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The incredible shrinking President; Sesame Workshop sends cease-and-desist request to Team Obama
Hotair ^ | 10/09/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 10/09/2012 9:10:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

More than a dozen American diplomatic missions have been put to the torch over the last month, one of which resulted in the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. The labor force is near its lowest level in more than 30 years. Gas prices have skyrocketed, and we’re at war in Afghanistan. We are exactly four weeks from the national election. Today, however, Barack Obama will release a new 30-second spot focusing on the true issue that faces our nation …. Big Bird?

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Even Politico can see the contrasts between Obama and Mitt Romney, and which of the two is the presidential candidate. Maggie Haberman provides some perspective, and demonstrates that Team Obama has lost theirs:

As Alex noted yesterday when the Pew poll numbers came out, we’ve long warned – and been warned – about big swings in surveys in what has been a fairly stable race. But the sampling of surveys out there do suggest a real Romney bounce.

And the president, as others have noted, and his team have been going fairly small at a moment when Romney is consistent in a message and pivoting toward going bigger (the foreign policy speech, more emotion on the trail, and so forth).

I get that Team Obama wants to salvage something from a terrible debate performance, but they’re making the situation even worse. Obama didn’t engage Wednesday night on any meaningful topic. Now he’s focusing all of his attention on Sesame Street and its potential loss of funding — when the show itself earns plenty of cash from its vast merchandising operations. Here’s the Wikipedia description of that empire, which hardly makes Big Bird and the Cookie Monster look like paupers:

Current licensees include Procter & Gamble (Pampers diapers), Fisher-Price, Nakajima USA, Build-A-Bear Workshop (Build-An-Elmo, Build-A-Cookie Monster, And Build-A-Big Bird), GUND, Hasbro (Sesame Street Monopoly), Wooly Willy, Betty Crocker (Elmo Fruit Snacks), C&D Visionary (air freshners) and Children’s Apparel Network. Former licences include Applause, Child Dimension, Gibson Greetings, Gorham Fine China, Ideal Toys, Milton Bradley Company, Nintendo, Palisades Toys,Questor, Radio Shack, Tyco, and the Western Publishing Company. Creative Wonders (a partnership between ABC and Electronic Arts) produced Sesame Street software for the Macintosh, since at least 1995 and on the PC since 1996; Atari produced Sesame Street games in 1983. Before going bankrupt, Palisades Toys was to release a line of deluxe series action figures, for adults, as part of Sesame Workshop’s push to expand into retro products for teens and adults. Only a Super Groverfigure was distributed to conventioneers.

The Sesame Beginnings line, launched in mid-2005, consists of apparel, health and body, home, and seasonal products.[9] The products in this line are designed to accentuate the natural interactivity between infants and their parents. Most of the line is exclusive to a family of Canadian retailers that includes Loblaws, Fortinos, and Zehrs.

As a non-profit organization, a percentage of the money from any Sesame Workshop product goes to help fund Sesame Street or its international co-productions.[10]

Barrio Sésamo, Plaza Sésamo, Sesamstraße, Sesame English and Sesamstraat have all had merchandise of their local characters. Shalom Sesame videos and books have also been released.

In 2004, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) became Sesame Workshop’s licensing representative for The Benelux,[11] adding to their United Kingdom representation.[12]

Sesame Street hardly needs taxpayer subsidies, which was actually Romney’s point. Team Obama’s desperate seizing of this issue rather than all of the other problems of the nation and the world makes Obama look small and out of touch, at the precise moment when his opponent is engaging on the larger topics that voters expect from presidential candidates. It’s quite telling that, with just four weeks to go, all Team Obama can talk about is a children’s TV show.

Update: Sesame Workshop may be doing Obama a big favor here:

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

This is a perfect opportunity to push this one into the memory hole … but really, how sad is it that Team Obama thought this spoke to voter concerns? And as long as we’re listing the Devils of Wall Street, it’s interesting to note who’s missing from that list.

And here’s one more thought from Jeff Emanuel:

“nothing says “I’ve completely lost control of this narrative” like embracing…a seven-foot-tall yellow-feathered multi-millionaire.”

— Jeff Emanuel (@jeffemanuel) October 9, 2012

Ouch.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho2012; federalspending; obama; pbs; sesamestreet

1 posted on 10/09/2012 9:10:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is starting to get comical. lmao


2 posted on 10/09/2012 9:12:35 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: SeekAndFind

Don't get Big Bird Angry......

3 posted on 10/09/2012 9:15:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: barmag25
You want comical?


4 posted on 10/09/2012 9:15:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Translation: They don’t want this to escalate to the point where Romney or Ryan put out a soundbyte that tells the public how much they are making on merchandising!


5 posted on 10/09/2012 9:16:47 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

bfl


6 posted on 10/09/2012 9:18:29 AM PDT by sauropod (Only two of God's creatures can employ the term "we": newspaper editors and men with tapeworms-Hayes)
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To: barmag25

“Starting”? LMAO

Big Bird Strikes back! Don’t mess with Elmo!


