The economy is imploding, the Fed is printing, wars are waging and the only thing the Deficit President has talked about this week is Big Bird. Someone needs to tell Obama that with trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, if he can't cut a subsidy from a profitable venture like PBS, we know he won't cut anything.
Obama ad highlights the massive failure of Eric Holder.
The folks on Sesame Street aren't happy with the Obama campaign, and they put out a statement on Tuesday asking the campaign to cease and desist with an ad that prominently features Big Bird, stating an objection to having its characters used in a partisan context.
But that's really just half the story. The Obama campaign is apparently so braindead with regard to main street anger regarding the lack of Wall Street prosecutions that they didn't even notice that they were inadvertently highlighting their own massive failures.
David Dayen nails this point at FDL:
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!
This is despite Eric Holder telling students at Columbia University (read the speech) in February of this year that his Justice Department’s record of success on fighting financial fraud crimes “has been nothing less than historic.”
But not historic enough that his boss could point to, well, one Wall Street criminal behind bars as a result of DoJ’s actions.
That’s painfully telling. Nobody from Bank of America or Wells Fargo or Citigroup or JPMorgan Chase or Goldman Sachs or Bear Stearns or Morgan Stanley or Merrill Lynch or even Countrywide or Ameriquest was available to stand in as a “glutton of greed” in this advertisement.
Literally no major figure responsible for the financial crisis has gone to jail. So the campaign has to use two CEOs from a decade-old accounting scandal, and a garden-variety Ponzi schemer. The financial crisis plays no role in this advertisement trying to juxtapose cuts to PBS with the financial crisis!