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Defying the Odds
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Celebrity Redux

"Never go after someone's strength; go after what he thinks is his strength, but what is, in reality, a weakness." -- Karl Rove, Courage and Consequence, p. 78.

Alicia Cohn writes at The Hill:
A new ad released Thursday by the conservative super-PAC American Crossroads seeks to use President Obama's "cool" status against him, appealing to the youth vote by asking how America's "biggest celebrity" has helped them find jobs
The ad evokes an anti-Obama ad released by the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that hit Obama, then the Democratic nominee, for being "the biggest celebrity in the world" but not ready for leadership. It was one of the most memorable campaign ads in the election cycle.
Four years ago, America elected the biggest celebrity in the world and America got one cool president," the text of the ad begins. The ad features clips of Obama dancing on the Ellen DeGeneres show, "slow-jamming" the news on Jimmy Fallon's late-night show, singing at a fundraiser and drinking beer.
The text continues: "After four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?"