Skip to comments.Devastating Ad: The Real Jobs Report
Posted on 10/07/2012 4:47:03 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
The ad is titled Dinner Table and features a recently unemployed father trying to eat dinner with his worried wife and two kids. The only sounds that can be heard are the tinkling of utensils as the family unnervingly pokes at their food. It is a scene that has been played in real life in millions of homes across America during the Great Recession and the so-called recovery.
After 23 seconds, the ad, which was created, written, and directed by Jon Kahn, then fades to a black-and-white question on the screen: 12.1 million Americans unemployed. Isnt it time to try something different?"
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True, maybe the producers can add this to it: Obama has made too many of us orphans of the American Dream..
Very powerful. But we all know the first criticism by the left will be its racist because the family isn’t black.
To put the 12 million unemployed number in perspective, that is enough people to hold hands crossing the country from San Diego to Jacksonville @ six times.
A perfect subliminal touch.
You can almost imagine the kids thinking "I hope Dad gets a job soon. I don't want to be out there in the cold rain at night".
That is the most powerful and moving ad that I have ever seen in my life.
But what about Big Bird?!!!! /s
That was one of the best political ads I’ve ever seen. Subtle. Not a word spoken. But oh so damning. Note that the “dad” hasn’t shaven. The rain in the background. And the message is understated as well.
This is a gut-wrenching ad.
These folks really use sound perfectly... It is most effective to raise the sound level for an “explosion” in a movie if you have a time of near-perfect silence before it. This ad does the opposite - as it will be playing after some very loud ads.
I hope they also film a “dinner table 2”, 3, 4, etc., with different actors - some black, some Italian, Hispanic, etc. - so as to connect with each person in the audience.
What’s the problem? Barak The Beneficent will take care of these poor folk. /s
Only after you mentioned it. I had the vol down sort of low the first time then replayed it with the vol up to normal and yep, pouring rain outside. That sound of rain adds to the 'gloom factor' x 103 times.
an aside: That Americans For Prosperity org sure has a lot of great video ads. I watched a couple more after the 'Dinner Table'. They're all great.
I wouldn’t call it “devastating”. It is very effective. But much of that effectiveness is reduced when the web url comes on. If I had made this ad I would have gifted it to the Romney campaign. How much more powerful would it be if it ASKED “Isn’t it time to try something new?” and then either “Mitt Romney” or “Romney/Ryan” logo thereafter.
That might be the most powerful political commercial I’ve ever seen.
The pictures tell 12.1 million words.
I saw this at ‘Ace of Spades’ yesterday...it is so powerful I knew it would turn up here at FR...this needs to get on television...ASAP.
No... they won't feel shame...
Under the thin facade of compassion and concern is a totalitarian streak...
Their compassion level is directly tied to what political position people hold...
Wrong position...no soup for you...
North Korea concentration camps are full of millions who have the wrong position...
Liberals given the opportunity to silence the right...we would be on box cars heading to our re-education facilities...I have no doubt about it
You know the Obama re-election strategy is spinning out of control when Big Bird and Elmo are stump talking points...
An associate of mine brought this subject up after the debate and I asked her..
Millions of Americans unemployed, 16 trillion in debt and the Obama team think Big Bird and Elmo are an important issue?
Good post, but I want to call you out on one point: the idea that the left feels shame.
If we were talking about your garden variety of lib I might agree. But the left in the last 8 years or so has gone full foaming at the mouth rabid on us. These are the same sorts of leftists that happily marched Russians to the gulags. Shame doesn’t enter into the equation.
You know... you just came up with a brilliant idea for an ad. “..enough people to hold hands crossing the country from San Diego to Jacksonville @ six times”.. With some computer graphics to illustrate that type of number and the distance... brilliant.
This ad was made by a perfectionist. The mother has black hair, but the children have blonde hair. The father has blonde hair. These are his children.
In English class I recall that rain is a literary metaphor for death or maybe a foreshadowing of it.