New Obama campaign video unveils ‘Forward’ slogan, mostly ignores Romney


Mitt Romney has just one brief, silent cameo in the Obama campaign’s new seven-minute ad. The presumptive Republican nominee gets about as much screen time as former President George W. Bush and less than tea party demonstrators or top congressional Republican leaders like House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


“Instead of working together to lift America up, Republicans were waging a campaign to tear the president down,” the narrator intones, as conservative firebrands Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity appear in archival footage. Then comes Romney’s big moment: More than three minutes into the video, we finally get a glimpse of a photograph of him standing at what appears to be a Republican presidential debate with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The video, entitled “Forward,” hits home the fact that Obama inherited a historic recession—a downturn that former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan describes in a news clip as a “once-in-a-century type of event.” Bush is seen but not heard discussing the collapse, which the ad says resulted in the loss of 4,400,000 jobs by the time Obama took office in January 2009.

In a press release, the Obama campaign describes the video as “an important grassroots organizing tool” and says that it will be played when the president and first lady Michelle Obama hold rallies together in Ohio and Virginia next Saturday.