Just when you thought Barack Obama’s debate performance couldn’t get any more embarrassing, the Obama camp put out the now-infamous Romney attack ad featuring… Big Bird. (ICYMI, it was part of this morning’s must-reads.)
The unreal desperation of the president’s reelection campaign got worse today after the gentle-hearted folks of Sesame Street kindly asked Obama to refrain from using Big Bird and the rest of the gang in his campaign ads:
There’s been no real response from the Obama campaign other than “We’ll look into it,” but it’s worth mentioning that their Big Bird ad is still available and hasn’t been taken down as Sesame Workshop requested. The Democratic Party has also made hay out of
wasteful PBS subsidies Mitt Romney’s hatred of giant, yellow talking birds:
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) even took the left’s new meme to the streets outside of a Paul Ryan campaign event in Chicago this week, appearing with a… um, “Big Bird”?
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is also wondering what the heck Democrats are thinking:
“These are tough times with real serious issues,” Romney said today at an event in Van Meter, Iowa. “So you have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird. I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs and saving our future and also saving the family farm.”
If we just keep all mirrors hidden between now and November, Democrats’ sheer idiocy will win this election for the Republicans. This Dem “strategy” is so childish that even Sesame Street — an organization dedicated to the ENTERTAINMENT OF CHILDREN — is asking for the Obama camp to knock it off
Update: It gets worse.
The Obama camp is backing away from its absurd Big Bird ad a bit. How? By pointing the finger at their own supporters:
Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the campaign was tapping into a ”grassroots outcry” when it put together an ad attacking Mitt Romney for wanting to de-fund Big Bird.
“There’s been a strong grassroots outcry over the attacks on Big Bird. This is something that mothers across the country are alarmed about, and you know, we’re tapping into that,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday.
While some have questioned the campaign’s seriousness and intent to put money behind the ad in swing states, Psaki maintained that it is running on cable networks – albeit during comedy shows - that swing-state viewers watch.
“The larger point… is, aside from our love for Big Bird and Elmo, as is evidenced by the last few days, the point that we’re making here is that when Mitt Romney… was given the opportunity to lay out how he would address the deficit, when he said ‘I will take a serious approach to it,’ his first offering was to cut funding for Big Bird,” Psaki said. “And that is absurd and hard to take seriously his specific plan.”