Confirmed: Big Bird ad a flop across the entire political spectrum

posted at 11:21 am on October 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Put this another way.  When your campaign strategy loses Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews Bob Shrum, and earns four Pinocchios from the Washington Post, where exactly does that leave you?  In a fine, feathered mess, that’s where.  Lauer interviewed Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs this morning on Today, and asked, “Is that the kind of political ad that a campaign releases when it feels that it has ideas and solutions on its side, or is that the kind of political ad a campaign releases when it simply wants to get attention?”  As if on cue, Gibbs insists that Mitt Romney declared “war on Sesame Street”:

Well, I’d say Matt Lauer got his answer.  The Washington Post provided another one today, assigning the maximum number of Pinocchios to the argument Gibbs amplified from the ad:

But in any case, Romney clearly said that he loves Big Bird, not that he wants to kill it. And even if he eliminated public funding for PBS, how would that affect Sesame Street, where Big Bird resides?

Not much. The 2009 financial disclosure from Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the program, shows that just $7.9 million came from government grants out of $130 million in total revenue, or about 6 percent.

The company also benefits from station program fees, some of which may come from federal dollars given to local PBS affiliates, which the company has suggested brings the percentage up to about 8 percent. The rest of the money comes from many corporate partners — as well as sales from those cute stuffed toys. …

How did “I love Big Bird” turn into “kill Big Bird”? Only through a spin machine going on hyper drive.

Romney may have been off base in suggesting PBS funding has much to do with the deficit, but that’s no excuse for the Obama campaign to declare that means the demise of a popular children’s character. According to the financials of Sesame Workshop, Big Bird should do just fine, with or without public funding.

Over on the Right, the Wall Street Journal agrees with Lauer, and calls the Big Bird ad a sign of a “small President”:

Having been routed in the first debate, President Obama has found a comeback strategy: Fly Big Bird. Specifically, mock Mitt Romney’s call to cut federal subsidies for the millionaires at the Sesame Workshop and pledge to defend the Public Broadcasting Service no matter how much money the Treasury has to borrow.

At least he’s finally discovered a second-term agenda. …

At the end of fiscal 2011, Sesame Workshop and its subsidiaries had total assets of $289 million. About $29 million was held in cash and “cash equivalents,” mainly money-market mutual funds. Another $121 million on the balance sheet was held in “investments.” According to the accompanying notes, these investments included stakes in hedge funds and private-equity funds. It’s unclear from the financial statements if Big Bird has ever invested in funds run by Bain Capital, founded by Mitt Romney, but no doubt Sesame would be welcomed as a client by many investment managers.

So Big Bird likes to maximize revenues and investment gains as much as the next muppet. And now the President has made this adorable critter the symbol of federal programs that allegedly require eternal taxpayer aid, even if it has to be put on the future tax bill of today’s pre-schoolers. Is that funny?

In this case, let’s give the last word to the Left.  Chris Matthews, who normally carries the White House water reliably, called the ad “Mickey Mouse” (via PJ Tatler and WFB):

Maybe it’s more like Wile E. Coyote … sooooper genius.  And when you’ve lost Bob Shrum …


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What a bunch of bumbling amateurs. I’m surprised McCain didn’t beat them.

Cicero43 on October 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Obama for America totally failing?

If a massive undertaking is an “Epic Fail” the rotten part usually may be found sitting at the top.

IlikedAUH2O on October 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I like this photo for facepalm moments, more than the Duke basketball one.

22044 on October 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

McCain didn’t win because of the economic collapse…

Waiting for the LSM to start OPENLY mocking Obama… then you’ll know its over…

/BISHOP!!

Khun Joe on October 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

What a bunch of bumbling amateurs. I’m surprised McCain didn’t beat them.

Cicero43 on October 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Looking back, I don’t think even Bush II’s second campaign was all that good. He won more because Kerry was an even worse candidate.

22044 on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Apparently Big Bird makes $347,000/yr.

Obama makes $400,000 (plus expenses).

