Political advertisements often utilize national symbols in order to gain public support, but this advertisement for Tom Pawlenty’s new political action committee surely takes the cake. Republican Pawlenty launched this in the last month before officially announcing his intention to run for president on April 12.
I found it interesting to see how broad the ad is in its depiction of American symbols, from Valley Forge to landing on the moon to the US Hockey victory over the Soviet Union in the early ’80s. It’s powerful stuff when complemented by dramatic music and evocative national images (albeit seemingly random at times). Please watch:
And now, arguably much better, is Stephen Colbert’s satirical response to the ad. Enjoy: