Team Obama today introduced a new, one-word campaign slogan, “Forward,” in a seven-minute web video of the same name that lays out a case for the president’s reelection.
The ad suggests Obama fell heir to, in Alan Greenspan’s words, a “once in a half-century, probably in a century” economic crisis, but argues that things are improving: the stimulus “saved up to 4.2 million jobs” and the auto bailout another 1.1 million; manufacturing has seen its first increase in jobs “in a decade”; between March 2010 and March 2012, 4.1 million jobs were created in the private-sector. The president “took on” credit card companies and “the Wall Street banks,” the ad says, passing reforms to stop “unfair fees and hidden penalties” and ensure financial institutions “never again wreck our economy.”
In advance of the May Day anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s assassination, the Obama reelection campaign is out with a new web ad, this one narrated by Bill Clinton who, echoing the words of another former president, praises Obama as “decider in chief.” The bin Laden operation was risky for Obama, Clinton says — if the intelligence was wrong or if the Navy Seals were captured or killed, “the downside would have been horrible” — but “that’s what you hire a president to do. You hire a president to make the calls when no one else can do it.”
The ad contrasts Obama’s action with speculation about whether Romney would have done the same, citing comments he made during the ’08 campaign suggesting it wouldn’t be worth it to spend “billions of dollars, just trying to catch one person.”
In its latest ad, “Mitt Romney versus Reality: Global Edition,” the Obama reelection campaign is hitting back on several of Romney’s attacks on the president’s foreign policy, splicing together video of Romney’s claims and what the campaign calls “reality” — mostly videos of Obama claiming to have done the opposite.
So where Romney is shown accusing Obama of wanting Israel to “go back to the ’67 borders,” a clip follows of Obama saying that “Israelis and Palestinians will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967.” Video shows Romney telling an audience Obama “spends a lot of time apologizing for America”; the next clip shows Obama telling a different audience, “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense.”
A day after President Obama wrapped up his multi-state tour of American colleges, where he drummed up youth support for an extension of low interest rates on student loans, and presumably also his reelection campaign, American Crossroads, the Republican Super PAC backed by Karl Rove, has released a new ad targeting the same demographic.
The ad runs through some of Obama’s most famously “cool” moments — when he killed a fly with his hand during an interview, his dancing entrance on Ellen Degeneres’ show, singing Al Green at the Apollo Theater, “slow jamming the news” with Jimmy Fallon — followed then by a series of harsh claims about the economy into which college kids are graduating. “1 in 2 recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed,” the ad contends. “85% moving back in with their parents.”
First there was Sh*t My Dad Says , then Sh*t Girls Say, Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls, Sh*t New Yorkers Say, Sh*t Nobody Says, and so on. Now, playing on the interminable meme, American Bridge 21st Century, one of the biggest Democrat super PACs, has released this video mash-up of alleged Romney gaffes, Sh*t Mitt Says. Watch (h/t Buzzfeed):
You have to wonder just what Mitt Romney was thinking this morning when he told CNN host Soledad O’Brien that he’s “not concerned about the very poor” because, he said, they’re protected by “a safety net.”
Romney was, by all appearances, trying to portray himself as a champion of the middle class — “the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling,” as he put it. And, to be fair, he also said he’s “not concerned about the very rich.” But the statement still, O’Brien pointed out, might sound “odd” to poor Americans who are also struggling.
When renowned investor George Soros referred to Newt Gingrich as an “extremist conservative” last week, he didn’t mean it as a compliment. But that hasn’t stopped Gingrich from wearing it as a mark of honor.
In an interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros told Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland that in his view there wouldn’t be “all that much difference” between President Obama and a President Romney. But an “extremist conservative” like Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum, he said, “would make a big difference.”