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Viral and profane pro-Obama ads channel tradition of Jewish humor
Sarah Silverman in her 2008 video "The Great Schlep."
October 1st, 2012
02:24 PM ET

Viral and profane pro-Obama ads channel tradition of Jewish humor

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – When it comes to reaching voters, the co-founders of a Jewish super PAC aimed at re-electing President Barack Obama have this tip for you: Use humor, even if it isn’t kosher.

Two campaign videos produced by the Jewish Council for Education and Research – one featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson, the other comedian Sarah Silverman – have received a flood of attention over the past few weeks. A foul-mouthed Silverman pushes people to do whatever it takes to make it to the polls in spite of voter ID laws, while an uncensored Jackson orders disenchanted Obama supporters to “wake the f*** up” and get to work.

While Silverman warns viewers about being kept out of the polls, introducing herself as “your Jewish friend Sarah," Jackson, who voiced the recent bedtime story for parents “Go the F**k to Sleep,” rhymes his warning to voters, in a video that's been seen over a million times on YouTube.

“We're all on our way if Romney has his way; he's against safety nets. If you fall, tough luck; so I strongly suggest that you wake the f*** up.”

The unique approach is rooted in a “tradition of Jewish humor,” said Mik Moore, co-founder of the super PAC, which has raised over $200,000 so far this election cycle and has dedicated itself to advancing issues that Jewish voters are concerned about. He added that these ads were “trying to tap into” that tradition.

Moore, a political and communications campaign strategist, launched the group in 2008 with Ari Wallach, a consultant and social entrepreneur. It was in response to what they saw as a distortion of then-candidate Obama’s character and record, particularly on issues that were important to Jewish voters.

The group’s signature has been its comedic productions. In 2008, Silverman got on board, becoming the face and attitude behind “The Great Schlep,” a viral video aimed at getting Jewish grandchildren to travel to Florida, visit their grandparents and persuade them to vote for Obama.

In the video, Silverman jokes about the large concentration of older Jews in Florida, playing up the stereotypes associated with Jewish grandparents living there, a love for tracksuits being just one of them.

“If you knew that visiting your grandparents could change the world, would you do it?” asks Silverman, who writes her own videos. “Of course you would. You’d have to be a douchenozzle not to.”

Moore and Wallach know Silverman’s humor is, in many ways, self-deprecating to Jews. But according to the duo, that is a staple of Jewish humor.

“This is the humor that we were raised on; it resonates with us,” Wallach said. “Jewish humor is inherently never mean or vindictive or about making fun of anyone. It is about the kind of absurdity that is life.”

Jewish humor traces its roots to some of the religion’s founding documents.

In an essay on biblical humor, Hershey H. Friedman, a professor of marketing at the City University of New York, outlines this deep-rooted tradition.

“The Hebrew Bible employs many sorts of humor, but its purpose is not to entertain,” writes Friedman. “Much of the humor found in the Hebrew Bible has a purpose: To demonstrate that evil is wrong and even ludicrous, at times. The punishments meted out to wrongdoers are often designed to mock them and to hoist them by their own petards.”

In the Book of Proverbs, for example, fools, lazy people and senseless women are all openly made fun of.

“Like snow in the summer and like rain at harvest, so is honor unbefitting for a fool,” reads Proverbs 26:3. “It is better to live on a corner of a roof than in a house of companionship with a quarrelsome wife,” Proverbs 25:24 says.

Jewish humor has changed a great deal from the time of Moses, but the principles of being self-deprecating and absurd remain. Moore says the thing that separates Jewish comedy is the way such comedians play up their identities.

“Some Jewish performers hide their Jewishness to fit in,” Moore said. “Jewish comics do the opposite. It is the nature of their comedy. You accept whatever it is you are.”

And that’s what made Silverman a perfect partner in this super PAC venture.

Her language may not be kosher for all, but Wallach says the decision to stick with Silverman and work with Jackson was a calculated one. The group isn't not making these ads for children or seniors but rather for the millions who have made its videos viral.

