I have to hand it to President Obama’s re-election team. Whoever is in charge of putting his campaign ads together composed quite the creative and even humorous video montage for public viewing.
Even a die-hard, informed anti-Obama voter like me had to smirk in amusement.
The video really has to be watched to be appreciated, but for those of you who can’t, the details are as follows:
After the obligatory, “I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message,” a picture of Bernie Madoff lingers on the screen as a deep, concerned, male voice says “Bernie Madoff,” then “Ken Lay” and “Dennis Kozlowski” as their pictures appear as well.
The voice continues: “Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them?”
The camera cuts to a high rise office building, where a strange looking shadow fills one of the highest windows. “One man has the guts to speak his name,” the audience is assured as the clip splices to a two-second clip of Mitt Romney at the recent presidential debates… right as he’s about to say the words “Big Bird.”
This is immediately followed by two other shots of him repeating the Sesame Street character’s name and then Big Bird himself, sounding as innocent as ever, announcing “It’s me. Big bird!”
From there, it’s all shots of Romney and Big Bird, Wall Street signs and Sesame Street signs, while the commanding, melodramatic voice goes on: “Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about; it’s Sesame Street.”
The Republican presidential candidate is then allowed to say eight more words on his behalf, namely, “I’m going to stop the subsidies to PBS.” But it’s the voice who gets the last say, with “Mitt Romney: Taking on our enemies no matter where they nest,” while the camera lingers on Big Bird snoring obliviously in his giant, twiggy bed.
Like I said, it’s a creative and amusing video at first glance, and even at second. But it’s also not hard to see Obama’s contempt for his political rival throughout the 31-second showing; his arrogance comes through vividly, as does his dangerously lackadaisical attitude towards important issues, such as this nations unsustainable and out-of-control spending habits.
The video is entertaining for what it’s worth, but in an election year where people are really hurting?