Political campaigns are stressful and wearisome things, yet they are vital and necessary for Americans to choose the best candidate. Humor is necessary to relieve the tension and to decrease stress. During the presidential debate, Mitt Romney spoke seriously when he talked about slashing the government funds for projects that require money borrowed from China. This means PBS and its television show Sesame Street will stop receiving money from the government. Then, Mitt Romney injected some humor by stating that he liked Jim Lehrer and loved Big Bird.
Now, the giant canary and Sesame Street have become part of campaign discourse. Obama released an attack ad against Mitt Romney featuring Big Bird. I watched it and I wonder, "is this really an attack ad? This is the silliest thing I've ever seen!" It seems to be more of a joke than anything else.
And I never would have presumed it to be a serious attack ad by any political campaign. However, there is another clip of Obama talking about Big Bird that verifies this as an actual attack ad, not something he meant for a joke. With humanity, all manner of eccentricities are possible.
In the presidential debate, Mitt Romney accused Obama of borrowing too much from China. Obama never refuted this statement. Romney wants to cut funding for all projects that receive money borrowed from China. This includes cutting the funds for PBS that houses Sesame Street. Obama has outsourced our entire economy to China through his excessive borrowing.
Romney has also accused Obama of spending tens of billions on failed green energy projects Obama has spent the equivalent of fifty years worth of big oil tax breaks on failed green energy projects. Oil is a successful source of fuel in our country. Green energy is contrary to success. Obama never refuted the accusation that he spent fifty years worth of big oil tax breaks on projects which failed and which hurt the economy further. Either this accusation is correct, which means Obama has no clue what he is doing in office. Or if this accusation is wrong, then Obama is a coward who backs down from a confrontation. Again, both options indicate a terrible president who cannot defend America or protect American interests. This type of president - either type; clueless or coward - is dangerous to have in office.
And really, is an attack ad featuring Big Bird all he can come up with? It is really childish to obsess about keeping a children's show when many American children go hungry in this poor economy that Obama outsourced to China through excessive borrowing from China. When I was a little kid, I loved my cartoons, and I was upset when I couldn't watch them anymore. As an adult, I understand now that having food to eat and a safe shelter were more important than any kid's program.
Now, the Obama campaign has begun to feature well-known rappers singing the Sesame Street theme song at his campaign events. Yes, with humanity, all eccentricities are possible. The rapper said:
"I'm a huge 'Sesame Street' fan," will told MTV News via email following Tuesday's event. "I personally selected this music because it means a lot to me and it is one of the first songs I ever remember hearing as a child. It was an honor to join President Obama at today's rally at Ohio State University"
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign in a mixture of seriousness and humor used another Sesame Street character to count how many times Obama mentioned Big Bird which is eight and mentioned Elmo which is five, compared with how many times he mentioned Libya and plans to fix the economy, which total to zero.
The Sesame Workshop sent a letter to both political campaigns insisting that:
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 both campaigns remove Sesame Street characters and trademarks from their campaign materials.