Daily life in the USA has changed a lot since I was a kid. It had already changed a lot when I left the USA in May 2000. Since that time, I’ve been living in the Philippines, and have never been back to the USA, so I am now observing my country from the outside. What I am seeing almost seems like a foreign country to me. Well, I guess I have been away long enough that it really is a foreign country to me now.
This past weekend was the Super Bowl. I’ve kind of lost interest in the Super Bowl to be honest. We don’t really get NFL football on TV here (there are ways to get it, like by paying for Internet streaming of NFL games), so I have pretty much lost interest in the whole thing. Every year, I pay a bit of attention to the Super Bowl, though, just to know who won the game, and such. I also follow the Super Bowl commercials a bit too, because they are usually so creative, and I like that.
This year, I saw a Super Bowl Commercial entitled “Halftime in America” which was produced, directed and featuring Clint Eastwood. I like Clint Eastwood, have always been a fan. We pretty much share political philosophy too, we are both relatively conservative politically. I was shocked today to see in the US Media that many conservatives are quite against this commercial, which you can see below:
Apparently, many conservatives are saying that this is a commercial for President Obama, or to praise Obama for bailing out Chrysler. Some sort of “pat on the back” for Obama. I did not see the commercial that way at all. In fact, when Clint Eastwood said that America can’t be knocked out with a single punch, and the country will get up and be strong, I didn’t think of that as anything about Obama. My thinking was that it was saying something along the lines of:
We’ve been knocked down in the past few years with the poor economy, but we are strong. We were born in 1776 and it’s just halftime for us. We will get up and finish the game stronger than ever.
Nothing pro-Obama about that, that is pro-American.
Let me say, I am not an Obama supporter, although I have come to think that he will be elected, I hope that he is not. But, I do want Obama to be successful, because that means that the USA is successful. If you are hoping for Obama to fail, you are hoping for the USA to fail. That’s not right, in my opinion, regardless of your political tilt.
I guess where I am going with this is here… does every single thing in life these days have to be about politics? A TV commercial for a car company is not a political thing, it is put on TV to sell cars. Why does every single thing have to be made into a political debate?
Frankly, I’m already tired of that.