Eastwood: I'm Not Politically Affiliated With Obama
Chrysler ad a political football
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2012 2:28 AM CST
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(Newser) – God bless America ... and the Chrysler bailout ... seemed to be the message that left football fans misty-eyed after Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl Chrysler ad. It's "halftime" in America, and we're all pulling together for a brighter economic future, says the gravelly-voiced star. But Eastwood was opposed to the bailout that made the Chrysler turnaround possible, and now the ad has become a political football as Dems score points with it and the GOP tackles it, notes ABC News. “Saving the American Auto Industry: Something Eminem and Clint Eastwood can agree on," crowed White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer on Twitter, referring to Eminem’s Chrysler ad during last year's Super Bowl. "Powerful spot," chimed in Obama re-election strategist David Axelrod. But George Bush's political maven Karl Rove snapped that he was "offended" by the ad, which he argued was orchestrated by the administration to paint a rosy future.

Wait a minute there, pardner. "I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama," Eastwood shot back to Fox News. The ad "was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it." Ironically, the Republican star and former mayor of Carmel, Calif., blasted the $12.5 billion bailout that saved Chrysler's bacon. “We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO," he said at the time. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the ad has nothing to do with politics, but was intended as a tribute to Chrysler workers and "the resilience of America.” Here's the final irony: Chrysler isn't an all-American company. Italy's Fiat now owns a majority share.

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LoginsSuck
Feb 7, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Karl Rove is offended? Ha Ha Ho Ho That is rich. Especially since Bush started the bailout for the auto industry and Obama followed up on it. Guess he doesn't like the parties working together or it working out for America when they do manage to work together.
IndependentThinker
Feb 7, 2012 12:47 PM CST
"Chrysler isn't an all-American company. Italy's Fiat now owns a majority share." Does this type of stuff bother anyone else? I could care less who is at the top of these companies, what makes a company american (imo) is who is at the bottom where the products are made. American based factories supplying american workers with products and jobs = American company.
wwwonderer
Feb 7, 2012 12:46 PM CST
Next up: Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis exposed as RINOs. Reagan was a Communist. You're looking better and better by the day GOP.