Sunday night I watched the Super Bowl but must have ducked out in the kitchen for another beer and Dorito re-load when they showed the ad that’s being talked about in political circles: The Clint Eastwood “Halftime in America” ad for Chrysler that could double as an Obama for America ad. It does have that certain “Hope & Change” ring to it:

It’s halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.

It’s halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback. And we’re all scared, because this isn’t a game.

The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again.

I’ve seen a lot of tough eras, a lot of downturns in my life. And, times when we didn’t understand each other. It seems like we’ve lost our heart at times. When the fog of division, discord, and blame made it hard to see what lies ahead.

But after those trials, we all rallied around what was right, and acted as one. Because that’s what we do. We find a way through tough times, and if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one.

All that matters now is what’s ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And, how do we win?

Detroit’s showing us it can be done. And, what’s true about them is true about all of us.

This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.

Watch below and judge for yourself. Just keep in mind that David Axelrod was moved by it, and the White House thought it made some good points. Eastwood said the ad wasn’t political in nature, at least, not to him.

Chrysler’s CEO said the ad was not political, which is total BS from a corporate perspective. When you’ve gotten several billion dollars from the government and don’t want to burn any bridges, everything is political.

Eastwood opposed the bailouts. So, why did he do the ad? Because he’s also a capitalist:

It’s halftime in America. Can taxpayers come back from a halftime deficit of $1.3 billion? No.

Bonus trivia: Footage shot specifically for Chrysler’s ad about how “Detroit is back” wasn’t even shot in Motown, but rather filmed in New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Comments

19 Responses to “Chrysler’s Super Bowl Ad Featuring Clint Eastwood: An Obama Ad in Cheap Disguise?”

  1. OK_Loyalist on February 6th, 2012 10:30 pm

    Remember, "the second half" began with paying the unions off and hosing the bond holders! Maybe Chuck Norris needs to have a chat with Clint.

  2. SignPainterGuy on February 6th, 2012 11:53 pm

    So, now that the union pension funds have been replenished by the bailout and the taxpayers and the auto workers unions are co-owners of Chrysler, along with Fiat of course, will Detroit be good to go from now on ?

  3. Marshall_Will on February 7th, 2012 1:01 am

    "And we're all scared"

    Nice try CE. Perhaps at one 'time' we were shaking in our boots but go ahead Harry, make my day! Yeah, I'm feeling lucky..! Way to stoke the fear mongering Clint. At this point, Hell itself doesn't scare us. Many self-employed Conservatives have lost their businesses ( particularly if they were an out of favor GM dealer owner? ) so…. Bring.It.On

    True, no one could take America out with "one punch" but a second term for Dick O'Drama surely will. What do YOU have to worry about Clint? You already HAVE money and likely won't be alive and/or coherent by the time Teh Wun is done revving his engine on redline w/ zero oil in 2016.

  4. clu seatoe on February 7th, 2012 1:23 am

    I saw the ad and I’m not sure it is or isn’t a pro Zero ad. It just seems to me that there are way too many confessions and admissions in it for this come from Zero’s camp.

    It’s not like Zero to admit or approve an ad that says anything went wrong or that anything took a bad turn from any of his policies without placing blame elsewhere.

  5. SignPainterGuy on February 7th, 2012 2:24 am

    It doesn`t bother me that Clint did this ad; he`s a big name and needs work, I guess, but it sounds like a political animal wrote it trying NOT to sound political !

  6. Marshall_Will on February 7th, 2012 2:55 am

    Clu,

    Precisely as I was posting, Sean had Michelle's tweet from during the SB. It's her Twitter account and… given all we've been thru, I understand Conservatives gut level reactions to anything that could be open to interpretation?

    My first impression ( sans "We're all scared" ) was likely it was a vehicle for Chrysler to begin to distance themselves from the bailouts. Clint's fans aren't Bammie fans, hint 1. Not very probable they'd be remotely open to switching camps.

    That's part of what bothers or, concerns me about some folks fascination w/ Twitter etc. simply because it's new? Gut reactions, while often accurate, can and do go backfire. Maybe we're reading too much into this. Maybe they're just trying to sell cars? For the WH to be desperate enough to find silver linings where there aren't shouldn't surprise us.

