For Obama Big Bird is More Important than US Embassies

Obama and Co. are making a big deal over comments Mitt Romney made about defunding Big Bird. “I love Big Bird,” Romney said “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

Our embassies are under attack, and Obama’s handlers are more concerned about a big yellow bird that’s worth millions of dollars. “[T]he Romney campaign released a devastating graphic that shows that since his debate debacle, Barack Obama has mentioned Big Bird and Elmo 13 times but has not mentioned Libya or his plan to fix the economy even once.”

All this attention to Big Bird has the folks at PBS concerned. They don't like Big Bird becoming a political football. :

Sesame Workshop . . . issued a statement Tuesday saying “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.”

What don’t the Sesame Workshop folks want us to know? Sesame Street and Big Bird are big moneymakers. They don’t need to be subsidized by tax payers. In fact, nothing needs to be subsidized by tax payers. Sesame Street merchandise is a multimillion dollar industry.The Sesame Workshop gets most of its funding “through licensing the use of their characters to a variety of corporations to use for books, toys, and other products marketed toward children.” Consider the following:

Current licensees include Procter & Gamble (Pampers diapers), Fisher-Price, Nakajima USA, Build-A-Bear Workshop (Build-An-Elmo, Build-A-Cookie Monster, And Build-A-Big Bird), GUND, Hasbro (Sesame Street Monopoly), Wooly Willy, Betty Crocker (Elmo Fruit Snacks), C&D Visionary (air freshners) and Children's Apparel Network. Former licenses include Applause, Child Dimension, Gibson Greetings, Gorham Fine China, Ideal Toys, Milton Bradley Company, Nintendo, Palisades Toys, Questor, Radio Shack, Tyco, and the Western Publishing Company. Creative Wonders (a partnership between ABC and Electronic Arts) produced Sesame Street software for the Macintosh, since at least 1995 and on the PC since 1996; Atari produced Sesame Street games in 1983. Before going bankrupt, Palisades Toys was to release a line of deluxe series action figures, for adults, as part of Sesame Workshop's push to expand into retro products for teens and adults. Only a Super Grover figure was distributed to conventioneers.

The Sesame Beginnings line, launched in mid-2005, consists of apparel, health and body, home, and seasonal products.

 Let’s not forget the toys that are sold directly to consumers. Think of Tickle Me Elmo, one of the fastest selling toys of the 1996 Christmas season. “That product line was and still is one of the most successful products Mattel has ever launched.”

Then there’s the book division. “Its fiction books are published on five continents, primarily by Random House in North America. Over 18 million Sesame Street books and magazines were purchased in 2005. The books often mention that children do not have to watch the show to benefit from its publications.”

What does all of this tell us? There is no reason for Sesame Street or Big Bird to be on Public Broadcast stations funded in part by tax dollars. They are huge moneymakers that should be on commercial TV. Obama should spend more time putting out ads telling the American people how he's going to secure our embassies. He might want to talk to the people who run the Big Bird money machine and ask them for some money to help pay for security.



  • ginjit.dw

    Twins...they look like twins....yellow also...

  • Screeminmeeme

    Looks like Big Bird knows way more about economics than the Prez.

    With Thanksgiving on its way, BB had better watch his back.....Obama has been known to attack/eliminate anyone who exposes him and can prove his policies are wrong.

    Just sayin.

  • caskinner

    Obama is looking sillier as each day goes by. Big Bird really???

  • Paul E Taylor Jr

    The economy is in the tank, millions are
    suffering and out of work, the middle east is exploding, and all this
    guy can think of is the Romper room to today's younger people SESAME
    STREET Where is is priorities, OH I GET IT, IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM, NOT THE

  • antiliberalcryptonite

    Under ANY previous President, an attack on and American Embassy, and CERTAINLY a murder of a U.S. Ambassador would be considered an ACT OF WAR! But, no, not with our Muslim-In-Chief. If anything, 0bama is an accessory to what happened.

    • Mikey

      And the liberals continue to either excuse him OR (unbelievably) blame the Republicans !!! Insanity.

  • L Berry

    Obama will talk about anything except his record and how he is going to create jobs and get the economy going again. Why doesn't he talk about his record? Because it makes him even worse than President Carter as the worst President for America in history. He has failed to produce even when he had controlling power in both the House and Senate for first two years of his Presidency. The House and Senate were Democratic party majority for teh last two years of the Bush Administration. So when he claims he inherited the problems of Bush Administration he could be saying the Democratic Congress as well. So if he somehow gets elected is he gloing to blame everything on himself since he has had four years to fix it?

    • Mikey

      That's because the Dems were too busy spiking the ball on health care reform that wasn't a bipartisan effort (as the Prez had promised it would be) and 60% of Americans didn't approve. No wonder that people are still complaining about it. And despite the Prez' argument that medical costs were eating 16% of GDP, GOVERNMENT COSTS are eating 24% of GDP !!! This guy was a community organizer. You'd think he at least know how to prioritize. Jobs was Job #1. But he didn't even mouth the word "jobs" until 2 years after he got in. So, his record stinks and it's STILL Bush's fault? It's the House Republicans' fault? Hey, HE SET THE PRIORITIES INCORRECTLY ! What does he expect? I guess the Dems run from Truman's "The Buck Stops Here" mantra.

  • ste1021

    Can anyone out there really question what a small, small "person" this guy really is?

