The hottest ad during the Super Bowl was Clint Eastwood's "Halftime in America" ad for one of the car makers. It was inspiring indeed.
There was a rumor this week that Eastwood would be the "surprise speaker" at the Republican National Convention tonight, which caused me to take another look at the ad.
Discussion point: In an election year, has his description stood the test of time?
I wonder, what is the solution Eastwood speaks of which we are all going to rally around to solve our economic problems.
The ad provides no solutions, just feel good fluff. Much like a political convention.
Bob saw a car commercial and was inspired. Carl Rove saw the same commercial and was offended.
“I was, frankly, offended by it,” said Karl Rove on Fox News Monday. “I'm a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”
(No tax dollars where used to make or air the ad, BTW)
I guess it is all in the eye of the beholder, but I find it interesting at that heartfelt message about America's (and Detroit's) comeback is immediately attributed to President Obama, who is never shown or mentioned once in the ad.
With this recent comment from Eastwood, I doubt he is going to be speaking at the RNC tonight:
"I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War," Eastwood tells the magazine. "And over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let's spend a little more time leaving everybody alone."
I take it back, looks like Eastwood will be the speaker.