  7. Granny55 on February 7th, 2012 11:40 am

    Well folks, I live in Michigan and what bothered me about the ad is the whole speel about Detroit coming back. Bullsh!t – Detroit is a hell hole and has been for well over 40 years. The whole area has been decimated by Democrat controlled authorities with the welfare mentality. Detroit public schools have a graduation rate of about 25% and corruption is rampant. Same with Detroit city government – they are teetering on bankruptcy because of the freebies being doled out to union retirees and there is lots of corruption at every public, taxpayer funded department. And they just keep putting their hands out and asking for more money to "fix" it. The more they try to fix it with taxpayer money the bigger sh!t hole it becomes.

    If that is the message that is being touted by Chrysler – please I don't want any part of it. And to top it all off – the ad was filmed in L.A. and New Orleans.

  8. Truesoldier__ on February 7th, 2012 1:16 pm

    Not to mention the Chrysler Bond holders who got shafted in favor of the unions.

    I don't think CE thought this was a political ad he truly believed it was supposed to inspire and rally around the idea of America being great. Of course he did not count on Obama's ego wanting this to be all about him and his preparations for his "halftime" re-election campaign.

  9. Truesoldier__ on February 7th, 2012 1:55 pm

    Only if the Italian government is willing to bail them out next time….oh wait, I forgot the Italian government needs a bailout…nevermind.

  10. Truesoldier__ on February 7th, 2012 2:00 pm

    Just saw that the ad was done by an ad agency who has done work for both the Obama campaign and DNC:

    The creative minds behind the ad are in the agency’s Portland, Ore., branch. Aaron Allen designed a poster for the 2008 Obama campaign and Jimm Lasser designed a basketball sneaker called the “Obama Force One,” with an image of the president on the soles and the message “A Black Man Runs and a Nation Is Behind Him.” Lasser displayed the shoe in a 2008 gallery exhibition with the tagline “The Dunk on McCain.”
    http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/02/07/020712-ne

  11. Granny55 on February 7th, 2012 2:58 pm

    And I see where Clint denies there was anything political behind him doing the ad. Seems like the dementia has set in with the old coot – if he couldn't figure out he was being used.

  12. SignPainterGuy on February 7th, 2012 4:13 pm

    Fiat "must" be doing well; they own much of Ferrari as well as Chrysler. Maybe Italy should take a look at some Fiat support; or is that "more" support from them ?! / sarc

  13. SignPainterGuy on February 7th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Rush just ran an "addenda" to the non-political cheerleading America ad where CE is looking forward to shellacking Obama !

    Now THAT`S politics we can support ! :-)

  14. SignPainterGuy on February 7th, 2012 4:18 pm

    Used like an old basketball shoe !

  15. Truesoldier__ on February 7th, 2012 4:57 pm

    I have heard that there is talk about just bulldozing areas of detroit that have been abandoned. Is there any truth to that?

  16. Granny55 on February 7th, 2012 6:09 pm

    The current mayor is trying all sorts of things to downsize city proper area but he gets blow back from everyone. The downtown area isn't too bad and he is trying to get neighborhoods revitalized closer to downtown so as it is better for police and fire calls, which makes lots of sense. But everyone wants a piece of the demolition pie $$ so it's too expensive.

    It is so bad that Consumers Energy and DTE Energy have to take armed guards with them when they have work or there is a power outage. Armed thugs steal everything in sight while they are up on the poles doing their work.

  17. Truesoldier__ on February 7th, 2012 6:53 pm

    That is so sad to see. I really hope that Detroit, as well as the rest of the country, makes a comeback, but of course it will never happen till we get a handle on all the out of control spending and entitilements.

  18. SignPainterGuy on February 7th, 2012 8:43 pm

    Same thing happened in New Orleans after Katrina. Linemen for cable and power cos. from all over the country went down there to help them get back up and running, but after an acquaintance of mine was robbed while up a pole (2 thugs pointed a pistol at him, ordered him to drop his wallet and other valuables down to them), he and several others packed up and came back home. If that`s how much they appreciate the efforts, piss on `em !

  19. OK_Loyalist on February 8th, 2012 1:56 am

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