Going forward, Moore says, the group plans to build websites around issues it views as important, possibly venture into print advertising and, of course, roll out more videos. Already, he says, it has about half a dozen more in mind.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Florida • Judaism • Mitt Romney • Politics

soundoff (1,039 Responses)
  1. Currently In Our Country

    We need to be seriously talking about this. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-voter-registration-20120929,0,5690240.story instead of about that which is Semitic or semantic!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • Another Florida Debacle

      WOW!! I just read this article about the GOP Voter Forms In Florida! Is this going to turn out to be another debacle like the one with Dubya? This Is Serious Folks!

      October 2, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  2. Wanna Talk

    Romney is So Wrong for America! The majority of people are not independently wealthy in order to align behind such a man and they need to wake-up to that fact already, or pay dearly in the end, instead of looking through rose-colored glasses! And here's something very interesting to talk about! http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-voter-registration-20120929,0,5690240.story

    October 2, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • RLG

      And Obama is not independently wealthy? Seriously???

      October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • No Comparison

      As compared to Romney, RLG? Seriously? Are you kidding?! Where have you been?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      "And Obama is not independently wealthy? Seriously???" Obama owns a house. Mitt owns a town. Obama has a few million; most of his career has been about helping others instead of sending their jobs overseas as he 'harvests' their workplace. Mitt could buy Rhode Island the way he bought the GOP and never miss the cash.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  3. JomoDaMusicMan

    People don't be stupid Gay Guy is a BIG PHONY HIDING BEHIND HIS COMPUTER. HE'S PROBABLY DICK CHANEY OR SARAH PALIN OR HOW ABOUT RYAN OR EVEN MITTENS

    October 2, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • sam stone

      No kidding. He is a troll

      October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  4. rand

    I have Jewish friends who are disgusted with these ads but everyone knows who Obama tries to aim his ads at and that is the next generation because they are ignorant as to what "sharing the wealth " can really do to a nation if the "WRONG GUY" gets in office because someone earning $100,000 a year is still wealthier than the guy who earns $50,000 a year so he is FAIR GAME as well. It is nothing more than OCW on STEROIDS!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  5. Beavis

    Obama continues the status quo and blames George Bush for being an enabler. "Hope and Change" indeed. White House remains the same, just the name of the POTUS changed from George Bush to Barack Obama. What a joke.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Butthead

      huh huh huh. He said POTUS. huh huh huh huh.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • sam stone

      Blamed George Bush for being an enabler? Where?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      "What a joke." Right, a guy named Beavis with an opinion? Where have we heard THIS before?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • gary

      President says GW left the country in ruins .. GOP says it's your turn and your White House and not to look back .. President get's osama belanden and GOP said GW got him before you were in his White House .. really?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  6. john bravo

    A US Border Patrol agent was shot and killed early this morning, and another wounded, near Naco, Ariz. Just two weeks ago the Naco station was named for Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent murdered in 2010 with a gun linked to the botched anti-gunrunning program 'Operation Fast and Furious.' And not a word from CNN about it. CNN you're a joke..

    October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • woodofpine

      The pseudo-controvery over 'Fast and Furious' is an ugly joke. A program started under Bush that doesn't involve government weapons at all. But NOW the T-Party is upset that legal private citizen owned guns legally sold weren't confiscated by the Feds. What would your NRA friends think!?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      F&F was botched, but it was worth taking a shot; we took out and replaced one link in a gun-smuggling chain. We kept the guns moving while we tried to get the next link up the chain, hoping to get into the cartels from inside. What law enforcement pro would have passed that up? If it had worked, it would have been epic; instead the guns went on and vanished because the cartels are too smart. It will make a good move one day, but they can't call it Fast and Furious . . .

      October 2, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • gary

      thousands of people have died in two wars the American people were lied too about .. ummm who did that .. Oh and it is still going .. thanks GOP

      October 2, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  7. OrganicManLives_N_anOraganicUNiverSE

    ░░░░░►F☼O☼R☼W☼A☼R☼D☼░░░░░►

    October 2, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      You have way too much time on your hands.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  8. Anne S.

