Election 2016 Jeb Bush

Whoops: Comically Inept Jeb Campaign Uses Foreign Footage for Patriotic Ad

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If the Jeb! campaign was seeking to contrast itself with Donald Trump, they may have accomplished that in a way they weren't aiming for.

Jeb's Right to Rise Super PAC published a video that contrasts his campaign with with Trump who, according to the video, is "in a very dark place," but the seemingly patriotic video features cheap stock footage from foreign locations.

via Politico

The only problem: The sun is rising over a field in Cornwall, England — a clip available for between $19 and $79 on Shutterstock.

The video also shows a clip of the silhouette of a construction worker with text on the screen that says "America is great" — stock footage that was taken from “a multiple story building in Southeast Asia,” according to the website Pond5. The HD version of the clip costs $35.

And the kids heading off to school? You can download them from iStock with a subscription. According to iStock, the clip was shot by a firm called MonkeyBusiness, based out of the United Kingdom.

This won't Make America Great Again, amirite?

Jeb Bush really is Mitt Romney 2.0, but in this case I'm even more skeptical that Bush will make it through the primary. I thought the same about Mitt Romney in 2012, but this time feels different. The Republican party is more radicalized today than it has ever been,

Conventionally it wouldn't make sense, but in today's world I think it would be easier to defeat Jeb Bush in a general election than Donald Trump.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The only problem: The sun is rising over a field in Cornwall, England

    Meh.

    I mean, sure, they could have made sure each shot was actually shot in the US. But is it really a big deal that a staggeringly generic scene in their stock footage was shot in the UK? If I were Bush and the most substantive objection anyone could come up with about my ad is the origin of its stock footage, I’d be pleased.

    • Karen Marie

      This is, to my mind, the same, if on a smaller scale, as Trump’s clothing line being manufactured in Mexico. The original art was created by foreigners, not Americans. Are there no Americans creating stock footage that Bush could use? That is, if he really *loves* America the way he says he does. Otherwise, carry on.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Requiring someone who is purchasing stock footage to check with the footage provider as to where, exactly, each piece of footage was shoot is a ridiculous requirement. Often the stock company doesn’t know since they obtained the footage themselves from various suppliers and/or independent photographers.

        In any event, my point remains. If that ridiculous nit pick is the only objection someone can come up with to Bush’s ad then he should be very pleased since all that level of complain shows is the ludicrousness of the complainer.

  • Christopher Foxx

    @0:20 “Choose a brighter path”
    My message will be an optimistic one… that chance, that hope

    So… Jeb! is going with the “hopey, changey” message now?

  • Aynwrong

    This should give Trump some great “blurt” material.

  • muselet

    I say again, Jeb Bush is playing to lose. No other explanation makes sense.

    –alopecia

    • Nefercat

      “No other explanation makes sense.”
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      The only one I can think of is that the GOP establishment (including Jeb!) is completely comfortable about the mind-boggling levels of ignorance and stupidity in its idiot base.

      The morning in Cornwall scene could feature a sign saying “welcome to Cornwall.” The GOP knows that its base would just assume Cornwall was a town in midwest rill ‘Murka. The only thing that matters is that That Black Man is nowhere to be seen.

      • Victor the Crab

        The only one I can think of is that the GOP establishment (including Jeb!) is completely comfortable about the mind-boggling levels of ignorance and stupidity in its idiot base.

        Not to mention they honestly believe the American public would never “stoop so low” as to elect either “Lying Bitch Witch Clinton” or “Grumpy Old Man Socialist Sanders” president, and that they will see the Republican party as the beacon of truth and purity deserving of power to cleanse America of the “vile evil” that “Kenyan Muslim Communist Obama” hath wrought.