Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Is Obama Still Smoking Crack?

So Obama rated himself #4 on the all-time great presidents list? And CBS covered it up? Which is the bigger story?

Lincoln, FDR, LBJ. I'll take Lincoln. The other two were disasters. FDR never brought us out of the Great Depression. But he did lead us through World War II so he wasn't a total flop.

$6 trillion in new debt, the highest unemployment since The Great Depression, energy policies OPEC could only dream of, a battered dollar, an expensive and potentially disastrous health care overhaul bill and much, much more.

We knew this guy was not lacking in the self esteem department but fourth best? Just what is he smoking?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Guess I Picked The Wrong Year To Jump Off The Ron Paul Band Wagon

Yes, if there were no rogue nuclear nations and possibly millions of jihadists, I would still be a Ron Paul supporter. I agree with Mitt Romney that we will be Greece writ large with no one to bail us out. But I do not trust the GOP establishment to usher in an age of fiscal responsibility.

Ron Paul proposes a $1 trillion/year decrease in spending. Action of this scale is essential if America is to recover from the destruction of extreme debt. Will the GOP establishment acknowledge the obvious? Probably not.

Watching Fox News last night, I saw Fred Thompson throw his hands up in the air (figuratively) and ask his guests why in the world would someone support Ron Paul. None of the jerks replied "because he is the only candidate who recognizes the severity of our fiscal problems." For all their Bama-bashing the GOP does not seem to have learned any lessons of the past six years. They are not proposing bold distinctions from Obama. What did Reagan say about pastels?

On the same program Dick Morris slammed Ron Paul for his economic policies, specifically his advocacy of the gold standard. Morris went on to state that the gold standard prolonged the Great Depression. Uh oh!!! Morris embraces fiat currency? He buys into the Keynesian model much like Paul Krugman? GFM (Giant Moan.) With friends like Dick Morris, who needs Obama?

BTW, I do not necessarily advocate for the gold standard but it would be better than what we now have.

More disturbing GOP blather. Mitt Romney has joined the chorus of "China manipulates their currency." So Mitt, do you prefer a strong dollar or a weak dollar? I prefer "King Dollar" policies but we seem to be sailing on different ships. Is it too late for Kudlow to get in the race?

Ron Paul has not ruled out a third party run should he lose the GOP nomination. If this happens, we will have at least four more years of Obama. My opinion is that Paul is holding out support for other candidates until they show respect for his voting base and respect for their concerns. If Paul helps Obama get elected, do not blame Paul or the Paulists. Blame the mushy Obama Lite, lesser of two evils, reach across the aisle, compromise is strength Republican base.

Four more years?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Worship: The Obama Halo

I am still amazed that a prissy ass community organizer with no resume (not a thin resume, a resume so lacking in essential elements, like transcripts for instance, to disqualify the use of the noun as it is normally employed) won the 2008 presidential election. There were a lot of reasons to expect an Obama backlash before election day but one Obama facet lead the pack: THE CHEESE FACTOR!

Yes, THE CHEESE FACTOR! At some point I expected a hyperstylish America to reject Obama for the campaign's unbridled pandering. Yes, I expected a backlash of substance, such as it is, but I also expected a backlash of style. The first "American Idol" candidate would be rejected by the people who would never admit to watching such a cheesy show. The cooler than thou folks would distance themselves from The Cheese Makers. HA!

A quick disclaimer. These images are copyrighted but this is an example of a fair use exclusion.






