Obama ‘credits’ Romney for taking on Big Bird

Sarcasm has raised its ugly head in the 2012 race for president. The newest TV ad from the Barack Obama campaign:

If you’ve ever wondered about Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” impact on the electoral process — now you know. Here’s the response from the Republican National Committee:

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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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23 comments Add your comment

Lynn43

October 9th, 2012
8:24 am

Love this ad and love “Big Bird”. My children loved “Big Bird”. I hope this doesn’t make up bad people.

Sherry

October 9th, 2012
8:27 am

I just want some honesty in this race. What Romney said was that he was no longer going to borrow money from China to pay for things we don’t need, like PBS. I agree. Listen if it comes to my kids and grandkids having huge debts placed on them or my kids or grandkids getting to see Big Bird, I say, Buh-bye Bird!

Just Nasty & Mean

October 9th, 2012
8:34 am

If your kids like Big Bird, and want to see it/him/her—then PAY for it. It is not up to the rest of us to pick up the debt and interest so your kids can occasionally enjoy Big Bird.
What say we focus our Federal government and our resources on the functions described in the Constitution–like keeping us safe and protecting the borders.

If you want PBS and Big Bird–then get off your duff and pay for it yourself!

Lynn43

October 9th, 2012
8:49 am

Just Nasty & Mean, If your comments are directed to me, our association with “Big Bird” is in the past. I’m 70, my children are 48, 50, and 52. Even all my grandchildren are in their 20’s. No great, grandchildren. Loved “Big Bird” but out of this era. It’s amazing how on blogs people can assume hateful things about others when they think others don’t think exactly as they do. Sir, or Madman, I hope you are not one of those people.

Shar

October 9th, 2012
8:51 am

Tax subsidies to Big Bird are as nothing compared to taxpayer subsidies of, say college football. Tax-free donations, tax-free fields, maintenance, coaching, athletes, travel — all for a huge industry that generates billions yet clings to the fiction that it is part of “education” and therefore in the public good and deserving of tax exemption even as their fundraising heft utterly corrupts university policies. College football programs do not follow university procedures in academic qualifications of students, of faculty hiring scales, of minimum requirements for academic proficiency or in the expectation that the athletes will graduate, and thus cannot be considered a legitimate part of the university’s academic program.

I can see Sherry’s argument, and would reluctantly agree that much of what is on PBS appeals to too small an audience to survive unaided and with that as its primary market mission it has to be said to fail. Same is true of college football and its primary mission of education. Besides which, the amount we funnel into PBS is nothing compared to the tax subsidies lavished on college football, which is nothing but a farm system for the NFL, to say nothing of college basketball – another farm system.

What is sauce for the Bird is sauce for the pigskin. If PBS goes, college sports have to pay their own way as well.

Jerome Horwitz

October 9th, 2012
8:53 am

Big Bird, NPR, and PBS are such very small parts of the budget that they are almost inconsequential. We need to be dealing with Defense, Medicare, Medicaid – this is what drives the deficit.

Martha Zoller

October 9th, 2012
8:58 am

This is a non-issue. Big Bird makes so much money, he’s in the “top 1%.” The question is, do we want it or do we need it? This government can’t afford extras. I applaud the success of artistic and creative ventures that find or create thru supporters their own funding. NPR and Public Broadcasting needs to be self sufficient.

Whirled Peas

October 9th, 2012
9:01 am

Sarcasm’s ugly head is not as ugly as the leftist bias in the Jim Galloway column of the AJC. The Cox family owes the people of Atlanta an apology for allowing this once great paper to sink to this level.

cc

October 9th, 2012
9:15 am

I concur that we need to look at EVERYTHING, including Big Bird. One of the ways in which we developed this crushing debt is by allowing the ‘inconsequential’ expenses. Let’s look at everything from top to bottom, cut all that is unnecessary and restore some sanity to this insane spending spree the federal government is doing. If Big Bird is a victim, so be it.

