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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:10 AM

Big Bird will haunt Mitt Romney

Poor Big Bird.

The last thing he probably wanted was a mention in the first political debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. But that’s exactly what happened to the lovable eight-foot, two-inch feathery fellow Wednesday night.

Romney told moderator Jim Lehrer, “I’m sorry Jim. I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m gonna stop other things. I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too.”

A collective stab pierced the heart of Generation X who grew up with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and Oscar the Grouch as their best friends. I immediately thought, “Oh no, Big Bird will be unemployed if Romney wins.” I wasn’t alone.

As is normal these days, Big Bird started trending on Twitter. Memes magically appeared on Facebook showing Big Bird sitting on a stoop holding a sign “Will Work For Food.” But what we really needed at that moment was Count von Count appearing at the debate to explain Obama and Romney’s monologues about complex taxes and percentages.

Obama was not his best Wednesday night, but he could leverage Big Bird. That is if the Obama campaign is smart. A survey in 2008 noted that 77 million Americans had watched “Sesame Street” as children. That’s a lot of potential voters to woo. Nostalgia runs deep, trust me.

Originally Posted: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/10/04/big-bird-will-haunt-mitt-romney/?tid=pm_politics_pop

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geefloyd46 Oct 2012 OP
Behind the Aegis Oct 2012 #1
Earth Bound Misfit Oct 2012 #2
raging_moderate Oct 2012 #3
cheriemedium59 Oct 2012 #4
PADemD Oct 2012 #5
cheriemedium59 Oct 2012 #6
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #13
PADemD Oct 2012 #15
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #16
alterfurz Oct 2012 #14
MattSh Oct 2012 #7
Coyotl Oct 2012 #8
appleannie1 Oct 2012 #9
Javaman Oct 2012 #10
demwing Oct 2012 #11
LynneSin Oct 2012 #12
bigbirdlover Oct 2012 #17
ginnyinWI Oct 2012 #18
cr8tvlde Oct 2012 #19
flamingdem Oct 2012 #20

Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:18 AM

1. Big Bird responds:

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:22 AM

2. Homey's got his back...

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Response to Earth Bound Misfit (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:05 AM

3. Don't Fuc& with The Bird.

nuff said

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:08 AM

4. I agree.

I thought this story had wings... no pun intended. When I was on twitter during the debates, the Big Bird comment got the most tweets...again, no pun intended and I remember thinking, "'Wow, I think this could really help Obama win."

It seems like in politics a small comment can really change an election. (Remember W's "evildoers and terrorist comments and Obama's message about hope?)Even though Romney mentioned he would cut PBS and NPR funding months ago, the press never really ran with it. But Romney put the nail in his own coffin during the debate. Yes, President Obama may not have had fire in his belly Wednesday night, but I think he knew if he played it cool and let his opponent have at it, he knew Romney would say something to cause his own demise.

So who won the debate? I think it was Big Bird. That goofy lovable character that was created to help children in lower economic families who could not afford to send their kids to preschool. This wonderful Bird may have helped save another generation of kids from a ruthless, detached, egocentric man who wants to pad the pocket of his buddies and their children who will never have to worry about being hungry, cold and able to afford a good education.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:08 AM

5. Time for the President to bring Big Bird to a rally.

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Response to PADemD (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:11 AM

6. YES! Everyone needs to call their local Democratic headquarters and tell them. I did!

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Response to PADemD (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:57 AM

13. Peggy Noonan warned Willard about just that in her column yesterday.

She said to watch out for Democrats in Big Bird costumes showing up at his rallies and holding signs saying, "Don't kill me!"

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Response to PADemD (Reply #15)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:21 PM

16. I never even thought of balloons! You can get good height on those and lots of visibility.

Big Bird balloons or those of other Sesame Street characters should be available in most stores that sell balloons.

Great idea! Thanks!

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Response to PADemD (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:41 PM

14. done!

photoshopped, but it's a good bet that soon life will imitate art-?

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:54 AM

7. Admit it...

you knew this one was coming!

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:12 AM

8. Big Bird: "I'm too big to fail!"

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:16 AM

9. My youngest grandson is outraged. PBS is one of the few things he is allowed to watch.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:21 AM

10. You know Bert is behind all of this...

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:35 AM

11. A New Obama Supporter

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:35 AM

12. Hell Mitt might as well worn an overized helmet and rode around in a tank

It was pretty dumb for him to try and shut down Big Bird.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:35 PM

17. Save Big Bird----Vote Obama

Where can I get a T-Shirt or bumper sticker with this tagline?

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:16 PM

18. It is a good symbol for all of what Romney would like to take away

Big Bird and all the other things that government has helped make our lives a little better.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:34 PM

19. Jim Lehrer reminds me of the Obama ad that features a regular, blue-collar white guy

describing how he and other workers were tasked to build a platform as part of their job. Then Romney or Bain came to the plant, used the platform (literally) to fire them...take away their jobs...too bad, so sad, et al.

He just did it again on national TV ... "fired" Lehrer (who is indescribably his main apologist currently) and our beloved Big Bird on the "platform" that PBS as the moderator, provided. But rest assured, he likes them just fine. No hard feelings, right pal?

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:19 PM

20. You betcha

sqwak him!

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