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Tom Hanks Talks Pretty for Barack Obama, Riles Republicans

Seventeen Minutes of Presidential Adoration Meant to Activate Base

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Here's a 17-minute ad for Barack Obama, narrated by Tom Hanks, and directed by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim. It's called "The Road We've Traveled."

It's your typical base-rousing play, calling attention to the things that have been accomplished. "Look at all the good we've done" might seem unnecessary, may be preaching to the choir -- but there are plenty of Democrats out there who feel the Obama administration hasn't done enough to usher in a brave new world.

Not surprisingly, it's getting a rise out of Republicans, who are rushing out into the streets to stomp to pieces old VHS copies of "Splash."

One line that 's coming in for a lot of criticism: "And when he faced his country, who looked to him for answers, he would not dwell in blame or dreamy idealism."

The "debate" about the "truth" of this statement will break down along partisan lines, but it's a sentence only a political marketer could dream up. As one online critic pointed out: "They had to use an actor to narrate as actors might be the only ones who can say lines like these without actually laughing out loud." Exactly. And doesn't help at all among those voters who think the president is his own biggest fan.

That said, it's a little curious the hay being made out of Republican claims that the video doesn't tell the whole story. According to ABC, "ahead of the film's release, Republicans mocked it for presenting an incomplete picture of what has been a polarizing Obama presidency."

Really? An ad is presenting an incomplete picture? You don't say. This is like accusing McDonald's of leaving cow-slaughtering out of hamburger commercials.

Meanwhile, I will use my amazing powers of prediction to declare that Tom Hanks' favorability rankings will go up with Democrats and down with Republicans.

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