    I don't care what political party it is, but is it really necessary to use cuss words? No, I think not. I find it degrading to have to stoop so low to have to use cuss words in political ads. Yes, I know it is common practice in everyday life. But when you have start using these words in ads it becomes low life. Children will be hearing these ads too you know.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • pcmhfx

      Yea, so bad those cursed swear words. But I bet you'll vote for war eh? Idiot.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      CHILDREN, have probably heard much worse language at home than from the ADs

      October 2, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Hmmmm

      Linerals making excuses

      October 2, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Grumpy Old Hugh Jass

      "Linerals making excuses" Yeah, those terrible linerals. Let's blame it all on the linerals, them and the dad gum Rolling Stones. Now, get off my lawn.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • HWB

      pcmhfx!!!!

      What are you? Some kind of butt-phucking liberal without a job. Join the Army and fight for Israel.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Charles

      yes, i cringe evertime Biden speaks.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • sam stone

      Apparently, the words bother you. Get over it

      October 2, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • sam stone

      Won't somebody pleeze think of the children?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • @Anne S.

      The world is not responsible for raising your kids.

      Do a better job.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • sam stone

      "Have the Rolling Stones killed" – Monty Burns
      "But, sir, these aren't the Rolling Stones" – Waylon Smithers
      "Do it!" – Monty Burns, shaking his fist

      October 2, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Andy

      Yeah, like paernts will play this video openly in front of their kids, even after the article calls these ads profane.

      Cuss words have shock value, and anything which gets "undecided" people off their behind is good. Most "undecided" people are just too poor to bother voting, so they are likely to go for Obama.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      "What are you? Some kind of butt-phucking liberal " No, today you are calling them 'linerals.' Didn't you get the email this morning or watch Rush?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  9. mrpopular

    Contemporary Jewish humor may be profane... but "old school original Jewish" humor respects God and man is is never profane. The fact that vile and classless people support Obama is no big surprise and speaks volumes about Obama.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • sam stone

      vile and classless people also support romney, mrpopular

      October 2, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Josh

      What traditional "Jewish humor" are you referring to? Billy Crystal? It was Lenny Bruce who pioneered filthy standup, boychick.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Grumpy Old Hugh Jass

      ""old school original Jewish" humor respects God and man is is never profane. " How about those vile and classless people who are proud to call the President of the United States "Sambo?" Those people are voting Mormon this election, same as you.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • @mrpopular

      So profanity makes one "classless" but raping companies and deposing hard-working Americans is A-OK ...

      Check.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  10. laststonecarver

    kachink, kachink, kachink...
    the sound of the sabres rattling – oooh aaah
    kazzzt, kazzzt, kazzzt...
    the sound of the light sabres rattling – booo raaahh
    march, march, march- sir, sir sir
    boom boom boom – out go the lights
    the end
    p.s. – WAR good God, what is it good for – Absolutely nothing!!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath
      I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base,
      And speed glum heroes up the line to death.
      You'd see me with my puffy petulant face,
      Guzzling and gulping in the best hotel,
      Reading the Roll of Honour. "Poor young chap,"
      I'd say — "I used to know his father well;
      Yes, we've lost heavily in this last scrap."
      And when the war is done and youth stone dead,
      I'd toddle safely home and die — in bed. – Sassoon

      October 2, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  11. Waterchestnut III

    I love Sarah Silverman!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Argh

      I love her when she sticks to entertaining me instead of trying to influence my vote, as if she has a valid and informed opinion on the matters at hand.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • DC from NJ

      Reply to Argh:

      I could not disagree more. Everyone should be infuriated by the Republicans' obvious and disgusting attempt to suppress the Democratic vote in many swing states; they are literally trying to steal the election. Anyone and everyone, including Sarah Silverman, should be speaking up on this critical issue. If I were an Independent, the Republicans' dirty tricks would be enough to swing my vote to Obama.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • HWB

      DC from NJ

      How stupid can you be. Supress the votes. The only civilized country in the world that does not have to show ID to vote show how dumb the democrats are when it comes to voting. They are the only group in the world that make voting fraud a sport. Wow that is a voting supression??????? You are in Silverman's language a butt-phucker.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      Actually she gets on my last nerve. It's a free country, but I can't see why sadists like her and Tosh are so popular.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • DC from NJ

