Ad Watch: Obama’s “Story of Us”

When I can find them, from time to time I’ll feature positive ads by presidential candidates, starting with this 5 min. web video from the Obama campaign. It’s well done. My criticism would be that, just like the rest of the President’s reelection effort, it seems more about the past than the future. There’s plenty of time, but it seems to me he’ll want to get more specific about why he wants a second term and what he would do with it. Or perhaps his team figures they can win by recapturing the glow of his 2008 campaign, which this video attempts to do.

69 thoughts on “Ad Watch: Obama’s “Story of Us””

  1. There is no story of us.
    That’s a pile of woooohooo poop

    There is him and a bunch of his friends (crony fits perfectly)
    they lied to get elected and now we are once again in a position of supporting him because the choice is horrific

    Mr Cracker and most of his friends are very cynical about main stream politics and think it is largely irrelevant and will always be behind the curve -- real leadership is coming from elsewhere.

    The media sucks because for the most part they have appointed themselves as the judges in some sort of media game where the candidate who plays the game the best is the winner instead of the candidate who would be the best president. There is no obligation to fact check.

    I have been a minor player in politics all my life and am of course like many who post here a true political junkie.
    I have always believed there was hope -- thanks to the Obamarama and their disgusting use of the system for no actual good just shameless self promotion. I no longer believe there is hope for our system.
    He certainly learned the lessons of Atwater Rove very well

  2. Has the nude grinch had a positive ad since his campaign for the very negative 1994 ‘counteract America’ ?

    I haven’t seen or heard anything positive come from St. Sanctimonious Sanctorum. Has there been ?

    willard’s pretty chipper when telling us how much fun it is to fire Americans, or chatting about skiing and tennis. I guess he knows not to chat about yachting, fox hunting, and polo.

  3. Taegan Goddard’s Quote of the Day :

    “He’s a good friend. But, I would say 95.99 percent of our conversation is about President Obama’s re-election. That’s much to my chagrin. I would like to talk about me.”

    -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, quoted by the Chicago Sun Times, on Obama adviser David Axelrod

  4. Obama who promised us recovery and prosperity, hope and change. What we’ve gotten instead is the opposite: deterioration, poverty, despair and steadfastness.

    President Obama is a highly intelligence and gifted con man. He is a great orator and campaigner. He prefers campaigning to governing. He lacks judgment, leadership skills, executive command, management ability, and common sense.

  5. As I’m an older type being(slow) I may have missed it in the rush to list all of his accomplishments.

    Jack and yes that is snark.

  6. Well, if it’s between Obama & Mittens, there’s gonna be a whole lotta nothing in the months to come, or as crackers would probably have it, big, steaming piles of nothing.

    “Who are the conspirators here, according to the Paul team? The “GOP establishment and their pals in the national media, [who] will do anything to silence our message of liberty…”

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2012/0213/Did-Mitt-Romney-steal-Maine-caucuses-from-Ron-Paul

    After the media helped to destroy Hillary in 2008, and the dismissive attitude of the press toward Ron Paul right now, I’d buy it.

  7. President Obama is a highly intelligence and gifted con man. He is a great orator and campaigner

    That would have described the Big Dawg too.

    He prefers campaigning to governing

    That would not, The Big Dawg was a governing geek, he loved all the little details. It was what made him so effective, even as he continually drew a weak hand to play.

    Jack

  8. Interesting; page 2 of the same Ron Paul article:

    “…their secret ninja caucus strategy. While they’re complaining about the preference poll, they’re also telling their supporters that their delegate strategy means they may win the Pine Tree State in the end.

    “We are confident that we will control the Maine delegation for the convention in August…”

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2012/0213/Did-Mitt-Romney-steal-Maine-caucuses-from-Ron-Paul

    But, yeah, can you imagine two empty suits (Obama/Romney)debating each other? You probably won’t have to just imagine it when fall rolls around.

  9. Craig

    When they included the little shoulder dusting episode. Ya know, “99 problems and a bitch ain’t one”? They kinda lost what little enthusiasm I could muster. Not that there was much there in the first place.

