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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?"

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; afp; dinnertable; obamanomics; unemployment
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1 posted on 10/07/2012 4:47:12 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Romney may be taking a page from Reagan here. In the midst of economic misery, one has to inspire hope in the hopeless. Reagan did that better than any candidate of my lifetime. Let’s see if Romney can do it.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 4:50:37 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Wow, that may just be the Republican version of the daisy ad.

Hits you right in the gut because most of us have been there at one time in our lives.

The only sounds are the clinking of the utensils and I’m hearing pouring rain outside - does anyone else hear the rain?


3 posted on 10/07/2012 4:59:34 AM PDT by randita
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To: randita
"Wow, that may just be the Republican version of the daisy ad."

No kidding. That is the ad which must be played in as many states as possible.

4 posted on 10/07/2012 5:07:11 AM PDT by magellan
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To: johniegrad

It’s not even an ad. It’s real.


5 posted on 10/07/2012 5:07:37 AM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Great ad....

Hopefully this will run on national prime time...

The silence will grap people’s attention since the idiot box is squawking non stop ....all the time...

They will look to see why they tv is acting funny .... Silence


6 posted on 10/07/2012 5:08:30 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: randita
I hear the rain too. I didn't notice it the first time I saw the add, but now that you point it out it is clearly raining.
7 posted on 10/07/2012 5:09:41 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I like the ad. It shows the human face of unemployment. The Dad’s eyes look so sad... just despair. To illustrate how the unemployment rates affect families is a good thing. It takes away a cold percentage or number and makes it more “real” to the viewer. What popped into my mind is the same “dinner” is being played out by countless of other families across the U.S.


8 posted on 10/07/2012 5:11:04 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: BarnacleCenturion
From the article:

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."

Feeling uncomfortable was my reaction too. This ad feels real. The people look real. There is a "but for the grace of God, that could be me" aspect of the ad. As someone who was laid off (but fortunately quickly found another job) this summer, it brought back the shame I felt then.

This add needs to be played on every TV set. AFP should buy time on MSNBC for this ad.

9 posted on 10/07/2012 5:13:02 AM PDT by magellan
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To: BarnacleCenturion

It’s a white family, that’s totally racist! Although, I guess showing a black unemployed family would have been even more racist.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 5:13:43 AM PDT by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)
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To: Beagle8U
"I hear the rain too. I didn't notice it the first time I saw the add, but now that you point it out it is clearly raining."

Same thing. I didn't hear the rain the first time, but I did the second. Powerful, powerful subliminal effect.

This is simply the best political ad in decades.

11 posted on 10/07/2012 5:16:16 AM PDT by magellan
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To: johniegrad
See this compilation of Eastwood's GOP speech and the Superbowl ad...

A gritty gut wrenching indictment of Obambi policies in 2 mins and 39 seconds

Eastwood Reloaded (for bear)

12 posted on 10/07/2012 5:23:09 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I don’t think there’s any meat on their plates.


13 posted on 10/07/2012 5:24:36 AM PDT by true believer forever ( we can do this!!)
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To: johniegrad

You mean a page from Chicago Alderman Ed Vyrdolyak. Fast Eddie had a similar ad he ran against black Mayor Harold Washington. It didn’t work, but Fast Eddie was running as a Republican in a Dem town with a very large black population.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 5:26:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

These are the kind of bread and butter issues they should be doing in commercials... not Pelosi muting her phone on Barry. They should do others for gas prices and food costs at the grocery store.


15 posted on 10/07/2012 5:32:33 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: true believer forever
"I don’t think there’s any meat on their plates."

No, there are chicken breasts on the plates. The little girls chicken has been cut up (by mom, no doubt). Everyone elses is sitting there whole.

The subtle detail in this ad is incredible, just incredible.

The food is nice and fresh, no doubt bought before the news of the father being laid off. The next meal is the one in question. The family is warm and dry, still in their house, last month's mortgage bill no doubt paid. Next month's will be a challenge.

This ad must be put on every station. Every liberal Obamatard will feel personal shame watching this ad. The truth to liberals is like throwing a pail of water on the Wicked Witch of the West.

16 posted on 10/07/2012 5:35:04 AM PDT by magellan
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To: gotribe

Powerful ad. I’ve been there as many people had and the feeling is hopeless. By only the grace of my Lord I was able to find a job.


17 posted on 10/07/2012 5:35:36 AM PDT by Arsynic
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Wow.


18 posted on 10/07/2012 5:37:29 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: magellan
"The subtle detail in this ad is incredible, just incredible." I can't stop thinking about it...
19 posted on 10/07/2012 5:38:22 AM PDT by true believer forever ( we can do this!!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Obama administration relishes white union type people in the unemployment line. In their twisted little minds, whites had it coming because whites have always been “preferred” because of their whiteness. All the schools, and corporations have supposedly been structured to prefer whites.

The truth of the matter is, the schools and corporations were structured based on Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman principles (WHICH BY THE WAY ARE SUPERIOR TO ANY OTHERS WORLDWIDE) and don’t favor the depraved and the twisted.

