A firestorm of outrage erupted when Governor Mitt Romney told Americans in the first presidential debate that he would “fire Big Bird” if elected President. Folks may remember back during the Republican presidential nomination process when Romney told voters that he “likes firing people.” Well now he’s got the popular co-star of the long running PBS show Sesame Street in his sights.
Clearly throwing a bone to his conservative base of support, when asked to explain how he would offset the trillions in tax cuts he is proposing with his tax plan, Romney said that he would end the government’s support for public broadcasting. Government support for public broadcasting amounts to 0.01 percent of the federal budget. If this is where he plans to start, there’s a long way to go, and a lot of popular programs to cut or gut in order to make the math add up.
If Mitt Romney had actually watched Big Bird and his friends on Sesame Street when he was a kid, he might be able to count. For Governor Romney, and his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan, math doesn’t matter when it comes to ideological budgeting.
The DNC had some fun with Mitt Romney’s flipping of the bird to the Big Bird in this video.
As President Obama said on Thursday in Virginia; “So for all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird. Rounding them up, Elmo’s gotta watch out too. Governor Romney is going to let Wall Street run wild, but he is going to bring the hammer down on Sesame Street. It makes perfect sense.”
Below is a video clip of the President’s comments in Wisconsin about Romney’s attack on Big Bird.