Bullseye

October 9th, 2012
9:25 am

It’s interesting to hear the new budget hawks screech. Where have you all been?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/feb/08/usa.iraq1

Road Scholar

October 9th, 2012
9:26 am

Get rid of the heathcare and gym for Congress first. Let them find it on the free market! Then get rid of all deductions except for your home mortgage (one home you live in 51% of the time), and charitable deductions. Tax ALL income the same…even Capital gains. I know the CG money already had taxes paid on it, but the interest has not been taxed.

td

October 9th, 2012
9:37 am

Road Scholar

October 9th, 2012
9:26 am

All you have to do is to Not give any agencies their automatic increases in their budgets and actually cut 1% per year for 5 years and the budget will be balanced. The bill has already be offered in the Senate (Penny plan) but the Dems will not allow it to come to the floor for a vote.

Weetamoe

October 9th, 2012
9:47 am

When you line up to engage in a hair-pulling fight over the latest *Tickle me Elmo* fad overpriced stuffed animated (kind of like Algore, come to think of it) toy as consumers do during the gift-buying seasons, keep in mind that these licensed items return millions or more to the non-profit (non-tax paying) corporations and their execs and employees. They do not need gov subsidies.

David Granger

October 9th, 2012
9:59 am

I sure wish President Obama would defend our embassies with the same enthusiasm that he defends Sesam Street.

joe

October 9th, 2012
10:04 am

Obama’s campaign is becoming legendary…and not in a good way. All he and his supporters do is deflect questions on his record and bash Romney. Face it, Obama is toast…

[...] Romney team has responded to the Big Bird campaign by listing a graphic that claims President Obama has talked about Big Bird and Elmo about 13 times [...]

Greg

October 9th, 2012
10:29 am

Why arent they hammering Romney about the educational value that kids get from Big bird and the gang. That was the whole point of Those kinds of shows to start with. To help Kids improve in education with fun and kids friendly TV and not just have cartoons like sponge bob that teach kids nothing. Check out this video of MR. Rogers in front of the senate in 1969. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

GaBlue

October 9th, 2012
10:45 am

In this case, I think sarcasm is completely appropriate, and I applaud Obama’s campaign for having the stones to use it. Citing PBS funding as a meaningful contributor to our national debt is an insult to every thinking American. Do they think we forgot about the two unfunded wars in which friends of Bush got no-bid, unaudited contracts that ran simultaneously with tax cuts for the same rich people? Geebus, they must think we can’t count to ten.

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cc

October 9th, 2012
10:57 am

“(This message brought to you by the letters F and U.)”

. . . and the same to you.

cc

October 9th, 2012
11:06 am

I DARE you liberals to view this with an open mind. You should because, as we all know, liberals are the most tolerant people on earth!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7405692n&tag=pop;videos

Carol

October 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

I actually like the GOP ad better than the Dem. It’s pretty good.

Carol

October 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

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DARE you liberals to view this with an open mind. You should because, as we all know, liberals are the most tolerant people on earth!
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Says the supporter of the party with the vaginal probe.

clb2012now

October 9th, 2012
9:37 pm

PBS is like the lady who won the lottery and stayed on food stamps. PBS gets such a small portion of the budget and even that can’t be cut. What portion of the budget is not going to have it’s champion?

The critical focus here is that we need good governance. Good governance just like at home begins with fiscal responsibility. All the mongering and name calling aside, can we talk about the real issue? Who will best lead this country out of recession to more economic strength and fiscal responsibility. We have had better economies under other presidents (Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, JFK) and the common detonators is that they got out of the way of the private sector. You can’t continually demonize that sector and then expect it to pull you out of a recession. The business sector needs consistency to make long term decisions not temporary or part time jobs. Keynesian economics is only a short term solution and a costly one at that. Economists disagree on whether Keynesian efforts help or prolong a recovery. From the Keynesian efforts that we have done, I would say that it has prolonged it. This has been the longest recovery ever.

This time, we need the business man’s acumen at the top not just advising the president. Our economy has become a national security issue. Our economy has become a social issue. Our economy has become a military issue. We need someone who understands how businesses thrive, how business people think.