1. Volkswagen, "Think Small", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1959
2. Coca-Cola, "The pause that refreshes", D'Arcy Co., 1929
3. Marlboro, The Marlboro Man, Leo Burnett Co., 1955
4. Nike, "Just do it", Wieden & Kennedy, 1988
5. McDonald's, "You deserve a break today", Needham, Harper & Steers, 1971
6. DeBeers, "A diamond is forever", N.W. Ayer & Son, 1948
7. Absolut Vodka, The Absolut Bottle, TBWA, 1981
8. Miller Lite beer, "Tastes great, less filling", McCann-Erickson Worldwide, 1974
9. Clairol, Does she...or doesn't she?", Foote, Cone & Belding, 1957
10. Avis, "We try harder", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1963
11. Federal Express, "Fast talker", Ally & Gargano, 1982
12. Apple Computer, "1984", Chiat/Day, 1984
13. Alka-Seltzer, Various ads, Jack Tinker & Partners; Doyle Dane Bernbach; Wells Rich, Greene, 1960s, 1970s
14. Pepsi-Cola, "Pepsi-Cola hits the spot", Newell-Emmett Co., 1940s
15. Maxwell House, "Good to the last drop", Ogilvy, Benson & Mather, 1959
16. Ivory Soap, "99 and 44/100% Pure", Proctor & Gamble Co., 1882
17. American Express, "Do you know me?", Ogilvy & Mather, 1975
18. U.S. Army, "Be all that you can be", N.W. Ayer & Son, 1981
19. Anacin, "Fast, fast, fast relief", Ted Bates & Co., 1952
20. Rolling Stone, "Perception. Reality.", Fallon McElligott Rice, 1985
21. Pepsi-Cola, "The Pepsi generation", Batton, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, 1964
22. Hathaway Shirts, "The man in the Hathaway shirt", Hewitt, Ogilvy, Benson & Mather, 1951
23. Burma-Shave, Roadside signs in verse, Allen Odell, 1925
24. Burger King, "Have it your way", BBDO, 1973
25. Campbell Soup, "Mmm mm good", BBDO, 1930s
26. U.S. Forest Service, Smokey the Bear/"Only you can prevent forest fires", Advertising Council/Foote, Cone & Belding
27. Budweiser, "This Bud's for you", D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, 1970s
28. Maidenform, "I dreamed I went shopping in my Maidenform bra", Norman, Craig & Kunnel, 1949
29. Victor Talking Machine Co., "His master's voice", Francis Barraud, 1901
30. Jordan Motor Car Co., "Somewhere west of Laramie", Edward S. (Ned) Jordan, 1923
31. Woodbury Soap, "The skin you love to touch", J. Walter Thompson Co., 1911
32. Benson & Hedges 100s, "The disadvantages", Wells, Rich, Greene, 1960s
33. National Biscuit Co., Uneeda Biscuits' Boy in Boots, N.W. Ayer & Son, 1899
34. Energizer, The Energizer Bunny, Chiat/Day, 1989
35. Morton Salt, "When it rains it pours", N.W. Ayer & Son, 1912
36. Chanel, "Share the fantasy", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1979
37. Saturn, "A different kind of company, A different kind of car.", Hal Riney & Partners, 1989
38. Crest toothpaste, "Look, Ma! No cavities!", Benton & Bowles, 1958
39. M&Ms, "Melts in your mouth, not in your hands", Ted Bates & Co., 1954
40. Timex, "Takes a licking and keeps on ticking", W.B. Doner & Co & predecessor agencies, 1950s
41. Chevrolet, "See the USA in your Chevrolet", Campbell-Ewald, 1950s
42. Calvin Klein, "Know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing!
43. Reagan for President, "It's morning again in America" Tuesday Team, 1984
44. Winston cigarettes, "Winston tastes good--like a cigarette should" 1954
45. U.S. School of Music, "They laughed when I sat down at the piano, but when I started to play!" Ruthrauff & Ryan, 1925
46. Camel cigarettes, "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", N. W. Ayer & Son, 1921
47. Wendy's, "Where's the beef?", Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample, 1984
48. Listerine, "Always a bridesmaid, but never a bride", Lambert & Feasley, 1923
49. Cadillac, "The penalty of leadership", MacManus, John & Adams, 1915
50. Keep America Beautiful, "Crying Indian", Advertising Council/Marstellar Inc., 1971
51. Charmin, "Please don't squeeze the Charmin", Benton & Bowles, 1964
52. Wheaties, "Breakfast of champions", Blackett-Sample-Hummert, 1930s
53. Coca-Cola, "It's the real thing", McCann-Erickson, 1970
54. Greyhound, "It's such a comfort to take the bus and leave the driving to us", Grey Advertising, 1957
