Actor Clint Eastwood is used to dodging bullets in his movies (he always wins in the end of course) and now he’s taking some heavy flak from Republicans in the US for alleged pro-Obama sentiments in his Chrysler Super Bowl ad from Wieden+Kennedy.
President Barack Obama bailed out most of the US auto industry (and Detroit) with taxpayers’ money in the credit crunch. Chrysler, now majority-owned by Fiat, and General Motors were the two beneficiaries.
So is Eastwood’s paean to Detroit really praise for Obama? And does his reference to the “second half” really refer to Obama’s pursuit of a second term Democratic presidency?
Ref the first point the answer might be yes. On the second, hardly. Rather embarrassingly, Eastwood spoke out against bailouts for car companies and banks a while ago. But, as someone in the Fox clip observes, the copy was written by Wieden+Kennedy. Are they secret Democrats in Portland?