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Clint Eastwood's 'Halftime in America' Ad a New Ballgame
Forbes ^ | 02/06/2012 | Christopher Correa

Posted on 02/06/2012 5:57:18 AM PST by safetysign

This year another advertisement entered a crowded field, without pomp but predicated on real-world circumstance–Chrysler’s “Halftime in America,” featuring a weathered but resolute Clint Eastwood. He isn’t exactly selling anything in the spot, which is filmed to resemble a political ad if it were produced by Paul Haggis (Eastwood’s collaborator on Million Dollar Baby and the director of Crash). Instead, he aims to jolt, then scold, but ultimately soothe the viewer. First seen walking from the shadows of a hazy football game, he hunches his shoulders walks with a tired grace. Speaking in a voice so gravelly you could walk across it, he declaims that the American auto industry’s primary focus has been compromised by the “fog, division, discord and blame,” but America “knows how to come from behind to win.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: america; resolve; workethic
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This is about American resolve, hard work, innovation and guts.
1 posted on 02/06/2012 5:57:26 AM PST by safetysign
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To: safetysign

I’m more inclined to call it the Two Minute Warning.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 6:02:56 AM PST by RetroSexual
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To: safetysign

And justifying bailouts. I liked the tweet I saw yesterday. It’s halftime in America and we’re behind $16 trillion to nothing.


3 posted on 02/06/2012 6:03:55 AM PST by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: safetysign

except obama is the team owner


4 posted on 02/06/2012 6:04:27 AM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: safetysign
This is about American resolve, hard work, innovation and guts.

I don't agree. For me it came across as a promo for a "second half" of an Obama 8 year Presidency. No thanks to Clint on this one.

5 posted on 02/06/2012 6:04:46 AM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: safetysign
Ya, it’s halftime in America, and our second half is about to begin.

Referring to an Obama second term? I wouldn't put it past them. Just as it was sure nice for NBC to offer Barack a campaign spot.

6 posted on 02/06/2012 6:05:27 AM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: socal_parrot
Referring to an Obama second term?

That was my take on it as well.

7 posted on 02/06/2012 6:07:13 AM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: silverleaf

Chrysler is now under private ownership again.


8 posted on 02/06/2012 6:10:22 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: safetysign

I had thought that Eastwood was a conservative, but I saw this as a pro-Obama ad. I was shocked.


9 posted on 02/06/2012 6:10:51 AM PST by elvis-lives
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To: InterceptPoint
For me it came across as a promo for a "second half" of an Obama 8 year Presidency.

That's the way I saw it. All this free advertising obama gets. We're due for a new car and I certainly won't buy a GM. If Clint releases any new movies - I won't buy a ticket. I boycott all obama lovers/supporters and will continue to do so.

10 posted on 02/06/2012 6:11:11 AM PST by jersey117 (Perry 2012)
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To: DarthVader

You see that Fiat commercial that was whip cream off the chest.


11 posted on 02/06/2012 6:13:01 AM PST by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: safetysign

All I get is a message that states: This commercial is no longer available due to copyright by the NFL.


12 posted on 02/06/2012 6:13:21 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: safetysign

Didn’t watch it and now NFL has taken it down.

They took their ball and went home.


13 posted on 02/06/2012 6:14:29 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: safetysign

I saw this ad as a justification of bale outs and a plea to re-elect BHO or we are domed.
It made me want to vomit, even my “liberal” husband thought it was a bit over the top.


14 posted on 02/06/2012 6:18:12 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: DarthVader

Chrysler got $1.3 billion in taxpayer’s money for free.


15 posted on 02/06/2012 6:19:46 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: safetysign
I will never, ever, ever buy a Chrysler or GM product again.

Ever

16 posted on 02/06/2012 6:21:23 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: svcw
Mrs GBC was unimpressed. Her only response was,

"I hate Dodge".

She ain't too crazy about GM either...

17 posted on 02/06/2012 6:22:14 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: safetysign

I took it as American resolve and carrying on since Clint can see the nation is at a crossroads. My better half thought he was supporting a 2nd Obama act.


