How many of you noticed the Budweiser commercial on Super Bowl day featuring the military personnel walking through the airport concourse? The civilians all stood up and applauded them. No dialogue. Just the image and sound. I got all choked up. Now some are denigrating Anheiser-Busch for "exploitation". Heck, if ya didn't pay real close attention you wouldn't even notice the ad was from Anheiser-Busch. They paid about 1/4 million bucks to air that spot. They coulda just had another cutsie spot with their big horses. Instead they honored our troops! I'm sure I was not alone when that commercial moved me to tears. Think I'll crack open a Bud and hoist it to our brave military personnel.
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Did I say the ad cost 1/4 million bucks to air? I meant 1/4 billion!
Don't drink it any more, but would buy one for their thoughtfulness. Choked me up as well, Little Al. Few people probably paid as much attention to it as I did. Did you see the tired and humbled faces of the first GI's who came through and as the applause picked up, did you notice how they stood a little straighter, walked a little lighter and by the end, were subtly smiling in acknowledgement? One helluva image.
First off, I am not saying it was a bad commercial,or that the message was not a good one. Contrary to the opinions of some people on this site, I too support our troops. Now as for the post, how do you get the 1/4 billion price tag? To run the ad during the superbowl cost on average 2.3 million for a 30 second spot. The production of the commercial could not be more than a million or so at the most. Did they run it 100 times during the game?
And george....nobody else paid as much attention as you did? Only you noticed the "tired and humbled faces" that once the applause started "they stood a little straighter, walked a little lighter and by the end, were subtly smiling in acknowledgement?" Yeah..that was hard to miss. Im sure you and maybe one or two people out there picked up on that.
And in the end, it sold more beer. As nice as the sentiment was, it still was just a beer commercial.
"Sold more beer". Only you could even imagine that being close to the truth. Budweiser drinkers are still going to buy Bud and guys who like Coors aren't going to switch over because of an advertisement. The big name advertisers on Super Bowl Sunday are just looking for tax breaks that even a socialist such as you should understand.
BTW, where did you come up with the "nobody". I think if you read my posting, it said "FEW" and nothing you said will change my opinion.
Lets see...Little Al said he was going to buy some beer after seeing the comercial,and so did you george, even after you said that you dont drink any more. So, where am I wrong? It made you want to go and buy some beer. Is that not what commercials are meant to do? Is that not the truth? Did I put those words in your mouth or mind?
BTW, a nazi, such as yourself should be able to understand that.
After being sent to Iraq twice and Somalia, AB donated beer to us once we were out of the hot box. After not having a beer for so long I thought it was pretty cool of them. Each person got 2 beers a piece and thats if you didn't buy some off your fellow comrades who seen it as a quick way to make $10 a beer! They are the only ones that I can remember that gave us beer. AB products were the only ones out there. If I can remember right it was either Budweiser, Busch, or Bud Light. I think those were our only choices. LOL Dan Hudzik
...whether they conciously realized all the subtle things or subliminally, they digested it.
Personally, I DO switch over to Bud occasionally. Usually when I want to "clean myself out" so to speak...
I live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, DFW airport is a main hub for returning soldiers. There are always people there to greet them and give out treets. Looked just like a sene from the airport here.
I thought it was a nice gesture, beer commercial or not. It was a helluva lot better than most of the others. BP
So I screwed up on the price of running the ad. I think I heard it was something like 2.5 million for 15 seconds. But the point is Budweiser makes a lot of commecials to sell their beer. Fine and dandy. I'm just saying that in this particular ad, instead of more horses kicking footballs, or beautiful babes trying to make us think we'd be more attractive if we drank Bud, they chose to make us stop and think for 15 seconds about the sacrifices a few of ours are making for the rest of us. Anheiser-Busch could have used that ad money any way they wanted but chose this way and I am simply saying it is refreshing.
He'd have gone to Canada if they'd reintroduced the draft anyway. He talks a good fight, but you'll be hard pressed to find him with first hand experience in the military OR in taxidermy. He's just that speck of flycrap on the wall that always hangs around here.
While I am a crusty old taxidermist I am new to this forum. Been watching for a couple of months and don't have a handle yet on all the players. Mostly I stick to Taxi-related topics but I notice a lively debate about other subjects from time to time. It's a nice way to take a break from the work. I must say, however, without cynics, wet blankets and bomb throwers what fun would there be in arguing? Thanks Steve.
attempting to appear on a higher moral ground while the beer company is still selling beer---why not an anon ad? how about taking that $$$$$$ and buying decent flak jackets or vehicle armour----
marlboro cigarettes wouldve loved to be able todo that kind of commecial too
how about playboy sponsoring military mud wrestling?
I was going to add my two cents, but I see you handled the business at hand just fine. This is probably the same guy that started all that Anti-Patriot crap last year.
Just wondering, what outfit were you w/ in Somalia? Ive seen you post on here before & thought that your name sounded familiar. Who knows?
If you read my original post, I clearly say the message was a good one and that I , like the rest of people like me, support the troops. What my post was about is that is was a commercial for beer. As fang posted, why not make it annonymous? Or why not donate some of those millions to outfit our troops with the equipment that they need , so that they can return in one piece and not in a body bag? And of course that old nazi george has all the "answers". DId I ever say I would go to canada if they brought back the draft? Of course I didnt say that, george just makes all kinds of crap up. And as for the military service thing....so I didnt serve in the military...whoop de doo!...In this country, military service is not mandatory. I got an education, that I paid for myself, and got a good paying job and paid my taxes. Just where do you think all that money that goes to pay for the military comes from anyway? And just because I didnt go in to the service doesnt mean that I cant talk about it. Im not a baker, but if I get a bad loaf of bread, can I talk about that? Im not an auto worker...so If I buy a lemon of a car, I shouldnt talk about that either? You logic doesnt make sense. as usual. And lastly Alan...I am not "the same guy that started all that Anti-Patriot crap last year." I have never once said anything even remotly "anti-patriotic". If you think critisizing a president who is a bumbling fool, who lets corporations run rampant over our rights and environment, who is in the pocket of religious zealots, and is driving this country in the wrong direction is anti patriotic, then you dont know what true patriotism is. Only a fool blindly follows.
So you don't bake, but you EAT bread. You don't build cars, but you USE them. So how does that get you off the hook about GI's? Even your first post was a weasel dicked attempt at the PC game of: "Contrary to the opinions of some people on this site, I too support our troops." Then you support an anonymous poster with an anonymous advertisement. You act as if GI's are exempt from paying federal income and state tax. WRONG. Your contributions are only money. GI's pay from both sides, so I DON'T think you're capable of understanding the disciplines of a military person. All your analogies suck, especially "Only a fool blindly follows." You're living proof that you don't have to be blind to be a fool. Besides, most of us think YOU are the one following your socialist mantra blindly. Why don't you stay over on THEIR websites and spout your diatribes to someone who'd care what you thought.
I did not in the 10 years before, and have not after the Superbowl had an AB beer but I sure took notice that A.B. had the dignity and Balls (in the face of the very outspoken minority of morons that take every opportunity to disrespect the very people responsible for their freedom to disrespect them) to honor the individuals serving to preserve our way of life. I say "individuals" because each one of these soldiers has his or her own likes, dislikes, beliefs, values and families that either support or object to what they do. They set themselves aside to serve others, something that the negative BS naysayers have never done nor understood. My hat is off to AB for attaching their label on a thank you card to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
what difference does it make beer,cheese anything it was the fact that they went out of there way and made it special for our troops and showed honor for out troops there is nothing wornge with that if you created something even if it was good of someone else im sure u wouldnt want your name on it