      Reply to HWB and Argh:

      I'm sorry, but you're wrong. A Pennsylvania judge (as well as many other judges) agrees with me – these laws are attempts by the Republicans to steal the election and cannot be justified as stopping voter fraud. See: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/02/162145104/judget-puts-pennsylvania-voter-id-law-on-hold-through-election

      Night, night Mittens.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  12. Andy

    Seems a bit tacky to me.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  13. scott

    No one listens to washed up has beens like SIlverman and Jackson. Just another ho who thinks she is funny. Jackson a foul mouth ghetto thug.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • sam stone

      scott: jackson is a foul mouth has-been? what have you accomplished?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • @scott

      Not getting into the whole "humor" aspect eh Scottie?

      I tell you what – you dont have to watch this at all, but we would ALL have to endure a Romney admin.

      Which carries more weight?

      Oh, and GFY

      October 2, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Chris

      Silverman (white) just thinks she is funny, but Jackson (black) is a ghetto thug. Any racial elements to your thinking, Scott?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      "No one listens to washed up has beens like SIlverman and Jackson." Sure, they aren't popular at all. Heck no. (backs away slowly from the crazy person)

      October 2, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  14. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEW MEMBERS OF THIS BLOG:-–>>>>>

    Why this election is far from humorous:

    Romney is Mormon because he was born Mormon. Should we hold this against him? Actually in the 21st century we should since he has this severe affliction, the Three B Syndrome i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Mormonism with no obvious change in his mental state which he could easily cure with some rational thinking.

    Obama also suffers from the same affliction as he believes in "pretty/ugly wingie thingies, bodily resurrections, atonement mumbo jumbo, et al. And there has been no change or desire to cure his version of the Three B Syndrome.

    We should be voting for leaders who can think rationally. Believing in angels, satans, bodily resurrections, atonement, and heavens of all kinds is irrational.

    Bottom line: BO and MR have been severely brainwashed in their theologically and historically flawed Christianity and they are too weak to escape its felonious grip. And we will be stuck with one of them for another four years of "god bless America" HOPING THAT THIS GOD IS ABLE TO ELIMINATE OUR $16 TRILLION DEBT.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • Reality

      And the irony is that a good start in reducing this $16 trillion debt is to voluntarily eliminate religion in our lives with the added incentive of saving 3.5 billion "souls":

      Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
      There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror like 9/11 and the 24/7 acts of Islamic-sponsored insanity.

      – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

      – Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

      Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
      There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

      – The Mormon ti-the empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

      – the faith-based federal projects supported by both Bush and Obama will be eliminated saving $385 million/yr and another $2 billion/yr in grants.

      – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
      Abraham and Moses never existed.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

      – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

      Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

      October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Argh

      Bigot.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • lol

      Oh, a "militant atheist," how refreshing.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Andy

      I don't think either candidate is proposing we let God sort out the national debt.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Frank

      I knew if I read a bit of your post I would find you to be uninformed ...

      October 2, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • @Frailty

      Did you ever notice many atheists promote their cause in the same vein as the religious?

      Pot.Meet.Kettle.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Reality

      Where is the militancy in: "And the irony is that a good start in reducing this $16 trillion debt is to voluntarily eliminate religion in our lives with the added incentive of saving 3.5 billion "souls":??????

      October 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Reality

      AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

      Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

      "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As does Biden and Ryan)

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      For added information see the review at:

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

      October 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  15. truth nozzle

    Here is a funny one. FVCK Israel. Elect Obama.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • HWB

      Here is a better one. FVCK you and please do not vote. You are way too misinformed.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  16. Carlos

    Is it any shock that dems have no class?

    October 2, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • joeknockz

      Says the spanish man?? I guess you want to go back to Mexico if you elect Romney.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Argh

      Did you really just refer to Carlos as "the spanish man?" Haha, I hope you don't affiliate with a political party. You might give them a bad name.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Andy

      Why would he "go back to Mexico" if he's Spanish?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • sam stone

      yep, carlos, republicans are the epitome of class.

      go home, pen-day-ho, and get your shinebox

      October 2, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • joeknockz

      @andy – for the same reason you go to a strip club to get drunk...think about it.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • just sayin

      Carlos, stick with what you're good at and leave the politics to us. By the way, there are some limbs hanging down on the trailer – can you come out and trim these things?

