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Thursday
Feb212013

Big Bird’s Revenge: Muppet Teams Up with First Lady

Theo Wargo/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Four months after Mitt Romney famously pledged to cut funding for the large yellow Muppet, Big Bird is dancing in the White House to promote the first lady’s healthy living initiative.

The Sesame Street character and Michelle Obama have teamed up in two new public service announcements to encourage kids to eat healthy and get active.

One features Big Bird with the first lady in the White House kitchen looking for a healthy snack to eat (Big Bird opts for a similarly-colored banana). 

In the other, Big Bird shows off his dancing skills while exercising in the East Room.

“Look, Mrs. Obama, I’m getting moving right now by jogging… Now I’m jumping to get moving… And now, I’m dancing,” he says as he sings to himself.

“Good for you, Big Bird,” Mrs. Obama says.

The PSAs are being released as part of the third anniversary celebration of Let’s Move!, the first lady’s initiative to encourage children to live healthier lives.

Big Bird became a much-discussed -- and mocked -- topic on the campaign trail after the GOP candidate vowed to cut funding for public broadcasting.

“I love Big Bird,” Romney declared in a presidential debate in October.  “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

The Obama campaign seized on the line and Big Bird quickly became part of President Obama’s standard stump speech.

“Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird.  It’s about time,” the president quipped the morning after the Denver debate.  “We didn’t know that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit.  But that’s what we heard last night.  How about that?”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct092012

Obama Campaign Pecks at Romney with Big Bird Ad

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new ad out Tuesday by President Obama’s campaign pokes fun at GOP nominee Mitt Romney's comment during last week’s debate that he would cut funding to PBS to help reduce the deficit even though he likes the Sesame Street character Big Bird.

The tongue-in-cheek commercial suggests that Big Bird is a bigger menace than such convicted financial figures as Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski.

According to the voiceover, “Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about; it’s Sesame Street” -- a line the president has used on the campaign trail.

The spot, which also features Big Bird, finishes with the tag line, “Mitt Romney: taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest.”

In a separate statement, the Obama campaign says that while the president has tried to hold big banks accountable, “Mitt Romney, has shown true conviction by vowing to take down Big Bird and keep Sesame Street under control.”

According to the statement, “You would need to cut PBS more than 1,000 times to fill the hole in Romney’s budget promises!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct042012

The Presidential Debate’s Biggest Loser: Big Bird

Theo Wargo/WireImage(DENVER) -- While President Obama and Mitt Romney were trying to tout their economic plans, the social media sphere was massively distracted by a big yellow bird -- Big Bird that is.

After Romney said, “I love Big Bird,” but that he plans to cut funding for PBS anyhow, social media exploded with tweets about the Sesame Street character.

According to Twitter data, the words “Big Bird” were tweeted 17,000 times per minute and “PBS,” the channel that airs Sesame Street, peaked at 10,000 tweets per minute.  “Big Bird” was also the fourth highest-rising search term on Google.

Romney’s comment sparked the hashtag #SaveBigBird, which was trending worldwide, and spawned at least three pro-Big Bird Twitter handles, @BigBird, @BigBirdRomney and @FiredBigBird.

The @BigBird handle, which sent out comments such as, “I guess I’m the 47%…” and, “Even Ernie is mad! :(,” had nearly 14,000 followers one hour after the debate ended.

The @FiredBigBird handle went virtually viral, garnering 2,000 followers in two minutes.  One hour after the debate, 16,000 people were following the account.

The @BigBirdRomney account, which had about 7,000 followers an hour after the debate, fired off nearly 50 tweets during the debate.

“Under Mitt #Romney, Sesame Street will become an extension of Wall Street,” read one tweet.

“Under Mitt #Romney, Cookie Monster won’t receive the care he needs to overcome his addiction,” read another.

Sesame Street declined to comment on Big Bird’s newfound political fame, saying that the show is careful to remain apolitical and noting that Big Bird is only six years old and, thus, does not understand politics.

The deluge of tweets were soon followed by an onslaught of .gifs, Tumblr images and blog posts.  But despite the online explosion, Romney’s intentions to cut funding to PBS are not new.  He often mentions it as an example of how he will cut spending to shore up deficits and bring down the debt.

“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney said at Wednesday’s debate.  “I’m going to stop other things.  I like PBS, I love Big Bird.  Actually, [I] like you [moderator Jim Lehrer], too.  But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

Lehrer, who rarely spoke throughout the debate, was also mocked by the Twitterverse, inspiring the Twitter account @SilentJimLeher and propelling the moderator’s name into the top trends nationwide.

And while Big Bird and PBS were the big winners -- or losers depending on how you look at it -- on Twitter, the first presidential debate was the most tweeted political event in U.S. history.

Shortly after Obama and Romney left the stage, Twitter spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz tweeted, “Tonight’s debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC. #debates.”

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