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PPFA’s Political Arm produces dreadful pro-Obama Ad

by | Nov 2, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

A tip of the hat to Kristi Burton Brown, writing at, who alerted readers to a bizarre ad rolled out by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA’s political arm,. It’s titled “Yes We Plan” [what an awful pun], and features celebrities Mary J. Blige, Julianne Moore, and Q-Tip (whoever he is).

Released Tuesday, we’re told the two-and-a-half-minute video was “inspired by’s 2008 Obama video, ‘Yes We Can,’ urging voters to  protect women’s health issues by re-electing President Obama.”

Well, somebody who can put together a political ad should have been tapped on the shoulder because, as Mrs. Brown points out (with great humor), the ad is simply awful.

For instance, we have President Obama (in black and white) yammering the usual pro-abortion talking point when all of a sudden some man or woman (all in full color) begins saying the same thing at roughly—and I do mean roughly—the same time. It’s actually rather disconcerting and you can’t help wondering if somebody messed up the sound track. Moreover…

“It seemed rather strange to have Planned Parenthood’s ‘friends’ (as they’re called on the Yes We Plan website) basically interrupt Barack Obama’s lines with their own repeat of the same words,” Brown writes. “The style of the ad made it rather difficult to understand exactly what was being said. It also made little sense to have multiple men make appearances in the ad, claiming things that also made little sense coming from a man (at least from Planned Parenthood’s typical worldview).”

By that Brown means you have guys awkwardly uttering lines that are ordinarily treated as strictly the province of women. For example,  Brown explains,

“Another man declares, ‘We have found our voice, and our voice has grown powerful.’ I guess it’s beyond me why Planned Parenthood would want a man saying that ‘we’ have found ‘our’ voice, if their point is that women have grown powerful. Doesn’t it make us less powerful, to their way of thinking, if a man has to speak for us?”

The funny thing is, President Obama ordinarily excels in front of a teleprompter. But in this ad, he is so forced, so bloodless, so mechanical, it was almost like watching a POW “confess.”

The President ends with this: “I know you’ll never stop fighting to protect the health care and choices that America’s women deserve. And as long as I have the privilege of being your president, neither will I.”

But because you will never stop fighting, come next Tuesday we can have a President who wants to defend both mother and unborn child.

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