DC Trawler

Maybe there’s something to the idea that Eastwood’s Chrysler commercial was an Obama campaign ad?

Font Size:

He says it’s not. Chrysler says it’s not. But according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Two members of the creative team that produced the two-minute minute spot for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy donated their personal time in 2008 to make pro-Obama art.

In the days ahead, similar politically charged queries also are likely to be raised about the highly regarded Portland Oregon-based ad agency that produced the spot—Wieden+Kennedy, some of whose key creative professionals privately supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election…

Several members of the Wieden+Kennedy team that produced the Eastwood spot were among the creative professionals who privately supported Obama’s first election campaign. Creative director Aaron Allen, for example, created a striking poster, called “United the States of America,” on candidate Obama’s behalf. The poster shows an Obama silhouette bringing together red and blue spheres meant to represent America’s partisan division. His official bio notes that he “also works on personal art projects, including a poster for the 2008 Obama campaign that was shown in several galleries and publications.”

The ad’s art director, Jimm Lasser, created an entire art exhibit in New York around Nike-style shoes bearing Obama’s image.

Another of the creative directors, Michael Tabtabai has used his Twitter account recently to send out the message “Obama x Incredible Hulk. America STRONG!” and linking to an image of an action doll of the president looking like the comic book super hero.

I don’t think it’s fair to call them Obama supporters. They’re Obama worshippers.

After a few years of watching Obama at work, not a lot of people are still buying the idea that he’s above partisanship, brings people together, and other such nonsense. But everybody loves Clint Eastwood, right? Especially those dumb gun-toting rednecks in Flyover. Obama’s brand isn’t doing so hot these days, so why not trot out cuddly, crusty Grandpa Clint to deliver the message? “Come on, team, let’s get behind Obama and win it in the second half! I’m not sure who the other team is supposed to be, but…” And just hope everybody forgets that Eastwood spoke out against the bailout.

Ehhh. I dunno. Maybe not. Maybe it really is the non-political ode to American toughness and ingenuity that they’re claiming it is. But man, the Obama worship is pretty funny. It’s not very nice to make fun of rubes, which is part of why I enjoy it. Dude, you made Obama sneakers. How did you decide which Obama poster to put up over your bed? How many times did you write his name on your Trapper Keeper? HA-ha!

P.S. And speaking of hypocritical, Obama-worshipping rubes: