Clint Eastwood Is Bullish On America

In case you missed it during yesterday’s festivities, or just because the following fantastic commercial is worth watching more than once, here it is. And when you watch it, think about all the negative rhetoric about America’s future we hear coming from the mouths of Republicans:


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  1. ansonburlingame

     /  February 6, 2012

    A good ad for a car company for sure. Ole Clint has always epitomized the “American” part of being an American, like standing up to tough guys, being “strong” etc. Of course it should resonate with Americans, an ad of that sort.

    Now consider President Obama in that ad for a car instead of Ole Clint!!! Half the country would never buy that car again!!!

    I don’t know if it is “half time in America” right now but I do know we are “behind”, at least from where we want to be. As well, while Ole Clint talks about “winning”, I’m not sure what that means, except for Chrysler selling more cars as a result of that ad.

    How does America define “winning”?

    And of course the big argument today is NOT over the fact that we are “behind”. Everyone agrees on that “score”.

    But we are more divided than ever before in my lifetime politically over WHY we are behind and what must be done to catch up and eventually “win”.

    So I get the “hint” as to why Duane posted this ad as a blog and I don’t think he is trying to sell cars, either. But of course I disagree with his “implications” that Obama is about to “win” like Ole Clint always does, but only in the movies.



    • I don’t think Obama is “about to win” at all. I think, though, that we all should be bullish on America’s future, as it is the only future we have. Unless, like Rush Limbaugh, you have plans to move to New Zealand or something.



      • RDG,

        Karl Rove, the man Sean Hannity refers to as “The Architect” (of what I not sure), is “frankly, offended” by the Chrysler ad, calling it an example of “Chicago-style politics.”

        Again, I’m not sure what “Chicago-style politics” might be, unless it’s like a hotdog with celery salt and tomatoes added to traditional toppings.


        • You provide a good link commenting on Rove’s sour grapes, John, and it ends with a punch line worth repeating:

          These are inconvenient facts for both Mr. Rove and for Mitt Romney, who is on the record as opposing the automaker bailouts. The outcry being raised against the commercial is not really from people who are offended, but from those who are embarrassed.


        • John and Jim,

          I have watched Karl Rove for so long now that I know when he says something like what he said about the Eastwood ad, he knows it was damned effective propaganda.

          And I am sure when Romney was putting the final touches on his union-bashing article in The New York Times (“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt“), which appeared shortly after Obama’s election, he thought he had a winning issue for his next run for the White’s House.

          He wrote,

          IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.


          Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses.

          Mittens is quite the expert bidnessman, no?



      • Can we all go together and but Limbaugh an airline ticket?


        • Jim,

          He has hinted a few times that his escape plan includes either Costa Rica or New Zealand, but he is raking in too much of the gullible right’s dough to leave for good. Even if we put him on the plane he would find his way back. The money is just too good.



  2. I thought the Eastwood ad was the most interesting and uplifting one of all the Superbowl ads.

    My take on it is different from Anson’s – it is about more than selling cars, it is an appeal for the country as a whole to put aside partisan bickering, to pull together economically, just as a majority in Congress and the administration did in saving Ford and Chrysler from bankruptcy. It might even inspire some to “buy American”. Even a small change in behavior of 300 million people can make a big difference.

    And, speaking of that, ABC News has a long-running series on buy-American and has found a surprising number of products, competitively priced, that are made right here in the U.S.A.


    • I love that ABC News feature. I’ve seen a lot of interesting folks and companies on those segments. I just bought my son a new, high-dollar Rawlings baseball glove, which I assumed was made in America (the last one, a Nokona, was made here). I was wrong. Made in the Philippines. Something wong.



  3. Last year, I was enjoying a tv show called Detroit 187. A cop show. It displayed Detroit in all its faded glory.. Loved it, but it was cancelled.

    Is there anyone like Clint Eastwood?


    • Even though he is a right-of-center guy, it is hard to ignore Eastwood, although he was opposed to the car industry bailout. I just think he jumped on the opportunity to pump up the country, while so many on the right-wing are trying to undermine our relative recovery. And that is a good thing.



  4. ansonburlingame

     /  February 6, 2012

    Yes, Moe,

    John Wayne of yesteryear. Big, tough, “good”, always won, a “man’s man”, etc. But of all the movies seen my me by both men, John Wayne NEVER had an oranatang (spl) as his pet that I recall!

    But I also do not recall “The Duke” ever selling cars, either.

    One other difference. 40 years ago while I was making long submerged patrols there was a movie watched that we literally wore the spoke holes off the film. “Play Misty for Me” with Ole Clint (actually young Clint) made love in an “R” rated fashion under some California redwoods. My goodness, the whole submarine smelled like a male orgasm for about a week!!!

    John Wayne never achieved such excitment on a submarine, for sure!!



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