The latest Republican pile-on in response to Barack Obama’s comments about small business is a 2-1/2 minute video from Senator Scott Brown that uses stock footage of American presidents and American entrepreneurship set to heroic music asking to Let America be America Again. In one scene, at the 1:05 mark, a butcher stands in front of his store, O’Connor’s, a family butcher and local produce store, while the voice of Ronald Reagan says “like the owners of stores down the street”. Except that it’s not down the street. It isn’t even in the country. It’s a butcher shop in Dublin, Ireland that appears in stock footage from Getty Images. The clip information specifically says “Non US Location”.
Here’s the full list of keywords:
Food and Drink, Built Structure, Food, Pride, Individuality, Meat, Window Display, Retail, Small Business, Looking At Camera, Outdoors, Europe, Caucasian Ethnicity, Occupation, Standing, Republic of Ireland, Store, Irish Culture, Day, Dublin – Republic of Ireland, Owner, Apron, One Person, Doorway, Adult, Arms Crossed, Color Image, Butcher, Butcher’s Shop, Real Time, Cinematography, Film, One Man Only, Portrait, Food And Drink Industry, Capital Cities, Less than 10 Seconds, Adults Only, Non US Location, HD Format, Entrepreneur.
The video had 325,246 views when I first came across it. Comments had been disabled. Simple observation reveals the wording of a sign reflected in the store window: “Solicitors”, the term for attorneys in Great Britain and Ireland. The name “O’Connor’s” is obviously Irish and the street scene would present some familiarity to anyone who had travelled in Great Britain or Ireland. An image search of a screen shot went directly to Getty Images where the clip was described as one of five depicting: “PORTRAIT male butcher standing with arms crossed in doorway of “O’Connor’s” butcher shop / Dublin”.
Can’t Scott Brown just let Ireland be Ireland?