The real Dem ad should have BO screaming, “At some point YOU have enough”!!!

Cody1991 on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

As if on cue, Gibbs insists that Mitt Romney declared “war on Sesame Street”

Even dumber, he insinuates that Romney wants to kill Downton Abbey which I don’t even think gets funded by PBS. That’s a British production.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I am still amazed that 53 % of the people were that stupid.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Idiots

cmsinaz on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I hope bho/team keeps doing what they are doing with this type of crud! It is helping us big time show what a small petty person bho is? bho can’t deal with real issues, so he has to do this stuff!
L

letget on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I think the Big Bird ad would have been more succesful if they had put a Che! shirt and beret on Big Bird.

darwin on October 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Mika defending gibbsy with mitt brought it up

Puhleeze

cmsinaz on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

McCain flucked his own chances by suspending his pathetic campaign to work on the bailout. Otherwise, Sarah would likely drag his sorry carcass across the finish line.

Archivarix on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Soon will be hearing Obama sing “you’ve lost that loving feeling”

tbrickert on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

With less than four weeks to go, Obama has based his re-election on Big Bird, “Romney is a liar”, and raising taxes.

Tater Salad on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

And The Empty Chair so eagerly mocked by those who wished to declare Eastwood an aging loon will be remembered in the history books as a resounding success.

Marcus on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Next up abortion

Small ball til Nov 6

cmsinaz on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Lauer interviewed Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs this morning on Today

That’s funny. Robert Gibbs has always reminded me of Burt on “Burt and Ernie”. Jus’ sayin’…..

SailorMark on October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Chris Matthews, who normally carries the White House water and several quarts of Scotch reliably, called the ad “Mickey Mouse”

Losing the Irish drunk demographic probably won’t mean much to Obama since they get lost on the way to the polls anyway.

Cicero43 on October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

LSM breathlessly awaits Republican back in White House so they can get back to their normal one-sided journalism.

roy_batty on October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yet they apparently have no plans to pull it. Amazing. Why would you want to give Romney the opening to attack you for talking about Big Bird while he’s focusing on the jobs and the debt?

changer1701 on October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Campaign death throes.

BKeyser on October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Not sure I’ve ever seen a campaign go into crumble mode this quickly…

JohnGalt23 on October 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Ah, methinketh the odd yellow poop left everywhere in the Obama campaign machine smelleth of seseme seeds.

Don L on October 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Chris Matthews, who normally carries the White House water reliably, called the ad “Mickey Mouse”

Walt Disney is indignant.

Bitter Clinger on October 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Even dumber, he insinuates that Romney wants to kill Downton Abbey which I don’t even think gets funded by PBS. That’s a British production.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Yes, but that show’s a big hit with women, and their only avenue for it is PBS (Netflix is only carrying Season One.).

All you have to do is insinuate that Downton Abbey is going away and the claws come out.

CurtZHP on October 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

And The Empty Chair so eagerly mocked by those who wished to declare Eastwood an aging loon will be remembered in the history books as a resounding success.

Marcus on October 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Boom!

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=44162

Boom!

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I am still amazed that 53 % of the people were that stupid.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Please no past tense until after Nov 6th.

Don L on October 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

To paraphrase Joe BiteMe: I got one word for you. Small Ball.

kevinkristy on October 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The next Big Bird ad should have Barry and Big Bird dancing gangnam style.

Cody1991 on October 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I am still amazed that 53 % of the people were that stupid.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Not to worry, a great deal of that 53% still are…they haven’t gone anywhere…

jimver on October 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Please no past tense until after Nov 6th.

Don L on October 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I get your point.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM

What was Chris Matthews’ main lesson in 2012?

He learned he isn’t nearly as influential as he thinks he is.

Next year I expect him to wear a dress and run around a live audience with a microphone. It worked for Phil Donahue.

