

It would seem that Sesame Street is the only quality program on the PBS networks. By all accounts, it is the only one anyone on the left even bothers to defend.

The left wants us wingnuts to be more compromising? OK, here’s our compromise:

Sesame Street is apparently the only defensible program on PBS, and it takes up 5 of the 168 potential broadcast hours. Therefore, we will only cut PBS funding by 97%, and tag the remaining 3% to be directed solely to Sesame Street.

Happy now?

ss396 on October 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Sesame Street should be funding the government, not vice versa.

hip shot on October 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

This. Definitely this.

Mommynator on October 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Things have been going downhill for sesame street since bert and ernie came out of the closet.

Tim_CA on October 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

“Even Politico can see..”

..a tangential aside from this thread is the portent of this phrase: shredding any pretense by Politico as a non-partisan source.

(Of course, I realize that this was done a long time ago.)

The War Planner on October 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Trending polls suggest the nation is giving Obama the Big Bird.

fogw on October 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I wish Ras gave the day-to-day polling results.

Maybe the race is just a dead heat…

gumbyandpokey on October 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

..paroled, convicted felon and avowed pederast still recovering from the effects of the ’7.8% atom bomb’ I see. Suggest you avoid the fallout and strontium-90 exposure by repairing to your bomb shelter for a week of steamy sex with your Guatemalan pool-boy lover.

The War Planner on October 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

That ad was their attempt at sarcasm. Much like what America attempted by electing Obama.

sdbatboy on October 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Here is a fact. If I am unemployed I have no money. If I can’t pay my electricity bill I can’t turn on my TV. If I can’t turn my TV on I can’t watch PBS…. Maybe that is a blessing in disguise!

Maybe it is high time Big Bird was asked to give a lesson of how Grouch ended up living in a garbage can…and why no-one on Sesame Street has cleaned him up, made him go to school or given him a job so he could pay for a place to live in yet!

Self sustaining, strong willed educated people will always succeed in life if in fact the government will get out of the way. PBS and NPR are welfare lifers! NON-Profit….. profitable business models like the trademark Sesame Street conglomerate has stolen from the American people long enough…… Big Bird is a deadbeat in a costume lying and stealing is wrong even if it is a fictional character committing the offense…..

CON…. the word of the day is CON:
Confidence trick, also known as con, scam, or flim flam!

ActinUpinTexas on October 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Trending polls suggest the nation is giving Obama the Big Bird.

fogw on October 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

T.H.I.S.!

The War Planner on October 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Indeed, fogw!!!

This, from the e-mail hall of fame, er shame:

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Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This is just another example of how Obama thinks. If the government is not involved how important can it be? Sesame Street is not going away, no matter what happens to its government subsidy or PBS for that matter. Nickelodeon or any other cable channel would pick it up in a heartbeat, but it won’t be a government project any longer. And once you are not involved with the government you are nothing.

Fred 2 on October 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Results of the Libyan investigation: Ambassador Stevens actually committed suicide in anticipation of a Romney win and losing Big Bird.

The Rogue Tomato on October 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

What do they call this? Oh, yeah, Branding.

Why are we subsidizing this multi-million/billion dollar business again?

so-notbuyingit on October 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

That ad was their attempt at sarcasm. Much like what America attempted by electing Obama.

G a w k e r is running with this theme. “Ha ha–those stupid Republikkans don’t get how witty this ad really is!”

The hipster crowd doesn’t get that such a small-minded approach further diminishes an already pathetic failed president. Perhaps it is not ironic enough for them to grasp.

MidniteRambler on October 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

More than a dozen American diplomatic missions have been put to the torch over the last month, one of which resulted in the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. The labor force is near its lowest level in more than 30 years. Gas prices have skyrocketed, and we’re at war in Afghanistan. We are exactly four weeks from the national election. Today, however, Barack Obama will release a new 30-second spot focusing on the true issue that faces our nation …. Big Bird?

Perfectly summed up – this is the state of the nation, Oct. 9, 2012.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Great response still by RNC re Big Bird. Let’s go 30-second ad on this one, guys.

RepubChica on October 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The hipster crowd doesn’t get that such a small-minded approach further diminishes an already pathetic failed president. Perhaps it is not ironic enough for them to grasp.

MidniteRambler on October 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Excellent

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

God, please wake the American voters up and help them to see the light.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

“…criminals, gluttons of greed”

Hey, Obama, where is Corzine, you swine?

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

And now, Sesame Workshop has asked the team to take it down…lol

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/10/09/sesame-workshop-response-to-campaign-ads/#.UHRDyC0i_9c.twitter

daoster on October 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The truth about big bird.

Speakup on October 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

And now, Sesame Workshop has asked the team to take it down…lol

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/10/09/sesame-workshop-response-to-campaign-ads/#.UHRDyC0i_9c.twitter

daoster on October 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Send it out to your friends before they take it down.

Sarcastically mention you have decided to change your vote based upon this information.

Bluray on October 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Hey, Obama, where is Corzine, you swine?

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

That’s what I was wondering.