  • Michael Balog

    Figures, He is More Concerned with the "Black Bird Vote" than some fantasy big duffus
    in a big yellow bird costume,

  • Michael Balog

    The Most Jobs he and his party have created,,, the job of standing in the Un Employment
    Food Stamp / EBT Card lines. foreclosure, car repro lines and military funeral lines here. And in the Muslim Rioter Lines abroad. Time to make him, his cronies in D.C., N.Y, Chicago,
    LA, the Leftist Czars and their Phony Activists go into the lines on the way out of Office in
    November.... And Make the Traitors Stand in Lines to Court and JAIL for TREASON.

  • Mikey

    The Prez and his Democratic cronies don't have a record to run on so it's an all-out strategy to burn Romney to the ground as not likable, not trustworthy, not caring, etc. If Romney doesn't get in, we are scre**ed. Literally. This Prez has completely and utterly failed. If he isn't, we might as well just hit the pedal to the metal and go over the cliff like Thelma and Louise.

  • Doodlebug

    Big Bird would make a better prez than what is in the WH now. It's a shame that he has stooped to this level because he won't speak to his record. Of course, that would give him nothing to talk about. But look, the world is laughing their butts off at us and IT IS NO LAUGHING MATTER. God help us if he gets back in.

    • Mikey

      Hey, you're right. At least Big Bird is transparent !!!

  • Art Zacher

    First they come for Big Bird. Then they come for our guns.

    • alan_1969

      First they went after the toys in our happy meals, then they attempted to come after our guns, but now they want to really hurt us by going after the bird :) I give them the bird.

  • Flametamer

    You are missing the point. Obama is giving all American's "The Bird!"

  • Martha Chandler

    I would love to give odumbo the bird.

  • carolrhill814

    This horrible man is a Muslim and I think finally people are beginning to understand this and now it is time for him to kicked out of Our White House and that is a fact.

  • Carolyn Dorsey

    This is O'DUMBO showing his non-intelligence. What a dope. But the BIGGER DOPES, or should I say DUPES, are us TAXPAYERS subsidizing a TV channel that starts brainwashing our kids as young as they can get them. Sesame Street used to be a good learning show but now they are using it as a propaganda tool, at OUR EXPENSE. But I digress. Where was I?? Oh ya. O'Dumbo is making a huge idiotic assclown out of himself. But he loves himself so much, he is blind to it. And don't ya just love his ISLAMIC gold ring? That's another story. He has got TO GO! If Romney wins the election (if we HAVE an election) he better appoint the most badass ATTORNEY GENERAL he can find, because I will NEVER BE HAPPY unless WE THE PEOPLE get JUSTICE for what they have all done and are doing to us. Not SOCIAL justice - EQUAL JUSTICE. Social Justice is the dumbest idea ever thought of. It's not even worth the ink to put those two words together in a dictionary. And then another ORDER OF TREASON TODAY - sending OUR troops to JORDAN. No congress input. He is trying to get all of our GOOD MILITARY out of the country so the FOREIGN TROOPS he has can come in and take us over. I wish we had SOMEONE with some BALLS and AUTHORITY that would get this whole marxist bunch handcuffed and perp walked down Pennsylvania Avenue on NATIONAL TV. I pray that I will live to see that day.

    PS: Wasn't it refreshing when Romney gave a speech yesterday? Someone who didn't say me, I, me, I, and I AM THE PRESIDENT 650 times? I've never and never WILL use the 'P' word in front of this usurping POS O'dumpster. I miss having a true leader talk to us like adults. Someone who actually at least acts like he cares about us. So now all O'dummass can say now is how much he knows about BIG BIRD and that Romney is a liar. Voter fraud is running rampant. O'Keefe has it on video, someone working the voting booths coaching people how to vote multiple times. It's gonna suck to be that person.

  • CARLjr

    PBS and NPR are direct competitors to FOXNews and ClearChannel.
    I completely understand why Republicans want to stop funding. It is a tiny amount and not worth making into a campaign issue, but if they are still running commercials (they do) and collecting donations during fund drives, and more from underwriters and live events - why do they get this extra source of funding that other channels do not? Why not fund the Discovery channel, or put some stronger efforts into CSPAN? What is the purpose of this program? It seems like this is a no bid government contract that is still going because of tradition. That being said - I fully credit Sesame Street and the Electric Company for teaching me how to read when I was a kid.
    I say funding educational or fine arts programming is fine, but let's define the purpose and have networks submit grant requests for projects that serve the goal. If that program wins the bid they fund that show. For example, Sesame Street, NOVA, or Downton Abby could get fully funded, but maybe they also fund Mythbusters, Planet Earth, or a concert or event run on other networks. They need to stay out of the news business alltogether. If a show gets funded - no commercials and should be freely available for download.

  • cordeg

    Next Romney/Ryan ad campaign?

    Spot #1: "American diplomats are being killed in foreign countries. And who is President
    Obama concerned might not be protected? A big yellow bird
    who makes millions of dollars a year. Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
    and they'll work to keep real Americans alive rather than
    worry about puppets."

    Spot #2: "23 Million Americans are out of work. And who is President Obama concerned might not get their government aid? A big yellow bird who makes millions of dollars a year. Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and they'll work to create jobs for middle-class Americans rather than worry about puppets forced to scrape by on millions in endorsements and licensing fees."