Were Politics Buried Inside Eastwood’s ‘Halftime’ Commercial?
Remember back during the bailouts? Wingnuts were ranting about how Obama was running the industry and that GM was government motors and that taxpayers would never, ever see that money again. Now that the loans are paid back and the industries have come back miles and miles on the road to recovery you would think that wingnuts would back off of their insane claims. No such luck.
Late Monday, Eastwood said any implication of politics was baseless.
“…There is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain,” Eastwood said in a statement to Fox News late Monday night. “I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. … If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”
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The commercial, shown to more than 111 million Americans watching the game Sunday and which has since received more than 550,000 views on YouTube by Monday evening, was similar to last year’s Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler featuring rapper and Detroit native Eminem.
Shortly after the ad ran, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer sent a tweet: “Saving the America Auto Industry: Something Eminem and Clint Eastwood can agree on.”
Media critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times quickly tweeted: “As Clint Eastwood hails a Detroit that’s up and fighting again in Chrysler ad, is Repub indirectly endorsing auto industry saver Obama?”
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin jumped in on Twitter with her take: “Agh. WTH? Did I just see Clint Eastwood fronting an auto bailout ad??? #SuperBowl”