Dear Commons Community,
During the half-time show at the Super Bowl on Sunday, a commercial (play video above) was aired featuring Clint Eastwood giving a plea for America to come together in this time of economic woe. The commercial paid for by Chrysler lauds the comeback that the Detroit automaker has made. Republicans have criticized it as it as a political commercial for President Barack Obama. In a Huffington Post piece, Eastwood, a Republican voter and Libertarian, denies this. To quote:
“l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America,” Eastwood said Monday evening on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” about the ad, which features him extolling the virtues of a revitalized Detroit. Chrysler was one of the companies saved in President Obama’s 2009 auto bailout, which Eastwood has publicly opposed. “I think all politicians will agree with it,” he continued. “I thought the spirit was OK.”
Eastwood, who said he was “not supporting any politician at this time,” also gave his blessing for either party to reference the spot, or at least its message.
“If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it,” he said.