55. Kellogg's Rice Krispies, "Snap! Crackle! and Pop!", Leo Burnett Co., 1940s
56. Polaroid, "It's so simple", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1977
57. Gillette, "Look sharp, feel sharp", BBDO, 1940s
58. Levy's Rye Bread, "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Rye Bread", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1949
59. Pepsodent, "You'll wonder where the yellow went", Foote, Cone & Belding, 1956
60. Lucky Strike cigarettes, "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet", Lord & Thomas, 1920s
61. 7 UP, "The Uncola", J. Walter Thompson, 1970s
62. Wisk detergent, "Ring around the collar", BBDO, 1968
63. Sunsweet Prunes, "Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles", Freberg Ltd., 1970s
64. Life cereal, "Hey, Mikey", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1972
65. Hertz, "Let Hertz put you in the driver's seat", Norman, Craig & Kummel, 1961
66. Foster Grant, "Who's that behind those Foster Grants?", Geer, Dubois, 1965
67. Perdue chicken, "It takes a tough man to make tender chicken" Scali, McCabe, Sloves, 1971
68. Hallmark, "When you care enough to send the very best", Foote, Cone & Belding, 1930s
69. Springmaid sheets, "A buck well spent", In-house, 1948
70. Queensboro Corp., Jackson Heights Apartment Homes, WEAF, NYC, 1920s
71. Steinway & Sons, "The instrument of the immortals", N.W. Ayer & Sons, 1919
72. Levi's jeans, "501 Blues", Foote, Cone & Belding, 1984
73. Blackglama-Great Lakes Mink, "What becomes a legend most?", Jane Trahey Associates, 1960s
74. Blue Nun wine, Stiller & Meara campaign, Della Famina, Travisano & Partners, 1970s
75. Hamm's beer, "From the Land of Sky Blue Waters", Campbell-Mithun, 1950s
76. Quaker Puffed Wheat, "Shot from guns", Lord & Thomas, 1920s
77. ESPN Sports, "This is SportsCenter", Wieden & Kennedy, 1995
78. Molson Beer, Laughing Couple, Moving & Talking Picture Co., 1980s
79. California Milk Processor Board, "Got Milk?", 1993
80. AT&T, "Reach out and touch someone", N.W. Ayer, 1979
81. Brylcreem, "A little dab'll do ya", Kenyon & Eckhardt, 1950s
82. Carling Black Label beer, "Hey Mabel, Black Label!", Lang, Fisher & Stashower, 1940s
83. Isuzu, "Lying Joe Isuzu", Della Famina, Travisano & Partners, 1980s
84. BMW, "The ultimate driving machine", Ammirati & Puris, 1975
85. Texaco, "You can trust your car to the men who wear the star", Benton & Bowles, 1940s
86. Coca-Cola, "Always", Creative Artists Agency, 1993
87. Xerox, "It's a miracle", Needham, Harper & Steers, 1975
88. Bartles & Jaymes, "Frank and Ed", Hal Riney & Partners, 1985
89. Dannon Yogurt, Old People in Russia, Marstellar Inc., 1970s
90. Volvo, Average life of a car in Sweden, Scali, McCabe, Sloves, 1960s
91. Motel 6, "We'll leave a light on for you", Richards Group, 1988
92. Jell-O, Bill Cosby with kids, Young & Rubicam, 1975
93. IBM, Chaplin's Little Tramp character, Lord, Geller, Federico, Einstein, 1982
94. American Tourister, The Gorilla, Doyle, Dane Bernbach, late 1960s
95. Right Guard, "Medicine Cabinet", BBDO, 1960s
96. Maypo, "I want my Maypo", Fletcher, Calkins & Holden, 1960s
97. Bufferin, Pounding heartbeat, Young & Rubicam, 1960
98. Arrow Shirts, "My friend, Joe Holmes, is now a horse", Young & Rubicam, 1938
99. Young & Rubicam, "Impact", Young & Rubicam, 1930
100. Lyndon Johnson for President, "Daisy", Doyle Dane Bernbach, 1964

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And on and on and on. I tried to weed out the parodies but in the case of Barack Hussein Obama, the bullshit is so blatant that the original material could pass as spoofery. As far as I know these are all productions of either the Obama Campaign or the mainstream media (yes, that probably is a redundancy.)

I was by no means the first person to notice the halo. There are some other historians who explored the assorted hagiographies in more detail. We might return to them when we revisit this subject in the future. For now, this post serves as a worthy introduction to the sleaziest and cheesiest (but oh so effective) undeclared advertising campaigns in the history of Planet Earth.

Hope and Change.