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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Obama on the Economy

posted by on September 17 at 9:50 AM

Here’s a new, 2-minute ad from Obama about the current economic crisis. It’s unclear where, when, and exactly how often it will be running—something that’s becoming increasingly important to focus on as the campaigns churn out “ads” that aren’t actually airing anywhere, ads that are actually just video press releases to get the media chattering.

But I doubt the Obama people shot a two-minute spot just to get it up on YouTube and embedded on some blogs. Here it is:

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But... but he's not trying to scare me. I don't know how to react to cogent thought and rational explanation!

Posted by Al | September 17, 2008 9:52 AM

Hope to see it on TV soon. I've yet to see an Obama or McCain ad actually on TV.

Posted by Just Sayin' | September 17, 2008 9:53 AM

i don't want this "unity" and "shared responsibility" he speaks of. i want republicans indicted, curbed, and stamped out. ENOUGH!!!!

Posted by adrian | September 17, 2008 9:54 AM

All I hear is something about how he's cruising down the street in his six-four.

Posted by Dumb American Redneck | September 17, 2008 9:55 AM

What a sweet guy!

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | September 17, 2008 9:59 AM

And all the niggas say;

Swing down sweet chariot
and let me ride

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 17, 2008 10:12 AM

That is great. I hope enough people see it and respond to it.

Posted by Levislade | September 17, 2008 10:12 AM

So beautiful... I love that he's back to being above the politics, that he's all hope-y with (sorta) specifics. Honestly, how could anyone vote for the Fogey and the Crazy after seeing this?

Posted by Zannah | September 17, 2008 10:17 AM

He is too smart. People despise intelligence. I hope this ad can get some votes, but I just worry he is going too "high road" for the american illiterateti

Posted by Original Monique | September 17, 2008 10:19 AM

he's riding the high road, and doing it well. i hope to god it resonates with the public.

Posted by douglas | September 17, 2008 10:21 AM

I love him. I love his wife. In their collective pants.

Posted by Kat | September 17, 2008 10:24 AM

I'm pretty sure this is going to run in swing states. I think I read that on Politico.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 17, 2008 10:24 AM

If I were running for President: "But for most of you, those I've met in bars, other bars, and late-night hot dog stands..."

Posted by Seth | September 17, 2008 10:40 AM

i can't even watch porn that's 2 minutes long.

Posted by the undecided voter | September 17, 2008 10:45 AM

Is that an American Flag lapel pin?

Posted by MonkeyNose | September 17, 2008 10:47 AM

I hate to say it, but he sounds more like a douche every time I hear him speak. God, I hope I'm the only one.

Posted by snark | September 17, 2008 10:51 AM

Ahhh, this is the ad my mom was talking about seeing last night and really liking! So we know it's airing in Wisconsin, at least.

Posted by rlv | September 17, 2008 11:13 AM

I've gone from feeling very hopeful about this election to being downright bleak.

Any objective look at the national situation shows a country trapped in a shitty war, with a faltering economy, destroying our own national infrastructure while making no plans for future needs. Amongst a jillion other problems.

How can people still support a bumbling senior citizen, from the party that brought us all of these problems, who refuses to accept any blame for the chaos he's caused, over a brilliant and well-informed young man who is willing to take a position of responsibility?

There can be only one reason: Americans are ugly, bigoted, moronic dumbfucks. There is no hope for this country.

Posted by Gurldoggie | September 17, 2008 11:16 AM

Lump in throat. Nicely done.

Posted by threnody | September 17, 2008 11:36 AM

If it has the disclaimer "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message" or some form thereof it's a tv ad. I read somewhere today that this is running in 16 states.

Posted by DCista | September 17, 2008 11:41 AM

OK, I have to find out whether it's just me. I started watching this ad and immediately noticed that his voice inflections were different than they usually are in speeches, and I found it WAY more appealing. Something about the way he usually speaks and where he places the emphasis in his words makes him sound too professorial and didactic for my liking (and I've got a frickin' masters degree, so it's not because I'm innately opposed to that style).

Anyone else?

Posted by leek | September 17, 2008 11:48 AM

@21 - I did notice that his voice seemed to be in somewhat of a lower register than his live speeches. So . . . yeah.

Posted by Levislade | September 17, 2008 12:08 PM

Obama might bring back fireside chats. Excellent.

Posted by tabletop_joe | September 17, 2008 12:41 PM

Love it! Not only does it address actual issues, but it also makes the viewer want to pay attention to issues to so they can fall into the category of "smarter than that". Unlike 2004, there are a lot of undecided voters in this election, I think an ad like this could be effective. Even if people don't have the attention span to sit through the whole thing, they'll probably hear about it somewhere and then they'll want to watch it.

Posted by poo poo | September 17, 2008 1:06 PM

Boring. We are screwed.

Posted by BGJ in PDX | September 17, 2008 4:25 PM

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