On the heels of "The Life of Julia" -- the hypothetical tale of one woman's cradle-to-grave government dependence -- the Obama campaign is out today with a new ad campaign ripe for conservative mockery. The ad features Ohio autoworker (read: union member) Brian Slagle, who says he owes his family's livelihood all to Obama:
"The auto industry was crashing down, I was scared to death. I had a newborn baby, wife, house, and I got laid off. I wasn't sure what I was going to do," Slagel explains in the video. "Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn't just going to let it die. And I'm driving in this morning because of that. Because of him."
A Facebook page with his name indicates that Slagle works for Johnson Controls in Springfield Township, a company that "create[s] quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles," according to its website. But according to Slagle's Facebook page, he's been employed with Johnson Controls since 2006, not a recent hire after being "laid off" as he claims in the ad:
Slagle may have been laid off and then immediately hired back, but one would think that such a discrepancy likely would've been vetted by the Obama camp before they launched the national ad campaign. It also doesn't look good considering Slagle has since removed his employment information from his Facebook page. Will the Obama campaign clarify?
Slagle's story may be 100% accurate, but that doesn't change the fact that taxpayers forked out $23 billion we'll never see again, creditors and shareholders got shafted, our national debt got higher and Obama's friends in the UAW made off like bandits. It also doesn't change the fact that government ought to have no role in determining which private industries are "too big to fail" or using taxpayer dollars to bail them out.
In the meantime, the whole "Because of him..." meme the Obama campaign is pushing in this ad is reminiscent of the woman who claimed that because of Obama, she now has health insurance -- a claim that also later proved to be false.
And all of this aside, the "Because of him..." theme is pure fodder for conservatives to poke fun at. Here's a sample, via Twitchy:
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