    Jack

  10. When they included that it just told me what is obvious, Team Obama still doesn’t get it. They are a frat boy fraternity in their view of the world.

    Jack

  11. I’m the one…I’m in! I’ll say some kind words for Obama. You can count me among those who believe that he’s done pretty damn well for all he’s been up against…both from the Republicans and the Blue Dog Dems. I think we’d all do well to remember that the president can only do so much. It is Congress (and, sadly, a seriously messed up Supreme Court) that truly directs traffic.

  12. He shoots hoops.

    He drinks beer in moderation.

    He doesn’t beat his wife.

    He’s good to his dog.

    He has an American birth certificate.

    He’s loyal to rahm and axel.

    Jesus doesn’t stop by to drop by to discuss war strategy and give orders in the middle of the night.

  13. it seems more about the past than the future

    Seems to me I recall the Big Dawg saying that was how he beat Papa Bush--who made the fatal error of trying to rest on highly unpopular past laurels & in any case was not DC’s sexiest senior citizen--just sayin’ that last--

    That said, I think the GOP candidate will find himself (and no, I don’t think Screech P will be the candidate under any circumstances, hence himself) running afoul of independents being so freaking put off by the shenanigans of the far right that no amount of politicking (not to mention a startling lack of charisma among GOoPers in general) will divert victory to the right.

    Obama will win. I’m not crazy about the idea, but it’s better than the alternative.

    Now you see why I should stick to crochet.

  14. What Obama did good. He put together a great foreign policy team. They have worked with each other despite early differences and have crafted a successful foreign policy

    And that is it IMO.
    The problem for Obama is Foreign policy doesn’t get you elected. He is dependent on the Republicans self destructing, so far they seem to be accommodating him

  15. Obama has given us since 2008 a non-republican president.

    has he pointed any Supreme court goobers?

    He’s had a bunch of people whacked which most seem to agree need whacking.

    there’s probably more, but right there is good for me, even were one to skip the international whackings.

    Yeah, I’m easy.

  16. kgc, except for rep paul, you’re right posting in last thread about all goper candidates but mitt are in it for the speechifying, book signing and faux pundit mercenary fees. the half-baked alaska fits right in. the huckster probably will be the pinch-hitter if things really get boring and if he can take five from the faux bandstand. wonder if they’ve already scheduled marco to throw the hail mary at the convention.

  17. The Big Dawg was a governing geek, he loved all the little details. It was what made him so effective, even as he continually drew a weak hand to play

    jack, right you are. imo none of these folks making candidate noises really truly want the job, just the title. they would have to take a cut in pay, live in a leaky glass house, watch what they say, be nice to the congress critters and worst of all work 24/7.

  18. Craig…

    I’ll say something good about Our President.

    It’s like harborwomen said “I’m the one…I’m in! I’ll say some kind words for Obama. You can count me among those who believe that he’s done pretty damn well for all he’s been up against…both from the Republicans and the Blue Dog Dems. I think we’d all do well to remember that the president can only do so much. It is Congress (and, sadly, a seriously messed up Supreme Court) that truly directs traffic.”

    There are things that I am deeply disappointed with the President over, but he’s 100, no make that a 1000 times better than any Republican could ever be.

    All I see is everyone looking at the short term and not the long term implications involved in regaining our social, economical and rebuilding needed to repair all the damage done by the Bush\Cheney War Crimes Family and the GOP (now known as the Party Of Death)and what they did to Our Country.

    It took thirty years to turn us into a Third World Nation and there is nothing President Obama can do to fix this mess in the short period of time he has been in office.

    He’s trying to build a foundation with small steps so we can continue to raise a new structure stronger then what the Republicans destroyed.

    I keep hearing how you all think (along with many others elsewhere) how if Hillary had won things would have been different if not better. I respectively disagree.

    It would have been no different under a Hillary Presidency then under Obama. Well maybe a little, because after all she isn’t BLACK like the current person sitting in America’s White House.

    Too the contrary, they would be smearing her and saying that under the current state (our country is in) a women should not be in the Oval Office.

    They would have done all the same things that they did to obstruct President Obama under a Hillary Presidency as well.

