Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obama's Radio Ad

Don't know if you all heard this radio ad being played in Florida, but here goes.

This ad is meant to rally the African-American vote in Florida, but I have to admit, I have a problem with it. First, it's condescending. The Obama campaign presumes that all African-Americans like R&B backup singers, smooth urban beats and frequent use of slang. The ad in itself, does what Democrats usually do; dividing Americans and breaking them into blocs; clearly going against what Barack Obama himself said in 2004. Furthermore, if I was African-American, I'd feel like the president and his campaign was stereotyping me!

Second, listen to the excerpts of what the President says. It's classic fear-mongering, implying that what Obama has done for them, the Republicans would take away, and because they would, they're racist. If African-Americans would look at their position as a group, put aside the color of his skin and question if relying on the government is the best route to take, then they would loudly ask if they're better off than they were four years ago!

And for an African-American president who garnered 95% of the African-American vote, you have to wonder why the campaign is taking the time to do this ad. Their internal polling must be quite telling, as they may not get the numbers they received in 2008. Also, with Florida likely to be a Republican state, they need all the help they can get. Ladies and gentlemen, this campaign is in disarray and they are running scared.

I truly hope African-Americans question this strategy and are as turned off and insulted by this radio spot as I am!

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