BobMbx on October 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Not sure I’ve ever seen a campaign go into crumble mode this quickly…

JohnGalt23 on October 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well, when your campaign has shallow roots any sort of wind is going to cause a problem. Obama is the focus of a personality cult. The smaller he looks the more cultists (including those in the MSM) fall away. Put another way, last week’s debate gave the disenchanted a reason to look elsewhere. And Obama has not helped his case by spending this week attempting to “save” Muppets.

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Romney may have been off base in suggesting PBS funding has much to do with the deficit . . .

What? WaPo must have had their liberal ears on during that part of the debate. Romney was using that as one of thousands of examples of unneccessary gooberment spending.

Maybe Romney did it on purpose knowing Obama’s crackerjack campaign would jump on it and make fools of themselves.

natasha333 on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Fighting for the Fantasy State; one of the 57 he visited, including the State of Imagination, and sight seeing at the Fiscal Cliff (at the South end of Sesame Street).

His tour also included a math lesson to students that showed how shopping for a purse for moo-shell could save the country 1 trillion dollars. Take that savings, enter it as cash, then spend it on a stimulus to create Fantasy State jobs.

So, the problem is that Republicans don’t have enough imagination to understand that the “jobs” created were in the other 7 states. We’re not smart enough to realize how stupid we are in not seeing the big picture of Wonderland investment.

Maybe we should return Big O to where he came from; the State of Incognito.

Molonlabe2004 on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Slightly OT: Romney trusted more on issues, according to Rasmussen.

22044 on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This was an amazingly ham-handed attempt to “re-litigate” the debate and try to turn public opinion against Romney again. Romney didn’t give them much to work with so they seized on Big Bird.

Also notice that Obama is STILL campaigning exclusively on college campuses. Yesterday he was at Ohio State. OSU cancelled classes and encouraged students to attend. This guarantees a large crowd with lots of “diverse” faces in it.

rockmom on October 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I am still amazed that 53 % of the people were that stupid.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

… or that nearly 50% of them STILL ARE.

Midas on October 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yes, but that show’s a big hit with women, and their only avenue for it is PBS (Netflix is only carrying Season One.).

All you have to do is insinuate that Downton Abbey is going away and the claws come out.

CurtZHP on October 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Actually there are many ways to watch Downton Abbey. The wife and I saw it by getting the Blu-rays. It’s also available on Amazon(for free if you have Amazon Prime). And BTW, PBS was reportedly showing hacked up, shortened episodes(at least with Season 1) in order to get the running time below 60 minutes, so if you’re really a fan of that show, that’s the last place you’d wanna watch it.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Some “Fun Facts”:

* The federal government gave the CPB a grant of $444.1 million in 2012.

* Between 2003 and 2006, Sesame Street made a net profit of more than $211 million from toys and consumer product sales.

* The former President & CEO of Sesame Workshop and current President & CEO of NPR, Gary Knell, earned $956,513 in 2008. That’s more than Obama, Biden, and Pelosi earned in their public capacities in 2008…COMBINED. He earned $988,456 in 2011.

* Sesame Street received $1,067,532 from the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Stimulus Act of 2009 and reported that it created “1.47 jobs.”

* Sesame Workshop Executive Vice-President, Sherrie Westin, who earned $463,892 in 2011, has admitted that it doesn’t need government subsidies.

* The actor, who plays Big Bird (Carroll Spinney), doesn’t have a salary that puts him in the 1%, but he’s not far off: Spinney made $314,072 in 2011.

* The president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the CPB’s tax forms, Patricia De Stacy Harrison, earned $361,895 in 2011.

* The President and CEO of PBS, Paula Kerger, earned $669,260 in 2011. Its COO, Michael Jones, earned $477,296. Its CFO, treasurer, and senior vice-president, Barbara Landes, earned $402,355. Katherine Lauderdale, PBS’ senior vice-president and general counsel, earned $381,855.

* The current president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, H. Melvin Ming, earned $584,572 in 2011. Among other salary standouts at Sesame: Lewis Bernstein ($406,387), Terry Fitzpatrick ($439,741), Myung Kang-Huneke ($389,005), Susan Kolar ($401,425), Miranda Barry ($397,175), Maura Regan ($379,733), Joseph Mazzarino ($556,165), Caralynn Sandorf ($354,476), and Anita Stewart ($455,369).

