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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