The Republican National Committee is jumping on the Obama campaign’s fanatic focus on the buzzwords that have emerged after each of the presidential debates.
In a new web video titled “Big Bird, Binders & Bayonets,” the RNC contrasts President Obama’s criticisms of politics as usual from 2008 with his campaign rhetoric from the 2012 election cycle.
“You don’t deserve a bunch of mudslinging,” the ad shows candidate Obama saying in 2008, followed by a snippet of Obama in 2012 calling Mitt Romney “sketchy.” Later, the ad shows Obama in 2008 saying, “If you don’t have a record to run on, you make a big election about small things,” before cutting to clips of Obama talking about Big Bird. The ad also includes commentary from various pundits and news organizations who have also noticed Obama’s odd priorities and behavior. The video closes with, “It’s time to talk about jobs.”
The RNC video makes a valid point about Obama’s 2012 campaign. Over the course of the last months, the President has consistently focused on ridiculous topics instead of talking about the issues that really matter. Obama mentioned Big Bird and Elmo more than Libya or plans to fix the economy in the days following the first debate. In the last week, he has taken to turning his campaign rallies into a stand up comedy act centered on his oh-so-hilarious quip that Romney has Romnesia.
He’s also spent a considerable amount of time on daytime TV and late-night talk shows, instead of taking questions from the press on the issues. Since Sept. 18, Obama has appeared on CBS‘s ”Late Show with David Letterman,” ABC‘s “The View,” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart“. Obama is scheduled to appear on NBC‘s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Wednesday night, and on Friday, he will also be featured in a live MTV special, the same channel that moved up the start of its VMA awards show in order to broadcast Obama’s democratic nomination speech.
Perhaps 2012 Obama should listen to 2008 Obama’s advice and stop making “a big election about small things.”