Monthly Archives: August 2008

New McCain Ad literally = “HANG”

As we all know, Barack Obama has been running on a platform of “change” this election.

This story (from a Fox affiliate, suprisingly enough) sheds some light where McCain’s advertising ‘gurus’ left darkness – around the “C” and the “E.”

After you read the article I linked / watched the video (focus on the 16 second mark; it’s there for just over a second), continue reading after the jump:

Now, obviously, this was not something a look-over could not have fixed – “hey, look, there’s a black guy on stage and there’s people chanting his name and there’s a bunch of letters in the background that read ‘HANG.'” Nope, no idiot could have seen that one. Not even a blogger with an English degree. Or a Fox News affiliate. The McCain’s camp responded,  stating that they are “not even validating such an outrageous and preposterous claim with a comment.”

Stay classy, John McCain and the GOP. If that’s the best apology you and your camp can do for something this offensive, then what’s going to happen when you stay in Iraq, attack more countries with oil reserves (I guess we’ll call them WMD’s) and start WWIII with the remainder of the Middle Eastern countries we don’t already have troops in? They looked at us the wrong way? Smelled funny? Didn’t wear Nikes?

Oh, and for the rest of you idiots (no offense to the non-idiot readers) who call yourselves “PUMAs” and refuse to vote for Obama because you somehow think he won the Democratic primary because he ‘played the race card’ and is ‘sexist,’ please see this post and relate to the line that reads “Yes, he deserved to die, and I hope he burns in hell.” No, not seriously, of course…

…but go take some time out of your day and think about that black background that the McCain camp has been using to frame Obama in their latest series of ads. First they single out a black man (sorry, no link this time as I didn’t bookmark the story) dancing and cheering for Obama during a rally, then they make sure hot chicks dig Obama, and then they outline the background lettering to refer to lynching, then they make Obama out to be “The One,” but “is he ready to lead?”

Not only that, but “celebrities don’t have to worry about family budgets…” as seen in the above ad…seriously? Because the only way John McCain knows how many houses he owns, the Obama camp had to put out it’s own ad that pinpointed the number the 7. That’s 7 more than I own. Who’s the “we” that you’re referencing, Johnny “I was a POW” McCain?


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Barack Obama talks sports with Stuart Scott

Can’t get the video to import here; link below:

From ESPN.

Nothing overly serious here, just an interview and a pickup game.

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“Hot Chicks dig Obama” – another McCain attack ad

Another seemingly pointless attack ad from the McCain camp has hit the ‘net. More commentary after the jump.

In addition to simply beating the “not ready to lead, too good-looking, not white enough (notice all of the white girls who are complimenting Obama in this and other McCain videos?)” horse to the ground, McCain is now pushing the title of “The One” to reference Obama again.

Although I thought my critique on McCain’s celebrity ad was pretty funny, I’m finding it hard to even fathom some sort of response to this ad, humorous or not.

“He’s a rockstar (SIC)” – What? Seriously? The man can jam out? Maybe he’ll be at moe.down and I can watch him play a set or 6 with Chuck, Rob and Al. Wait a minute, he’s a POLITician, not a MUSician. He’s running for the highest office in the United States and the best that the GOP’s people can come up with is calling him a “rockstar?” They even misspelled the word. If you’re going to attempt to poke fun at someone, do it correctly, grandpa.

And one last thing. Most atheists I know and people who could care less about religion are volunteering and voting for Obama. The messiah message, I’ll assume, is to both poke fun at and also create this illusion that Obama is attempting to paint himself in some sort of ‘savior’ light by ‘delivering’ this country from its hardships. Yes, he wants to fix what is broken in this country. Since when is that / has that ever been a negative thing? Since when has that even been something that’s ‘wrong’ or not a good thing? If Obama’s speeches and his presidency will feel like some sort of fantasy or some kind of a dream where most things went well and according to plan…well, I know who else had a dream.


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Another pointless McCain attack ad.

I hate to rush these things, but I have a decent-sized lineup ahead of me (it is the weekend, after all).

John McCain is at it again with another anti-Obama ad which references the Illinois senator as a ‘celebrity.’