7 posted on 10/09/2012 9:19:01 AM PDT by Wright Wing
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought the same thing. Our nation is in a crisis and the only thing the Obama camp can come up with is this silly Big Bird/Sesame Street stuff. It’s going to backfire big time imo


8 posted on 10/09/2012 9:19:43 AM PDT by Proudcongal
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To: SeekAndFind

Ah, gotta love self inflicted wounds.


9 posted on 10/09/2012 9:19:50 AM PDT by goodolemr
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To: SeekAndFind
The incredible shrinking President; Sesame Workshop sends cease-and-desist request to Team Obama

ROFLMAO!

10 posted on 10/09/2012 9:20:53 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: SeekAndFind
HA!

Big Bird is peanuts compared to Elmo.

How much did Tickle Me Elmo bring in alone?

Sesame Street is doing a flop sweat with the bright light of exposure shining on their profits and it now being part of the public discourse that they receive taxpayer dollars.

Bain Capital should be so lucky. They are small potatoes compared to Sesame Street.

Wonder if Big Bird, aka Carol Spinney, is still involved with that nudist camp in NE Connecticut he started? He does still live just next door to it.

11 posted on 10/09/2012 9:23:27 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney should demand to see Big Bird’s tax returns.


12 posted on 10/09/2012 9:25:10 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Big Bird vs. Big Turd.


13 posted on 10/09/2012 9:25:35 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: SeekAndFind
Photobucket I like the title of this article.
14 posted on 10/09/2012 9:31:51 AM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Photobucket I like the title of this article.
15 posted on 10/09/2012 9:32:25 AM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: Fresh Wind

“Big Bird vs. Big Turd.”

That says it all. Kudos!


16 posted on 10/09/2012 9:33:44 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: goodolemr
Ah, gotta love self inflicted wounds

I haven't seen the ad, does it end with Zero saying, "I'm Barrack Obama and I approve this message"?

17 posted on 10/09/2012 9:39:55 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: Proudcongal

Next up; a beer summit with Big Bird to convince him to support Obama.


18 posted on 10/09/2012 9:43:47 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: SeekAndFind

We have to remember that Obama doesn’t understand how the real world works, doesn’t understand business, doesn’t understand or care about the free market or capitalism, except as it gets in his way.

So, he doesn’t understand that Sesame street makes tons of money on merchandizing and licensing.

Which is clear, because Obama stole the Big Bird character for his ad, without asking permission or paying royalties — so how would he understand that Sesame Street is a business that normally gets paid for their product?


19 posted on 10/09/2012 9:45:31 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeekAndFind

POTUS is being put in his place by a big, yellow bird. Putin must be laughing his butt off...


20 posted on 10/09/2012 9:47:07 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's a** about the clueless." - Dennis Miller)
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To: GraceG

This is a great opportunity to introduce into the narrative the concept of zero-based budgeting. Obama complains that cutting Big Bird isn’t going to help.

But the real issue is, if you have limited funds, which is more important, funding Big Bird, or hiring enough security to keep the terrorists from killing your ambassadors?


21 posted on 10/09/2012 9:47:55 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: RetSignman

Sorry about that double post.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:46 AM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: barmag25

Yes, its an Octobird surprise.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 10:02:52 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: immadashell
I haven't seen the ad, does it end with Zero saying, "I'm Barrack Obama and I approve this message"?

Nope . . . . It begins with it.

24 posted on 10/09/2012 10:19:13 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Department of Homeland Security deems Sesame Street to be placed on terrorist list after refusing to allow Obama campaign to use Big Bird to make political points.


25 posted on 10/09/2012 10:20:07 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Obama only thinks that only him is the greatest and must know it all better than anyone else. He is like a bimbo who has whored any thought of hers towards her “greatness”. It’s all they see. In another world or time these people would be sitting in a mental hospital and thought of as extremely dangerous.


26 posted on 10/09/2012 10:24:09 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: nodumbblonde

” POTUS is being put in his place by a big, yellow bird. Putin must be laughing his butt off... “ I would join Putin with a case of beer of our own “ Beer Summit “ party of laughing our butts off... HEY PUTIN ? the case of beer is on me...


27 posted on 10/09/2012 10:24:24 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: nodumbblonde
" POTUS is being put in his place by a big, yellow bird. Putin must be laughing his butt off... "

And for that, I am going to go out and buy a case of beer today and celebrate.... Sesame Street Hurricane Laughing my butt off Party......
28 posted on 10/09/2012 10:30:15 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SeekAndFind

Big bird is a big boy now; he’s all grown up boys and girls. Big bird is making big money and doesn’t need to live in Uncle Sam’s basement, rent free, anymore.
The End.


29 posted on 10/09/2012 10:32:55 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: SeekAndFind

Birds of a feather shtick together.


30 posted on 10/09/2012 10:40:42 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (yup-Who knew??)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would to love for Romney to tell 0bama that Big Bird is a ‘one percenter’, who doesn’t need a subsidy from the government. This would expose 0bama’s crony capitalism to the public and put the class warfare argument on its head.


31 posted on 10/09/2012 10:53:00 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would to love for Romney to tell 0bama that Big Bird is a ‘one percenter’, who doesn’t need a subsidy from the government. This would expose 0bama’s crony capitalism to the public and put the class warfare argument on its head.


32 posted on 10/09/2012 10:53:20 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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