Marketing the President

We Like IkeThe American Museum of the Moving Image has an online exhibit about the history of presidential campaign commercials, with ads ranging from an animated ‘Ike for president’ jingle from 1952 to the flood of TV and web ads in 2004.

The old school animated ads are just asking for a retro remake. They seem strangely akin to ads for breakfast cereal, full of singing, dancing, and pep rally cheer — hardly a fact in the whole presentation:

With a vote, vote here, and a vote, vote there,
And a vote for Stevenson everywhere …

The exhibit also includes web ads from 2004 which are a bit snarkier, including an animated attack on Bush with its own retro charm and a goofball Austin Powers spoof, John Kerry: International Man of Mystery.
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