Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama's Ad

I admit I watched it.

I was actually a little disappointed since I thought it would be more about him; however, I think the guy really projected a caring persona. I am a little humbled by it, but I came away with the feeling that he really does care.

Now, he may not be able to do much about anything, but that is because of the powerful forces that control the seat where he will sit.

"Obama taps war chest, calls on Bill Clinton; Economy is the focus of infomercial" by Scott Helman, Globe Staff | October 30, 2008

SUNRISE, Fla. - The half-hour ad, called "Barack Obama: American Stories, American Solutions," featured ordinary Americans who are struggling economically, along with Obama's pledges and plans to make things better by cutting taxes for the middle class, expanding alternative energy, and extending healthcare to the uninsured. It included warm footage of Obama, his wife, and two daughters on the campaign trail over the past two years, and cameos from leading supporters, such as Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.

Obama, wearing his trademark dark suit and conservative maroon tie, said into the camera:

"We've seen over the last eight years how decisions by a president can have a profound effect on the course of history and on American lives," "But much that's wrong in our country goes back even farther than that. We've been talking about the same problems for decades, and nothing is ever done to solve them. Michelle and I have met so many Americans who are looking for real and lasting change that makes a difference in their lives. Their stories are American stories."

They were stories about families such as the Johnstons from North Kansas City, Mo., struggling with the rising costs of healthcare and food, and having difficulty making their car and mortgage payments. And families such as the Stuarts, from Sardinia, Ohio, who have had to take out a loan on their house to pay medical bills.

"You just wonder, you know, where am I going from here?" Juanita Stuart asked in the ad.

The final segment showed Obama addressing supporters and viewers live last night from a hockey arena in Sunrise, outside Fort Lauderdale, where he and running mate Joe Biden fired up a crowd of 20,000.

"America, the time for change has come," Obama declared.

Republican rival John McCain mocked Obama's infomercial and again hammered the Illinois senator for backing away from an earlier pledge to work with McCain toward an agreement on public financing and spending limits for the general election.

Sounds like some SOUR GRAPES and JEALOUSY from the OLD MAN!!! I'll bet he wishes HE were the one with a HALF-HOUR SPECIAL!!!

Go on, McCain! Keep TRADING IN YOUR HONOR in a LOSING BID for POWER!! It just FURTHER ADDS to the DISDAIN I carry for you now!!!!

Obama's infomercial aired at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS, NBC, and Fox, plus on cable on MSNBC, the Spanish-language Univision, and two networks targeted to African-American viewers, BET and TV One. It cost the Obama campaign about $3 million, but it could easily afford the price tag, demonstrating again his huge fund-raising edge.

And WHY were these passages cut from the web version, folks?

Billionaire Ross Perot, in his 1992 independent campaign, was the last presidential candidate to buy so much airtime in one fell swoop.

Yeah, wouldn't want us thinking independent, would ya, Globe?

As if Obama's 30 minutes of prime time wasn't enough, he also taped a segment for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which was slated to run last night, and he did an interview with ABC's Charles Gibson that ran on the evening news.

Is it just me, or does that sound like complaining from the Boston Globe about how much air time Obama is getting?

Btw, I also saw Obama on Stewart and he was quite engaging.

Obama looks to hold on to his substantial lead in polls nationwide and in a number of battleground states, including several where a Democratic presidential nominee has not won in years. If Obama can sustain his momentum for six more days, he will be well positioned to win the presidency with a large mandate from voters. --more--"