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Faded Poster

Faded Poster

The line in Paul Ryan’s speech about college grads living at home staring at a faded Obama poster was brilliant:

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.

I’m not sure what other line has been so evocative in any campaign I can remember.  The imagery of a faded poster is so much the imagery of the Obama administration, paper-thin illusions which fade over time as reality sets in.

Those of us of a certain age know what it means to lose one’s youth.  But that is supposed to happen later in life, not in our prime.  The Obama illusion is costing our youths their youth long before their time.

That loss of our youths’ youth is devastating for parents as well.  This is not how it was supposed to be.

Crossroads Gen has rolled out an equally brilliant ad, The Poster:


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“The faded Im-poster.”


When you think about it, they could be regarded as the lucky ones. Lucky that they have parents or relatives who allow them to live with them. What about the ones who don’t? What abut all the kids ousted from the foster care system when they reach 18? Or the young families with children who are alone in this world?

I feel sorry for all of the above but the youth brought it on themselves. They voted for the “Immaculate” in droves. They are the ones who pushed him in and in a fair world they SHOULD be the ones to suffer most for it. They voted for a rock star and all they got is rocks. Unfortunately, we are all got rocks too.

Good video. Short and simple. We need more like this.

That faded poster, conjured memories, of a song Ryan wouldn’t know, but Mitt would. Those same college students that showed up at the polls in unprecedented numbers to vote for their love.

Faded photograph, Covered now with lines and creases

Traces of love, Long ago, That didn`t turn out right, Traces of love…

What I like about the line is how directly descriptive and truthful it is. Put aside the political activities, at the end of the day these young people go back to their childhood bedrooms, being careful not to wake up mom and dad and Jimmy and sis.

Whoever is advising Paul on these matters has his finger plugged into that particular lifestyle.

Henry Hawkins | August 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

It was a great line, short and sharp like Dr. K’s stiletto. It addressed so many points and issues: jobs, the economy, the Obaman malaise, the broken vows and failed promise of a fading hero, helped establish Obama as the older, passe, common politician, etc. It was presented casually, conversationally, not as a carefully positioned designated punch line. Sharp and clear imagery and it tumbled out of the guy like he says stuff like that every day. Maybe he does. Plain and effective, flawless delivery. And it was just one of at least half a dozen major thrusts, all of them delivered equally well.

Paul Ryan is a natural politician, plus he has expert levels of the required skills and knowledge to actually do the work, a formidable combination. If his communication skills are this good over the long haul, we’re looking at a man who is going to make the history books.

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the duchessofkitty pointed it out last night and agree. Its a perfect line and brings a visual to mind that sadly is all too common for a boatload of recent college kids.
As pointed out..its not how things are supposed to be.

Im an old guy but I still recall the utter enthusiasm and positive I felt back then when finally after years of part time at NYU I finally was done. Back then when you graduated, we had big companies calling us to get in for an interview. We felt and rightly so…man o man..finally some payoff for choosing long term over immediate gratification. We felt like anything was within reach it was simply a metter of choosing.
We have to renew that reality for our young folks.
That “getit done” spirit lacking today.
Lets hope Ryan and Romney can change the attitude in the US.
Lets hope voters understand that governmet shouldnt be “fighting with businesses” but rather clearing the pathfor business everywhere to grow.

Another great one from Ryan that sadly is all too true:

It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.

I see a song mentioned above. Another might be Photograph by Ringo Starr

You will all like seeing this. Just how far that Ryan quote has traveled since last night

Not sure what they’ll find for a late 18th century art history major to do, but they’ll give you a battery of tests and come up with an answer, probably something you never even knew existed, train you (very likely more difficult than anything you did in college, not talking about push-ups), put you to work, and you’ll meet some amazing folks along the way. When you’re done you’ll have some genuine credentials, a real future . . . and probably some better pictures to hang on your wall.

ShakesheadOften | August 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Ryan’s quote was spot on. I’ve been reading a lot of liberal commentary today (always good to know what the other side is saying). Unfortunately, much of it comes on my FB feed which is full of liberals since I reside in academia. The willful lack of acknowledgment of the effect of crushing deficits and debt, the distractions on social issues, and the repeated accusations that Ryan is a “liar” “Nixonian” “granny killer” and “evil” are beyond the pale. Ryan’s a liar? Tell me why his liberal leaning district re-elects him every two years with massive majorities? How he was re-elected with a large majority when Obama won his district in 2008?

Until the left even pretends to care about our crushing debt and impending economic COLLAPSE, they have NO standing to criticize Paul Ryan. Their only solution is raising taxes, and even Obama has admitted that it won’t actually bring in more funds (as he acknowledged with respect to the Buffett tax). It’s the spending, stupid.

I’ll stop what’s quickly becoming a rant, but I am literally mad as hell today.

TrooperJohnSmith | August 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Dog-whistle! Dog-whistle! Race card! Race-card!


NC Mountain Girl | August 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I think the ad is aimed more at parents than the kids just out of college. Kids don’t remember how their room looked when they were infants and toddlers. I have friends who are living with this problem right now and it isn’t easy. In one case her son has moved in and out several times because of layoffs. In another the adjustment has been hard because the child came back from four years at college a quite different person. I’ve sent them this ad and I bet they send it on to other parents.

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