I’ve written about McCain’s last “celebrity” ad here, but I guess those ad writers are at it again.

From CNN:

“John McCain’s campaign released another ad Friday that paints Barack Obama as an out-of-touch celebrity. Life in the spotlight must be grand, but for the rest of us times are tough,” says the announcer, as flashbulbs pop around Obama, crowds cheer, and magazine covers bearing his portrait flash on-screen…Not ready to lead. That’s the real Obama.”

I also ran into some really odd, almost creepy “conservative, family-values oriented” web sites that I’ve got a thing or two to speak about, but I’ll keep that for another post.

Have a great weekend, all!

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Obama, the celebrity…

John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, has a new attack ad that targets Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“He’s the biggest celebrity in the world,” the ad begins, while flashing pictures of Brittney Spears and Paris Hiton over a video of an Obama speech and chants of “OBAMA, OBAMA!”

Near the end of the (thankfully short) 30 second video, the voice-over announces “higher taxes, more foreign oil. That’s the real Obama.”

Juxtaposing a presidential candidate who has a Harvard law degree with the likes of a singer-turned-batshit insane and a hotel heiress who’s largest claim to fame is from a sex tape? Come on now. It doesn’t even make any sense.

So what, people like Obama. It happens. I like the man. I’m still trying to find time between working two jobs and freelancing so I can volunteer for his campaign more. Yes, he is charismatic. Ok, that part we get…so now, since I’ve suddenly hit a creative binge, let’s take a look inside the minds of John McCain’s marketing strategists before this ad was thought up:

SETUP…After watching a FOX News clip of Obama playing basketball during his stay in Iraq.

Michael: Physical features? We can do an ad attacking how Obama looks too good to be the President – a man with such a high power should not be looking like he goes to the gym in the morning.

Ann: Come on now, we’ve all seen the FedEx commercial where everyone is what their name suggests, and there was already a Mr. Turkeyneck, so there’s really no other platform to run Mr. McCain on.  Besides, a reporter already asked that question and those damned liberal baby-killing bloggers came out firing.

Beth: I know! Those evil Marxist God-haters! Yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in hell!

Michael, Ann: Beth – that’s a bit much.

Beth: I know, but that was my Samuel L. Jackson sound byte of the day! Gotcha!

Michael, Ann: -GROAN- You got us…

Beth: Seriously though, we can get some younger voters on board with us by channeling a popular show on MTV and using it to show people how John McCain isn’t unlike them at all!

Michael: No-go. Tried that idea once before and then that John Stewart got a hold of it and made fun of us on his “Daily Show.” Oh, I got it! Let’s paint Obama in this “savior” light based on his Berlin speech!

Beth: Most of our people are very, very religious – that would probably make them vote for B.H.O. over Mr. McCain, seeing as how they might actually believe he’s the second coming of Jesus…

Michael: …Not true, Beth – our core base of voters would never believe Jesus was, or ever could be black.

Ann: Well, maybe we can compare him to some celebrities – they’re popular and kids look up to them, right?

Beth: Ann, I don’t see where you’re going with this.

Ann: Well, most of our side dislikes the things that this younger generation is doing and they need someone to look up to! We can do a parody-type thing, again, only this time base it around his Berlin speech –

Michael: It was already done on those damned interwebs. People didn’t respond to it at all; it just sat there and rotted away.

Beth: Well, how about we take it to the next level and bring in some real firepower – our core hates Paris Hilton and Britteny Spears more than anything in the world – let’s combine them with a large crowd of youngsters and some loud noise!

Ann, Michael: Book it. Done.

Meanwhile, back in the real world…

Gandhi is still one of the most looked-up to people in the world, and although he is no longer with us, he is still a celebrity in his own right. His beliefs and ideas were based around a pacifistic core; speak to your enemies and do not resort to violence.

…Martin Luther King, Jr. was the foil of Malcolm X. Instead of having young black men rise up and take their anger and use it for violence against “the system,” MLK preached and spoke of peace – bringing the white and the black together and “overcoming.”

So, John McCain, you’re not as popular, as good-looking, or even as diplomatic as Barack Obama. What’s the next ad on the way?

McCain ’08: Because my second wife is rich and hot.


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