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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blogging the Obamamercial

posted by on October 29 at 16:10 PM

Join me here on Slog, in this sixth-to-last day before the election, and let’s watch the Obamamercial together, shall we?

5 p.m. Pacific. See you then.

And here’s the preview, just released by the Obama campaign:

Why not 8 p.m. Pacific? Because I believe that, while the networks will presumably delay the ad on the west coast so that it shows at 8 p.m. local time, the cable networks (MSNBC et al) will not. Maybe I’m wrong. In which case… see you at 8 p.m. Pacific.

UPDATE: Well, it’s playing on MCNBC at 5 p.m. Pacific, but it’s all screwed up on my cable service. Unwatchable. Maybe a Comcast conspiracy? I’ll try again at 8.

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Umm...that would be 8:00 pm, not 5:00 pm, and PDT, not PST.

Posted by Trey | October 29, 2008 4:12 PM

I don't have a TV! Where can I watch it online?!

Posted by M | October 29, 2008 4:24 PM

I wonder if any of the people Obama shows America will be Gay-Americans? Probably not, Gay-Americans are still invisible.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 29, 2008 4:24 PM

Check CNN and/or MSNBC... they should be airing it at 5 pm with the rest of the country so they can run live commentary on their night shows.

Posted by Andy | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

Will someone resolve the issue of when this is actually on?

Posted by outmydamnmind | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

it's PST now. PDT is in the summer.

And we'll see the show at 8 pm *our* time.

Maybe Eli is gettin' dishy wit it, but otherwise we'll have the three-hour delay to see it prime time.

Posted by chops | October 29, 2008 4:26 PM

I guess you could watch it at 5:00 PDT if you were watching it on cable, but yeah the local broadcast version is at 8:00, opposite Pushing Up Daisies - Dim Sum Lose Sum. It's even on at 8:00 on Univision here - as Barack Obama: Historias Americanas. It follows a program called Querida Enemiga (Sra Palin?)

Posted by kinaidos | October 29, 2008 4:26 PM

It's on at 8pm. Maybe somewhere on the net at 5pm

Posted by ho' know | October 29, 2008 4:26 PM

@6 Wrong. We're still observing daylight savings time. Sunday it'll switch to PST.

Posted by T | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM

Real time nerds know it's still PDT until Nov. 2nd.

Posted by asteria | October 29, 2008 4:31 PM

Well, FOX is airing the spot before the World Series, so they'll probably air it at 5pm, non?

I'm hoping that the Obama campaigns makes this video available on their website later, cos I work until 6pm.

Until then, I'll catch up on the Live Slogging.

Posted by Jesse | October 29, 2008 4:32 PM

@6 Actually, it's still PDT since we haven't switched back yet, that's next weekend(Nov 2nd)

Posted by pragmatic | October 29, 2008 4:34 PM

@6: We're on PDT until we change our clocks.

Posted by Jesse | October 29, 2008 4:35 PM

@11, FOX is airing it after the world series for the west coast.

Posted by Fox will show after | October 29, 2008 4:37 PM

@9 & 10. you're right, my fail.
i want my hour now and can't wait until sunday.

Posted by chops | October 29, 2008 4:40 PM

CNN has said they are NOT airing it.

KOMO and KING are listing it at 8PM

Posted by Gordon | October 29, 2008 4:40 PM

@14: Thanks for the clarification. Does that mean 8pm local time officially then? Cos that means I don't miss it afterall.

Posted by Jesse | October 29, 2008 4:41 PM

You know, in parts of Idaho and BC they don't actually use DST so ...

Why does CNN hate America so?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 29, 2008 4:42 PM

oops ...

KIRO (CBS), KING (NBC), and KCPQ (FOX) have it scheduled at 8PM ...

KOMO does not list it in the Comcast guide

Posted by Gordon | October 29, 2008 4:43 PM

Why does Obama hate Pushing Daisies? This makes me sad.

Posted by kebabs | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

For outstanding comment stated as fact but bearing no - or incorrectly applied - facts...

the Willy goes to #6!

Posted by Bill in The Saddle | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

It's definitely on MSNBC at 5pm our time (PDT, as noted) 10 minutes!!! woot!

Posted by el ganador | October 29, 2008 4:50 PM

So...looks like 8pm local time (and perhaps also 5pm, but no one knows).

Twilight Exit doesn't currently plan to show it. They might turn it on if people show up.

I'd also like to watch Obama on The Daily Show. Why everything on the same night?

Posted by MJ | October 29, 2008 4:51 PM

Psyched we got the PDT/PST thing settled!

Posted by Superfrankenstein | October 29, 2008 4:54 PM


duly noted @15.

and you've been nominated for an Awardy.
the internet guy who takes it upon himself to dole out awards, WINs, and FAILs. i'd just award it to you outright, but i don't wield that sort of bloggish power. only Awardy winners do.

Posted by chops | October 29, 2008 4:57 PM

it says 8 pm PST right on the video's FIRST FUCKING FRAME. you don't even have to play it to read it.

Posted by max solomon | October 29, 2008 4:57 PM

I think we need to get the Stranger offices a TV and a Tivo so they know whats on when and can host some parties too

Posted by nos | October 29, 2008 4:57 PM


Posted by Dr. Savage Mudede | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

It's on MSNBC right now, so where's the liveslog?

Posted by Cindy | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

Where on the Internets can I watch this thing? Is it streaming somewhere like they streamed the debates?

Posted by N | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM

My friends, it is small wonder this great nation has been brought low if we (still) are unable to clearly communicate to our citizens the correct starting time of a television event. Did we have this problem in the 50's with Leave it to Beaver? No! Or in the 60's with the Beverly Hillbillies? No! Or the 70's with Mary Tyler Moore? No! Or the 80's with Dynasty? No! Or the 90's with Will & Grace? No!

These were far simpler times. My friends I fear for the future of our country should Mr. Obama be elected, his librul temporal mismanagement will be the downfall of us all. We will no longer know when to watch our tv programs as he will tax the very hands of time and allow his terrorist pals to steal the very programs off of our tv sets as they sit in our living rooms!

- John McCane

Posted by I am your Mother | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM

I can't wait till you're LiveSlogging the INAUGURATIONNNNNNN woohoo

Posted by Non | October 29, 2008 5:07 PM

Where's the live slog?

Posted by Ann | October 29, 2008 5:07 PM

Is it on the CW as well? ANTM!!!

Posted by Suze | October 29, 2008 5:11 PM

You guys are like addicts... you don't get your Obama and you snap. I've never seen so many exclamation points on Slog.

Posted by Andy | October 29, 2008 5:16 PM

Andy @35

Being inspired (Obama)and being inspired by FEAR (McCain, Bush) are two very different things.

Addicted to Democracy, fuck YES.

Posted by Non | October 29, 2008 5:37 PM

Nope, sorry, it's @20 for the win.

Pushing Daisies is teh best.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 29, 2008 5:38 PM

I had the Obama tv commercial on and saw it was going to be all "oh, I met all these Americans..." and I put "West Wing" dvd back on. Does that make me bad? My vote for Obama isn't changing and I don't need to see "Stories of Americans" to sway me. I'd rather pretend for the next week that Obama/Smits is taking over for Bartlett.

Posted by gracynyc | October 29, 2008 7:17 PM

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