To which the depraved and the twisted protest “You can’t tell me what to do.”


20 posted on 10/07/2012 5:56:29 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: gotribe

True, maybe the producers can add this to it: Obama has made too many of us orphans of the American Dream..


21 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:49 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

WOW...


22 posted on 10/07/2012 6:14:01 AM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Very powerful. But we all know the first criticism by the left will be its racist because the family isn’t black.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 6:20:40 AM PDT by rintense
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 6:26:16 AM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: Beagle8U
"I hear the rain too."

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".

25 posted on 10/07/2012 6:43:45 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: rintense

That is the most powerful and moving ad that I have ever seen in my life.


26 posted on 10/07/2012 6:43:51 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: BarnacleCenturion

But what about Big Bird?!!!! /s


27 posted on 10/07/2012 6:47:48 AM PDT by GoDuke
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Wow.

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.

Wow.


28 posted on 10/07/2012 6:50:43 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: Popman

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.


29 posted on 10/07/2012 6:56:01 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: BarnacleCenturion

What’s the problem? Barak The Beneficent will take care of these poor folk. /s


30 posted on 10/07/2012 6:56:53 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: randita
*** The only sounds are the clinking of the utensils and I’m hearing pouring rain outside - does anyone else hear the rain? ***

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.

31 posted on 10/07/2012 6:59:10 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


32 posted on 10/07/2012 6:59:54 AM PDT by montag813
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To: BarnacleCenturion

That might be the most powerful political commercial I’ve ever seen.

The pictures tell 12.1 million words.


33 posted on 10/07/2012 7:00:48 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


34 posted on 10/07/2012 7:02:41 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: magellan
Every liberal Obamatard will feel personal shame watching this ad.

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

35 posted on 10/07/2012 7:16:10 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: GoDuke
But what about Big Bird?!!!! /s

No kidding...

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?

Her response..."crickets"

36 posted on 10/07/2012 7:27:10 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: Lurker

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.


37 posted on 10/07/2012 7:32:21 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: Carthego delenda est

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.


38 posted on 10/07/2012 7:51:07 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: RKBA Democrat

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.


39 posted on 10/07/2012 7:55:41 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: randita

In English class I recall that rain is a literary metaphor for death or maybe a foreshadowing of it.


40 posted on 10/07/2012 8:11:05 AM PDT by xp38
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To: BarnacleCenturion

My heart breaks for families like this. There are millions of them. Besides the fear they have of how they’re going to live, there is the depression from being unemployed that accompanies not being able to find a job.
I personally think companies will start hiring if Romney is elected just b/c they will have more confidence in his leadership.


41 posted on 10/07/2012 8:21:40 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Troughout America people prepare for another
Thanksgiving under the Obama administration.


42 posted on 10/07/2012 8:41:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obamaspeak: An army of pompous phrases marching across the landscape in search of an idea.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

This is a GREAT add but a sad fact. Unlike the Romeny $5T add this is one clear message... it is terrifying to not know where or how your next meal will come from or if all you count on is now at risk. This is an image of HOPE being GONE.

The number of unemployed is understated by about 50% though according to many of the more often quoted statistics.

Bravo AFP. Bravo.


43 posted on 10/07/2012 9:06:39 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I like some of the subtle details in this, like that unemployed men stop shaving and look angry, and that all the family can afford to eat is salad.

At least his wife didn’t spill his coffee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0Uin2sINdQ


44 posted on 10/07/2012 9:41:52 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: true believer forever
I don’t think there’s any meat on their plates.

That's what I saw too. No meat.

Everyone seemed to be eating salad (iceberg lettuce with tomatoes and cottage cheese), plus a baked potato. Little daughter had a bread roll instead of a potato.

45 posted on 10/07/2012 9:52:41 AM PDT by thecodont
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46 posted on 10/07/2012 10:02:27 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: BarnacleCenturion; All
What Obama did was on purpose IMHO.....

He didn't want to just redistribute, he wanted to demoralize us, it was about suburbia getting their comeuppance.

The stories I could tell that relate to this, the people I have met in various industries, and business and how everything Obama has done has had consiquences and has FUBAR'd things to the point where I agree with Ann Romeny that she worries about Mitt's Health. His task is so daunting, I am afraid after the 1st 4 years he is going to look 80 years old, not a young 64....

The only thing I'd change, I'd put a NASA project shirt of which he was on on the Dad.....

47 posted on 10/07/2012 10:16:48 AM PDT by taildragger (( Fubarward Obama 2012, think about it :-) ))
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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


48 posted on 10/07/2012 10:51:05 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

It is a good ad.
Another good one would be to show a closeup of someone thumbing through their bills showing “overdue,” “final notice,” “foreclosure notice,” etc.

Then show text on the screen, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

That question was perfect when Reagan asked it and it still rings true today.


49 posted on 10/07/2012 10:52:27 AM PDT by a real Sheila (RYAN/romney 2012)
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To: sportutegrl

My mother has green eyes and my father has brown eyes; both my sister and myself have brown eyes. I’m not too sure things like that matter too much.


50 posted on 10/07/2012 10:58:14 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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