It's pathetic when a sitting president of the United States hopes to win votes by exploiting Big Bird.
Since Obama's disastrous debate performance last Wednesday, the Obama campaign and its liberal media mouthpieces have been obsessed with Mitt Romney's comment about defunding PBS, using the beloved Big Bird as their poster child.
That was the only highpoint for them from that debate. "We'll use Big Bird to demonize Romney."
So, we had Obama on the stump talking about Big Bird.
We had the failed mayor of Milwaukee and three-time gubernatorial loser Tom Barrett appearing with Big Bird at a rally outside a fundraiser featuring Paul Ryan.
We had Big Bird, the real Big Bird, appear on the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live.
And now, the Obama campaign has put out a Big Bird ad.
PBS says, "Enough."
From the New York Post:
President Obama has ruffled some feathers at PBS by putting Big Bird in a TV ad attacking Mitt Romney.I think that statement from PBS is pretty weak.
“We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down,” Sesame Workshop, the PBS-affiliated non-profit behind Sesame Street, said today in a statement.
Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” said the statement.
An Obama campaign official said that the campaign “received and will review their concerns.”
...Obama has practically made the loveable Big Bird character an unofficial campaign mascot since Romney gave the giant puppet a shout out in the presidential debate last week in Denver.
“I like PBS. I love Big Bird,” Romney had said. “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
Obama last week sent Big Bird — or at least a crude imitation — to pester Romney at a rally in rural Virginia.
The faux-Big Bird carried a sign that read, “Crack down on Wall Street not Sesame Street.”
Obviously, the network didn't mind whoring out Big Bird on Saturday Night Live.
Now, a full week later, and after a statement attacking Mitt Romney, PBS claims to be against the use of Big Bird by Obama.
I don't buy it.
Why did it take a week for PBS to have some ethical standards in terms of politics and the exploitation of Big Bird?
Was there concern that Big Bird front and center as an Obama supporter would hurt Sesame Street merchandise sales?
Could it be the blowback was getting to be a bit much?
Could it be supporters of PBS, like ME, decided to pull their financial support?