Democrats are wondering if the Obama campaign’s focus on Sesame Street’s Big Bird is working against the president, Reuters is reporting:(bolding is mine)
Conservatives have been crowing that the silly turn in the campaign diminishes the president.
“President Obama tried to give the bird to Mitt Romney—but wound up laying an egg,” the New York Post wrote Wednesday.
Liberals point out that it was Romney who started the Big Bird mess. Still, the tactic may have led to a kind of role reversal for Obama and Romney. Throughout the summer, the Republican was criticized for lurching from one news cycle to the next, introducing attack lines that seemed to detract from his central message that Obama had stunted economic growth.
Now Obama, some Democrats fear, is seeking to revive his campaign with too light a jolt. They worry the president looks small by enlisting the eight-foot costume bird in his defense.
Romney’s presidency would endanger more than a television character - if a beloved one - they say, and Obama’s “Sesame Street” jabs belittle that peril.
“I’m not sure I understand why he is doing it,” said Bill Galston, a former Bill Clinton adviser. It got worse for the Democrats on Tuesday when the makers of Sesame Street asked them to pull the ad because they did not want Big Bird associated with politics.
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The more conspiratorial campaign watchers reckon maybe the president’s team must know something Washington does not.
Apparently, Big Bird is not going away any time soon. Despite Sesame Workshop’s request to the Obama camp that the political ad featuring Big Bird be removed immediately, the Obama campaign appears to have no such plans to do so. According to Fox News : (bolding is mine)
Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said Wednesday he didn’t know of any plans to take down the controversial ad featuring the famous feathery star, despite a request by Sesame Workshop. Gibbs made the comment on NBC’s “Today” show, a day after campaign officials said they were reviewing Sesame Workshop’s appeal.
The satirical TV ad featured a menacing voiceover warning of Mitt Romney’s anti-Big Bird agenda, playing off the Republican nominee’s debate claim that he wants to cut funding to PBS.
“Big, yellow, a menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street,” the voiceover says. “Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies no matter where they nest.”
Sesame Workshop, though, was not on board with the ad.