Obama’s Big Bird ad displays hypocritical Wall Street connection

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a new ad today prominently featuring the Sesame Street character, Big Bird, but it comes with a questionable message. Photo: Associated Press

PHOENIX, October 9, 2012- President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a new ad today prominently featuring the Sesame Street character, Big Bird, but it comes with a questionable message.

This ad comes after Gov. Mitt Romney repeated his plans at last week’s presidential debate to cut funding to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

“”I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS. I like Big Bird” — [the Sesame Street character] — “I like you too (Jim Lehrer),” Romney said during the debate.  

Now the Obama campaign has taken to task to make Big Bird their new poster child for attacks against Romney.

However, the ad released is nothing sort of hypocritical.

The basic message of the ad is to ‘Crack down on Wall Street, not Sesame Street.’  

“Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski: Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them? Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street,” the ad says in a voice over.

Looking at these criminals, remind me again which ones Barack Obama prosecuted? You can’t, because it was George W. Bush’s Department of Justice that prosecuted Lay and Kozlowski. 

It was Madoff’s son who turned his father in before Obama even took office in January 2009. 

The truth is the Obama Department of Justice has never prosecuted a single Wall Street ‘criminal’ since his tenure as president began four years ago. 

However, Obama does have a Wall Street ‘criminal’ connection that the ad failed to mention. 

Former MF Global CEO, Jon Corzine. 

It was Jon Corzine that lost $1.6 billion in private investments at the now bankrupt MF Global and helped author the failed 2009 $1 trillion stimulus known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

“I simply do not know where the money is,” Corzine famously told Congress back in December 2011. 

“I literally picked up the phone and called Jon Corzine and said Jon, what do you think we should do. The reason we called Jon is that we knew that he knew about the economy, about world markets, how we had to respond, unlike almost anyone we knew. It was because he had been in the pit — because he had been in the furnace. And we trusted his judgment,” Vice President Joe Biden said about Corzine in November 2011. 

Biden went even further to say at a separate rally, “He’s the smartest guy I know on the economy.”

Even President Obama called Mr. Corzine a, “leader, who has been called to govern in some extraordinary times. He was an ally with the Obama administration in helping us develop a national recovery plan.”

Though of course since Corzine is a huge Obama supporter and “ally,” the Department of Justice will not file any charges against any MF Global executive, as they announced in August. 

So when the Obama ad claims Romney needs to crackdown on Wall Street and not Sesame Street, isn’t it Obama that needs to take a second look at these so-called Wall Street ‘gluttons of greed’?

On the point of cracking down on Sesame Street, it is simply a matter of reining in our national debt, deficit, and spending. 

PBS receives a fairly good chunk of taxpayer dollars that could be used to help pay down our debt and it should not longer receive that money. 

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