      October 2, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • vatoloke

      Because coconuts do.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Grumpy Old Hugh Jass

      "I see George Soreass gave another 2 million to Barry's campaign. Man, these Socialists sure do stick together!" Yeah, some people have no class, that's fo shizzle.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • gary

      really ... can you come out soon? Need to know if we'll have more cold weather

      October 2, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  17. JR

    I see George Soreass gave another 2 million to Barry's campaign. Man, these Socialists sure do stick together!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • cashmeremafia

      Yep – just like ignorant Repubs are rallying behind Todd Akin.....

      October 2, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • JR

      cash.... Oh, is Akin a 'spread it around' Socialist too??

      October 2, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • lol

      cashmeremafia... You don't watch much news do you?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • doughnuts

      And Sheldon Adelson has given over $70 million to the Romney campaign. Who's trying to buy the White House?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • @JR

      Koch Bros.
      Jack Abramoff Jr
      Sheldon Adelson

      Another Obama win in November

      October 2, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • gary

      your Jesus was a Socialist

      October 2, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  18. seobro2

    “wake the f*** up” and get to work." If only there were jobs my fine ones.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • @seobro2

      You sound like a foreigner.

      I have hired 6 people with GOOD jobs over the past 4 months. I now have 16 very happy employees thanks to tax modifications for small business owners.

      Find a new tune to play; this one doesn't fly anymore.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Chemical Castration®

      " If only there were jobs my fine ones."

      Sell your camel, Abdul.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  19. gay guy

    DEAR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, YOU SIR ARE NO MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR, VOTE MITT PLEASE AMERICA AND SAVE OUR NATION FROM THE EVIL OF OBAMA

    October 2, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • midwest rail

      Good grief...

      October 2, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • straight guy

      Dear Barack, please do not take this moron's word seriously and keep on doing at what you do best!

      God bless America.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • straight guy

      @gayguy: Wake the f**ck up!

      October 2, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      gay guy: Supporting the one person who doesn't want you to be treated as a human and would rather see you behind bars for being gay...really?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Argh

      Oh don't be stupid. Attributing "evil" to your political opponents only reveals you as one of the gullible mouth-breathers all these rediculous campaign ads and fear speech are targeted toward. Republican or Democrat, anyone who thinks this way is the epitome of ignorant.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • sam stone

      gay guy: romney is going down. does that excite you?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      HEY GAY, I MEAN WHITE PERSON POSING AS A GAY GUY: YOU ARE MAKING A DUMB, STUPID COMMENT AND YOU ARE A RACIST TEA BAGGIN REPUBITARD, YOU HATED DR MLK WHEN HE WAS ALIVE & CALLED HIM A COMMIE AND NOW THAT HE DEAD YOU'RE MAKING THIS FOOLISH COMMENT ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT. GO TO HELL, FROM WHENCE U CAME!!!

      October 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • gay guy

      I AM NOT A WHITE G – OH HOLD ON MOM'S DROPPED HER PIPE AGAIN, I GOTTA GO TO THE OTHER END OF THE TRAILER AND MAKE SURE SHE DIDNT BURN UP THE PLACE.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • gary

      is that local you're smoking? please post

      October 2, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  20. xm1

    To the defenders of this type of ad telling everyone to lighten up. You are the Hope and Change party. So stop promoting this type of thing and be instrumental in changing it.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      "You are the Hope and Change party." Good Lord. No, it's like this: all GOP members MUST have the same opinion. You like Mitt, you like Palin, you like Todd Akin, and you think Obama is the devil. If not, you are a RINO and must leave the party. Democrats have a big tent with a lot of varied opinions inside, and nobody kicks you out for not being 'ideologically pure.' So, nobody can accuse Sarah Silverman of not being 'Dem enough' and kick her out of the Party as a DINO. Sorry, but now you know why the GOP is shrinking so fast these days.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • gary

      Not making light of it .. how about you go on a nice trip .. say Iran

      October 2, 2012 at 10:35 am |
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