Halftime In America


No, it isn’t political. It is American. It’s Halftime in America, via Chrysler’s YouTube channel.

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You can call it political only if you call standing up on your feet and coming back from bad times political.

You can call it political only if you believe that a company and a city stating for the world to hear that they are on the way back and doing as well as can be at this point is political.

You can call it political if you think that showing a brave face in a hard world is an overtly political act.

Detroit and Chrysler are coming back, but that comeback is far from over. Detroit is still wracked by unemployment, and they are a long way from solving their economic woes. Chrysler is still working on making things better for themselves and the city they call home and in America as well.

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When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.

Adlai Stevenson

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It is halftime in America. We the people have formulated a plan, and we are working towards that goal, the goal of a more prosperous future for ourselves and everyone else in this great land of ours. The Chrysler corporation made the statement that they are in the same boat and are working for the same goals that we are in no uncertain terms.

Frankly I’m proud of them for it. It was a rare enough thing in this world, a commercial that meant something, a commercial that was about more than sales, more than glitz, more than Madison avenue sales bullshit. It spoke to the heart of America, the living breathing heart of the greatest nation on earth.

The fact that it sounded political to some is great, that means they too believe that the ideals that were spoken in the commercial are real American ideals. If they weren’t they could be dismissed as nothing more than an ad with an actor in it. But it can’t be dismissed so lightly. And the ones who have heaped scorn upon it, who say it is pro-bailout, pro-Obama are missing the point of the commercial.

The point is that everything said in that commercial speaks to America. And if it is pro-Obama, and uses language that he uses, then maybe that means that America is Pro-Obama on the very basic level that this commercial speaks about, and that President Obama is Pro-America. And if it is pro-Bailout, who can blame a company that was bailed out for being that way? It would be stranger indeed if it were the other way around.

Anti-bailout Chrysler makes no sense whatsoever. None.

That commercial speaks to the living breathing manifestation of the American spirit, and I applaud Chrysler, Mr. Eastwood, and everyone involved in making such a Pro-American statement during the Super Bowl.

First really good commercial I have seen in… well … ever. Thank you Chrysler.

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Great game yesterday. Great damn Super Bowl. Congratulations are in order for the Giants. I don’t know if it was one of the greatest Super Bowls ever, but for this Giants fan, it is definitely up there with XLII, and XXV, and XXI, and that is good enough for me.

I like to think they won this one for my dad, the biggest Giants fan I ever knew.

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Pic of the day: The Statue of Liberty, Circa 1909, with a plane flown by Wilbur Wright in the foreground.

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.

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