    It would be nice too see people giving the President the credit he deserves for working and dealing with what was left for him to do his best to fix the mess a bunch of Traitors left him to clean up.

    Well that’s my rant and everyone can now go back to there previously scheduled program.

    Have a nice day.

  19. As to Obama’s economic team and domestic policy team

    Obama’s Worst Year

    The inside story of his brush with political disaster.
    By Noam Scheiber

    Only in the fall did Romer finally gain an ally—White House economic adviser Larry Summers, who had begun to echo her pleas. But Orszag insisted that any additional stimulus be paired with deficit-reduction. The result was stalemate. Even when the two sides worked out a compromise—$100 to $200 billion of stimulus in the short term, with offsetting cuts over ten years—the truce quickly unraveled.

    Seated in the Roosevelt Room in early December 2009, the president wondered why both sets of ideas were so timid. Orszag grumbled that it was, in fact, disappointing to offer so little on the deficit front. Summers interjected that the economy was in dire need of more stimulus. Each side then labeled the other’s proposals political nonstarters, and the president lost his patience. “You know what, this is the same meeting we’ve been having,” he said, excusing himself. “Talk to me when you’ve thought this through.” The bickering soon grew so loud that Orszag’s deputy, Rob Nabors, lunged to shut the door.

    With no agreement forthcoming, it was Orszag who filled the vacuum throughout the fall. He urged the president to freeze domestic spending in his next budget and favored setting up a commission of Washington elders to recommend trillions in savings over a decade. Summers believed such ideas were gimmicks unworthy of a president. To colleagues he complained that “what’s really important in life is not to believe your own bullshit.” The president sided with Orszag.

    Update: oops I forgot to give credit

    Jack

  20. Amen, anon. I, too, think Hillary would have struggled as Obama has when faced with the task of working with an obstructionist Republican party and Blue Dogs who can only get elected in their districts if they behave (and vote) like Republicans. That said, I’d still love to see a Hillary presidency in our future.

  21. They would have done all the same things that they did to obstruct President Obama under a Hillary Presidency as well.

    a-p, they would have done even more since she probably would have picked him for veep which would still mean the sub rosa racism in addition to the anti-hillary, anti-women obstructionists.

  22. The ad is likely to annoy people who are in the nose-holding but voting for him category

  23. I am sure that Obama does not give a tinker’s damn about what I think about him. Even with XR’s positive Obama post I don’t think Obama would give it a second thought. BUT when the million-dollar donors like George Soros, film producer Stephen Bing and auto insurer Peter Lewis are not contributing you know that they have Obama’s attention.

    Soros Sits Out Obama Super-PAC Money Race Beside Big Givers

    George Soros, the billionaire investor who bankrolled Democratic groups during George W. Bush’s presidency and then indicated in 2010 that his giving days were over, is back.

    He just isn’t giving to the political action committee working to re-elect President Barack Obama.

    Soros is joined by million-dollar donors such as film producer Stephen Bing and auto insurer Peter Lewis in not contributing to Priorities USA, a group founded by former White House aides to help return Obama to the White House.

    If the 2012 contest were between Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Soros said that “there isn’t that much difference, except for the crowd that they bring with him.”

  24. The parliament and the protestors in Greece have agreed to let “the oracle” handle it.

    A group of protestors from Sparta who had planned to march to Athens in support of the protests had to cancel their plans because the “moon isn’t right” and the “chicken died wrong”.

    Meanwhile, ten thousand greek protestors are fighting their way back to the acropolis thru the many hostile, well-policed sections of the city.

  25. I know that oh,bummer got a lousy deal. And the Dem Senator from SD had a stroke or brain hemorrhage that left him hospitalized and the Senate tied up for most of ’09. Ya, the economy was sliding, and the ripper banking and derivitive scams were unraveling. Besides, our military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan were on the rocks.

    It’s too dam’ bad that he picked the orzsag plan instead of summer’s plan. It’s too bad he didn’t tell holder to send the FBI after the bank execs and boards, and the derivitive packagers.

    It’s too bad that he didn’t keep his word on public option coverage, guantanamo, DADT, and the Iraq pullout. It’s too dam’ bad that holder didn’t look into war crimes, and that rahm abused the base. There are a lot of too dam’ bads about oh,bummer.

