Well, here is the latest campaign ad from the very seriously serious Obama camp … and with Obama’s approval, no less. Curious to know if the Obama campaign has the proper permission to use the image in this ad, considering they had to cease using NBC’s/MSNBC’s Dodo Bird in one of their ads the other day.
I would venture to say the Sesame Street company is worth a hell of a lot more than Mitt Romney is. Merchandising alone has Sesame Street far ahead of Mitt Romney. But that doesn’t stop them from being just another corporate welfare queen…
Apologizing for his disastrous performance in his first head-to-head debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama told a Hollywood fundraiser that the celebrities present “just perform flawlessly night after night. I can’t always say the same.” On his equally disastrous performance in office, the president admitted, “I goofed up.” But Romney, he joked, “is finally getting tough on Big Bird. … Rounding him up. Elmo has got to watch out, too.”
Liberals in the media have tried to help the president out by amplifying this joke into a serious charge, raising the ante from rounding up Big Bird to killing him. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien said, “my son was devastated when he heard that Big Bird might be killed.”
As Sherrie Westin, vice president of Sesame Workshop — which owns Sesame Street — had just explained to O’Brien, “The Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship.
“So quite frankly, you know, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of Public Broadcasting but when they always sort of tout out Big Bird and say we’re going to kill Big Bird; that actually is misleading because ‘Sesame Street’ will be here.”
In fact, Romney never threatened to kill or even round up Big Bird. Pressed by Obama and moderator Jim Lehrer to identify federal spending he would cut, Romney repeated what he has been saying for a year: “I will eliminate all programs by this test: Is the program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I’ll get rid of it. Obamacare’s on my list.”
Gently reminding the audience that, as a PBS employee, Lehrer was hardly a disinterested party, Romney said, “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things.” He added, “I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
As even the Huffington Post admits, ending taxpayer subsidies won’t kill Big Bird. HuffPo cites the manufacturer (outsourced to China) of Big Bird’s costumes to the effect that, “even if Romney kills PBS, Big Bird will survive … ‘It’s a business, and a lucrative one.’”
That’s an understatement. Sesame Workshop made $46.9 million last year from licensing Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters on an astonishing variety of merchandise, from diapers to backpacks, from clothing to toys, from decor to accessories. HuffPo cites an analyst who estimates that Hasbro’s Fisher-Price division generates $70 to $75 million a year in revenue from “Sesame Street” toys alone.
This is also very special since Obama is now giving an important interview to the very tough media at Nickelodeon, and Romney’s not … NEH-NEH-NEH-NAAH-NAAH!
Well, I guess this means Mitt Romney has given up on that all too important immature vote, huh? I mean serious voters supporting Obama are already planning their reaction to the Obama loss in just a few weeks … rioting. I am just reflecting on those waiting in the wings with brains… I think they can put the cartoon characters and the economy in perspective.
Well, that didn’t take long. From “Sesame Workshop”
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.
Who does this? Who just believes they can violate copyrights and property rights so blatantly? Somebody who is completely without scruples and is totally unconscionable. A not-bound-by-rules narcissist.
(Note: The above video might be taken down by Youtube, so it will eventually be edited from this post. For now enjoy…)