Yet, President Obama & other Progs believe that we should borrow more money from China, Japan, and Wall Street in order to prop up an enterprise that earns hundreds of millions in profits and whose executives are part of the 1%.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

And, some more “Fun Facts”:

* Sesame Workshop reported assets in 2011 of $411,635,078.

* On its 2010 Form 990, SW reported owning $30,024,016 in securities, which included $5.6M in “Hedge Funds”, $14.7M in “Fund of Funds”, and $9.7M in “Private Equity.”

* SW reported revenue of $133,042,300 in 2010.

* In 2010, it reported $46,930,656 in revenue from royalty income alone.

* In 2010, it paid out $64,453,033 in salaries, benefits, bonuses, and other compensation.

* In 2010, the total number of SW employees earning more than $100,000 in salary per year was 142 (33.4%) and the average pay of the top 21 (4.92%) was $403,767. It had 427 employees.

* Its Form 990 in 2009 reported lobbying expenses of $1 million a year. Its lobbying is carried out by Tracy Garrett, Director of Government Affairs at SW.

* With its taxpayer-funded grant money, SW works directly with the Communist Party of China and the People’s Liberation Army through its “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” initiative.

* In 2010, the Center for Public Broadcasting reported $459,877,360 in revenue on its Form 990.

* The CPB’s balance sheet shows $83,701,376 in assets plus another $25,104,805 of “other securities.” The “other securities” are later listed as “Promissory Note-Goldman Sachs.”

But, again, President Obama believes that we should borrow money from Communist China to prop up Big Public TV and its 1%.

If the taxpayers are ultimately going to be on the hook for Big Bird and Elmo, shouldn’t your children get free stuffed animals? Why should you have to shell out more bucks for the “Made in China” crap to support the lavish lifestyles of these teatsucking “Princes and Princesses of Profit” and “Economic Royalists”?

(Some data courtesy of NRO, AIM and Steve Sheldon)

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

If Big Bird would shake a tail feather, I’m sure somebody would bring the tar.

meci on October 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Maybe Romney did it on purpose knowing Obama’s crackerjack campaign would jump on it and make fools of themselves.

natasha333 on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

No, he did it to show America that he could tell Jim Lehrer to his face that he would eliminate funding for PBS. I saw it as a Chris Christie moment for him. I figured liberals would squeal as they always do about their precious PBS. But most Americans saw it as both courageous and entirely correct – we have no business borrowing money from China top pay for such silly luxuries as a public TV channel.

rockmom on October 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

LSM breathlessly awaits Republican back in White House so they can get back to their normal one-sided journalism.

roy_batty on October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yeah, all this propping up one of their own with one-sided reporting has got to be harder work than re-discovering the homeless and poor victims of Republican programs. The MSM is as lazy as the President.

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The democrats should have a phone bank behind Sheriff Joe tomorrow night. “Please pledge what you can! We’ll throw in a coffee mug for only $50 a month!”

SouthernGent on October 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Gumby along to tell us the ad was AWESOME!

Coupled with those polls coming out of Guam later this
week showing the President with a landslide (no,
Guam has not capsized yet) victory!

ToddPA on October 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

“Well, Mitt started it!” they say.

Sesame Street is really about the O campaign’s speed, which is possibly why when asked by the franchise to stop using their character, O’s people said they were going to do no more than look into the matter.

I can see giving a dumb idea a shot once in a while, one that looks good on paper but doesn’t play well in reality. But to actually go out and defend it after two days of ridicule?

These people are so invested in their own hype and nonsense they can’t see just how silly they have become.

Liam on October 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

But Oprah told me he was brillant….

Oil Can on October 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Birdbrains of a feather fluke together.

