He started it! Jennifer Granholm tries to offload Big Bird mess onto Romney

Even Obama supporters are beginning to grow weary of the campaign’s seeming obsession with Big Bird. Jennifer Granholm is trying to rewrite the narrative, but the debate wasn’t that long ago, and anyone paying attention remembers that Mitt Romney said he liked Big Bird — he just didn’t want to borrow from China to pay for him.

Kill Big Bird? We all know Big Bird will be just fine, federal funding or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    and who answered?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208422359 Bonita Ledzius

    Wow…talk about spinning the truth. What debate was she watching. Romney said he loved Big Bird and Sesame Street, but he would CUT FUNDING FOR PBS. Sometimes I think the left needs to have their hearing checked, and their mouths washed out with soap for all the foul, bigoted, and hateful things they say…and the lying they do.

    • Will P.

      Their hearing is just fine. The problem is the wiring is crossed somewhere after the ears and before the processing centers.

    • JoH113

      I think she was watching that viral Taiwanese video about the debate, where Romney splattered Big Bird’s blood all over the other Sesame Street characters. Ugh. That was a CARTOON, Granholm!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      well, you know the old saying about repeating a lie enough times……

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      well, you know the old saying about repeating a lie enough times……

  • PrincessofSnark

    Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters’ products make millions each year. Does that money go to Sesame Street Workshop? Is it a non-profit? Or does it go to PBS? Just the income from the commercial products would make up for the withdrawn federal funds.

    • redheadgrl

      They are non-profit, and they keep the money. I think PBS kicks some $$s to them that come from the fed. Here’s a link to their annual report: http://www.sesameworkshop.org/assets/896/src/FY%202011%20Financial%20Statements.pdf

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      just a side note: are the sesame street products (toys, books, etc.) made in the usa or china?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      just a side note: are the sesame street products (toys, books, etc.) made in the usa or china?

  • Love of Country

    The War Room@GranholmTWR
    Wasn’t it Romney who first mentioned killing big bird in last week’s debate?++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Jenny, thanks for admitting your epic stupidity in your own special way!

    And of course he never said kill Big Bird ….. that’s your own stupid strawman argument that you think excuses you to be able to act like a dishonest jackanapes all week long ……. well it doesn’t, you fool!

  • Will P.

    I think we should wait until the end of November to kill Big Bird. After all, by himself he can stock an entire NYC soup kitchen for Thanksgiving.

  • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

    Is Big Bird the new “SQUIRREL!!!”?

    • JoH113

      I wonder what the next “Squirrel!” will be. I’m watching the VP debate to find out.

  • ScaryCheri

    http://money.msn.com/politics/post.aspx?post=4235ea50-f856-4458-9e2e-b93f13c26281 Like for-profit media companies, Sesame needs to pay top dollar to attract talent. Carroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s inception, earned more than $314,000 in compensation in 2011, according to the organization’s 990 form. Former Sesame Workshop head Gary Knell earned $988,456, including $270,000 in bonus and incentive compensation. Knell became the head of National Public Radio last year.

  • CalCon10

    Yeah, well, Obama & Co. have succeeded in diverting attention away from the economy, the cooked jobs report, Libya/diplomat murders.

    Silly? Yes. Successful? You betcha. They got what they wanted out of this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

      If by “successful” you mean even Chuck Todd & Chris Matthews on MSNBC laughing at how foolish it makes the POTUS look to be talking about Big Bird with the state of the economy, etc. than yeah, super-successful.

  • $18912735

    Who?

  • Mark Stephens

    I am embarrased to be from the state that elected @JenGranholm Governor. Twice.

    • TocksNedlog

      All I can say about that is Thank God she was born in Canada and can never become President of the USA.

  • TocksNedlog

    How typically leftist of her — in trying to ‘set the record straight’ she tells an outright lie.

  • nc

    These people never progressed past elementary school. Actually, Jeff Foxworthy proved that 5th Graders are smarter!

  • louisiana_mom

    Romney and the Republicans are campaigning on job creation and the economy, while Obama and the Left are campaigning on lady parts and Big Bird. Tells you who the adults in the room are.

  • skeptic192

    I am certain that somewhere there is a democratic party spokesperson or a member of the current administration who is capable of speaking in public without resorting to demogoguery and hysterical lies about events we have all witnessed. It would be a welcome change to hear from them for a change. I understand the vested interest the news organizations have in promoting their candidate but when less than 5% of people under 30 watch national news outlets is the future difficult to project? Please seach out some rational people and interview them!

    • Johnny Banco

      How exactly are you certain of that? A Democrat simply can’t rise that high in their ranks unless s/he IS a lying demagogue – I challenge you to find an exception!

  • Owen007

    This is without a doubt the lamest spin job ever. “He started it! We just… wouldn’t stop talking about it… and did an ad about it… without getting permission from the copyright holders… but he still started it!”

    And killing Big Bird? Really? How dumb to you have to be to buy that load of crap?

  • grais

    She’s either dumber than she is weird or she’s just a despicable & venal liar.

