Obama Rebuts McCain’s Celebrity Attack Ad, As Parody Abounds
John McCain’s Celebrity Attack Ad
As major news organizations all across the country are becoming increasingly critical of Senator McCain for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another one. By featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in an attack ad against Barack Obama, the senator from Arizona has risked charges of silliness to draw attention to his frequently overshadowed campaign.
In The Atlantic Magazine, Mark Ambinder described the reaction of John Weaver, for years one of John McCain’s closest friends and confidants, but who has been in exile since his resignation from McCain’s presidential campaign last year. With the exception of an occasional interview, he has, by his own account, bitten his tongue as McCain’s campaign has adopted a strategy that Weaver believes “diminishes John McCain.”
With the release of a McCain’s television ad blasting Obama for celebrity preening, Weaver said he’s had “enough.” The ad’s premise, he said, is “childish.” He added: “There is legitimate mockery of a political campaign now, and it isn’t at Obama’s. For McCain’s sake, this tomfoolery needs to stop.”
Meanwhile, The Times (London) has claimed that, “Mr McCain’s celebrity advertisement uses a tactic pulled straight from the political handbook of Karl Rove, the architect of President Bush’s two White House victories. He was a master of defining an opponent negatively, early, and of turning their strengths against them.”
Obama Counters: Is That the Best You Can Come Up With?
Mr. Obama discussed McCain’s celebrity ad yesterday during a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Given the magnitude of our challenges when it comes to energy and healthcare and jobs and our foreign policy, you’d think that we’d be having a serious debate,” Mr. Obama said. “But so far, all we’ve been hearing about is Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. I mean I do-I do have to ask my opponent, is that the best you can come up with? Is that really what this election’s about? Is that what is worthy of the American people? Even the media has pointed out that senator John McCain who started off talking about running an honorable campaign has fallen back into the predictable political attacks the demonstrably false statements.”
Is That the Best You Can Come Up With?
Obama Responds: The Low Road
McCain’s Celebrity Ad Becomes an Inspiration for Satirical Parody
What if Chris Crocker, Britney Spears’ most notoriously emotional defender, was a big fan of Barack Obama too? Just what would he have to say about all of this? Well, thanks to Slate Magazine, now we know. “Leave Barack aloooonnnee!!!”
Chris Crocker: Leave Barack Aloooonnnee!!
And John McCain’s Britney Spears-Paris Hilton anti-Obama ad has inspired other parodies of his ad, such as this one:
McCain’s Britney-Paris Ad: A Parody
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