Election campaigns throw up wacky distractions from time to time but I never expected Big Bird of all people (or rather birds) to suddenly make a cameo appearance in this one. Mitt Romney’s throwaway remark in the debate that he would get rid of funding for Sesame Street and Big Bird was not his finest moment, considering that by now a couple of generations of people have grown up with fond memories of the giant muppet and want their children to experience the same magic. My own children loved him.
Romney’s comment has spawned an entire industry of Big Bird-related stories and videos, such as this spoof of the famous scene from North by Northwest.
Big Bird even made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live.
There is no way that anyone, even the president of the United States or the Congress, is ever going to kill Big Bird. His approval ratings are through the roof, while theirs are in the cellar.