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Sesame Street asks Obama campaign to take down Big Bird ad
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/260949-sesame-street-asks-obama-campaign-to-take-big-bird-ad-down ^ | 10-9-2012 | Daniel Strauss

Posted on 10/09/2012 9:12:16 AM PDT by smoothsailing

October 9, 2012

Sesame Street asks Obama campaign to take down Big Bird ad

Daniel Strauss

Sesame Street wants President Obama's campaign to take down its latest attack ad against Mitt Romney, which features footage of Big Bird.

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," a Tuesday statement on Sesameworkshop.org reads. "We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."

The Obama campaign said it would review the request.

"We've received and will review their concerns," said an Obama campaign official.

The statement from the workshop behind the popular children's show came a few hours after the Obama campaign released the ad, which attacks Romney for his call to cut PBS funding.

The heavy-hiting ad compares "Sesame Street" character Big Bird, whom Romney mentioned during last Wednesday's presidential debate, to corporate titans prosecuted for financial misdeeds.

"Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski: Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them?" a voiceover says as a silhouette of Big Bird moves on screen.

Romney's mention of Big Bird during the debate brought the yellow puppet back into the national spotlight, causing a frenzy on the social media web site Twitter and leading to a cameo by Big Bird on "Saturday Night Live."

“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too,” Romney said to debate moderator Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS's "NewsHour." “But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."

The Obama campaign has since mocked Romney over the remark with the new ad being the latest attack on the Republican presidential candidate.

"Big, yellow, a menace to our economy," the ad says. "Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street."

— Amie Parnes contributed

— This story was last updated at 11:51 a.m.


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KEYWORDS: ads; bho2012; nothanks; pbs; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 10/09/2012 9:12:18 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Translation: They don’t want this to escalate to the point where Romney or Ryan put out a soundbyte that tells the public how much they are making on merchandising!


2 posted on 10/09/2012 9:16:05 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: smoothsailing
“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too, But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."


3 posted on 10/09/2012 9:17:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: GraceG

Ding, ding! We have a winner.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 9:17:16 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: GraceG

“Non profit”
Yup. How many millions do they make on the merchandising?
Tax writeoff, too.

Big Bird tastes great with sweet and sour sauce. Sending $ to China to pay for it...but, with six trillion you get eggroll!


5 posted on 10/09/2012 9:17:36 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: smoothsailing
"We've received and will review (then ignore) their concerns,"
6 posted on 10/09/2012 9:17:57 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: smoothsailing

Even Big Bird is flipping Obama the bird now!


7 posted on 10/09/2012 9:18:28 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: raccoonradio

Michelle Obama was on the show wasn’t she? Will Ann Romney be on it if Mitt wins?


8 posted on 10/09/2012 9:18:54 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: smoothsailing

9 posted on 10/09/2012 9:19:14 AM PDT by red-dawg
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To: smoothsailing

bfl


10 posted on 10/09/2012 9:19:18 AM PDT by sauropod (Only two of God's creatures can employ the term "we": newspaper editors and men with tapeworms-Hayes)
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To: smoothsailing
The Obama campaign said it would review the request.

They accepted the godfather's favor and the bird will crap when the godfather says it craps.
11 posted on 10/09/2012 9:20:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: smoothsailing

The President of the United States of America continues to make a complete and total ass of himself. It is embarrassing.


12 posted on 10/09/2012 9:21:16 AM PDT by Reddon
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To: GraceG

too late......

13 posted on 10/09/2012 9:22:18 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: raccoonradio

“Will Ann Romney be on it if Mitt wins?”

Only in effigy.

“Laura Bush was the first First Lady to ignore Sesame Street since Republican Godmother Nancy Reagan visited in the ‘80s.”

popmatters.com likes the Wookie....
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/116513-we-all-know-the-way-to-sesame-street/


14 posted on 10/09/2012 9:22:33 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: smoothsailing

This is the sort of stupidity you see when a campaign is imploding on itself.

Poor buggers… Even Jimmy Carter had the lead at this point in 1980. The Democrats are in free fall and in serious danger of not only losing the presidency, but of losing more congressional seats, senatorial seats and governorships. This could be the unmitigated disaster for the Dems brought on by their failure to understand that the midterm elections were no anomaly. They were a clear indication of what was ahead for them, despite the media’s sad attempt to pretend that everything was fine, reality has caught up with them.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 9:25:04 AM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Count: “OK boys and girls ve will count the deficit...dollar by dollar. Vun (ha, ha)..Two (ha, ha)..”


16 posted on 10/09/2012 9:26:26 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

what a great image! yesterday someone posted an image that compared Big Bird with Spongebob... i wish i could find that image again... it was genius... but i don’t remember which thread it was on.., cannot find the image anywhere... :(


17 posted on 10/09/2012 9:27:12 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: latina4dubya

haha! found the image on this thread! yeah!


18 posted on 10/09/2012 9:28:27 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: smoothsailing
Isn't using copyrighted images without the permission of the copyright holder illegal?

Maybe if they keep it up, Big Bird will pluck him.

19 posted on 10/09/2012 9:29:08 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Reddon

When the State-Supported Fowl calls foul, could only mean the TeflonMeister is turning radioactive...starting to see a slight amber glow around his edges...and it ain’t his aura.


20 posted on 10/09/2012 9:29:13 AM PDT by moovova
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To: smoothsailing
Dissed by Big Bird...

How embarrassing!

21 posted on 10/09/2012 9:30:36 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: moovova

One more time,

0bama gives us the bird...


