Skip to main content

Hi guys, quick scoop here - the new ad from the Obama campaign that will be running during the Olympics.  The good news?  It's all economy, all-the-time, a positive message that stresses new jobs.  Whether it succeeds or not or is strong enough or not, I don't know, but debate it out:

Transcript after the jump, YouTube coming as soon as it is available (keep me informed if you see it).  Additionally, I posted John McCain's tough new spot:

ANNOUNCER: The hands that built this nation can build a new economy.

The hands that harvest crops can also harvest the wind.

The hands that install roofs can also install solar panels.

The hands that build today's cars can build the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles.

Barack Obama. A new vision for our economy. Fast track alternative fuels. Create five million jobs developing home-grown energy technologies because America's future is in our hands.

OBAMA: I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message.

Below is John McCain's newest spot.  I'm not sure if it's going to be his Olympics ad (will keep you updated), but I will say this: it is damn tough and pretty damn effective at painting Obama as an elitist.   It cries out for a very tough response, perhaps time to point out just how insanely wealthy McCain is.  Take a look:

UPDATE: From Jonathan Martin at Politico:

It's one of the few McCain ads that makes no mention of energy, instead focusing exclusively on keeping up the celebrity rap and hitting a Democrat on the perennial GOP claim that he wants to raise taxes.   McCain's campaign believes that, for all the flack they've received, Obama has not yet effectively figured out how to respond to the campaign of blowing him up as a larger-than-thou world figure.  This ad is in keeping with the attempt to paint him as an inaccessible figure with little regard for average voters.

It will be cycled in to the 11 swing states where McCain is already on the air. (emphasis mine)

I continue to maintain it's a very tough ad, and agree that Obama hasn't effectively figured out how to respond to this criticism (which is also intent on pre-spinning his huge Denver acceptance speech).  

The other piece of news is that it looks like it's not an Olympics ad.

UPDATE 2: Obama camp responds:

"This ad is a lie, and it's part of the old, tired politics of a party in Washington that has run out of ideas and run out of steam. Even though a host of independent, nonpartisan organizations have said this attack isn't true, Senator McCain continues to lie about Senator Obama's plan to give 95% of all families a tax cut of $1,000, and not raise taxes for those making under $250,000 a single dime. The reason so many families are hurting today is because we've had eight years of failed Bush policies that Senator McCain wants to continue for another four, and that's what Barack Obama will change as President."

TPM recommends a better response (I agree):

Must be grand to be flying in your private jet and trying to decide which of your eight homes to fly to.

CROSS-POSTED AT STRATEGY '08

Originally posted to dansac on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 06:23 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Common Sense, Love and Death, Sean Robertson, Chi, slinkerwink, bluecayuga, Steven R, Nina Katarina, whataboutbob, saraswati, ScientistMom in NY, maineiac, dengre, DCCyclone, TX Unmuzzled, DemDachshund, mataliandy, freespeech, Ruth in OR, strengthANDwisdom, HeavyJ, bigforkgirl, eyeswideopen, Gustogirl, 88kathy, indybend, cskendrick, DSKinMD, Porfiry, pattisigh, xopher, librarianman, lirtydies, lulusbackintown, SneakySnu, tomephil, Getreal1246, Dallasdoc, cato, beachmom, Anna Luc, bwintx, KFlake, tomjones, snowbird42, Frank Vyan Walton, hopalong, mattmentecky, red clay dem, bellevie, mjd in florida, OpherGopher, citizenx, ejsmom, Pam from Calif, jorndorff, pandawoman, aaraujo, AnotherMassachusettsLiberal, sundancekid11, serrano, Silence is Complicity, Lisa Lockwood, sbdenmon, Rogneid, ZinZen, Alan Arizona, kathny, CCSDem, tarheelblue, Debbie in ME, keeplaughing, BlueInARedState, OH 09 Dem, martyc35, TheBlaz, madcitymelvin, phillyPete, SherriG, tecampbell, Crashing Vor, real world chick, bleeding heart, el cid, MarciaJ720, jisham, va dare, BB10, revgerry, bstotts, jkshaw, Temmoku, markthshark, Cronesense, Wanda517, dogdad, blue armadillo, dmh44, Citizen Rat, Dartagnan, suburi, Kyle the Mainer, brentmack, Demosthenes112358, jhop7, rogereaton, TomP, gundyj, ratador, DraftChickenHawks, AppeaseThis, Marinesquire, MiniGram, Oliver W Holmes the 3rd, pamelabrown, Ex Real Republican, Gemina13, jalenth, bubbalie 517, rapcetera, Scubaval, Sarah Ann, multilee, weaponsofmassdeception, MTmarilyn, Texanomaly, George Hier, snackdoodle, sunhaws, CanyonWren, ryan81, jenontheshore, julibug, Partisan Progressive, bigmikek7, markhaverty, Michael Lawrence Gallagher, Daily Activist, oak510, IamTheJudge, zbbrox, Virginian in Spain, Buck Power, Hope Monger, mhsteacher1, silentbobus, The BBQ Chicken Madness, OffHerRocker, tvmaker, Liberal Monk, FundaMental Transformation, BA BarackUS, orangeuglad, Tricky, TenthMuse, RogerDodger, susan in sc, BrooklynDemocrat, Clyde the Cat, sulthernao, possodent, Junah, Jampacked, Gramarye, NJpeach, My mom is my hero, Insha, seishin, taiping1, nolakohler, mscharizmaa, Ronald Singleterry, BonnieSchlitz, icelady, samanthab, TinaMarina, HartfordTycoon, Grumpy Young Man, DiegoUK, ourtime08, damned if you do, BlueFranco, Progress Florida, brizzlefoshizzle, epiphany seeker, goodacre

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site