In the first presidential debate of 2012, candidate Mitt Romney talked about cutting unneccessary spending. As an example, he cited publically funded television and radio. Since the basic networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox are all available over airwaves, and since the government subsidized (and in some cases, provided) digital signal converters back in 2009, one could argue that publically funded television and radio are not only unneccessary, but they are also wasteful. This looks like a good area to cut spending.
President Obama, however, twisted Mr. Romney's words to imply he is attacking Big Bird. His attack strategy was so pathetic that Sesame Workshop told the president he should stop airing it. I think the response went something like this:
Unlike their cousins, the Muppets, Sesame St. says it is apolitical. Corporately, Sesame Workshop is staying above the fray, but one can only wonder what the other Sesame Street characters think. I am pretty sure that Elmo is a Republican supporting Romney, because he is red. Likewise, Cookie Monster (blue) is most likely a Democrat supporting Obama:
If public broadcast funding does get cut, don't feel too bad for Sesame St. A franchise this popular is sure to get picked up by another network.