Manliness Contest: Barack Obama vs. Clint Eastwood
Just now, I was doing what any reasonable person would be doing during the Democratic National Convention--I was watching old Clint Eastwood clips on YouTube.
But something went wrong. Just as I was sitting back about to enjoy an epic Eastwood butt-kicking scene from the 1982 film Firefox, you wouldn't believe whose ad appeared right in the middle of video clip. Take a look at the screenshot:
Look closely: Yes, that is an official Obama Campaign ad.
Maybe some of our techie readers can enlighten me on how Google ads work. But wouldn't the Obama campaign have to intentionally buy ads embedded with a "Clint Eastwood" key phrase in order for their ads to pop up in a clip like this? In other words, is this clip evidence that the Obama campaign is trying to battle Eastwood head-on?
Continuing with my shameless book promo this week, in Chapter 16 of Sex & God at Yale I recall another occasion when, like tonight, I simply could not escape the Obama message machine. It was the height of Obamamania in 2008. Obama-love was palpable in the air, his name and face plastered in every dorm window, professors singing his praises in the classrooms. The messianic hopes of my fellow Yalies culminated in a massive, spontaneous, hand-holding, patriotic sing-along on the Old Campus quad on the night he was elected.
Look at Eastwood's face. He doesn't look like he's interested in any sing-along. And he doesn't look too happy to see Obama interrupting his fight scene. If Obama is targeting Eastwood with his ads, then I think he might be picking a fight with the wrong guy. Then again, Obama is from Chicago, where politicians know how to play dirty when they have to.
Here's my question for readers: Who does Obama think he is, messing with Dirty Harry?