    On the other mitt, consider the probability of Justice Ginsburg retiring and eric cantor or michele bachmann being named to replace her. That possibility ought to make everyone pick the correct candidate in this contest.

  26. I didn’t know that there were any “well-policed” neighborhoods in Athens. That’s new.

  27. I agree with Harborwoman and Anon paranoid. The President has done a lot of stuff.

  28. It’s too bad he didn’t tell holder to send the FBI after the bank execs and boards, and the derivitive packagers.

    xr, holder’s people haven’t been just twiddlin their thumbs you know. take a look at the time 2/13 cover story “the street fighter” on u.s. atty (ny so dist) preet bharara taking down a lot of the wall street gangsters. these cases are pretty intricate and require time…too much for msm reporters to cover… therefore we hear little about all the stuff that holder is doing.

  29. I’ll be kind to him. He isn’t what I wanted for a President, but I don’t dislike him and what we’ve got. Compared to what is on offer, he’s a lot better than most. I’m more concerned about the Congress. Give the President the votes he needs a a shot of second term courage, and we might actually get some good stuff yet.

  30. Pat,

    You’re absolutely right.

    There is just too dam’ much for holders’ guys to do, ‘cuz the babybush/cheney/rumdum/paulson etc, etc, crime wave was just so damn’ massive. The DoJ should be 3 times as large in order to handle all the excess war and financials. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the DoJ often farmed work in criminal law out to private lawfirms. Maybe that would be a good idea for today.

    The other thing they could do is drop the prosecution of weed.

  31. We rarely get good stuff out of second terms. The huge exception was FDR.

  32. Blue,

    Your email is bouncing. If you have a new one, please send it to me. I had a new visitor in my mail today.

  33. Obama is the booty call president -- when needs you it’s all Al Green but the rest of the time -- “it’s this job is soooo hard
    make me do the right thing…”

    I’m voting for him -- I just think he insults the people who voted for him with this we crap

    Just thinking — if nudie could run for president does that mean John Edwards could make some sort of come back or was he even scuzzier than nudie — and that is scuzzy

  34. Mr. Soros…if you’re reading this…the crowd they bring with them is VERY IMPORTANT!!! Pres. Obama et al will have to worry about whether or not you donate; I just hope you’ll vote for him. If nothing else, the balance on the Supreme Court demands it.

  35. Craig,
    Oh god the ad disgusts me! Further cements why i don’t like this president personally! I agree somewhat with Jack and Sturg, the president has has done some things foreign policy wise that i think are great..Continuing all the Bush wars has been terrible..Hopefully he will remain true to his word and remove us from the last one?
    Of course personally for me the bailouts of the automakers and signing the end of DADT were terrific as well..I tell you though i will not be voting for president Obama again, no way, no how!! President Obama is not a leader…Now if i was a lesser of two evils partisan democrat voter, well, yes Obama is the lesser of the two evils but its not good enough for me anymore..

  36. Another Big Obama Win, Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cut

    by Taylor Marsh

    …and the hits just keep on rollin’.

    I’m also hoping that Sen. Mitch McConnell and congressional Republicans continue to double down on attacking Pres. Obama’s revenue-neutral contraceptive coverage mandate. If they do, Republicans will be marginalized for years, especially with modern women.

    “So this issue will not go away until the administration simply backs down. They don’t have the authority … to tell someone in this country, or some organization in this country, what their religious beliefs are. Therein lies the problem.”

    Looking at a lot of polling on the issue, I’d bet you $10,000 the Administration and Obama Reelect is hoping McConnell pushes this argument all the way to November.

    To manipulate an old saying, it’s great to be good, but sometimes it helps to also get lucky. Right now Pres. Obama is certainly getting lucky with the adversaries he has in Republicans.

  37. It’s good to see that a few of you will give the President at least some credit though most of you are disappointed with what has been accomplished so far with what he has had to deal with.

    In 2008 when President Obama won the election he also won a Democratically Elected Congressional Majority. IE: The House…

    The Democrats did not have a controllable Senate though. The Blue Dog’s and they were DOGS, along with Liebermen, Nelson gave him a small working majority where he had to peal Republican votes most of the time to get anything passed.

