Big Bird wants to be left alone



That night in Denver, Mitt Romney left behind on stage two men and a muppet hurting badly. The men, Barack Obama and moderator Jim Lehrer, have since recovered.

But not the muppet, Big Bird, star Sesame Street, which runs in India as Galli Galli Sim Sim. It finds itself in the middle of a bruising debate on US budgetary deficits.

Sesame Workshop, producers of the children’s show, issued a statement Tuesday asking both campaigns to remove their “characters and trademarks from their campaign material”.

Sesame Workshop, a non-profit organization, gets US federal funding, which Romney said at the debate was the kind of government spending he wants to end to balance the budget.

That was not the first time he had mentioned Big Bird, which has been part of his stump routine for a year now. But with 60 million viewers tuned in, Big Bird
took off.

Not a day has gone by since the October 3 debate without Big Bird getting mentioned by one or both campaigns, their supporters, TV news anchors and late night comedians.

“So for all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry — somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird,” Barack Obama, who lost the debate, said in Virginia on
Tuesday.

At another rally, in Virginia state, his wife Michelle Obama picked up the charge: “We all know good and well that cutting Sesame Street is no way to balance the budget.”

Here is what Romney had said: “I like PBS (a TV network). I love Big Bird … but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things, and borrow money from China to pay for it.”

He also told moderator Lehrer, who works at PBS, he would have to go too, much as he liked him. “I’m sorry Jim,” Romney said, in his best I-like-firing impression of himself.

The Republican is now wondering what the fuss is about.

“We’ve got one out of six Americans now in poverty, 47 million on food stamps,” Romney said in a TV interview. “And the president is spending his time talking about saving Big Bird.”

Indeed.

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  1. DebarchnaPalDREAMS says:

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  2. DebarchnaPalDREAMS says:

    suzanne?attractive??she looks so bad and she is so besharam and ill-mannered.hrithik is so unlucky for marrying to a an unwanted escort like her.after watching them together in kwk 3, i can understand how much she ’s disperate n why hrithik has so many affairs. stop desrespecting a great person like hrithik .he is the ony man who takes his wife’s name even though she’s a loser n nothing without him.then what should u say about srgay who flirts with women even in front of his gorgeous wife,life GAURI KHAN. she actually deserves all love n respect.

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  3. Respected Editor and Readers !
    Good Morning from Kathmandu !
    Yes !I think- there are so many problems that there
    will be no the consensus to complete the peace process and the writing of a
    constitution among the parties. Another major sticking point is how to
    integrate thousands of Maoist fighters housed in camps since the nation’s civil
    war ended in 2006. A proposal to integrate them into the Nepal Army will be
    failed because Nepal’s
    Army officers do not want integration of such Maoist’s -ism trained
    workers. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, known as a so-called qualified and confused writer
    seems extremely controversial.
    Nowhere in the world,
    would a country be able to protect its sovereignty by making the national army
    weak and powerless? The national army can’t compare with Maoist’s army. Now, in
    Nepal,
    we have two kinds of army- the national army and the Maoist’s army. Can we
    imagine two kinds of army in a country?

    The creator of the Maoist rebellion was Girija.
    After 1992, in the name of annihilating Masal-Communists (later called the
    Maoists) murder, suppression, and rape crossed the limit. In revenge, Maoists
    systematically killed thousands of civilians, police and army personnel.
    Millions worth of physical infrastructures were destroyed or burned. And since
    2005, Girija (leader of NC) joined hands with the Maoists. JNU Prof -S.D.Muni,
    the strategist of RAW had given the 12-point anti-Nepal agendas of the
    Republic, Secularism and Federal states to the perverted leaders of the parties
    and a few lawyers, doctors, and journalists to end the existence of Nepal.

    The Maoists are using their agendas and are
    opening a ‘Pandora’s Box’- a one-party communist anarchism. The Maoist Party
    has own army. It is a big conspirator that the Maoist fighters(Co-called army) almost have joined with the New Mohan Baidha Maoist’s party and Baburam Bhattarai. There are may be only 6-8 hundreds fighter can join in Nepal army. It may be to disturb Nepal army’s secrecy. So, it is not believable that the Maoists are supporting the democratic peaceful sense.
    I am sorry to write that it was a great blunder
    of Indian diplomats- Shyam Saran- former Indian ambassador and former foreign
    Secretary of India (who is widely credited with bringing the present
    instability in Nepal), and Sive Shankar Mukharejee, former foreign minister, KB
    Rajan- former Indian ambassador Rakesh Sood- former ambassador, Prof.SD Muni
    (RAW strategist) and other officials who not only blundered in their assessment
    of the Maoists but also did much harm to Indian’s interests in Nepal. Among diplomats,
    Shyam Saran is a very ambitious diplomat who could not calculate the good
    result.

    Due to the Indian diplomats’ mistakes and the result became bad for India also. Now all the agendas of Democratic System are in risk. The intention of Maoist is to
    create one party communist regime. The Maoist never supports constitutional
    democratic system in Nepal
    including India. Then, we should find the solution to save Nepal-
    constitutionally. The 1990 Constitution was not abolished in a appropriate constitutional
    manner. The 1990 Constitution should implement with monarchy to provide a
    momentum for the nation. This is the point of solution. Nor China comes
    with Communism for its security. We must remain alert from foreign conspiracy
    and suicidal activities of despicable leaders. It is high time we sacrifice in
    name of country by joining shoulder to shoulder with the national army,
    security organs and patriotic Nepali people with the King. It is the compulsion of Nepal and India.

    Thank you.
    Dirgha Raj Prasai

    Email:
    dirgharajprasai@gmail.com

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  4. Joseph Kurian says:

    Is it in the interests of the common man, the citizens of Nepal, that the ones in power, debating in Kathmandu, cannot agree to form a constitution for 6 years?!?!
    People are around who suffer with no power or even the basic feature of a decent road to a hospital; inflation is at a high…the list can go on!

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