It's now okay for the official campaign of the president of the United States to sell the idea of voting to young people by likening it to losing their virginity, portrayed as an objectively good thing, of course, as long as you "do it with a great guy," namely, Barack Obama. The astonishingly inappropriate OFA ad is not only creepy and weird but speaks volumes about the bubble inhabited by the campaign faithful, who apparently see their guy as a teen heartthrob, and by the president himself, who, to put it gently, has some maturity issues. Any normal adult male would be mortified by the ad, no? (A truly pathetic aside is that the ad is a knock-off of one produced for Vladimir Putin. What won't the Obama campaign do to get votes?) A book could be written about the cultural implications of "Your First Time" and this short piece from Erick Erickson would get it off to a good start:
If you needed further proof about just how much the President has cheapened the Presidency, consider his latest ad, which not only compares voting for him for the first time to losing virginity, but also ridicules those who might not want to lose their virginity to just any politician. This is the peer group peer pressure people across the political aisle have complained about in high schools for years. [. . .]The sad irony is that the president himself is a father of young daughters. Wouldn't it be nice if he remembered that and put it ahead of his ego and ambitions? More Erickson:
The reason Barack Obama is running this ad is because he is done trying to get independent voters. He’s given up. Despite campaign rhetoric about fighting for evangelicals, he’s given up there. He’s given up on Catholic voters. He’s given up on the South. He’s given up on men who have daughters. He’s given up on moms. He’s given up on everyone expect his core base of singles, gays, and minorities, including college kids he is desperate to get back to the polls.
About the only honest bit of innuendo in the ad is that the people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 have been screwed — economically. The problem for Barack Obama is that many of those people believe their vote for him was a one night stand that they’d prefer to forget. Additionally, we know now that Barack Obama, like that one night stand, probably won’t call you back. Just ask the American Consulate in Benghazi.Read the rest.
Speaking of Benghazi, stay tuned for some tough questions for the president today from . . . uh, well, Sway Calloway of MTV, who'll be hosting "Ask Obama LIVE" from the White House:
I've got a couple of questions that Sway might squeeze in between embarrassing displays of presidential hipness and talking points about free contraceptives and tuition: Why no security for the embassy in Benghazi, and why no military help for the Americans under attack? A grown-up president would skip the preening and pandering and take those questions seriously.
Jim Geraghty calls it "layers upon layers of creepy."
Many thanks to Michelle Malkin and Bad Blue for linking.
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