Barack declares!

Barack declares!

Barack declares!

Political ads dissected and explained.
Dec. 13 2006 2:24 PM

Barack Declares!

Is it the first campaign ad of 2008?

Talk about political honeymoons. When Illinois Sen. Barack Obama traveled to New Hampshire over the weekend for a book signing and speech, the Democrats went wild. Then on Monday, Obama appeared on Monday Night Football in a short, prerecorded spot that, even if it isn't an ad, might as well be. So the "Damned Spot" crew decided to dissect the importance and hidden meaning of the undeclared presidential candidate's undeclared commercial.

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John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.