    We may have reservations about the AHCA but the fact is it helps a lot of people who did not have or could afford health care. While at the same time can be strengthened over time to improve and work towards a one payer system. This will not and in all probability will take some time to enact.

    President Obama worked within the framework of what was available to him and has done a damn good job IMHO.

    And yes damn it I’m still pissed that there have been no prosecutions for War Crimes against anyone involved in those disgusting, illegal and immoral acts.

    Have a great day.

  38. Yes I can give Obama some credit. I’ve Monday morning quarterbacked him often enough.

    His stimulus was not big enough and had too many tax cuts. Given the combination of republican intransigence and blue dog sell outs, he was damn lucky to get what he did. Part of the recent job numbers that we have seen are partially a result of that program. Left to republicans there would have been no stimulus at all.
    There was a time during the HCR debate when medi-care for all was a real possibility. Joe Liarman pulled the plug on that.It could have been a really good bill. but the republican-blue dog option was nothing at all.
    Americans have short memories and an insatiable appetite for instant gratification. Jobs were never going to be created as fast as they were shed, so it must be Obama’s fault that the unemployment numbers are so high and are coming down so slowly. All in all I think that he has played his hand reasonably well.
    I still have my share of beefs with him Gitmo and the extension of the Bush Tax cuts, just to name a couple.
    I wanted so much more. He gets a C plus from me, and that is a good deal better than the previous 8 years of F, and good enough to question the advisability of turning things over to the current crop of republican dunces.

  39. We rarely get good stuff out of second terms. The huge exception was FDR.

    XR, Obama stepped on his dick a time or two during his first term. Second term should be better, it’s a painful lesson. :???:

  40. Meanwhile, ten thousand greek protestors are fighting their way back to the acropolis thru the many hostile, well-policed sections of the city.—Sturg@1548 w/help from XR

    When I misread the sentence as saying “greek prostitutes” and put that in context with the rest of the sentence I immediately conjured up a vision of 10,000 vestal almost-virgins mounting the parthenon. All of which made me wonder where they came up with all the diaphanous gowns. I, of course, understood why the police were pursuing them. :)

  41. The Artist won best picture last night on the BAFTAs. Is anyone else going to get in on this year’s Oscar contest. I’ve only received one submission. If you missed the ballot, let me know.

  42. Very good posts today on this topic! Anon, Jace, KGC, wow you guys hit them out of the park..

  43. Romney’s slide among independents continues
    By Greg Sargent

    As I’ve been noting here, one key metric to determine whether the prolonged GOP nomination process is damaging Mitt Romney’s general election prospects is his standing among independents, many of whom remain sour on Obama’s economic performance.

    Today’s new Pew poll offers another installment. The topline is striking enough — it finds that Rick Santorum is surging among Tea Partyers and conservatives, again suggesting that they just can’t come to terms with Romney as the nominee.

    But look, Romney is still likely to get the nomination, anyway. Which is why this slide among independents is also extremely noteworthy:

  44. ….have to wonder from a scale of 1 to 10 where the people that rate Obama will be….he did not start the slide down the lose of mortgages…the lose of jobs, the greed at wall st, the greedy bailouts…..etc, etc, etc, etc, etc,………etc, etc…etc,…..but he sure kept them going…and he deserves the credit for them…since he promised to help…he did not even try….that is why I give him “a big pile of poo”…make that “poop”

    The things that he did pass…he passe while letting big corps, big banks, etc..etc…etc……make even more money, more money, more money…etc, etc…while the m iddle class did not……about his foreign policy…..I you are a Republican…yes he did pretty good there…opened up a hell of a lot new bases in Iraq, the pack area,….even helped Israel open up and increase their real-estate markets…….instead of getting the banks to loan money here for small businesses…he made sure that Israeli construction corps use our tax money……..there is plenty more….but go ahead and brag about all of his great un-accomplishments……

    Oh one of his greatest accomplishment…..was to extend the Bush Tax Credits………added 3 trillion to the debt….and could have used all of it getting the unemployment levels near to what they were….it is not that he tried…..he just flat out did nothing about them…until this year……….oh and i forgot another of his big accomplishments……the death of many innocents with his drones……

  45. What will the people that lost their homes due to his lack of trying to help them out…that is what i meant…..he promised help for the past 3yrs…and still they are losing their homes….and this last bail out for the banks that created all of the derivative mess that we are in….is a sure way of saying to the masses……eat shit.!

