Superbowl spots sparked super-sized controversy, the LGBT community scored a major victory, Santorum stomped the competition in the Republican Presidential race, Sean Hannity came down with a case of Obama Derangement Syndrome, Conservatives met in D.C. to spread hate and bash the President, and the Ed Show covered it all.
Like many other Americans, Ed was paying close attention to Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials. Interspersed among beer ads and celebrity cameos were two politically charged spots that made headlines Monday morning.
Hours before the first Super Bowl ad aired, NBC’s Matt Lauer sat down with Obama to discuss the state of America. The President made a solid case for a second term, pointing to the strengthening economy. Ed welcomed E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, who explained that “what’s significant is…Americans are starting to believe that it’s improving.” This belief in the President’s playbook is clearly visible in new general election poll numbers, which show Obama leading Romney by 6 points.
During Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime, Chrysler released an inspiring ad narrated by Clint Eastwood. Highlighting the country’s resilient spirit, it acted as a tribute to America’s aforementioned economic comeback. Republicans were eager to downplay the President’s success in bailing out the automobile industry, with former Bush Senior Advisor Karl Rove claiming that Obama is “using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising…” Congressman Gary Peters, whose district houses the Chrysler headquarters, told Ed that Rove “…never lets facts get in the way of his opinion.”
And the facts are as clear as the diamonds on Eli Manning’s new ring: auto loans saved more than 1 million jobs in 2010, and prevented nearly 97 billion dollars in personal income losses. In addition, Eastwood and the CEO of Chrysler each stated that the ad was meant to be politically neutral.