Star-Spangled Biden

President Joe Biden looks on during a state visit welcoming ceremony for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on the South Lawn of the White House on April 26, 2023. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

If a viewer wasn’t paying close attention, they might think the first ad of President Biden’s reelection campaign was for a Republican. 

“As the sun rises, we raise the flag—a symbol of all that we hold most dear as Americans,” the gravel-voiced narrator begins over shots of Old Glory dappled by the dawn’s early light. 

He continues over a montage of flag shots, including over the Marine Corps Memorial: “Courage, opportunity, democracy, freedom: they’re the values and beliefs that built this country and still beat in our hearts.”

If it wasn’t for the euphemised references to abortion, it could almost be a spot from Sen. Tim Scott or any other conservative Republican. 

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