In a new television ad drooling with sarcasm, the Obama campaign slams Mitt Romney for saying last week during the presidential debate that he would cut the federal subsidy to PBS — despite the fact that he “loves Big Bird.”
The new Obama campaign ad mockingly casts Big Bird as a corporate savage comparable to Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Lay. It continues the theme Obama has hit in recent days on the campaign trail, when he has mocked Romney for “getting tough on Big Bird” and Sesame Street — but not Wall Street.
“Criminals. Gluttons of greed,” a narrator says in the ad, cutting to images of Madoff, Lay and former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski. “And the evil genius who towered over them?”
An outline of Big Bird then appears in a window, and the video cuts to Romney saying “Big Bird” in the debate last week.
“One man has the guts to say his name,” the narrator says. “… Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street. Mitt Romney. Taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest.”
UPDATE: Now the show is asking the Obama campaign to pull the ad. Here’s the statement from Sesame Workshop:
Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.
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