Flora Duh on October 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

4 weeks from today, America, 4 weeks, and YOU will send this joke out, mocked into oblivion, so as to never repeat such a hoax and pox upon yourself.

p.s. Sesame Street is doing just fine and will survive in the free market, like all others with decency.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

First thought – This came across like a semi-funny SNL commercial parody.

Second thought – Really? Pointing fun at Romney, equating Bug Bird with the Wall Street baddies that Romney will not go after when Obama and crew have done nothing (thank you Eric Holder once again) in going after former U.S. Senator and N.J. Democratic governor Jon Corzine (and one of the fiscally smartest people Joe Biden knows) who hasn’t a clue and claims he didn’t order the misappropriation of nearly $2 billion dollars of investors money in his own investment fund.

Big Bird. Really?

parke on October 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The PBS studios here in Las Vegas..

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Is that the one on Flamingo?

I watched that one being built all while the CCSD whines for more money and more money and more money and we have schools that are falling apart. Here on the east side, ALL the nicest buildings belong to or are rented out by CCSD. Not to mention the palatial building they acquired a few years ago.

Disgusting.

Jvette on October 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yeah, Big Bird shows Obama the bird

Sesame Workshop Response to Campaign Ads

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

And now, Sesame Workshop has asked the team to take it down…lol

daoster on October 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Of course they did. Not only does it expose just how much profit is out there it exposes the dark underbelly of public broadcasting. And do you really want to tick off the guy who is going to be next President after he’s already identified you for budget cuts?

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Obama wants to keep Big Bird on welfare.

faraway on October 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Sesame Street to Obama campaign: Don’t stand too close to me:

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/10/09/sesame-workshop-response-to-campaign-ads/

blammm on October 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

“I am the Big Bird and you are a hummingbird, except they are cute” — Big Bird

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Breaking: Prairie Dawn switches from Obama to Romney. Ostracized for not being “Muppet enough.”

Fallon on October 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The PBS studios here in Las Vegas..

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Is that the one on Flamingo?

I watched that one being built all while the CCSD whines for more money and more money and more money and we have schools that are falling apart. Here on the east side, ALL the nicest buildings belong to or are rented out by CCSD. Not to mention the palatial building they acquired a few years ago.

Disgusting.

Jvette on October 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Are you both in Vegas?

VegasRick on October 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Cut all gov’t funding form PBS. I have quit donating/watching (no, not Big Bird) years ago, when congresscritter Schroeder slipped multi-millions into their funding, over night, while the taxpayers toiled. She was a real witch/biatch.

They can compete like all others. Plenty of donations. Let them work for what they offer.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

How old is Big Bird now? About 45-50 years old.
“Hey Big Bird… time to leave the nest and fly on your own don’y ya think?”
-

RalphyBoy on October 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Sesame Workshop sends cease-and-desist request to Team Obama

Yeah, I’m gonna send him a cease and desist in November

faraway on October 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I don’t think this ad is bad for Obama. It is funny. And humor can be an effective political weapon.

I completely agree with Romney on PBS and hate Obama, but even I got a good laugh out of the ad.

WannabeAnglican on October 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

In other words, Team Obama is hereby ordered to step away from the Big Bird and get back to humping their chicken…….

ted c on October 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Are you both in Vegas?

VegasRick on October 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

32 years as of Monday.

Jvette on October 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Fowl Ball!!!

ted c on October 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

My kids never liked Sesame Street which was odd cause I watched it as a kid when it was new.

They were Nick fans, though if they were kids now, I wouldn’t let them watch it anymore.

Jvette on October 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Obama pissed off big-bird -
I guess Mooch will be on the bird crap list…..

redguy on October 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

My kids never liked Sesame Street which was odd cause I watched it as a kid when it was new.

They were Nick fans, though if they were kids now, I wouldn’t let them watch it anymore.

Jvette on October 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

My kids never did like it – too ghetto….

redguy on October 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I’m surprised that the Obama campaign isn’t going after Big Bird to say, Big Bird, you didn’t build that nest by youself.”

cpasherry on October 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

As I stated in the headline thread…

What are the odds of them actually doing it? NBC asked Obama to stop using Andrea Mitchell’s clip in their ad on Friday yet Saturday and Sunday that ad was still running during the Reds/Giants games.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

MobileVideoEngineer on October 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

HAHAHAHA!

Could it get MORE embarrassing?

nitzsche on October 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Big Bird: “Get away from me”

faraway on October 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Clusterfluke

MNHawk on October 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Even Big Bird doesn’t want to be seen with Obama.

hahahahahahahahahaha

faraway on October 9, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Are you both in Vegas?

VegasRick on October 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Most of my life. I go shooting out by Pahrump, though. Don’t care for the new County range out north.

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

too bad that it ain’t Friday, Axlerod. Otherwise, this narrative could’ve died with the start of the weekend. Remember when ya’ll could do that pretty effectively? Yahh…..good times, baby./

ted c on October 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Now he’s focusing all of his attention on Sesame Street and its potential loss of funding — when the show itself earns plenty of cash from its vast merchandising operations.

