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Devastating Ad: The Real Jobs Report
breitbart.com ^ | 5 Oct 2012 | TONY LEE

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. Isn’t it time to try something different?"

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; afp; dinnertable; obamanomics; unemployment
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To: momtothree

maybe it should show a family living in their car.


51 posted on 10/07/2012 10:58:59 AM PDT by a real Sheila (RYAN/romney 2012)
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To: RKBA Democrat
"Subtle. Not a word spoken. But oh so damning."

The expressions are incredible. At one point, the husband starts to say something, then does not. The wife looks up, expecting him to say something, then looks down. After a few seconds, the husband nods slowly.

The casting is very good. The sandy haired children look like they could be siblings, and bear enough resemblance to the parents to make it that much more believable.

Even the picture behind the mother looks like the son and mother.

The casting, acting, props, and sound are so realistic.

52 posted on 10/07/2012 11:01:02 AM PDT by magellan
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To: BarnacleCenturion

That was like getting punched in the gut then kicked in the crotch while I’m down.

It’s like there’s dozens of separate forces colluding together to keep me unemployed. The last steady work I had ended in March. I’ll be 27 in seven days...

I feel completely useless.


53 posted on 10/07/2012 11:03:15 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: AFPhys
"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."

Great point. Also, it is not clear it is a political ad at first, so people are not likely to tune it out.

" 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."

That is a great idea. Put the Hispanic family version on Univision and Telemundo.

54 posted on 10/07/2012 11:05:19 AM PDT by magellan
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To: wastedyears

I thought the real (and admitted all around on both sides) number was 23 million. (That is, after voodoo magic counting is applied..the REAL number is probably more like 40+ million).


55 posted on 10/07/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT by jstolzen (All it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke)
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To: sportutegrl
"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."

Actually, the mother's hair looks auburn. I don't think the ad makers were trying to suggest the mother is a stepmother, but who knows?

56 posted on 10/07/2012 11:15:18 AM PDT by magellan
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To: BarnacleCenturion

The time for play is over.


57 posted on 10/07/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: montag813
"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."

Agree.

58 posted on 10/07/2012 11:19:42 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

Whomever put this together did a fantastic job. The details were...just wow. It gets a visceral/gut reaction out of you and that’s territory that conservatives have never staked out before.


59 posted on 10/07/2012 11:30:39 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: RKBA Democrat

I would add that these are the types of leftists that bombed the pentagon, and planned on murdering millions of Americans to set up their Utopia.


60 posted on 10/07/2012 11:38:26 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: wastedyears

“I feel completely useless.”

Buck up, camper. Things WILL get better. This is the worst the economy has been in my lifetime by far. It will pick up.

As for unemployment, been there, done that and I know it deeply sucks. I was a little younger than you are at the time. I did find something eventually although it was outside my chosen career field and it forced me to move to an area where I didn’t want to live. Turned out I liked the new career field more anyway.

Prayers up for a job for you.


61 posted on 10/07/2012 11:42:11 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: BarnacleCenturion

In which states is this being shown?


62 posted on 10/07/2012 11:43:13 AM PDT by Jake8898
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To: MissEdie

This is from AFP, isn’t it? I think they’re not allowed to mention the name of any candidate.


63 posted on 10/07/2012 11:45:15 AM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty.)
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To: magellan

Enough women routinely dye their hair for fashion or vanity reasons that her hair color isn’t really relevant.


64 posted on 10/07/2012 11:45:25 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: taildragger

Nope, they don’t need to do that - it might result in people demanding NASA funding be increased with no strings.

The problem with the demoralization plan, which many people who use it don’t realize, is that eventually you get to the point where people have nothing left to lose and they no longer feel bound by anything.


65 posted on 10/07/2012 11:49:22 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: greeneyes

“I would add that these are the types of leftists that bombed the pentagon, and planned on murdering millions of Americans to set up their Utopia.”

I just refer to the “black book of communism” if you want a taste of what the radical left is willing to do to accomplish it’s goals. Along with “rules for radicals” it’s required reading for the conservative that wants to understand the enemy.


66 posted on 10/07/2012 11:50:37 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: magellan
Russell [AFP Spokesmamn] said the person who saw the ad told him, "the first time I saw it I felt uncomfortable. The second time I felt sick. The third I wanted to cry."