Naturally Curly on October 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Gibbs is an Obama operative and would even swear he witnessed Obama walking on water. Matthews and Schrum are dirt ball progressive professionals and can’t afford to burn up any more credibility from what little is left. The polls are reversing, the economy still sucks and the foreign policy front is collapsing with less than a month left to go. The rats are packing in preparation to abandon ship.

cartooner on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Maybe Romney did it on purpose knowing Obama’s crackerjack campaign would jump on it and make fools of themselves.

natasha333 on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Well, if they did, all I can say is “well played sir!”

But that leads to a question. If Obama were not out there saving Muppets this week, what would he be campaigning on?

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

All the financial stuff about PBS and Sesame Street is interesting, but the important point is that the vast majority of Americans agree with Mitt Romney that we should not be borrowing money from China to pay for an unnecessary and antiquated public TV channel that almost nobody watches. If we can’t cut such obvious fat from the federal budget, we have no chance of ever balancing it.

I actually think this sequence was when Romney won the debate. People wanted to hear specifics and he gave them specifics about what he would cut and consolidate.

rockmom on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Big Bird ad a flop

Just like the administration.

GarandFan on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

ATOMIC BOMB!!!

MobileVideoEngineer on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

“Intellectuals” Then & Now:

1992: “Dan Quayle is such a moron! Doesn’t he know that Murphy Brown is a fictional character?”

2012: “MITT ROMNEY WANTS TO KILL BIG BIRD!!!!!”

(h/t Glenn McCoy)

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

hmmm, I see a parallel – that reads like a big independent school district payroll, and the comment about massive borrowing so those on the receiving end get mired in debt is perversly accurate again

You hear me HISD with your $1.9 billion bond election coming up?

DanMan on October 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

The half-life of the shiny objects is now under two days… and that is becoming shorter and shorter each week. By the end of the month the Obamaites will barely be able to say anything before it is rebutted, laughed at and totally dismissed. Shiny object time is over, now.

Supporting Big Bird and not our Ambassador in Libya when he asked for help?

Such priorities, huh?

ajacksonian on October 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

ToddPA on October 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Plus the poll out today that shows Michelle is more liked than Ann Romney. That should keep our resident poll fetishist posting well into the night on every thread (in case people missed any of his posts the first hundred times),

Liam on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Obama is a national embarrassment.

John the Libertarian on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Bird brains.

Bmore on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Obama not having a very good week.
As all this info percolates it will only get worse.
Biden must be feeling some weight on his shoulders about now.

Jabberwock on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

But that leads to a question. If Obama were not out there saving Muppets this week, what would he be campaigning on?

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Romney talks of cutting wasteful spending on crap like PBS. obambi talks about cutting defense spending. Glaring.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Obama is a national embarrassment.

John the Libertarian on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

And a stain on our great Nation.

Bmore on October 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

All the financial stuff about PBS and Sesame Street is interesting, but the important point is that the vast majority of Americans agree with Mitt Romney that we should not be borrowing money from China…

rockmom on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I agree, but the amazing thing now is to watch some on the Left twist themselves into knots defending the 1%! I’ve been throwing that data at them and all they are left with is “But, it is a fraction of what we spend at the Pentagon and, and, and, everybody loves Big Bird so we should keep funding it!” It doesn’t seem to matter to them that they are arguing that we borrow more, print more, and tax more to subsidise the 1% that they supposedly hate.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The half-life of the shiny objects is now under two days… and that is becoming shorter and shorter each week. By the end of the month the Obamaites will barely be able to say anything before it is rebutted, laughed at and totally dismissed. Shiny object time is over, now.

Supporting Big Bird and not our Ambassador in Libya when he asked for help?

Such priorities, huh?

ajacksonian on October 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Like I said yesterday and Gibbs appears to confirm this…

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

MobileVideoEngineer on October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Tommorrow’s headline: Seseme Street Productions licenses the New Black Panther Party to wear a Big Bird logo on their black leather jackets and clubs, spreading name recognition to millions of voters.

The logos will be generously funded by stimulus money in order to protect Big Bird from becoming a shovel-ready Romney job.

Don L on October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Obama is a national embarrassment.

