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Funny how perceptions vary, isn’t it?

By auguste
Friday, June 20, 2008 18:00 EDT
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Here’s one way to look at something:

Obama’s first general election commercial—released on Juneteenth

It’s healthy at this time in the campaign to remind people out there being bombarded with slime efforts to evoke images of an “Afro-Leninist,” a Muslim terrorist, or a Black Radical Trojan Horse, when the real Barack Obama is part of a growing, vibrant mosaic in America. Not a post-racial America, but one with a population that is becoming harder to racially or ethnically categorize—and thus harder to politically divide.

And here’s another way to look at a similar theme:

Is there such a thing as overexposure? Barack Obama ads are everywhere on the internet. They’ll be coming to tv in 18 states and who knows how many radio stations.

Now, Obama is considering taking out ads on NBC for the Olympic Games…

I’m getting angry that every time I click on a news site, his face is staring at me from the top banner ad or some other prominent space on the site.

He doesn’t need to do this. We all know who he is and that he stands for hope and change and bringing a new kind of politics to Washington.

There are plenty of reasons to criticize Obama (and TalkLeft is on top of it, believe me). Charges of overexposure, in an American political campaign, and one which is subject to an amazingly high rate of misconception, feel bizarre.

I imagine part of the reason for the overexposure perception is that bloggers spend more time on the internet, and in locales likely to host political ads, than many Americans. Still, it’d be interesting to know whether other candidates have been accused of overexposure just after releasing their first television ad of the general election.

 
 
 
 
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