22 posted on 10/09/2012 9:30:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: smoothsailing

Hey Obama.... This post is brought to you by the letter “F” and the letter “U”


23 posted on 10/09/2012 9:30:45 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too, But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

70 million people heard him say that live and it makes perfect sense to sensible people. What were these idiots thinking? I think they got PBS to bail them from this embarrassment.


24 posted on 10/09/2012 9:34:01 AM PDT by Josephat
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To: smoothsailing
"We've received and will review their concerns," said an Obama campaign official.

Great Leader has heard thine request, mortal. But does thou not know, the laws of Copyright and Intellectual Property doth not now, nor ever have, truly applied to He Whose Greatness Shalt Shine Forever? Forthwith, thine requests shalt be done privily in more subtle manners. Thou hast been warned.
25 posted on 10/09/2012 9:34:12 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: USNBandit; GraceG
Plus Spongebob celebrates when White, Blonde Haired, Blue Eyed Europeans discovered America and doesn't try and "amend" history.

Hinga Dinga Durgen!

26 posted on 10/09/2012 9:35:20 AM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: raccoonradio
Big Bird tastes great with sweet and sour sauce.

If I were him, I wouldn't walk into a Chic-fil-A.

27 posted on 10/09/2012 9:35:41 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; CaptainAmiigaf

great photo ping


28 posted on 10/09/2012 9:38:18 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: catfish1957
This post is brought to you by the letter “F” and the letter “U”
I'm listening while surfin' the web....LL!......Surfing Smiley

29 posted on 10/09/2012 9:40:52 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: smoothsailing

Obama is lawless. He thinks rules don’t apply to him. So of course he thought it was OK to steal a copyrighted character and use him as he pleased.


30 posted on 10/09/2012 9:41:53 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: smoothsailing
Even Big Bird's been hit by the Obama economy.


31 posted on 10/09/2012 9:45:09 AM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: smoothsailing

IOW, ACORN couldn’t get Big Bird to vote for hussein.


32 posted on 10/09/2012 9:48:55 AM PDT by bgill
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To: smoothsailing

But Big Bird is the one character that Democrats can identify and believe. Without him Obama would have to keep trying to talk to liberals like they were adults and we all know that doesn’t work.


33 posted on 10/09/2012 9:49:37 AM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: smoothsailing

This is the third time that I know of where Obama has been asked to stop using an organizations material.

This sounds like he doesn’t run things through the legal department first.


34 posted on 10/09/2012 9:50:33 AM PDT by moviefan8
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To: smoothsailing
( * Sesame Street asks Obama campaign to take down Big Bird ad * )

You know it must be bad when even Sesame Street thinks your childish..... must be hurting Sesame Street's reputation to be linked to this loser.


Folks you can't simply make this stuff up..... ROTFLMAO !
35 posted on 10/09/2012 9:53:22 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SeekAndFind

I like your poster, but instead of “Educating Kids Into Debt” it should say, “Dumbing-down Kids Into Debt”.


36 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:10 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: smoothsailing

37 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:43 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (Muppet season now open - no bag limit)
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To: jerod

Love the look on their faces when a thing called reality smacks them in the face like ice cold water.


38 posted on 10/09/2012 9:59:26 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: USNBandit
Did you know the voice of Eugene Krabs on Spongebob is the same guy (Clancy Brown) who played the Kurgan in Highlander?


39 posted on 10/09/2012 10:00:44 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: immadashell

Wish someone could photo shop one of those pictures of the cows holding up “ Yes, Eat mor Chiken and defund PBS “


40 posted on 10/09/2012 10:04:36 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: smoothsailing

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2942305/posts

Big Bird Backs Mitt Romney (satire)


41 posted on 10/09/2012 10:08:51 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: smoothsailing

LMAO... the corrupt failure, Obama, can’t even get a big fat yellow chicken to support him.

Obama is FINALLY on his way out.....


42 posted on 10/09/2012 10:17:08 AM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: smoothsailing

A Bird in Obummer`s hand is worth 2 in the Mitt and 2 in the Bush.


43 posted on 10/09/2012 10:34:55 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (yup-Who knew??)
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To: treetopsandroofs
“Laura Bush was the first First Lady to ignore Sesame Street since Republican Godmother Nancy Reagan visited in the ‘80s.”

Laura Bush was on Sesame Street. The former librarian read a book to children, Elmo and Big Bird. The show that day was brought to you by the letter "W". I watched it, my children were young and Sesame Street age at the time it aired.

Photobucket

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLBUs_9HjB4

44 posted on 10/09/2012 10:36:32 AM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: smoothsailing
"Two snaps!"
45 posted on 10/09/2012 10:41:41 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: jeannineinsd

Interesting, thanks.

So popmatters.com lied to try to hurt Republicans.

What a surprise.


46 posted on 10/09/2012 10:48:14 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Wish someone could photo shop one of those pictures of the cows holding up “ Yes, Eat mor Chiken and defund PBS “

That might work better for the libs, with Romney wearing an "Eat Mor Big Bird" sign.

47 posted on 10/09/2012 12:00:56 PM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: red-dawg

ROFLOL!!!! I can’t stop laughing!!!!


48 posted on 10/09/2012 1:07:23 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

49 posted on 10/09/2012 1:14:15 PM PDT by red-dawg
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To: red-dawg

“Dear Bigbird, it’s better for everyone when you spread the eggs around”

http://twitter.com/i/#!/search/%23NewObamaMuppets?q=%23NewObamaMuppets


50 posted on 10/09/2012 1:45:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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