‘If You Don’t Have A Record To Run On… You Make An Election About Small Things.’ Obama Spends WEEK Trying To Make Election About Big Bird

“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.”  — Barack Obama

Hmmm.  Is making an election all about a fake bird a small thing?  I mean, Big Bird IS a “big” bird, after all, and therefore maybe not a small thing …

Maybe making the election about Big Bird DOESN’T make Barack Obama look like a complete lying hypocrite jackass?

I’m trying to figure out when Obama was more humiliated: after basically telling 70 million viewers that he was clearly not up to the job of being president in THE WORST DEBATE DEBACLE EVER or if it was after being told by  Sesame Street to please PLEASE stop demagoguing Big Bird to try to make the election about ANYTHING ELSE other than his failed record.

Then again, a big bird, a debate watched by 70 million people in which a sitting president is utterly humiliated.  A debate watched by 70 million people in which a sitting president is utterly humiliated, a big bird.  Which is the big thing and which is the small thing?  I just wish I could ask that Homer Simpson guy…

Here’s a compendium of articles on the latest example of Barack Obama being pathetic:

CNN, Big Bird Puts His Big Orange Foot Down

This is one angry bird. After President Barack Obama’s campaign released a commercial using the Sesame Street character to mock rival Mitt Romney, Big Bird’s parents at Sesame Workshop asked the president’s team to take it down. “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” the group wrote. “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

CNN, Team Romney Word On The Street For Big Bird Tactics: ‘Troubling’

“I just find it troubling that the president’s message, the president’s focus, 28 days before Election Day is Big Bird,” Madden said. “The governor is going to focus acutely on jobs and the economy and what he can do to create a better, more prosperous future for the American people,” he added. Still, Romney has yet to be pressed on how eliminating funding for PBS would have much of an effect on the deficit. “You would need to cut PBS more than 1,000 times to fill the hole in Romney’s debate promises,” an Obama campaign email pointed out, announcing its new spot. Both the Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign blasted out emails to reporters, with a reminder of what then Senator Obama said during his speech to the Democratic convention in 2008. “If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things,” Obama said.

Yahoo, Romney Camp Mocks Obama’s Focus On Big Bird

Mitt Romney’s campaign is mocking President Barack Obama’s decision to release a campaign ad focused on the Republican candidate’s repeated suggestion that Big Bird shouldn’t receive public funding.

Kevin Madden, a senior Romney adviser, told reporters on board the candidate’s plane Tuesday the campaign isn’t taking the Obama’s latest offensive seriously. “Right now, you’ve got 23 million Americans struggling to find work. You’ve got household incomes going down. You’ve got a federal deficit, federal debt that’s over 16 trillion dollars,” Madden said. “I find it troubling that the president’s message, the president’s focus 28 days out from Election Day is Big Bird.”

POLITICO, John McCain Mocks Obama Big Bird Ad

Slamming a new Obama attack ad against Mitt Romney that features Big Bird, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Tuesday that it shows the president is out of ideas. “It may show a paucity of ideas and ways to criticize Mitt Romney,” McCain said on NBC’s “Today” show when asked about the Big Bird spot. “The fact is the economy is still in very bad shape, and obviously the American people are still in very difficult conditions, and the one thing President Obama can’t run on is his record.”

Miami Herald, RNC Invokes The Count: Obama Mentions Sesame St. 13 Times; Economy+Libya=0

The Republican National Committee is pushing back against President Obama’s embrace of the Big Bird flap by quoting…. Obama. “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things,” Obama said in 2008. “And you know what? It’s worked before.” It might work again. The Obama campaign’s production of a Big Bird ad, which is supposed to run on cable, is funny. But it’s small-bore stuff (although small-bore stuff can be good when it comes to talking about DC’s dysfunction). The RNC has responded with a graphic, featuring County von Count. It notes that in the past few days, Obama has invoked Big Bird 13 times but he has said next to nothing about Libya, where an ambassador was killed in a terrorist attack that his administration at first denied publicly while admitting it privately.

Breitbart, Politico, NBC, ABC, MSNBC Criticize Team Obama’s ‘Absurd’ Big Bird Ad

At the same time Team Obama released a childish ad hitting Mitt Romney for daring to consider removing multimillionaire, one-percenter Big Bird from the federal government welfare rolls, the Romney campaign released a devastating graphic that shows that since his debate debacle, Barack Obama has mention Big Bird and Elmo 13 times but has not mentioned Libya or his plan to fix the economy even once.  A media that is obviously disappointed with Their Precious One’s debate performance and recent collapse in the polls, is not at all happy with this silly and stupid Big Bird attack. Politico criticized the ad as small ball, NBC News described it as “absurd,”  and ABC’s Rick Klein seems confused by the desperate smallness of it:

POLITICO, Chicago Gets Serious…

…and by serious, we mean not at all serious. The Obama campaign is out this morning with a goofy video of the Big Bird variety, mocking Mitt Romney, as the president has put it, as going easy on Wall Street but heavy on Sesame Street. The campaign is calling this a TV spot, but did not, as officials there usually do, say where it’s airing, suggesting this is a video for media and YouTube consumption. As Alex noted yesterday when the Pew poll numbers came out, we’ve long warned – and been warned – about big swings in surveys in what has been a fairly stable race. But the sampling of surveys out there do suggest a real Romney bounce.

