Home Store In Memoriam Deborah Newsletter Forum Topics Blogfeed Blogroll Facebook MySpace Contact Us About

Obama "Embrace" ad gets thumbs up from FOX Friends - for McCain

Reported by Chrish - August 11, 2008 -

Barack Obama's campaign released a new ad this morning 8/11/08 responding to John McCain's ad linking Obama to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears (two 'hot' young white girls, so subtle - not). On FOX and Friends the ad, showcasing McCain's popularity with the media and frequent television appearances, was found to be a plus for McCain by all three hosts, a.k.a. Fluffy.

Brian Kilmeade asked if it is giving his campaign a "summer boost," and the McCain celebrity ad was repeatedly characterized as "effective." After playing the "Embrace" ad, Gretchen Carlson's wide-eyed review was "that's a really upbeat ad for John McCain! He looks like he' has a whole lot of energy, meeting a lot of people..." And, she noted, the timing is off; there's been a delay in the response; it should have come out immediately after the Celebrity ad.

Brian Kilmeade said "experts" have said Obama should conflate McCain with Bush, and the "other thing, that's inaccurate" is that Barack Obama voted for the 2005 Energy Bill while McCain voted against it, calling it a "party for the oil companies."

The ad, of course, says nothing about the energy bill so how could it be inaccurate? That is just a right-wing talking point making the rounds, and Media Matters has noted that those using the talking point consistently fail to note the Obama response, both at the time

"This bill, while far from a solution, is a first step toward decreasing America's dependence on foreign oil." [snip]

So, I vote for this bill reluctantly today, disappointed that we have missed our opportunity to do something bolder that would have put us on the path to energy independence. This bill should be the first step, not the last, in our journey toward energy independence."

and recently, in response to the attacks,
"Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the Democrat voted for the bill because it included huge investments in renewable energy," and an August 5 CNN.com story said Obama defended his vote during the primary season, saying "it was the best that we could do right now, given the makeup of Congress."

(Those spreading the right-wing talking points, by the way, are NBC's Andrea Mitchell and CNN's Ed Henry - damn liberal media!)

Steve Doocy's observation was the irony of Obama saying McCain is taking the low road, within an "attack ad." He's with Gretchen, noting that Obama has historically tied McCain with "same old" and tried to brand him as old and tired, but this ad is upbeat and puts him in a peppy frame.

Kilmeade says Obama is correct on one point, that McCain is the darling of late night. Geez, John McCain just can do no wrong and Obama can do nothing right.