  46. I can’t believe the glossing over of his actual record of reality that is going on…..

  47. Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States……who sits on that seat, where did he come from, why is he there……that is the answer to knowing who Obama is…….the why is he there is the big one……

  48. I hate being coned! What is worst is when the crooks are HUD and the Department of Justice that were supposed to “protect” you. There are just too many Wall Street allies inside this Obama administration.

    Quelle Surprise! Administration and State Attorneys General Lied, Mortgage Settlement Release Described as “Broad”

    North Carolina has posted an executive summary of the foreclosure settlement (hat tip Abigail Field), and it is a a troubling document. The first aspect is the very fact that an executive summary, rather than actual text of an agreement, is what is being released. And it’s not being released for the worst of reasons: the deal has not been finalized. We explained in an earlier post why this is completely outside the pale, and we’ll turn the mike over to Frederick Leatherman for a recap:
    David Dayen mentioned that the settlement agreement has not been reduced to writing.
    That is astonishing.

  49. I can’t believe the glossing over of his actual record of reality that is going on…..

    Solar,
    I know but that’s what blind partisanship does..I’ve done it myself but no more..

    Oh one of his greatest accomplishment…..was to extend the Bush Tax Credits………added 3 trillion to the debt….and could have used all of it getting the unemployment levels near to what they were….it is not that he tried…..he just flat out did nothing about them…until this year……….oh and i forgot another of his big accomplishments……the death of many innocents with his drones……

    I posted this again because it is very important that we don’t forget who the real President Obama is! Oh the one running for President and his rhetoric sounds brilliant, why he’s President for the little guy, BS..
    Damn, lets just over look his latest deal with the banks??? Letting them off as usual..Nope my vote means more to me than voting for a Republican lite gutless wonder….

  50. Tony,m

    The two party system is what is to blame for all of this….I do understand the need to vote for the lesser….

    But hasn’t this gone on forever….they are not going to change things just b/c people bitch about them….if they just keep on voting for one of them……that is why I want Paul to get in…he won’t, but even tho he does not get something right….he would turn things up side down, and right side up…….and we would get the fresh start that we need……

    A look at the tax structure….most americans pay around 10% of less……some people think that this is way to low….it is if you just look at 10%…but when was the last time the stadard of living..cost was added to what we make…the price of living, eating. etc. keeps going up, while wages stagnate……we can do our taxes on one page from the tax codes…..we don’t need more taxes taken from us…..we need the tax loop holes taken out from the thousands of tax codes that only help the large corps…..keep some in for the small and the big alike……they simply must pay their fair share….or it doesn’t matter who sits on the supremes………

    Get the troops back home, and stop spending all of the tax money ( this is enough for me to say that we are being taxed too much, even at 10%)..on the wars…and giving money to those countries that just use our gift for promoting human suffering….things are not as complicated as they make it out to be….the fkn run around is what is confusing……

  51. Only one % of Americans in the armed forces….that doesn’t sound right to me……how much are we spending on mercenaries?…how much for out sourcing the wars…to people like Diane feinsteins (one of the lesser of two evil devils)…that run the board that she sits on?

    Maybe…every time that we give money to another country…they should provide us mercenaries in return…..later

  52. Last one…..Only real Democrats would know what to do with an all democratic congress (overwhelming or not) and an democratic senate….people like Al Franken…Feingold, and a cpl more…but never a fake democrate…….

  53. Lied again…..

    I never click on the thumbs up button….don’t think that it is very democratic during an election year….it is sorta like what we don’t like about the news channels……telling us what to think at times….polling is going on no?

  54. The two party system is what is to blame for all of this….I do understand the need to vote for the lesser…

    Solar,
    I understand too but i’m determined not to do it anymore..

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