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Obama, Berlin, And A Very Lame Attempt At Parody

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 29, 2008

A friend sent the following video to me and asked “Does it suggest he is a commie?”

To which I replied “It does. It also suggests that drug use is a problem across the political spectrum.”

Said ad could have (ahem) been done much better, maybe with even more ridiculous techno played much louder (like maybe this, had someone else not gotten there first).

And if they'd dropped the ending. What exactly is up with the ending? Unless the GOP is playing to ancient isolationist fears about one world government--an issue that I can't imagine comes up in many swing voter focus groups these days.

(My old pal and former colleague at Ad Age, Ken Wheaton, shares his equally uncharitable thoughts here.)

Reader Comments


July 30, 2008 11:00 AM

The first time I really understood politics was about some report of a Reagan Administration scandal. Reagan had a photo op with a group of kids from the Special Olympics and he was there, with the kids, and took questions from reporters. One of the reporters asked him a tough question about the scandal and the Special Olympians looked kind of nervous an he gave a Reaganesque, "why are you asking me these questions right now when I have these special olympians here" answer and my father cursed at the screen that the liberal journalists wouldn't leave him alone and let him be with those kids. Reagan clearly and obviously planted those kids into the only interview the white house was giving the day the scandal broke, something that was clear to me at the time but my pop missed.

When I think of artful use of television, I think of that. Bush has a tidal wave of scandals and was unable to pull that off without going to the terrorism boogeyman.

John McCain's Antiques Roadshow tour is just amazingly, shockingly, unappealing.

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