I can relate, I was that unemployed dad back in 2003 and I cannot put into words how afraid I was for my family's future back then, as I've been the sole breadwinner in my home since 1999 when my wife quit working to take care of our 1 and 3 year old children at the time.

It took me four months back then to find a new position. I've never felt "comfortable" in a job since. Especially now. I look at people who I personally know that are unemployed and struggling to pay their bills and think to myself "there but for the grace of God go I."

I'll only start feeling better about this country's and my children's future once the worst President ever, Barack Hussein Obama is turned away from office. THEN this country can finally begin an economic recovery in earnest.

67 posted on 10/07/2012 11:58:35 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: greeneyes

Something else for your reading collection; “the Coming Insurrection” by “the invisible committee”. Copies are on the net. About 60 pages of difficult reading. Explains a lot of the current strategy of the radical left. Another FReeper turned me on to it.


68 posted on 10/07/2012 12:08:31 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: RKBA Democrat

Thanks, I’ll search for it. Sounds like essential reading.


69 posted on 10/07/2012 12:14:37 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: null and void; LucyT; Beckwith; Fred Nerks; little jeremiah; TigersEye

PING.....to the ad that might just win it for the People


70 posted on 10/07/2012 12:43:24 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: usconservative

>> I cannot put into words how afraid I was for my family’s future

You don’t have to. Millions of us know exactly what you’re talking about.


71 posted on 10/07/2012 12:55:41 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: wastedyears

“It’s far more than 12.1 million. Why are both sides afraid of the numbers?”

12.1 million is the official number.

If they used the real U-6 number, or the 24 million unemployed and underemployed number, they’d be accused of ‘lying’ by the liberal MSM who covers for Obama.


72 posted on 10/07/2012 1:10:03 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: 1010RD
Fast Eddie would belong to or create whatever party he figured would win. He converted to Republican when he figured he could beat Junior, after failing with his "Illinois Solidarity" party.

Remember when he he was head of the Chicago city council and filibustered the new statute banning condo conversions until the lawyers could finish converting Marina Towers to condo? (He owned a big slice of the building.)

He wasn't known as Fast Eddie 'cause of his jogging speed.

73 posted on 10/07/2012 1:18:23 PM PDT by jonascord (Democrats are the people on the Left Side of the IQ Bell Curve.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

We need to produce an ad showing Obama golfing, eating lobster, vacations in Hawaii.

Then ask, are YOU better off than you were 4 years ago?


74 posted on 10/07/2012 1:27:03 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Popman
Millions of Americans unemployed, 16 trillion in debt and the Obama team think Big Bird and Elmo are an important issue?

My wife was talking to a friend of hers down south the other night...she mentioned that some of the ladies were prettry wound up over the 'Big Bird' thing...I can't take it.

75 posted on 10/07/2012 1:39:34 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: wastedyears

I’d like to see a Hispanic version for select markets.

I wonder if the wife should at least touch her husband’s hand for just a quick second w no comment - might tug a few female votes. No emotion from husband - we don’t want to emote anger or sadness or anything else. Just reality.

One of the kids should keep his or her head down a bit more.

I really like the husband’s plaid shirt. Screams middle class and perhaps blue collar without being overt.


76 posted on 10/07/2012 1:44:33 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: BarnacleCenturion
But OB-a-MA give us a phone!


77 posted on 10/07/2012 1:56:55 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Spktyr
Nope, they don’t need to do that - it might result in people demanding NASA funding be increased with no strings. The problem with the demoralization plan, which many people who use it don’t realize, is that eventually you get to the point where people have nothing left to lose and they no longer feel bound by anything.

Spktyr,

The NASA comment was my sardonic / invective humor lately which seems to frighten FR-ers, and would even scare away Ann Coulter IMHO. Like many I have had enough, especially letting 20,000 of our finest engineers go only to hook a ride with the Ruskies and make NASA's purpose Muslim outreach...

On the demoralization, rather than nothing to loose I think BHO expects many to gravitate to his ever increasing safety net or hammack. The family in the video might have a huge mom/dad "discussion" about it, but some folks are at wits end and maybe have given in if you will.....