Where’s the socialist in him??? FFS, Obama, you should be asking $e$ame Street if they’re trying to become like Wall Street! At a certain point, you’d think they have made enough money—isn’t that how it goes, champ????

ted c on October 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Obama administration: What about the middle-east, economy, jobs and freedom of religion? Look over there! The republicans are trying to fire Big Bird and Elmo!

Introducing the new red herring synonym: Snuffleupagus.

shick on October 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Team Obama’s desperate seizing of this issue rather than all of the other problems of the nation and the world makes Obama look small and out of touch, at the precise moment when his opponent is engaging on the larger topics that voters expect from presidential candidates.

It doesn’t make Obama look small and out of touch, Obama is small and out of touch. This only underscores and turns on the bright lights.

It is unbelievably despicable and deplorable and so typical of his behavior that rather than deal with problems that he caused or exacerbated he goes after the petty moment.

He obviously had a terrible upbringing. He is the poster child for bad parenting: a spoiled, small-minded, whiny bully.

INC on October 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Now he’s focusing all of his attention on Sesame Street and its potential loss of funding — when the show itself earns plenty of cash from its vast merchandising operations.

EXACTLY! One has to wonder how many MILLIONS Sesame Street rakes in from all the spin-offs and endorsements.

GarandFan on October 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Instead of red herring, red snuffle.

shick on October 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Hey Ed! I’m surprised you creative geniuses haven’t ginned up a Dead Bird Bounce photo to herald the success of Team O’s latest campaign theme!

Mr Mxyzptlk on October 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Obama administration: What about the middle-east, economy, jobs and freedom of religion? Look over there! The republicans are trying to fire Big Bird and Elmo!

Introducing the new red herring synonym: Snuffleupagus.

shick on October 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

He can’t send security to Libya to protect an ambassador, but he’ll take a bullet for Big Bird.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Most of my life. I go shooting out by Pahrump, though. Don’t care for the new County range out north.

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

All of my adult life, came in 1980 with my dad when he was stationed at Nellis.

Vegas Rick,

there’s another Vegan here that I know of, Harbingerer or something like that, I don’t have time to check back on his posts.

Off to work with a smile on my face and a spring in my step at the good news this morning.

Jvette on October 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

When Big Bird tells you to stfu….

Philly on October 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Ouch…!

Seven Percent Solution on October 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I wonder if Big Bird is in the 1 percent?

STL_Vet on October 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I love watching Team Barry implode.

Philly on October 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Was Big Bird behind 911?

Axion on October 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The Count was too busy to comment.

Bruce MacMahon on October 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Paul Ryan IS the Count! Seriously, they have the same hairline.

Mitsouko on October 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Today’s episode of Sesame Street has been brought to you by the letters K, K and K.

CrustyB on October 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Note that AARP also balked about 0bama mentioning them during the debate.

The general consensus seems to be, “Don’t drag us down with you.”

Droopy on October 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Jeff Emanuel
@jeffemanuel “nothing says “I’ve completely lost control of this narrative” like embracing…a seven-foot-tall yellow-feathered multi-millionaire.”

Winna!!

katy the mean old lady on October 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

adults are talking about the issues again
 
Dave Rywall on August 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

rogerb on October 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

http://youtu.be/VVVIFbzbfgY

Obama: Elmo In A “White Suburban” Like OJ “Heading For The Border”

Lourdes on October 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Even that is a FAIL because OJ was in a White Ford Bronco

NapaConservative on October 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

It would seem that Sesame Street is the only quality program on the PBS networks. By all accounts, it is the only one anyone on the left even bothers to defend.

ss396 on October 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Eh, even Sesame Street has gone down in quality in recent years and is full of propaganda just like other PBS shows. The environmental nonsense peddled by the show is just maddening.

Shump on October 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Trending polls suggest the nation is giving Obama the Big Bird.
fogw on October 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM
T.H.I.S.!
The War Planner on October 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Or another alternate headline “Big Bird gives the Obama campaign the “Big Bird”.

bandutski on October 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“nothing says “I’ve completely lost control of this narrative” like embracing…a seven-foot-tall yellow-feathered multi-millionaire.”

Now THAT’S funny.

Tim_CA on October 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Never was much for Sesame Street as a kid. I preferred Electric Company. Granted, I also liked Epcot way more than Disney, so maybe I was just weird.

tdpwells on October 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Full-fledged Stupidity

dont taze me bro on October 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

So let me get this right – Sesame Street, Princeton Economist Harvey Rosen and AARP tell Obama to stop mentioning them and/or distorting their position. Congressional staffers were briefed on 9/12 by a State Dept official that the Libyan attack was likely an organized terrorist act while the WH claimed it was the act of a deranged mob and Lara Logan of CBS debunks The One’s claim that AQ is ‘on its heels.’

And Romney is the liar? RIIIIIGHT! Projection anyone?

NeoDawg on October 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Paul Ryan IS the Count! Seriously, they have the same hairline.

Mitsouko on October 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

This is a good name for him, because the hairline and since he’s such a good numbers guy. So be it, Paul Ryan is now “The Count”.

SailorMark on October 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

NeoDawg on October 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Not to mention Sheryl Atkinson & Univision reports on F&F.

dont taze me bro on October 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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