Controversy over Chrysler's "Halftime in America" Superbowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood
Shortly after the ad ran, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer sent a tweet: "Saving the America Auto Industry: Something Eminem and Clint Eastwood can agree on."
Media critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times quickly tweeted: "As Clint Eastwood hails a Detroit that's up and fighting again in Chrysler ad, is Repub indirectly endorsing auto industry saver Obama?"
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin jumped in on Twitter with her take: "Agh. WTH? Did I just see Clint Eastwood fronting an auto bailout ad??? #SuperBowl"
"I was frankly offended by it," former Bush political adviser Karl Rove told Fox News. "It is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics and the President of the United States and political minions are in essence using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best wishes of the management which has benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they'll never pay back."
Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, told CNN's "John King, USA": "Chrysler got the bailout money, and now they're doing this ad. ... A lot of people have a problem with it."
Late Monday, Eastwood said any implication of politics was baseless.
"...There is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain," Eastwood said in a statement to Fox News late Monday night. "I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. ... If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it."
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