John the Libertarian on October 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I’d say world – wide loser.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Maybe Romney did it on purpose knowing Obama’s crackerjack campaign would jump on it and make fools of themselves.

natasha333 on October 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Heh, I was thinking that, too. Romney saw he could get a jab in to Lehrer, plus totally throw a bone out to the O-campaign, knowing they would glom on to it so badly, that he could sit back and laugh for a week. It would be awesome if he intentionally played them like that.

SailorMark on October 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

It confirms that the world is a mess and Obama focuses on chicken sh*t.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It wasn’t a flop, it virtually wiped out any conversation about Romney’s foreign policy speech on Monday.

Score one for the King.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Its a wrong side of town bar fight, your in the alley, the guy looks like he will not get up and knife you in the back,,,,

but

should you kick him while he is down?

Hell ya, he started the fight by going full commie nut job, got our men in arms shot for no good reason, did crooked deals with his earth first nut job doners with your tax money.

Keep him down kick the sob in the nuts, make it hurt.

win

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Clint Eastwood said,”Obama is the biggest hoax ever pulled on the American people”. He nailed it. If the truth be known, Biden is the smart one. The liberal elite will always get their “hands out” group and of course their racist vote, but it will not not be close.

volsense on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

O/T: Mitt speaking now in Ohio and plans to take questions from the audience. Fox channel, of course. :) Sorry if someone has already mentioned this as I did not read all comments before posting.

skeedro on October 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

It wasn’t a flop, it virtually wiped out any conversation about Romney’s foreign policy speech on Monday.

Score one for the King.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Uh, I don’t think this is what you want the media talking about if you’re the Obama campaign. At least not in the disparaging tone they’re using.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Like I said yesterday and Gibbs appears to confirm this…

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

MobileVideoEngineer on October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Exactly!

Stay in the White House because people you sent into the pot are now getting cooked… or… fundraiser in Las Vegas and then partying with Jay-Z and the tower of champagne?

A real media would have toasted any other President to a crisp on that.

The MFM is in its last days as a ‘force’ for anything other than leftism and as leftism can’t get viewers, listeners or an audience… why… Protect Big Bird! Force it on the people if they don’t like it with their own tax money!

What comes over the next few years will be very interesting, indeed.

ajacksonian on October 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Score one for the King.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Nah, the Benghazi hearing begins within minutes. It ain’t over by far. It’s still the economy, for the stupid and the not so stupid, but Obama no longer is the one who single-handedly killed Osama.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

update to my post: go to foxnewschannel.com to follow live stream.

skeedro on October 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

It wasn’t a flop, it virtually wiped out any conversation about Romney’s foreign policy speech on Monday.

Score one for the King.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Uh, I don’t think this is what you want the media talking about if you’re the Obama campaign. At least not in the disparaging tone they’re using.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Also, the timing had to be the absolute worst. They didn’t even let the “glee” of the “amazing” jobs reports build.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

update to my post: go to foxnewschannel.com to follow live stream.

skeedro on October 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’m watching it on the CNN live stream. Please forgive me.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I KNEW Obozo would blame Romney. I KNEW it.

He is a small, small man. He is a divisive man, who has gotten where he is by using the tactics of Alinksy and pandering to like-minded fools.

He has bankrupted the country both morally and financially, and has brought this country to the brink of socialism. Now he will retire, extremely wealthy, to a mansion in Hawaii, a home in Chicago, and a speaking circuit world wide.

The real travesty in this, is how well rewarded such a terrible human being as he will end up – in absolute contravention to his constant class warfare rhetoric.

The irony is palpable.

KMC1 on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I might contribute to the Obama campaign and/or the DNC if they would promise to run this ad continuously and exclusive of any others, and in every swing state from now until the election.

TXUS on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I have been one of the critics moaning that I’d like to see Mitt doing more advertising. But, you know, more advertising isn’t always a good thing, especially when you have tone-deaf, rank incompetents like the ones running the Obama campaign.

