Here we are, over a week after Romney called out the wasteful spending by using public television as an example, and Obama is still making Big Bird jokes. At the end of business the day after the debate, the joke had run its course and like “American Pie” movies, America had had enough. A week later, nearly every reporter, mainstream and otherwise, is asking, “Why is a campaign that should be focused on resolving these tremendous issues, still talking about Big Bird?” And nobody knows…
So finally, Matt Lauer asked Obama Campaign Adviser Robert Gibbs if there were plans for the “leader” of the free world to stop trying to make this election about a giant yellow bird. If Matt Lauer is calling out the Obama Campaign, they are in real trouble.
Lauer asked Gibbs,
“Is that the kind of political ad that a campaign releases when it feels that it has ideas and solutions on its side, or is that the kind of political ad a campaign releases when it simply wants to get attention?”
Gibbs responded immediately that Romney is the one that started the war on Big Bird.
That’s good. When I was a kid and I got into a petty, childish fight with my brother, the “He started it!” defense always went over really well.
Seriously, with high unemployment (I still don’t buy the 7.8% figure), 23 million Americans looking for work, a 1.7% GDP and a foreign policy that leads people to believe it’s okay to attack our embassies, why in the hell is this grown man on television, talking about Big Bird?
The fact that the Obama Campaign has, seemingly, run out of things to say indicates a desperation that will continue until November.
Lauer is not the only one bailing on the sinking Obama ship- The Sesame Workshop, who runs Sesame Street has stepped in and asked the Obama Campaign to stop running attack ads with Big Bird. They stated,
“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization 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.”
Even Sesame Street knows they don’t want to be associated with this Campaign.