Barack Obama, speaking from an office not so vaguely similar to the Oval Office in the White House, tells some stories and shows some scenes of ordinary Americans discussing their economic and health care troubles. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters had cameos, and there were photos of his black father from Kenya and white mother from Kansas.
John McCain called the stunt a "gauzy feel good commercial".
In an after infomercial article, Calvin Woodward of the Associated Press did some fact checking and it's not all good for The One. It's about time!
All Presidential candidates at some point try to appear humble and Obama, except for being The Messiah, is no different. He told America, "I will not be a perfect president. But I can promise you this — I will always tell you what I think and where I stand." Mr. Messiah, sir, could you start that part already?
Obama's prime-time ad skips over budget realities
CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press
THE SPIN: "That's why my health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year."
THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it's not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.
THE SPIN: "I also believe every American has a right to affordable health care."
THE FACTS: That belief should not be confused with a guarantee of health coverage for all. He makes no such promise. Obama hinted as much in the ad when he said about the problem of the uninsured: "I want to start doing something about it." He would mandate coverage for children but not adults. His program is aimed at making insurance more affordable by offering the choice of government-subsidized coverage similar to that in a plan for federal employees and other steps, including requiring larger employers to share costs of insuring workers.
THE SPIN: "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond their cost."
THE FACTS: Independent analysts say both Obama and Republican John McCain would deepen the deficit. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates Obama's policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years — and that analysis accepts the savings he claims from spending cuts. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, whose other findings have been quoted approvingly by the Obama campaign, says: "Both John McCain and Barack Obama have proposed tax plans that would substantially increase the national debt over the next 10 years." The analysis goes on to say: "Neither candidate's plan would significantly increase economic growth unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases that the campaigns have not specified."
THE SPIN: "Here's what I'll do. Cut taxes for every working family making less than $200,000 a year. Give businesses a tax credit for every new employee that they hire right here in the U.S. over the next two years and eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Help homeowners who are making a good faith effort to pay their mortgages, by freezing foreclosures for 90 days. And just like after 9-11, we'll provide low-cost loans to help small businesses pay their workers and keep their doors open. "
THE FACTS: His proposals — the tax cuts, the low-cost loans, the $15 billion a year he promises for alternative energy, and more — cost money, and the country could be facing a record $1 trillion deficit next year. Indeed, Obama recently acknowledged — although not in his commercial — that: "The next president will have to scale back his agenda and some of his proposals."
Obama alluded to "being a secret communist... I shared my toys in kindergarten." But in true Obama fashion, blamed that rumor on John McCain.
Just like the DNC convention, Obama's team talk to many people who are victims of something or other - they had a torn ligament, the roof leaks, the dog died, the buggy whip factory closed. Victim after victim and none said, "Hey, I took a chance and lost."
He also said that wherever he has gone in America, he has seen met people with great hope and optimism. Apparently nobody has told him those people were all Republicans.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.