Would you be surprised if Obama and the campaign made some bad moves? Probably not. But would you expect him to endorse and ad that may be full of some of the most pandering and backwards rhetoric yet? In a new ad targeting the African American community - the Obama campaign asks people to stand up and say "We've got your back" for the President. It’s not even saying he has their back, it’s demanding that they have his back. Glenn played the ad and gave his reaction on radio.
Below is the ad that began running nationally this week:
"First of all, the President of the United States, the job of the President is to say to the American people 'I have your back'," Glenn said after hearing this ad.
"What is the function of government? The function of government is this: To protect your life so no one can scoop you up in the middle of the night and just take you and haul you away. To make sure that nobody is raping your family or killing your family. Life and liberty," Glenn said.
"So the President, his job is to make sure that he says, 'Look you're going to be able to go out, and you're going to be able to go out and do what you do. You can go out there and live your dream. Nobody is going to guarantee it but I'm going to guarantee that you have an open path. We're going to guarantee that you have a fair shot'," he said. "'We're not going to guarantee success.' That's his job. That's not what he's doing."
"How is he saying in return now that he's got your back? He's going to make sure you're not paying taxes? He's going to make sure that you have a giveaway. That you have a free education. All he's saying to you 'I'm giving you free stuff. Now you've got to watch my back.' The reason why you have the free stuff is because you need somebody to stand and look out when you're stealing.'"
"My question for you today is life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Isn't it -- hasn't it always been that the President has our back? On those three things. Hasn't this President now violated those three trusts? And hasn't he fundamentally transformed us to the point where we have to have a little jingle where we're pledging our support to watch his back?"
Glenn also pointed out that this ad inherently pits Americans against one another. Who do Obama's supporters have his back AGAINST? The American people.
"Americans have never been enemies with each other except for the Civil War," Glenn said.