18 posted on 02/06/2012 6:24:56 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: safetysign
The NFL has pulled the ad from the web.
19 posted on 02/06/2012 6:25:58 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: safetysign

Nope it’s bombast by a poser who reads lines fed to him and written by somebody else.

Detroit’s the model for America? What comeback? It’s still ruled by dumb and corrupt Democrats steeped in race baiting and class warfare. Chrysler took a government bailout and didn’t pay back $1.3 billion of it.

So the message is:

1. Elect Democrats
2. Let them wreck things
3. Welfare is the answer

Chrysler should have gone bankrupt long ago. Reorganize and come back leaner. Instead we get pablum spun as gravitas and many can no longer tell the difference.


20 posted on 02/06/2012 6:25:58 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

That’s true but it was put back as a public offering and has been profitable. On GM we took a bath. Ford did not take the money and has done great. I applaud them for using good management to fix their situation.


21 posted on 02/06/2012 6:26:24 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: safetysign
This is about American resolve, hard work, innovation and guts.

Who in the hell do you think you're kidding? It was about taking money from taxpayers at the point of a gun,(many of which make a small fraction of what GM employees make) and giving it to the democrat voting unions.
22 posted on 02/06/2012 6:28:16 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Baseballguy

Yes that was something!


23 posted on 02/06/2012 6:30:55 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Baseballguy
You see that Fiat commercial that was whip cream off the chest.

Yeah...sexy girl and an UGLY car!!!

24 posted on 02/06/2012 6:33:54 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: safetysign

No...it’s about socialism, bailouts and lies.


25 posted on 02/06/2012 6:34:05 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: safetysign

“This is about American resolve, hard work, innovation and guts.”

More like effective propaganda for perpetuating syndicalism with its corporate and union featherbedding.


26 posted on 02/06/2012 6:35:45 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips; but watch their hands!)
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To: safetysign

If you want to actually SEE the ad, despite the NFL copyright police who have already blocked it on YouTube, go here (it’s below the Madonna hoopla):

http://entertainment.time.com/2012/02/06/madonna-clint-and-the-rest-of-super-bowl-xlvi-halftime/

Yes, the ad is promoting a “second half” for the bogus, muslim-oriented, tyrannical Hussein obama administration. PHOOEY to that!!!!

For the greatest ad in Super Bowl history, EVER, see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8


27 posted on 02/06/2012 6:35:53 AM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: svcw
I saw this ad as a justification of bale outs and a plea to re-elect BHO or we are domed. It made me want to vomit, even my “liberal” husband thought it was a bit over the top.

Sounds like Eastwood has become "Cool Hand Puke".
28 posted on 02/06/2012 6:38:31 AM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: safetysign

Pretty obviously a promo for BO and the Democrat unions and a far cry from Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America.”

The Reagan ads are still memorable. The haunting “Bear in the Woods” ad was a masterpiece.


29 posted on 02/06/2012 6:38:41 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: safetysign

No...it’s about socialism, bailouts and lies.


30 posted on 02/06/2012 6:39:58 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: svcw

“I saw this ad as a justification of bale outs and a plea to re-elect BHO or we are domed.
It made me want to vomit, even my “liberal” husband thought it was a bit over the top.”

That was my take on it as well. I have always liked Clint but i decided i will boycot anything that he does after this commercial.


31 posted on 02/06/2012 6:41:47 AM PST by fatrat (extremely extreme right-wing radicalized veteran)
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To: DarthVader
Chrysler is now under private ownership again.

So what? They got there on the taxpayers dime. FUC/F, FUGM, FUCE, FUBO...that's Chrysler Fiat, GM, Clint Eastwood and barak obama!

32 posted on 02/06/2012 6:42:44 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: jdsteel

Magnificent girl thoroughly defiled by an ugly tattoo smack dab on the middle of her neck. What a ruin of God’s creation.


33 posted on 02/06/2012 6:43:17 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: InterceptPoint
For me it came across as a promo for a "second half" of an Obama 8 year Presidency.

I agree and that's how I took it. Taxpayer money used to bail the company out, the company turns around, knowing where it's bread has been buttered and pays for a subtle message about the second half.

I doubt Detroit would air a message with the implication that the second half needs a new coach.