  • Streetiebird

    Yes, Romney was the one who brought up pulling funding for big bird.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Pulling funding != killing Sesame Street or Big Bird. And, as stated above, Big Bird will be ‘just fine’:
      “Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So, we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship. So quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.” – Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop’s executive VP and chief marketing officer

      • Streetiebird

        Yeah bro, it’s just weird that the ONLY specific Romney gave was pulling the tiny amount of funding that goes to PBS. He just needs to come up with specifics for how he’s compensating for the other $4.799 trillion of lost revenue. I agree he never said he wanted to kill big bird, he just wants to pull funding for a project that is actually working pretty well while not saying what actual loopholes he will close. – Streetiebird

        • mike_in_kosovo

          “While not saying what actual loopholes he will close.”
          Yes, you certainly have us on the ropes, there, what with those massively detailed “Yes we can” and “Tax the rich” proposals of Zero’s…

          • Streetiebird

            Unfortunately for you, Obama actually does have a plan and has already executed large parts of it, has lowered the deficit and has plans to lower it further. But if you’d prefer a liar without a plan, then Romney is definitely your guy.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Speaking of liars without plans, it’s nice to see how well Zero has done with his campaign promise to cut the deficit in half during his first term, isn’t it? Especially after the Dems *tripled* it from 161 billion to 459 billion in 2008 and then tripled THAT to 1400 billion in 2009.
            And btw… OBAMA signed that 1400 billion dollar budget – not Bush.
            http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/11/Obama-signs-earmark-laden-budget-bill/UPI-75101236770890/
            The phrase “It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt” appears to have been coined specifically for you.

          • Streetiebird

            At least he was specific, tried to do it, but was blocked by Republicans at every turn when he tried to enact any form of substantial change. At least the deficit reducing Affordable Care Act passed without help of Republicans. Also, you may want to look up how much your boy Bush Jr. added to the deficit by way of his deficit-funded wars and tax cuts. Thanks for opening your mouth by the way, not that I had any doubt before you did 😉

          • mike_in_kosovo

            “blocked by Republicans at every turn”

            Really? Maybe you can tell us where those blocking Republicans were during 2009/2010? You know, when the Dems had majorities in the House and Senate and the only things they could pass was Obamatax and a trillion-plus deficit? After that, you can explain just HOW Republicans are blocking Obama, when he can’t get ONE SINGLE VOTE in favor of his budget – Rep *or* Dem.

            “you may want to look up how much your boy Bush Jr added to the deficit”

            Ooooh yes, let’s compare!!!
            FY 2002 (Rep Congress, first Bush budget): 158 Billion
            FY 2003: 377 Billion
            FY 2004: 412 Billion (max for Bush/Rep Congress)
            FY 2005: 318 Billion
            FY 2006: 248 Billion
            FY 2007: 161 Billion (last Rep Congress budget)
            FY 2008: 458 Billion (first Dem Congress budget)
            That comes out to 2.132 Trillion in seven years, or 304 billion / year.
            Moving on to Zero’s term…
            FY 2009 (first budget signed by Obama): 1412 billion
            FY 2010: 1293 billion
            FY 2011: 1299 billion
            FY 2012 (projected): 1326 billion.
            That totals out to 5.330 Trillion in four years, or 1.332 TRILLION / year.
            Flipping the 2009 budget to Bush’s tally (even though the Dem-controlled Congress held it over so Obama could sign it) takes Bush to 3.544 Trillion over eight years and 443 billion/year.
            Zero’s numbers change to 3.918 Trillion and 1.306 TRILLION/year.

            Wow, I guess you showed me – Obama’s 1.3 TRILLION / year addition to the deficit is TOTALLY overwhelmed by Bush’s 440 Billion / year…how could I have been *SO* blind?

            “Thanks for opening your mouth by the way, not that I had any doubt before you did ;).”

            You just got schooled like Obama at a debate. Quit while you’re way, WAY behind.

          • Streetiebird

            haha cute talking points, but way off. Here’s an article to help you out: http://thegreatrecession.info/blog/deficits-debts-democrats-vs-republicans-us-national-debt-graphs-year-president/

          • mike_in_kosovo

            The numbers I listed are from Fed.gov.
            The only “talking points” here are your lame attempts to prop up Zero’s abysmal performance.
            Hell, I was being *kind* – I gave Bush 2009 and didn’t take the 2001 surplus OR add the projected 2013 budget deficit to Zero’s tally in the second half of my post.

  • Botzilla

    This is the same woman that destroyed Michigan as a governor, this woman is the female version of Obama.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Canadian Idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    not to beat a dead bird, but, i find it more than a little amusing that the side of the political aisle having a come-apart over big bird apparently has no interest in getting their mega-wealthy donors to step in and take over the funding of pbs. after all, aren’t these the people who tell us that they don’t mind paying more taxes? if that’s the case then they shouldn’t mind forking over some of their money to keep big bird in the nest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    not to beat a dead bird, but, i find it more than a little amusing that the side of the political aisle having a come-apart over big bird apparently has no interest in getting their mega-wealthy donors to step in and take over the funding of pbs. after all, aren’t these the people who tell us that they don’t mind paying more taxes? if that’s the case then they shouldn’t mind forking over some of their money to keep big bird in the nest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    cannot help but think that there are people on the other side of the world who want to destroy us and we have, as our president, a narcissistic, delusional buffoon (and, a vice-buffon) whose main concern is a person in a big yellow bird suit. it sounds like a peter sellers movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    cannot help but think that there are people on the other side of the world who want to destroy us and we have, as our president, a narcissistic, delusional buffoon (and, a vice-buffon) whose main concern is a person in a big yellow bird suit. it sounds like a peter sellers movie.