78 posted on 10/07/2012 1:58:34 PM PDT by taildragger (( Fubarward Obama 2012, think about it :-) ))
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To: magellan

The Dems will run a counter-ad with Obama showing up at the door handing them their food stamp card, an unemployment check, and a promise to pay their mortgage for them.


79 posted on 10/07/2012 2:11:47 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Okay, that was such a punch gut I had to watch it over and over, and cry.

Also shared w/ as many as I know, via “intranet”.


80 posted on 10/07/2012 2:17:48 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: randita

I heard the rain the 2nd time. There have been a couple of times I had to feed my 2 cats instead of myself.

I COULD NOT imagine a mother or father in that position.


81 posted on 10/07/2012 2:21:10 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

That’s too good

Direct link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_1ZT1hwpng&feature=player_embedded


82 posted on 10/07/2012 2:56:31 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; DarthVader; NFHale; nutmeg; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; ...

WOW!!! Just, WOW!!! What a powerful ad!!!

Now, will the average idiot (typical MSM/American Idol viewer) watching the ad understand it?


83 posted on 10/07/2012 3:15:15 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Yes it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvUpUcM77jo&feature=relmfu


84 posted on 10/07/2012 3:23:14 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: DarthVader

It actually saddens me.

F**k Obama, his Party, his agenda and any and every thing associated with him.


85 posted on 10/07/2012 3:38:14 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

But the true unemployed number is something like 23 or 24 million and climbing, not shrinking.


86 posted on 10/07/2012 3:41:10 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: NoGrayZone

We were there 25 years ago - with two young kids. Unemployment line and all. It was awful.


87 posted on 10/07/2012 3:52:16 PM PDT by randita
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To: GOPsterinMA

May we cosign them all to the dustbin of history.


88 posted on 10/07/2012 3:52:33 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: magellan

I meant that the father wasn’t a stepfather. It is assumed that the children are the mother’s.


89 posted on 10/07/2012 3:58:25 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: magellan

I saw it as an original family unit. Very young children can have blonde hair and grow up to have a different hair color.


90 posted on 10/07/2012 4:03:00 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: DarthVader

Amen Darth, amen.


91 posted on 10/07/2012 4:12:09 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

It cannot be 7.8, must be over 16% unemployment across the nation.


92 posted on 10/07/2012 4:19:09 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: jonascord

He owns a ton of land in Berrien County Michigan he bought out of tax sales. When he got off on the bribery charges I knew he still had a ton of juice.


93 posted on 10/07/2012 6:03:49 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: GOPsterinMA

The only way that ad could be more effective is to have tv audio in the background of a news report about the Obama’s latest vacation. Imagine the visual of the family worrying about their existence coupled with the audio of a “tv report” of the O’s extravagence.


94 posted on 10/07/2012 6:04:58 PM PDT by offduty
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I don’t think I can watch this. That describes my own family’s dinner table for most of the years since the Democrats took over Congress in 2007. It got even more acute after Obama was elected.

By sheer determination and hard work, my wife and I have slowly begun to climb out of the pit in the last year or so. It’s a nightmare I don’t ever want to go through again.

You bet your azz it’s time for something different.


95 posted on 10/07/2012 6:37:39 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: gotribe
It’s not even an ad. It’s real.

Bingo. Which is why so many will relate to it, then vote in their own best interest.

96 posted on 10/07/2012 6:39:48 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RKBA Democrat
...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.

You're right, but remember that the truly rabid left only comprise about 20% of the population. The rest will react appropriately to this ad.

97 posted on 10/07/2012 6:47:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: AFPhys

They can use my house, I’m an American of Chinese descent. Out of work for three years. I’m 63, too old to get hired for fulltime job.

FBO with a vengence.


98 posted on 10/07/2012 6:52:42 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Iron Munro

I hope that’s not what I think it is....... :(


99 posted on 10/07/2012 6:54:04 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: NoGrayZone
I COULD NOT imagine a mother or father in that position.

I can, because I've been that father and husband, since the Democrats took over Congress in 2007. It's almost too difficult to talk about to others.

I just thank God that my wife and I have had the strength to tough it out (somehow) and slowly begin pulling ourselves out of it.

100 posted on 10/07/2012 6:58:33 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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