National Journal, Big Bird Featured In New Obama Ad

The Obama campaign is taking silly season in politics to a whole new level in a television ad released on Tuesday featuring the star of last Wednesday’s debate: Big Bird. “Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski. Criminals. Gluttons of greed,” a grimacing narrator says. “And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name.” “Big Bird,” Mitt Romney is shown saying three separate times. “Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy,” the ad continues. “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.”

New York Times, Obama Ad Features Someone Big, Yellow and Feathery

If President Obama loses the election next month, his ad makers may have a second career on “The Daily Show.” A new television ad by Mr. Obama’s campaign would fit right in on the sarcasm-laced comedy show. Or it could be an opening skit for “Saturday Night Live.”… The Republican National Committee responded within hours of the ad’s release, but apparently they didn’t think it was funny. In a release to reporters, a spokeswoman for the committee noted that Mr. Obama has mentioned “Big Bird” and Elmo” 13 times since Wednesday’s debate, but said the president has not talked about Libya or the economy.

The Columbus Dispatch, Big Bird Stars In New Obama Ad

Stomped in last week’s debate, caught up in an exchange of accusations about lying, and losing ground in the polls, the Obama campaign has resorted to a new adverstising tactic.

Yahoo, New Obama Ad Uses Big Bird To Attack Romney

A week after Big Bird became an unlikely character in the 2012 presidential campaign when Mitt Romney uttered his name in the first debate, the Obama campaign has approved a new ad that uses the “Sesame Street” character to attack the Republican nominee’s plan to cut federal funding for PBS… “Four years ago, President Obama said that if you don’t have a record to run on, ‘you make a big election about small things,’” Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. “With 23 million people struggling for work, incomes falling, and gas prices soaring, Americans deserve more from their president.” On the “Today” show, Sen. John McCain—who lost to Obama in 2008—said the ad “may show a paucity of ideas and ways to criticize Mitt Romney.”

The Washington Post, Big Bird Nosedive

“Jumped the shark.” “A campaign in panic.” “Lost it.” “Shocking.” These are just as few of the reactions among the media to the latest, dumbest move by the Obama campaign, an ad so trivial and unpresidential it makes one wonder if an epidemic of tone deafness has descended over Chicago… Just the thing to get over an unpresidential, contentless debate performance by the incredible shrinking candidate, huh? The Republican National Committee couldn’t resist and won the battle of Sesame Street ads. Almost as intriguing as the lame ad was the near-uniform negative reaction among mainstream reporters and pundits of all stripes.

Firedog Lake, Obama Ad About Big Bird Cannot Find One Prominent Wall Street Criminal Prosecuted By Administration

There’s only one thing that sticks out to me about this ad, though the casual viewer probably won’t notice it. Let’s look at that litany of Wall Street “criminals” and “gluttons of greed,” which later get juxtaposed with Big Bird. You have Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski. So two CEOs prosecuted and convicted by George W. Bush’s Justice Department, and Madoff, whose son turned him in before Obama took office, in December 2008, and who pleaded guilty. So the Obama campaign could not fill a list of three Wall Street criminals that the Obama Justice Department actually sent to jail. Heck, they couldn’t fill a list of one!

I loved the Republican Response:

Just to complete the abject lying hypocrite trifecta, Obama also said:

“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”

Bain Capital.  Shamus the dog.  Mitt Romney is a vampire.  Mitt Romney is an outsourcer.  Mitt Romney is a tax cheat.  Mitt Romney is a felon.  Mitt Romney not only laid me off, but he murdered my wife.  And of course after Romney mopped the floor with Obama’s face in front of 70 million people, Mitt Romney is a liar.

Yep.  Obama pretty much concludes that Obama has absolutely no business being president, doesn’t he?

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9 Responses to “‘If You Don’t Have A Record To Run On… You Make An Election About Small Things.’ Obama Spends WEEK Trying To Make Election About Big Bird”

  1. Dog Walker Says:

    “Harry Reid announced plans to try to legalize online poker nationally. The game is a valuable educational tool. Poker teaches children to keep a straight face and act confident when all you’re holding is your parents’ mortgage and the national debt.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Dog Walker,

    That man is a douchebag if there ever was one in the entire history of the universe.

  3. Dog Walker Says:

    Douche bag heh! My spell checker don’t like the way you spelled it. I used to be a Democrat. You probably don’t want to hear about that. Now, I don’t necessarily like Republicans, but I hate Democrats.

