Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a former marketing firm owner who’s proven adept at branding his hard-line conservative views with catchy phrases, released a biting online video Wednesday dramatizing why he’ll observe a one-man boycott of President Barack Obama’s address to Congress.
Set against spacey background music, DeMint’s 90-second video has rapid-fire clips reporting dismal economic news, and it endeavors to turn Obama’s soaring rhetoric against him.
DeMint doesn’t appear in the video himself, but it was made by the senator’s staff at his direction, aides said. The last half of the video plays part of the president’s remarks on Feb. 17, 2009, as he signed the $862 economic-stimulus bill into law.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that I will sign today … is the most sweeping economic-recovery package in our history,” Obama said.
As the president is heard promising that the stimulus plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs over two years, a bold red line moves across the screen showing the rising unemployment rate since then.