Skip to comments.Clint Eastwood's 'Halftime in America' Ad a New Ballgame
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 circumstanceChryslers Halftime in America, featuring a weathered but resolute Clint Eastwood. He isnt exactly selling anything in the spot, which is filmed to resemble a political ad if it were produced by Paul Haggis (Eastwoods 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 industrys 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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I’m more inclined to call it the Two Minute Warning.
And justifying bailouts. I liked the tweet I saw yesterday. It’s halftime in America and we’re behind $16 trillion to nothing.
except obama is the team owner
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.
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.
That was my take on it as well.
Chrysler is now under private ownership again.
I had thought that Eastwood was a conservative, but I saw this as a pro-Obama ad. I was shocked.
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.
You see that Fiat commercial that was whip cream off the chest.
All I get is a message that states: This commercial is no longer available due to copyright by the NFL.
Didn’t watch it and now NFL has taken it down.
They took their ball and went home.
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.
Chrysler got $1.3 billion in taxpayer’s money for free.
"I hate Dodge".
She ain't too crazy about GM either...
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.
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.
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.
Yes that was something!
Yeah...sexy girl and an UGLY car!!!
No...it’s about socialism, bailouts and lies.
“This is about American resolve, hard work, innovation and guts.”
More like effective propaganda for perpetuating syndicalism with its corporate and union featherbedding.
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):
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:
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.
No...it’s about socialism, bailouts and lies.
“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.
So what? They got there on the taxpayers dime. FUC/F, FUGM, FUCE, FUBO...that's Chrysler Fiat, GM, Clint Eastwood and barak obama!
Magnificent girl thoroughly defiled by an ugly tattoo smack dab on the middle of her neck. What a ruin of God’s creation.
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.
we need an add with Charles Bronson......
we need an ad with Charles Bronson......
Agreed. But I am gonna say that was probably just a temp tattoo, flocking the sponsors product, yeah?
Mega-dittos to that.
I was expecting to hear "I'm Barack Obama, and I approved this message" at the end of the ad.
Thought the same thing ... but the tattoo was the car’s logo.
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.
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.
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.
I didn’t watch the game. NFL=crony capitalism.
“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.
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?
Maybe its halftime for Chrysler, but its Game Over for Chrysler’s Bondholders.......
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.
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.
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.