    A Republican candidate for my districts’ state house has been to my house like six times soliciting my vote. He is the former head of a police union. I told him I ain’t voting for a union man trying to be a Republican. He changed all of his mailers removing that that he was the head of the police union.

    I get to looking at his Democrat opponent. She is a blatant crook. She ain’t even running under her “real” name.

    Choice between a douche bag and a crook. I guess I am going to vote for a guy that don’t like me and that I don’t like. Yikes!

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Dog Walker,

    Sorry. That’s not one of the terms I use often enough to know the spelling. And when I used firefox I had a spell checker in my comments, but now I don’t (and miss it!).

    I’m a CONSERVATIVE. I vote for Republicans because they’re the closest thing to conservatives that we have.

    The thing about “God damn America” is that you don’t HAVE a truly virtuous choice; you’ve got the lesser of two evils.

    99% of the time, the Republican qualifies at least as that.

  5. Dog Walker Says:

    Conservative. I am mostly conservative. I am definitely not a libertarian. I wonder if I got that distinction right.

    I still defend Social Security tooth and nail. I don’t know what that makes me. If they were just now trying to invent it I ain’t that sure that I would vote for it. But since I paid it all of my life it really, really pisses me off that government employees are skipping out on paying it. Then I see the pricks putting bumper stickers that say “If you like your Social Security, thank a Democrat.”

    Like yeah right, the guy probably doesn’t even pay it. Cops, firefighters, teachers, corrections workers etc.

    For them it is negotiable. For us it is a tax. For my segment of society it was supposed to be retirement security. Public sector creeps have an uninteruptible line to the taxpayer as retirement security. They have nothing to worry about. They shouldn’t have to even consider us.

    They need a COLA. They just reach deeper into grandma’s pocket. The grandma whose needs they pointedly ignore.

    I am getting to where my language is becoming more foul.

    I insult strangers in public. Democrats will no doubt consider themselves to be the more urbane or civilized philosophy.

  6. Millie Says:

    Mitt Romney is a vampire? Really? I didn’t know that… :)

  7. Michael Eden Says:

    Dog Walker,

    Yes, I understood you were a Republican and not a libertarian. But you pointed out that some Republicans are turds, and of course some of them ARE. My intent was to point out that I’m not for Republicans when they act like turds or RINOs or however they get off the conservative path. If I were a Republican for the sake of being a Republican, I would lovingly tolerate and endorse RINOs and turds because they’re “Republican” and that’s all I care about.

    Which party is more conservative? And to the extent that it is the Republicans, then I vote for the Republicans. That distinction is all I intended to point out.

    I support Social Security and Medicare for one reason and one reason only: because people like my parents were FORCED to rely on both and they would die now – essentially murdered by government betrayal – if it were taken away from them.

    That said, both Social Security and Medcicare were both GODAWFUL programs and society should have opted for a non-socialist, non-government privately-funded source so that my parents WOULDN’T have been forced to rely on these programs because government decided that they were the only option and you were in it whether you thought there was a better way for you and your family or not.

    I’ve written about that: “Let’s Reflect On The History Of Social Security: On The Government Takeover And Of The FAR Better Privatized Option We Should Have Had.” A DEMOCRAT in the 1930s had a FAR better plan. Chile went to a privatized system and saved their retirees.

    So we need to save it for the sake of those who already paid and are already retired. Give them what they were promised. And then begin to modify it for those who still have time to find the alternatives we demand to take effect so they can have a good retirement some day, too.

    Government employees should be forced to have the retirement system that they impose on the rest of us. The fact that they exempt themselves from the very thing that they impose on everyone else is evil.

    As to taking on liberals in public, I suppose it truly does take both kinds to make up the world. In my own case, the moment I see that I’m not having an actual debate/argument with somebody, because they either shout or just blather talking points mindlessly or invent facts, I don’t want to have anything more to do with that individual and want to move on to a conversation that is worth having. I do that in my comments, too, but in writing this blog I guess I’m trying to do my best to do my arguing in my articles. That doesn’t mean I’m not a big fan of your getting in people’s faces; it’s just not as much my wiring. There are plenty of VERY vocal liberals who get in people’s faces and it’s past time more of us responded in kind, number one; and number two we are getting close to having a government that could only be resisted by physical confrontation. And the wise man can well reason that if we do more getting in people’s faces now we won’t have to do as much later.

  8. Michael Eden Says:


    You may know it, but just in case anyone DOESN’T know it, yes, Obama called Mitt Romney a vampire in his attack ads.

  9. Dog Walker Says:

    Isn’t there something in the bible to the effect [sic] “a strong man armed keeps his home?”

    Anyway Mr. Eden I appreciate your thoughtful commentary and the trouble you go to in making your argument.

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