Right Mover on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

ALL the spin in the world, all the rationalizations, all the finger pointing simply will not, ever erase the reality and gravity of the situation for team zero, and that can be summed up in two four three simple words…CRASH and BURN

NY Conservative on October 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Uh, I don’t think this is what you want the media talking about if you’re the Obama campaign. At least not in the disparaging tone they’re using.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Are we still talking about Big Bird or Mitt’s excellent foreign policy speech?

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Great read – Ace is right.

Obama came as he is. Romney did too.

The world/land saw them, as is, unfiltered by the intoxicated and intermarried media.

The ‘liberal’ media loved Obama to death, both of theirs, heh.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Just for the record, the Big Bird ad was a huge hit with my teens…of course they thought it was promoting Romney and his “get tough” stance on people who scam the system. Oops.

OT: In 2008, a sub teacher, who had attended the Obama rally on election night, showed up the next morning, glassy eyed, and demanded the kids sing to a picture of Obama. DD1 was the only R in the class.

In 2012, DD2 was unable to fully debate for Romney because there were too many kids in line to do so. She was able only to talk about his family. Kids assigned to debate for Obama ddi so only half heartedly. Only 2 kids in the class were actually pro-Obama.

Sadly, the 11 year old can barely remember a pre-Obama time, except that life was a lot happier then.

Daisy_WI on October 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Are we still talking about Big Bird or Mitt’s excellent foreign policy speech?

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I’m referring to Big Bird. The media focusing on this makes Obama look small and out-of-touch. Mitt’s gonna have plenty more chances to talk about foreign policy, so I don’t worry about that speech being overlooked.

Doughboy on October 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Not sure I’ve ever seen a campaign go into crumble mode this quickly…

JohnGalt23 on October 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

They’ve never been challenged by a real candidate in a venue they couldn’t (completely) control.

And the media’s been towing their butts along since 2007. So, they have no clue how to sail the ship now that the towline is severed.

The capsize was almost foreordained.

Missy on October 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Romney and Ryan went hunting today
(returned sporting feathers of yellow, they say)
I just read in a tweet
There’s some mystery meat
NOW being SERVED by Chick Fil a!

Nana on October 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Also notice that Obama is STILL campaigning exclusively on college campuses.

He’s running out of friendly, sympathetic venues where he can peddle his socialist/populist B.S. without being treated the way the umpires in Atlanta were after making the infield fly call last week.

Right Mover on October 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Msdnc….. abortion abortion abortion

Forget about that benghazi thingy

cmsinaz on October 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Now he will retire, extremely wealthy, to a mansion in Hawaii, a home in Chicago, and a speaking circuit world wide.

KMC1 on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Fixed.

No way is O’bamna going back to Chicago. He’s already treated as Royalty in Hawai’i, so why bother?

BTW, ancient Hawaiian Royal Family members had Poi Dog as a regular part of their diets.

Del Dolemonte on October 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Lauer interviewed Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs this morning on Today, and asked, “Is that the kind of political ad that a campaign releases when it feels that it has ideas and solutions on its side, or is that the kind of political ad a campaign releases when it simply wants to get attention?” As if on cue, Gibbs insists that Mitt Romney declared “war on Sesame Street

This is really an insignificant point to raise over one sentence Romney made. The economy is going to hell in a handbasket and Obama is using precious political capital on this irrelevant crappola. Gibbs is well versed on all the intricacies of his master. After all, wasn’t it Obama at his 2008 DNC acceptance speech who said that if you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things. Well, Big Bird may not think this is a small thing, but I do.

timberline on October 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Msdnc….. abortion abortion abortion

Forget about that benghazi thingy

cmsinaz on October 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

All 8 of their viewers are brainwashed. You gotta let em go.

VegasRick on October 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I can’t open those snippets on my iPad, so I don’t know ….
does Gibbsy say that they will NOT stop running the ad, DESPITE PBS’s disapproval ??
Is that grounds for a lawsuit ??
Oh, the glory that would be !!!!

pambi on October 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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