I also thought it was a brilliant subliminal message though, hopefully the viewers were too hammered to get it or, missed it altogether by trips to the bathroom and refrigerator.

34 posted on 02/06/2012 6:47:12 AM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: safetysign

we need an add with Charles Bronson......


35 posted on 02/06/2012 6:47:56 AM PST by GotMojo
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To: safetysign

we need an ad with Charles Bronson......


36 posted on 02/06/2012 6:48:08 AM PST by GotMojo
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Magnificent girl thoroughly defiled by an ugly tattoo smack dab on the middle of her neck. What a ruin of God’s creation.

Agreed. But I am gonna say that was probably just a temp tattoo, flocking the sponsors product, yeah?

37 posted on 02/06/2012 6:53:47 AM PST by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are next to the potatoes!)
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To: InterceptPoint
For me it came across as a promo for a "second half" of an Obama 8 year Presidency.

Mega-dittos to that.

I was expecting to hear "I'm Barack Obama, and I approved this message" at the end of the ad.

38 posted on 02/06/2012 6:56:06 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Thought the same thing ... but the tattoo was the car’s logo.


39 posted on 02/06/2012 6:57:16 AM PST by RainMan (Newt/Sarah - Red Meat for a Red America)
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To: socal_parrot
Just as it was sure nice for NBC to offer Barack a campaign spot.

I don't remember but - was President Bush ever offered the chance to appear in the same kind of interview before the game? The other thing that struck me was that he was given the questions in advance as his answers were too crisp when compared to the stuttering, broken answers that he usually gives.

40 posted on 02/06/2012 7:00:02 AM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: safetysign

Better commercial.....
Clint is walking down a dusty street in a western town.
In the background, the main theme from THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is playing.
Clint stops. He pulls back his serape revealing his revolver.
The camera pulls in for a closeup of Clint’s face.
He pulls the cigar from his mouth and says,
“Hey! You Democrats and UAW members! Get this thievin’ money-grubbin’ politics out of the car makin’ business!”
The screen goes black.
You hear two gunshots.
The music gets louder.


41 posted on 02/06/2012 7:03:18 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: InterceptPoint

I think you’re reading too much into it. But, after three years of Obama, and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Ried, a little paranoia is understandable.


42 posted on 02/06/2012 7:05:02 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: SouthTexas

I didn’t watch the game. NFL=crony capitalism.


43 posted on 02/06/2012 7:06:30 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
The "ugly tattoo" was no doubt temporary. It was the scorpion from the logo of Abarth, the in-house tuner for FIAT. It's like AMG to Mercedes-Benz.


44 posted on 02/06/2012 7:12:47 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: InterceptPoint

“For me it came across as a promo for a “second half” of an Obama 8 year Presidency. No thanks to Clint on this one.”

I agree with you. This was meant to say that Obama is not done. He needs a second half. Afterall, he’s the one credited with saving the auto industry.


45 posted on 02/06/2012 7:13:58 AM PST by carmody
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To: 1010RD

and.. I might add you taxpayers will never see a dime of it returned. Oh do they now have to pay taxes of any profit?


46 posted on 02/06/2012 7:17:06 AM PST by gakrak ( A man should know his limitations and act accordingly.)
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To: carmody

Maybe its halftime for Chrysler, but its Game Over for Chrysler’s Bondholders.......


47 posted on 02/06/2012 7:21:02 AM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: carmody

The crazy coach needs to be removed at half-time and a sane replacement needs to finish off the game.

Almost like having the horrible QB replaced with the much better 2nd stringer who pulls off a miracle.

We are 15 Trillion to Zero and we need a miracle comeback. Obama is not the answer, he is the problem.


48 posted on 02/06/2012 7:22:55 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: safetysign

This is about American resolve, hard work, innovation and guts.

&&&
No, that is what they want us to think it’s about. Slick advertising is not going to convince me to buy a Government Motors product.


49 posted on 02/06/2012 7:24:18 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: DarthVader

Is ALL of the bailout money paid back with interest? Where can one go to verify that they have paid back all they owe the taxpayer? I hope what you are saying has absolutely happened. That would be some very good news.


50 posted on 02/06/2012 7:24:43 AM PST by navymom1
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