“It pains me to say this, but Barack Obama’s campaign is throwing Big Bird under the bus,” Democratic commentator Carter Eskew wrote in The Washington Post. He added that the focus on Big Bird is a small part of Obama’s attempt to claw his way back from a poor debate performance.
For its part, the Sesame Street gang clearly wants no part of the new partisan version of Big Bird, even as the Obama campaign launched a “Save Big Bird! Vote Democrat!” fundraising campaign.
In a statement Tuesday, it said, “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”
“We have received that request. We’re reviewing it,” Obama campaign spokesman Jen Psaki said aboard Air Force One. “I will say it doesn’t change the fact that there’s only one candidate in this race who is going to continue to fight for Big Bird and Elmo, and he is riding on this plane.”