Forget the economy; President Barack Obama’s attention has shifted to saving Big Bird.
Following Mitt Romney’s statement that he would stop the subsidy to PBS, Obama and company have come to Big Bird’s aid. Since Romney’s remark, the “Sesame Street” icon has become a fixture in the President’s campaign.
On Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new ad featuring the yellow avian.
“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.
Democrats think Romney’s strategy is absurd, not the new ad.
“When asked how he would cut the deficit, Romney’s answer is to eliminate PBS and ‘Sesame Street’ — an absurd solution,” said the Obama campaign in a statement. “You would need to cut PBS more than 1,000 times to fill the hole in Romney’s budget promises!”
The Republican National Committee has responded with a picture of the Count.
It is unclear where Big Bird stands on the issue. Big Bird has supported Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative as well as Barbara Bush’s push for children’s reading.
But it is clear where Sesame Workshop stands. The PBS-affiliated non-profit behind “Sesame Street” said in a statement: “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”